Explore KC

Discover what’s new in Kansas City this summer!  Check out the Kansas City travel bag that’s full of books and brochures to help you plan your outing.

Here’s a sample of what’s happening this month:

  1. June 14 is National Get Outdoors Day.  Plan a day at Powell Gardens enjoying their new Gardens Gone Wild exhibit featuring 26 bronze animal sculptures by artist Dan Ostermiller.  The exhibit opened May 31 and runs thru October 5, 2014.
  2. Area theme parks have added new rides for the summer.  Expect long lines at the world’s tallest water slide which opens at Schlitterbahn WaterparkWorlds of Fun is promoting their new SteelHawk ride which transports you 300 feet in the air and then rotates in circles for about a minute.  It’sKansas City Travel Bag insert the highest ride in the park and offers spectacular aerial views.
  3. The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, a portal to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, just opened in May.  General admission to the Great Hall is free.  Other exhibits require an entry fee.
  4. Have you seen the new Penguin cam courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo?  Check it out then go and see the awesome new penguin exhibit up close. The Zoo’s calendar has a list of zookeeper chats that are worth working into your visit.
  5. Did you know that just outside of Kansas City in Independence is the site of the beautiful Harry S Truman National Historic Site?  Mark your calendar for the National Parks 101: America’s National Treasures program at the Library on Thursday, June 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m. and learn about more National Park sites between a one-hour and a one-day drive of TopekaThis event is presented by Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site park ranger Stephanie Kyriazis.

Visit KC always features special offers to area attractions.  Check there for discounts and 2-for-1 promotions and save money!

photo of TSCPL’s Kansas City travel bag contents by Kim Sain


Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, in addition to Reference work I promote the Travel, Pets, and Lawn & Garden Neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. My interests include exploring new travel destinations, National Parks, Alaska, hiking trails in Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas, birding, Sandhill crane migration, Monarch waystations, Kansas native plants, citizen science activities, volunteer work as a certified Kansas Master Naturalist, and reading essays about the natural environment. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.