The sun begins to set, the air still holds the heat of the day, and the crickets begin to sing. The hum of conversations begins to quiet, and the Frisbee game is brought to a close in the back. People wander back to their seats, fill up their glasses with wine, and settle in for a good time. The spotlights can just faintly be seen on stage as the sunlight dies around us. Every year for the last ten years, my family has made it out to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. It is such a wonderful experience.
Here it is only the first part of July, and yet, it feels like summer is half over. I think the reason summer seems to go so fast is because of all the activities and the long days. And even though a lot of people complain about the heat, I feel the warm days also contribute to time passing by so fast. Think about it, in the winter when the sun has set by 6:00 p.m., you’re pretty much stuck inside.
If you are looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank, you’re in luck! The Kansas City area has many fun things to offer kids and adults alike.
Find out about some free or inexpensive places to visit that will provide your family with a day of fun activities. Your next adventure could be closer than you think. In fact, you can get there and back on less than a tank of gas. Here are a few ideas for the Kansas City area:
Picture books are by far one of my favorite books to read as I peruse the library. They’re often quirky and offer different points of view. For example, Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman, tells the story of the first hot air balloon ride from the passengers perspective. Those historic passengers just happen to be a rooster, sheep and duck.
The 4th of July has come and gone and it seems like the start of school is sneaking around the corner, but don't despair! There is still plenty of summer left, and what says summer more than a county fair.
I will never be able to look at water lilies the same way, that is after viewing Monet’s Water Lilies at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently. Granted, the Kansas City gallery is fortunate to house one of the triptychs by Claude Monet as part of their regular museum collection. However, for the first time in 30 years, all three panels were brought together for a limited time to be viewed as a single piece as the artist intended.
No matter where we have lived during our 26 years of marriage or where our travels have taken us, my husband and I love to get outdoors and explore the local walking and hiking trails. Now, I certainly appreciate having easy access to shopping, restaurants and entertainment - and I do! But, I also need to get out there and experience the natural beauty around me.