Summer spots around Kansas City

Jordan Huesers, Maegan Kabel, Meghan Kennedy, Sara Naatz, Taylor Yeazel, Katie Wells, Co-editor, Web Editor, Staff Writer, Co-editor, Circulations Manager, Staff Writer

College Basketball Experience
Address: 1401 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
Closed to the public: Monday and Tuesday
Open to the public: Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.
3 years and under — Free
4 – 17 years old — $9
18 years and older — $12
65 years and older — $9
This 41,5000 square foot building has two floors and houses several interactive basketball exhibits as well as the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Visitors can interact in multiple areas, including practicing rebounds, passes, three-pointers and free-throws.
2475 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
Ticket Prices
Child (3-12)
At the door: $15 plus tax
Online: $13.50 plus tax
Combo SeaLife and LEGOLAND: $23 plus tax
Adult (13+)
At the door: $19 plus tax
Online: $17.50 plus tax
Combo SeaLife and LEGOLAND: $29 plus tax
Sunday through Thursday 10am – 8pm (last admission at 6pm)
Friday and Saturday 10am – 9pm (last admission at 7pm)
Legoland in Kansas City opened at Crown Center on April 29. Tickets for Legoland are $19 plus tax, and the combo ticket of Legoland and Sea Life (aquarium) cost $29 plus tax. At the LEGO Factory, visitors can go on a guided tour of the LEGO factory, where they will see the LEGOs being created right in front of them. Legoland features many different sections, including two rides and a 4-D theater.
MINILAND: Made from millions of LEGO bricks, MINILAND displays miniatures of Kansas City icons. Unique to Kansas City, MINILAND also contains scenes from the Wizard of Oz as visitors follow Dorothy from her farm in Kansas all the way to the Emerald City.
LEGO Racers: Here, visitors use provided LEGO bricks to create vehicles that can then be timed on its trip around the test track.
LEGO Factory: Professor Brick-a-Brack shows guests the process of making a LEGO brick. The experience includes seeing the LEGOLAND Discovery Center LEGO factory.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has it all.
Everything from African to Chinese art, from modern to contemporary works, from sculptures to photography.
Admission is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday.
The beautiful architecture, large windows and gorgeous floors all contribute to the wonderful and pleasant atmosphere.
The campus has two parts — the original Nelson-Atkins Building and the more modern Bloch Building.
The museum has many different rooms, each allowing the breathtaking artwork within to be respectfully and properly displayed.
Currently maintaining more than 33,500 works of art, the museum adheres to everyone’s possible artistic preference.
The museum displays many showcase pieces such as Claude Monet’s divine Water Lilies and John Caravaggio’s awe-inspiring Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness.
From April 14 to Aug. 19, the museum will showcase The World’s Fairs exhibit. Student tickets cost $5.
World’s fairs showcases the exhibition Inventing the Modern World. The exhibit will highlight important ideas such as cross-culturalism, technology and nationalism that shaped all objects at fairs from 1851-1939.
To top it all off, outside the museum building visitors can enjoy the spectacular Kansas City Sculpture Park. The park allows for a nice breath of fresh air and the chance to look at some beautiful sculptures or lounge in the grass.
The museum offers walk-in tours of certain exhibits and collection highlights.
However, it also offers an audio-guided tour that includes information about each work either presented by the artist or a curator. This allows visitors to travel through the museum at a pace of their own liking.
After a day of appreciating stunning artwork throughout history, you can stop by the museum store to pick up some souvenirs at very reasonable prices. Or you can enjoy a nice lunch at the Rozzelle Court Restaurant.
Overall, your experience at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be very memorable, and there’s no doubt you will want to return.
Traveling Exhibits: 
Rodin: Sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation* — Until June 3
Looking at Historic Lands: Urban and Rural — Until June 10
Abstraction: From A to B — Until July 27
The Starr Miniature Collection: Individual Representations — Until July 29
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs* ­— Until Aug. 19
Timothy H O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs* — Until Sept. 2
Fine Lines: Whistler and the American Etching Revival — Until Nov. 4
Acts of Nature: Contemporary Decorative Arts — May 11 until Dec. 12
* Additional ticket purchase required

The Country Club Plaza
Address: 4750 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64112
Hours: Vary depending on store.

