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Visit Kansas City, Kansas sent me on a day of fun to discover art, food and drinks in places you may not think to look. If you're looking to take family or friends on a day of adventure then this agenda is for you. I went to a quaint but eccentric art gallery, saw some incredible murals, ate some amazing pizza and cozied up at a lounge to end the day. During the summer months, it’s hard to come up with a plan that everyone will enjoy but this adventure was one that could cater to many. 

Despite our children being young, travel is something our family is big on. There's something so special about experiencing new adventures as a family. The main thing we've learned about family travel is that it should involve RELAXATION! So many times, as parents, we embark on vacations overwhelmed, overbooked, and over­stressed... only to return home feeling the same way. I'm guilty of this. I vowed to do just the opposite on my family’s staycation to Kansas City, KS… and I succeeded! I picked up a few tricks along the way.

In high school, Bob Borberg, Owner/Operator of Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, shot clay pigeons not far from where his restaurant now stands in the Village West area. While earning his Construction Science & Management degree from Kansas State University, Bob tended bar and cooked in Aggieville during school months, and framed houses in the summer to supplement his income. 

Think about the fastest you’ve ever driven your car. For most people, myself included, the fastest they’ve topped out at is 100 MPH. But even then, did you really go 100 MPH??? Did you really see the street signs whizzing past your window? Did you really feel like you had control of your vehicle? Maybe you did, I’ll have to take your word for it.

   Recently I had the opportunity to set off for a night of fun and adventure to Chateau Avalon and the Legends Outlets Kansas City. We arrived at the hotel around 5:30 pm where we were greeted with a friendly welcome and great service. After receiving the room keys, we headed to our “adventure-themed” room. Our room was labeled the Castaway Room so we weren't totally sure what to expect.

It’s said over and over today that kids just don’t understand the meaning of play like they used to. The good old days where toys seldom required batteries, and exploration and creativity reached far past the limits of the World Wide Web. While it may seem like the whimsical memories of younger days are a thing of the past, I often find myself finding things that allow me to experience a blast from the past. At Marble Crazy, however, I had the rare opportunity to bring my entire family along for the ride! 

Kansas City, Kansas has the distinction of being known as "The Melting Pot of the Midwest". My wife and I traveled to the far eastern edge to learn the history of the Strawberry Hill area. Originally named Splitlog Hill after the wealthy mill owner, Mathias Splitlog. He parceled out the land to emigrant families from Eastern Europe.

With the blink of an eye the sun is out, the weather is warming up, and everyone seems to be catching that familiar spring fever. Visitors getting away for a few days and locals looking to occupy their young ones will be pleased to discover all of the kid friendly sites, restaurants and activities found in Kansas City, KS. Here are a few free, fun and even (shhh...) educational ideas for you to include in your spring break plans!