Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

A world class art museum, the Nelson-Atkins is open Wednesday-Sunday and admission is free.  Works range from their Ancient Art Collection dating from as early as the 4th millennium B.C.E. to post-1945 works housed in the Bloch Building.  The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is on the grounds of the Nelson Atkins and is free and open to the public during daylight hours.

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Barbeque!

Kansas City is a barbeque town! KC’s barbeque roots can be traced back to the early 1900s when Henry Perry started smoking meat low and slow, serving it with a thick tomato and molasses based sauce.  While you’re in KC, you could eat barbeque every day and not hit all the great spots.  Here are a several that I, a certified KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) barbeque judge, can personally recommend. Hint: Try the Burnt Ends – they are a KC specialty!

Want a more complete list? Check out the list at VisitKC.com.

Science City

Located across the street from the convention hotel, Science City provides hands-on science fun (and learning) for kids of all ages. Science City was named one of the best science centers in the US by Parents Magazine and has events and attractions sure to amuse and instruct the entire family.

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Kansas City Zoo

Voted one of America’s Best Zoos in 2008, this 202 acre zoo was founded in 1909 and has something for the entire family.  Extensive renovations began in 2005 and in 2010 a new polar bear exhibit, Polar Bear Plunge, was introduced.  This exhibit has both indoor and outdoor viewing areas where zoo guests can watch Nikita and Berlin antics.  Last fall penguins were introduced with the opening of the Helzberg Penguin Plaza.

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