Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Five Days of …. Missouri - Kansas City {Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog Hop}

Welcome to Day 2 of the Five Days of …. Blog Hop sponsored by the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I am giving you five days of Missouri. Today we are talking about Kansas City.

We live much closer to Kansas City than St. Louis. I guess that's why we haven't really vacationed there. I have never looked at it from a tourist's perspective. So that's exactly what I have done. I pretended that I had never been to Kansas City before and were researching a trip there.

If I were going to visit Kansas City, I would do it around Christmastime. There are so many fun things to do and see in Kansas City around Christmas.

Where to Stay

The Country Club Plaza is a magical place with all of its Christmas lights. There are many hotels with views of the Christmas lights, and it's lovely.

The shopping and restaurants at The Plaza are second-to-none, and you can walk to get wherever you want. It is a perfect central spot while you visit the city.

What to Do

Next to The Plaza is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Just a couple of miles away is Union Station and Crown Center. Union Station houses Science City and is a lot of fun! This science museum is quite a bit different than many we have visited. Historic Union Station is absolutely beautiful and fun to see.

Crown Center has an outside skating rink that is very popular during the winter. Once you have skated for a time and need to warm up, you can visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium or Legoland Discovery Center.

If you happen to be there at the right time, you can catch a children's production at Coterie Theatre. We have seen Bud, Not Buddy. And this summer are going to see Schoolhouse Rock and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The mall is decked out for Christmas and so fun to see!

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial would be such an awesome place to visit, especially if you had been learning about the war. We will definitely plan on taking a trip there in the future.

How about learning about money? The Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City allows you to do just that! There are even pre-visit and post-visit lesson plans for 5-8 grade and 9-12 grade. If we can take a vacation and log some school hours …. bonus!!!

Some other fun things to do in Kansas City, that cost quite a bit more money, would be Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Great Wolf Lodge and the Kansas City Zoo.

Where to Eat

Our favorite place to eat in Kansas City is Fritz's Railroad Restaurant. The food is mediocre (greasy burgers and fries). But, the ambiance for kids is fantastic! You order your food by speaking into a crackly phone at your table. The kids get conductor hats to wear, and your food is delivered by an electronic train on a mini-railway system. The cost is very reasonable and we eat there everytime we go to the Crown Center area.

And of course you have to eat authentic Kansas City Barbecue. I cannot recommend any because I am not a huge fan of BBQ and I have never eaten any there. What?? I grew up near Kansas City and even went to law school there but have never eaten its most famous food. Tell me how you like it!

Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers joining in on this blog hop. Specifically, I would love it if you would visit some of my good friends …

Dusty @ The Moon and Back ~ Five Days of Babywearing
Kristi @ The Potter's Hand Academy ~ Five Days of Spring Studies
Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs ~ Five Days of Essential Oils
Annette @ A Net in Time ~ Five Days of Science
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Five Days of Frugal Fitness
Meg @ Adventures with Jude ~ Five Days of Homeschooling from the Kitchen
Lori @ At Home: Where Life Happens ~ Five Days of Favorite Books
Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker ~ Five Days of A Christ-Centered Home

April Blog Hop


  1. Have you ever been to the Arabia Steamboat Museum in KC? I'm wondering if it's engaging enough for kids.

  2. So fun! Love the Christmas lights! We are always looking for the best displays in our area during the holidays. :)

  3. We've been to KC a couple of times, but we've never been at Christmas!! It sounds BEAUTIFUL! We never got into a lot of it, though, it sounds like we missed so much!

  4. Looks like it would be a fun trip! I have never visited Kansas City but sounds like lots of fun, especially at Christmas. Thank you for sharing all that you did. - Lori H


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