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Best of April in Kansas City

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Kansas City, and the surrounding metro area, has many events and exhibits beginning in April. While there is so much to do and see this month this list will help you narrow down your search and have you own your way to fun.

Flights of Fancy
Flights of Fancy Photo Courtesy of MCC-Longview and Kansas City Kite Club

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy Kite Festival

MCC-Longview College, 500 SW Longview Rd., Lee’s Summit, Mo.

On April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. join local kite enthusiast as they show off their custom kites and flying abilities at this free festival.  There are an array of kites featured from stunt flying kites to enormous mega kites that reach up to 200 feet long.  Bring a picnic lunch and your own kites to fly as well as enjoy the other festivities such as kite making, an inflatable maze, face painting, a balloon artist and candy drop.

Powell Garden's Perennial Garden
Powell Garden's Perennial Garden Photo Courtesy of Powell Gardens via Media Room on Flickr

Powell Garden's Perennial Garden

Explore the Gardens of Kansas City

Enjoy spring by exploring the many gardens in the Kansas City area.  These popular botanical paradises not only offer an array of spring-time flowers but also have some upcoming free events.

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, Kan.; Hours:  April 10-Sept. 30: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Admission:  $3  for visitors 13 and over, $1 for visitors 6 to 12 and Free for 5 and under; Events: KiteFest on April 13 from   noon – 5 p.m.

Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, Mo.; Hours:  April 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and May-September 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Admission:  April 1-Oct. 31: $10/adults, $9/seniors, $4/children ages 5-12 

Loose Park and Laura Conyers Municipal Rose Garden, 51st Street and Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo.; Hours: Open during daylight; Admission: Free; Events: Arbor Day Tree Planting, April 12 at 1:30 p.m.

 

King Tut exhibit at Union Station
King Tut exhibit at Union Station Photo courtesy of Union Station media center

King Tut exhibit at Union Station

The Discovery of King Tut

Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, Mo.

Take a trip into historic Egypt by exploring the life, times and treasures of the infamous King Tut.  This first time exhibit celebrating Union Station’s 100th birthday opens April 4 and will run all summer until September 7.  The King Tut experience is a wonder for all the senses offering thousands of artifacts and interactive experiences for children and adults.  You can purchase anytime tickets – where you can arrive any day – for $22 per person (adult and child) or purchase tickets for a certain day for $19.95/adults 13+ and $14.95/children 3 – 12 online or at Union Station.  For more information visit their website or call 816.460.2093.

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead Photo Courtesy of City of Overland Park via Flickr

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

13800 Switzer, Overland Park, Kan., 913.897.2360

The farmstead opens in April (closes Oct. 31) and is a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family.  They have animal encounters as well as great educational programs regarding farming and local history.  What is even more special is the free admission Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If you do plan a trip Friday-Sunday it is $2/each. During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) the park stays open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Be sure to visit them on April 19 for their Earth Day Celebration.

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