With stores such as the Apple store, American Eagle, Barnes & Noble, Pottery Barn and Bath & Body Works, the plaza is a conglomerate of many different avaliable products. The plaza also features eating options like Starbucks, Noodles & Company, The Cheesecake Factory and Panera Bread Bakery Cafe.
Plaza Live! Courtyard Concerts: The Country Club Plaza will features live musicians through September.
Thursdays 5 – 8 p.m.
Fridays 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturdays 2 – 5 p.m.
Sundays 12 – 3 p.m.
Mermaid Courtyard – Nichols and Broadway
Penguin Courtyard – Nichols and Pennsylvania
Neptune Courtyard – 47th and Wornall
Valencia Courtyard – 47th and Jefferson
The Country Club plaza features many different places to eat and shop.
Forever 21:
Whenever people ask me where I get my clothes, it’s almost always the same answer.
Forever 21.
I discovered Forever 21 the summer before sophomore year, and ever since, my closet has filled of clothes from Forever 21. My style changed from Aeropostale t-shirts to girly and contemporary.
I remember leaving that store feeling confident and comfortable in my own skin. I could now express myself through what I wore.
Whenever I need a casual outfit, Forever 21 will have something.
What about business professional? Yep. Even that. I have found some of the cutest tops and professional skirts.
On top of that, when I go to Forever 21, I can always find something I look good in. I always try to find the Beatles shirts (I own nine of them) and the vintage-ish, flowery print shirts. I love finding the gorgeous flowing shirts. My clothes reflect my personality and my mood. This store always has something that will reflect any mood I feel on a given day.
Forever 21 is located in the Plaza, Oak Park Mall, and the Legends. My favorite of these stores is the Plaza location, however.
The first time I walked into that store, I saw and organized store with more clothes than both the Oak Park Mall and the Legends, as it is two floors of beautiful clothing for almost everyone’s style.
Until I visited this store with sister, she hated it. When we shopped at this store, she found a shirt she loved and, though she may not be the biggest fan of the store, she can almost always find something she enjoys.
The Plaza’s Forever 21 contains more options and a broader collection. It even contains a men’s section, which I hadn’t even heard of at a Forever 21 store.
Overall, the Plaza’s Forever 21 offers a vast selection for all people. I strongly recommend checking it out.

Power and Light District
Address: 13th & Walnut Sts. Kansas City, MO 64106
Hours: The overall District is open 24/7, however store and attraction hours vary.
Parking: Parking is free during lunch, but other times of the day it is $2.
The Power & Light District has a variety of restaurants, stores and attractions such as the Sprint Center, AMC Mainstreet Theatre and KC Live!.
AMC Mainstreet Theatre: Tickets must be reserved ahead of time, prices range from $6 to $12 dollars depending on time of day and age of participant.
KC Live! : Across from the Sprint Center, in between 13th and 14th Street.
A feature stage music artists can perform on once a month during the summer and a city block with two levels of restaurants as well.

Sprint Center
Address: 1407 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64106
Ticket prices depend on seats and the event.  Bands, solo artists, sporting events and other attractions such take place.
Upcoming Events:
May 11th: Miranda Lambert with Chris Young and Jerrod Neimann — 7:30 p.m.
May 18th:Street League Skateboarding — 7 p.m.

Union Station
Address: 30 West Pershing Rd Kansas City, MO. 64108
Hours of operation:
Tuesday — Thursday: 9:30-5
Friday — Saturday 9:30-7
Sunday — 11-6
Ticket Prices: $19.12 for adults and $16.12 for seniors (60+), military and children.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors through an all-age-appropriate tour of the life of the Titanic.  The tour covers the construction, launching, voyage, sinking, rescue and discovery of the wreckage site. Visitors learn stories of travelers and observe a realistic setting modeled after different parts of the ship. The exhibit closes Sept. 3, 2012.
The Maker Faire:
June 23: 9:30 am to 7 pm. June 24: 9:30 am to 5 pm.
In the Union Station West Yards parking lot.
The Maker Faire KC 2012 is a faire celebrating things made by mankind.  From food to new age technology, different creations and their inventors will be displayed.

