Comfortable, affordable, and entertaining...vacationing at home! The idea of viewing Kansas City as if we were tourists appeals to me. We get so stuck in our routines that we fail to see what is unique to our area.
We have eleven web sites listed for you so that you know what is going on in and around Kansas City.
It’s Almost Summer! That Means Swimming, Barbeques and Music in the Park!
Music in the Park is every Sunday night at Blue Springs’ Rotary Park (at Railroad Lake) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kicking off the summer is the band Krazy Kats on May 30. Other bands, such as CrossThread, Southbound, Thin Ice and Mighty Moe-Joe's will be playing this summer.
On Sunday, the MCPL Weston Branch had the opportunity to join forces with other volunteers to support Weston's Park & Recreations during Kids' Day. We had a booth set up that featured miniature golf and prizes. Two popular booths were the petting zoo and the inflated water slide. As it was pretty hot on Sunday, the water slide had the longest line, but our mini golf didn't do too badly either. We had 65 kids come by to swing a club. No one suffered any injuries. I was hit a few times with the golf balls, but they were plastic and it didn't hurt too much.
Presented by the Graceland University Interns and Pharaoh Theatre, enjoy "Free Thursday Night Movies" at the corner of Maple and Liberty at the Pharaoh Theatre in Independence, MO. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Also check out "Sounds of the Square"; July Concerts are 6:30 - 8:30 (before the movie).
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.
This Monday is Independence Day, marking the date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the thirteen American Colonies. Everyone (including your library staff) will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family, and enjoying that storied American pastime: setting off a ton of fireworks.
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.
Are you looking for something to do after a busy week? Come join us in Smithville, Missouri for our Hot Summer Night series of free concerts. That's right! Every Friday night in the month of August in the Ali Kemp Memorial Stage & Community Courtyard in Smithville's Downtown Heritage District from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m., there will be a free concert along with other activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here's a listing of some of the fun things we have going on.