I don't know about you, but nice Summer weather certainly makes me want to get outside and go shopping for some new summer clothes and home decor accessories for my deck in order to friends and family over for evening BBQs.
Luckily for us, there are several shopping destinations around Kansas City, including the Legends at Village West, Town Center in Leawood, Zona Rosa, and Oak Park Mall.
Here are a few articles I have published for this week that are centered around...you guessed it...shopping!
If you're ready to hit the pool or the beach this summer, my list of where to buy a swimming suit in Kansas City certainly has you covered. Besides the regular places to buy a suit (like department stores or places like Target and Old Navy), try these stores on for size that offer unique suits and even custom fittings!
Next, I wrote about new store openings in Kansas City this summer, which include a new Bath & Body Works at the Legends and a Simply Mac store in Zona Rosa (the first in the Kansas City area!).
Finally, if your purchases are going up to the higher end, I re-wrote a post about the Mecum Auto Auction that usually happens every year in Kansas City.
To learn more about the hottest shopping spots in Kansas City, check out our best shopping spot guide.
This week I've had the opportunity to do a little more research on some fun Kansas City activities, including the T-Bones schedule for June and where to go "glamping" (e.g. glamorous camping). To find out more, visit my links below:
If you're looking to adopt a new pet this summer, this list has you covered. It gives you the major animal rescue shelters around Kansas City and even gives you more information on volunteering.
If you like the idea of camping but don't want to erect your own tent or sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag, then glamping might be the option for you. I outline some of the local places to go glamping within driving distance (or just a few hours or less) around Kansas City.
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There are many ways that Kansas City adults and families can stay active this summer. While some of my favorite thinks include 5k races and outdoor activities, like summer concerts, here's a few other fun ideas that could be a great experience for almost everyone of any age:
Luckily for Kansas City residents and visitors who have a beloved furry member of their family, the metro offers a wide variety of dog parks around the area. This article lists out the most popular, along with more information about them.
Along with providing two great directories to find summer kids' programs and camps around Kansas City this summer, I also offer a few examples of camps and programs that are available for kids of all interests, including ballet, art, and animals.
Horseback riding is something that always reminds me of nice weather, especially summer, since it's a leisurely activity that I remember doing during my own summers. Surprisingly, I've found that there are a lot of options for horseback riding around Kansas City that aren't too far of a drive (usually an hour or less).
When summer is knocking on the door, many may find themselves looking for more activities to do in the outdoors, as well as an excuse to clean up their diet and lifestyle due to summer clothing (including swimsuits!) and a better selection of fresh produce that is now in season. In my latest About Kansas City articles, I have a selection of activities and healthy resources to make your summer the best yet.
2014 Kansas Speedway Events
The Kansas Speedway track (and the Legends outdoor shopping mall that surrounds it) attracts a great number of people in the Spring and Summer months. Look at the Kansas Speedway current calendar to see what's coming next to the track.
2014 Memorial Day Weekend Events
Memorial Day weekend is May 26th this year, and the weekend before it brings some amazing and fun events around Kansas City, including the Celebration at the Station and many live band performances. Check out some of the coming attractions this year.
Natural Food and Health Markets in Kansas City
I recently have been eating a lot more fruits and veggies and as such, have been on the hunt for the freshest produce possible. I compiled a list of all the natural food and health stores in Kansas City that I could find. I hope you find it helpful as well!
I've continued my quest to find all the great businesses and events in Kansas City and bring them to readers. Here are a few more lists of places to go or things to do as a family, with friends, or even alone if you are looking for something to do in Kansas City.
Bookstores in the Kansas City Metro
From well-known Barnes and Noble to children's bookstore Reading Reptile, my list of bookstores in the Kansas City Metro has you covered.
5Ks, Half Marathons and More in May
I've continued my trend of compiling a monthly Kansas City race calendar for May, and this month is one of the busiest for races, thanks to the nicer weather before the hot summer temperatures become an issue.
