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    What to do in Kansas City

    I'm going with my family to Kansas City this summer (my son is 5 year old plus I have my parents going with me). Any ideas what to do there that can be enjoyed by all ages ? I've only been there once for a day trip from Ames back in 2001.

    Also, anyone knows whether the hotels around Arrowhead stadium is in the safe neighborhood ?

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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    Depending on your family's interests. I would highly recommend the national WW1 museum. It's right across from Union Station. It's incredibly well done. It was designed by the same guys that designed the holocaust museum in D.C.

    Your son would probably enjoy it because there are all kinds of artillery guns, grenades, uniforms, bunker recreations etc there. But then there's an insane amount of facts there to read depending on how much time you want to spend reading it. So if your family is at all into history kind of stuff its a really fascinating thing to hit up. Definitely a national caliber monument and museum. Also, it's fairly inexpensive.


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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    I'm going with my family to Kansas City this summer (my son is 5 year old plus I have my parents going with me). Any ideas what to do there that can be enjoyed by all ages ? I've only been there once for a day trip from Ames back in 2001.

    Also, anyone knows whether the hotels around Arrowhead stadium is in the safe neighborhood ?

    Thanks
    Well, the obvious thing is lots and lots of BBQ. everybody loves bbq.

    Worlds/Oceans of Fun (be sure to get tickets online if so, much cheaper)

    Royals Game.

    KC has some nice outdoor malls if you're into that kind of thing.

    And yes, the hotels around the stadium are very safe.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    hmmm...I would hardly call them very safe. Not really the best neighborhood.

    I would shoot for a hotel in the plaza area or a north or south suburb. Just my opinion though.

    There is a new waterpark area in kck and the legends area of kck has some nice shopping / dinning options.

    WWI museum is pretty cool - college basketball hall of fame is appropriate for all ages.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    Really? I don't know KC that well, but I stayed across the street in the Sheraton I believe for Farmageddon. It had a waterpark in it.. couldn't have been that unsafe.. ran into Marquis Hamilton's family there.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    azn4cy is pretty much spot on.

    Eat some BBQ. My favorite is Oklahoma Joes. If you are looking for a traditional sit down place, Jack Stack is great too.

    Worlds of Fun: look for tickets online or deals at local grocery stores like Price Chopper or Hy-Vee. You should be able to find something for about $10 less than regular rates.

    Schlitterbhan. I have no idea if I spelled that right. It is a brand new waterpark on the Kansas side near the speedway. It just opened last summer. I've heard good things.

    For the Royals, you can usually find some dirt cheap tickets on Stub Hub. There is also the Kansas City Tbones minor league team. Cheaper tickets, free parking, and $1 hot dogs, goodtimes.

    For outdoor malls, there is always the Plaza. There is also The Legends out by the speedway and Zona Rosa in the northland. Those go beyond shopping malls towards entertainment destinations. Legends is right by the speedway, the Tbone, and Schlitterban. It has a Dave and Busters, a Movie Theater, a commedy club, and like 30 bars and restaurants. Nebraska Furniture Mart and Cabellas are right next door as well.

    Another vote for the WW1 museam and Liberty Memorial. It is way beyond what I would have expected to find in KC. I've also heard good things about the Nelson Atkins museum of Art, and that one is a freebie so good stuff there.

    The KC zoo is pretty solid. It isn't on the level of Omaha at all, but it is way bigger than Blank Park.

    For some more adult activities, there are several Casinos, I prefer Ameristar and Argosy. And Power and Light district is fantastic. Westport is dead, much to the dismay of many Clone fans.

    Staying by the stadium isn't the worst area, but it isn't the best. You probably won't be spending much time there anyway, you will just jump on the freeway to head to wherever. With a young child and all the activities around legends, you may want to look here:

    http://www.greatwolf.com/kansascity/waterpark

    The place has an indoor water park, mini golf, and other activites. .. would also consider staying in the Johnson County suburbs somewhere if you are worried about being in a good area, Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park. I-435 and Metcalf in Overland Park has a Marriot, Sheraton, Embassy, and several others. Great area, lots of places to eat, and right off the freeway for easy access to the city.

    Plaza area hotels would be good too, though it isn't the quickest place to get in and out of if most of your activities are going to be elsewhere.


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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    I have never stayed in those hotels before so I cant speak to how "nice" they are.

    Im sure that the hotel and the few restaurants around them are relatively safe, as most people there are from out of town for games or whatever.
    I just wouldn't recommended it unless all you are doing is baseball / football game.

    Put it this way, I wouldn't be walking around at night in that neighborhood.

    Again, just my opinion though, Everyone has their own definitions of safe



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    The Legends area has a lot of stuff going on. Shopping, minor league baseball, Speedway, Indoor water park and the huge outdoor water park just opened.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    I would say that if you want to like Kansas City in the future, don't stay for more than a weekend. You'll run out of activities fast.

    -Royals game (they suck, so tickets are cheap)
    -Worlds of Fun
    -Shopping at the Plaza
    -WWI Museum
    -Union Station (your son would probably like the Science Center)
    -Nelson Atkins Museum (best thing about KC in terms of sightseeing IMO...free and some decent art and world-class architecture, although they will kill you with their ego about it).
    -River Market forum

    ...that's all I can remember that is really family friendly. If we are talking about beer, that is another story.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    Quote Originally Posted by jjisu View Post
    I have never stayed in those hotels before so I cant speak to how "nice" they are.

    Im sure that the hotel and the few restaurants around them are relatively safe, as most people there are from out of town for games or whatever.
    I just wouldn't recommended it unless all you are doing is baseball / football game.

    Put it this way, I wouldn't be walking around at night in that neighborhood.

    Again, just my opinion though, Everyone has their own definitions of safe
    Yep. I have no clue either. Seemed ok while I was there, but it was with 7 drunken degenerates, and no children (except from a maturity standpoint), so I can see it from your perspective.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the input.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    A couple more things your Kid may like, Deanna Rose Children's farmstead in Overland Park. It is like a combination petting zoo and living history farms thing. It also has a fishing pond, hay rack rides, playgrounds, and a bunch of other stuff. We took our niece there and she loved it. It's free admission.

    Deanna Rose Children?s Farmstead - City of Overland Park, Kansas

    You could also take a look at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe, though I don't know if a young kid would be quite as interesed in that.

    Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm | City of Olathe

    I have also heard good things about the tour at Boulevard Brewery. You have to book in advance on their website and it seems to fill up pretty early, so if you are interested in that, better get on it now if it isn't too late already.

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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    The negro league baseball museum and jazz museum are in the same building and both very interesting. Might be a little too slow for the 5 year old though.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    Great wolfe lodge is nice ( water park/hotel)- may be a little spendy though, it's by Cabelas and the race track.



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    Re: What to do in Kansas City

    I like some of the above discussion. My kids always enjoyed a few hours at the multi-level Barnes and Noble on the Plaza. We additionally took in the Arabia Steamboat museum. Steamboat Arabia Museum which is the remains from a sunken steamboat with the items they recovered. there is also an outdoor ampitheatre that has good shows from time to time depending on when you will be there http://www.kcstarlight.com/



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