SeaLife Aquarium
The SeaLife Aquarium at Crown Center houses more than 5,000 different sea creatures with talks from experts and feeding show times avaliable throughout the day. Visitors can see creatures such as sharks, jellyfish, octopus and seahorses, touch crabs and starfish in the Interactive Rockpool Experience and take a walk through a shark-and-ray-filled underwater tunnel.
SeaLife also works with active conservation organzations. In addition to viewing and interactive activites, visitors can learn about and support local activites to aid the conservation effort.
Ticket Prices:
Child (3-12)
At the door: $15 plus tax
Online: $13.50 plus tax
Combo SeaLife and LEGOLAND: $23 plus tax
Adult (13+)
At the door: $19 plus tax
Online: $17.50 plus tax
Combo SeaLife and LEGOLAND: $29 plus tax
Sunday through Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., last admission at 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., last admission at 7 p.m.

Royals/ Sporting KC:
The Kansas City Royals play at the Kauffman Stadium.
Ticket prices:
$12 to $250 depending on the location of your seat.
Left-fielder Alex Gordon takes a few practice swings and makes his way up to the plate. In the bottom of the first inning, the score is tied, 0-0. With only one out, Gordon is confident he will get a hit.
When the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison throws a perfect pitch over the plate, Gordon swings, hitting the ball into deep left-field.
As the ball lands in the Sonic section, the stadium erupts in excitement.
Not only does Gordon win the entire stadium a free Sonic slush but adds points to the board. The Royals lead the Jays, 1-0.
Along with giveaways, fans can visit the many attractions offered at Kauffman Stadium, such as the Outfield Experience.
The Outfield Experience is equipped with a playground, carousel, batting challenge, base run, mini golf course, pitching mound and mini baseball field. It’s the perfect venue for children to run and play, while parents watch the game.
Every Sunday is Family Fun Day, where kids can participate in the Fun Run and run the bases after the game.  From singing along to Garth Brook’s popular song “Friends in Low Places” to cheering on your favorite hot dog condiment in the Hot Dog Derby, Royals games are always a memorable experience.
Walking in from the left-field entrance, one will immediately notice the Royals Hall of Fame. In the Dugout Theatre, the Hall of Fame starts with a 15-minute video displaying a timeline of Royals history, dating all the way back to the Negro Leagues and onward to the 2012 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium.
In addition, visitors will see Royals Hall of Famers Frank White, George Brett and Dick Howser’s jerseys on display.
The final stop of the Hall of Fame is a souvenir shop.
Tickets range from $10 to $250.

Sporting KC plays at the Livestrong Sporting Park.
One Sporting Way
Kansas City, KS 66111
Ticket prices: $20 to $70 according to seating location.
Almost immediately after the soccer ball sails into the net of the opposing team, blue confetti erupts from cannons around the field. The fans that fill Livestrong Sporting Park cheer, hug and yell out of sheer joy.
The fans sitting in the members club, also known as the Cauldron, begin to chant “Olé, olé, olé, olé,” as drums beat madly and a man with a blue trombone joins in the melody. People wave enormous blue-and-white-checkered flags as a man dressed as “Sporting Jesus” dances triumphantly in his robe and a man in a massive headdress bellows out a rallying cry.
The fans sitting in the South stand cheer and hold up their Sporting scarves.
The entire park is alive with excitement.
Livestrong Sporting Park is a gorgeous new facility, unveiled only last year. Many of the players say the park is unlike any other in which they have played, thanks to both the facilities and the fans cheering them on each game.
It’s an atmosphere every Kansas-citian should experience at least once. The rush of seeing forward Kei Kamara nail the ball into the net, a referee card defender Aurelien Collin (again) and a crazy fan getting tackled as he jumps from the Cauldron onto the field.
Not to mention Sporting Kansas City actually wins games. I know it’s a shocker for us Kansas-citians, but it’s just another reason to go out and support the boys in blue.
You’ll be singing “I believe that we will win” in no time.

World War I Museum
Address: 100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Now – May 27: Tuesday through Sunday — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 28 – September 3: Daily — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticket Prices: 
Adults — $12
Students (18 + with ID) — $10
Youth (6-17) — $6
Visitors of the World War I museum can travel through the exhibits and observe artifacts from World War I.  The museum features weapons, uniforms and combat facts.