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Author: Alexa Savka

Originally from Carroll, Iowa, Alexa moved to Kansas City, KS in 2011. She's worked in the tourism and hospitality industry in the Kansas City area for more than seven years. Currently, Alexa is the Visitor Services Coordinator for the Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau. She enjoys expanding her horizons by spending time in nature, going to concerts, and exploring the city with her young daughter. As she is not a KC native, she's eager to learn as much as she can about the city she now calls home. 

Alexa can be contacted at alexa@visitkansascityks.com

This past weekend I combined two of my very favorite fall activities: nature hikes and haunted houses. It was certainly an October evening to remember. Nothing beats spending time in nature at the on-set of chilly fall weather - leaves crunching under your feet and the faint smell of burning wood somewhere in the distance. Paired with an eerie, unfamiliar path and over 45 minutes of being chased, frightened and thoroughly disturbed, you’ve got the ultimate heart-pounding experience.  

Although the recent cold, and honestly confusing weather might suggest otherwise, we are almost a month into spring time in Kansas City, KS. That means that some of the city’s very best annual events are just around the corner. I can finally come out of hibernation with my antsy 3-year-old and take her around town to experience some of our favorite (and super affordable!) spring time family fun activities. Here are just a few of the things we are looking forward to over the next few weekends that I consider can’t-miss for any parents who may also be looking for cheap thrills.

Coffee. One of the great loves of my life. A warm comfort to ease me from a sleepy fog into a productive afternoon; a necessary component of my “real world” functioning. I’ve never met a cup I didn’t like, but I must say I am partial to supporting local business. So I recently combined two of my favorite things, coffee and exploring the city, and set out to “hop some shops” around Kansas City, Kansas. 

As spring makes her appearance and the storms bring about a lovely floral array, we are reminded of beauty, regeneration and growth. All of these things, also achievements that ages of developing empowerment have inspired women to contribute, are certainly worth appreciating this Women’s History Month. It is no doubt that many brilliant women have had a substantial influence expanding our knowledge as a population and advancing our societies since the beginning of time. These remarkable women come from all over the world, but there are women like them in every town and city on the map—even the city you call home. Let’s take a journey back in time to honor some of the most notable women to come from Kansas City, Kansas.

Recently my boss signed our office up to visit Exit Games KC in Bonner Springs for a team-building exercise, and a way for us to familiarize ourselves with the facility to better assist visitors. I had been wanting to check it out for a while, and I jumped at the chance to leave work at 2:30 pm on a Friday and start my weekend off with an exciting new adventure. 

It’s finally February in Kansas City and while Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, this lover’s holiday doesn’t necessarily make everyone’s heart sing. For those of you who are uncuffed this year, it can be a daunting task to decide whether or not to step out amongst all of the sappy sweethearts, or stay home and potentially dwell on the fact that you are not sharing this day with a “special someone”. No need to fret, though, because being single can be a marvelous thing, and there is plenty of fun to be had in KCK for those that are flying solo this year. Take advantage of your independence; grab a few friends and prepare to paint the town red this Valentine’s Day! 

As the New Year begins, with it comes an air of excitement, fresh starts and new beginnings. What better way to enhance your list of plans and goals than to seek out new experiences that exist right outside your own front door. January in Kansas City, Kansas brings about several fun activities that you probably haven’t considered or possibly even been aware of until now.  I urge you to broaden your horizons and clear a little space in your calendar to take advantage of these great local events happening this month.

Fall in Kansas City always holds a lot of significance for me. A change of pace, change of wardrobe, and crisp, beautiful weather that seems to have a funny way of inducing the most pleasant nostalgia. It is my favorite time of year to get out and explore what the city has to offer. While I’m always interested in checking out a tasty new restaurant or a trendy boutique, there are a few activities that I have adopted as required fall traditions. 

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