Grab a Brew: Kansas City Breweries
Spring and summer are great times to grab a beer at one of Kansas City's local breweries. These breweries offer food, biergartens, beer tastings, and more, making a great fun night or afternoon out with friends or your significant other.
If you have an event coming up in the Kansas City metro you'd like to share, don't hesitate to email me at kansascity [at] aboutguide.com or reach out to me on Twitter: @aboutkansascity and @wonderwall7. I also recently launched a Facebook page for About Kansas City-- please Like it and get involved!
Kansas City has so many great activities in the Spring and Summer, from free concerts to outdoor races.
However, for those already looking forward to football season, the Kansas City Chiefs schedule was announced today. It can be viewed in its entirety here: 2014 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule.
Additionally, if you need a break from the Spring pollen or the upcoming Summer heat (or you just want something fun to do with friends or your significant other), I've compiled a list of all the comedy and improv clubs throughout the Kansas City Metro, from Westpost to Zona Rosa.
In addition to the above, I also wrote about the Tracy Lawrence concert happening in May, which is taking place at Johnson County Community College.
There's also several summer concert series happening around Kansas City this summer:
- Overland Park: Music in The Park, Starts June 2, 2014
- Olathe: Summer Concert Series, Starts June 6, 2014
- Kansas City: Power & Light Summer Series, including Hot Country Nights, which starts May 29
- Shawnee: Summer Concert Series, Starts July 13
What are your favorite Spring or Summer activity in Kansas City?
It's Easter Weekend!
Easter weekend is fast approaching, and we've got you covered with a list of Easter egg hunts in the Kansas City metro, including some around Kansas City but also in Johnson County and Missouri.
Zona Rosa Easter Parade
Don't miss the Zona Rosa Easter parade on Saturday, April 19th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, which travels through the Town Center streets. All floats and vehicles welcome to participate in the parade, with registration. According to their site,
"This FREE community event features the Easter Bunny, a best dressed contest for the whole family featuring Spring/Easter finery, (the BEST DRESSED FAMILY wins $1,000!) a live performance by Mr. Stinky Feet, and much more!"
Kansas City Metro Road Races
In addition, I've also compiled a list of Kansas City 5ks, 10ks, and half/full marathons happening for the rest of the month of April. Even though the Rock the Parkway half and full marathon was this past weekend, hopefully you can still find a few races to run if the weather cooperates for the rest of the month!
If you have an event in April or beyond that you'd like me to promote, please email me at kansascity [at] aboutguide.com!
Tracy Lawrence Coming to JCCC
Tracy Lawrence is coming to Johnson County Community College for a concert on May 3rd. Tickets are still available as of press time.
With spring now coming into Kansas City, there are so many great events to attend and businesses to check out. Here are some of the great date night or friend outing ideas I've written about this week:
As recent study said Johnson County was one of the healthiest places to live in Kansas.
Have you and your friends or significant other been wanting to check out a wine and painting class? Here are all the current studios in the metro.
With First Fridays happening t his weekend, check out the antique malls around the West Bottoms that are only open the first Friday and Saturday of the month, or check out the other antique malls around Kansas City and Shawnee.
Johnson County Community College is hosting the KC Food Circle Eat Local and Organic Expo on March 29 and April 12, 2014. For more information, please see the flyer below. Here is the PDF version.
Other happenings in Kansas City include the announcement of the newest location of Stroud's restaurant, opening in June 2014, and the fact that Mecum Auto Auctions will be coming to Bartle Hall in Kansas City on April 24-26 this year!
Yes--it's more than a mouthful, but once again the KC Home Show and the KC Flower, Lawn and Garden Show have combined their efforts to produce one of the biggest Spring Outdoor Shows in the Midwest. Dubbed "The Big Show", hundreds of vendors from all around showcase home and garden products and services to fit your every need.
The show is held March 22nd-24th at the Convention Center/Bartle Hall. General admission starts at $10, and discount tickets are available. For further info go to the Home Show and Flower, Lawn and Garden guide.