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New attractions and upcoming May events in Kansas City

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Kansas City area is expanding with new museums, festivals and parades in May. There is never a dull moment in this city offering fun for all ages.

American National Museum of History
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American National Museum of History

Museum at Prairiefire, Nall and 135th Street, Overland Park, Kan., Phone: 913.647.5315

The American Museum of Natural History has now extended from New York to our neighborhood offering exciting exhibits of science, technology, engineering and math beginning May 12, 2014.  The Museum at Prairiefire not only has a breathtaking, gorgeous modern façade of vivid red, orange metallic flames for locals to enjoy as they drive-by but also the same exhibitions, unprecedented and interactive educational resources offered by the well-known museum in New York.   General admission -- tickets are for sale beginning May 1 -- will provide access to the Great Hall featuring American Museum of Natural History’s world famous dinosaur collection along with ever-changing exhibits highlighting the regions natural history and science -- the first exhibit starting on May 14 is Water:H20=Life, which invites you to explore the beauty and mystery of water.  Other exhibits are the Wetland Trails featuring a reclaimed wetlands, prairie interpretive walk and butterfly garden. Finally, the ever popular Discovery Room tickets are purchased separately offering children of all age’s access to crafts, puzzles and interactive learning of the power of space as well as their local natural history, nature and culture. 

2013 Annual Kansas City Chihuahua Parade
2013 Annual Kansas City Chihuahua Parade Courtesy of Kansas City Chihuahua Parade

2013 Annual Kansas City Chihuahua Parade

3rd Annual Kansas City Chihuahua Parade, 301 W. 12th Ave., Kansas City, Mo., Phone: 816.516.7849

On Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. is the “world’s largest costumed dog parade”.   While Chihuahua’s are normally present all dogs in a costume are welcome to get in the Guinness Book of World Records.  Humans are free but each dog requires a $5 entry fee with proceeds supporting Great Plains SPCA who staff two No-Kill shelters in the Metro area. Great Plains SPCA serves more than 30,000 needy pets annually.  There will be over 30 vendors, prizes and a free concert after the parade by Valentine and the Knights.  To register your dog or more information, check out their website.

2013 Brookside Art Annual
2013 Brookside Art Annual Courtesy of Brookside Art Annual

2013 Brookside Art Annual

29th Brookside Art Annual, Between 63rd St. and Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo., Phone: 816-523-5553

On May 2-4, 2014 (Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.), is Brookside’s Art Annual.  The Brookside Art Annual is located in an eclectic neighborhood in the center of Kansas City.  This is the first art show of the year and draws over 70,000 people from the entire region.   This community loves art shows and it consistently ranks in the top 25 shows according to Art Fair Source Book. Art Fair Source Book says "This is a very pleasant, national caliber event attracting an affluent, enthusiastic and knowledgeable clientele.”  The show has children's activities on Saturday and Sunday and light music in the evenings. Food booths are operated by local restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
Cinco de Mayo Celebrations elvinstar via

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Surrounding Kansas City area.

May 1 falls on Thursday but the majority of Mexican restaurants in the area will be celebrating all weekend long.  Check out this list of local restaurants, festivals featuring live entertainment and great food and drink specials.

Cinco de Festival at Power and Light District -- Free event for adults 21 and older on Saturday May 4 at 8 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Guadalupe Center – May 2 – 4, 2014 featuring many activities.

Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez – May 2 – 5, 2014 for drink, food specials and live entertainment.

 For more ideas and restaurants to visit, check out the articles listed below.