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Don't Break the Bank for Spring Break

February 22, 2013

Did you know that the Kansas City area consistently sweeps leisure traveler polls for low cost lodging, attractions, entertainment and dining?  If you're looking for a family friendly place where you can get away for spring break without going over your own fiscal cliff, think Kansas City Destinations. Come explore our exciting, educational, easy-on-the-wallet offerings on tap right now (or coming soon)!

HAVE A MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY! 
Leavenworth, KS  
Take a ride on a restored antique 1913 Parker carousel and tour the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum. The museum is dedicated to telling the remarkable story of C.W. Parker, the "Carnival King", who made Leavenworth, Kansas the carousel capital of the world by producing more carousels in Leavenworth than any other city in the United States. 321 S. Esplanade St, open Thurs-Sun.

NEW EXHIBITS AT LEGLER BARN.

Lenexa, KS
The Lenexa Historical Society invites families to Lenexa's History Museum in the
Legler Barn Museum at Sar-Ko-Park Park, 14907 W. 87th Street.  Watch skilled quilters work on a historic quilt every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., then  learn about women's suffrage through the "Winning the Vote Traveling Wall," on loan from the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Virginia. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is admission is free. As a plus, there are playgrounds and picnic areas available nearby in the park.

CACHE IN ON MERRIAM! 
Merriam, Kansas
Spring Break is the perfect time to get outdoors and discover new things.  In Merriam, the Visitors Bureau has placed three geocaches throughout our city for visitors to discover and
was established in 1995 to provide the City of Leavenworth a premier bakery. The bakery enjoy. This virtual treasure hunt is a great activity for all ages and all you need is a GPS enabled device to search the coordinates, a knack for treasure hunting and a place to brag about your finds.  Click here to take a peek at Merriam's cache clues! Don't forget to log your finds at www.Geocaching.com. Have fun!

JEWEL OF KANSAS CITY.

Kansas City, MO
Kansas City's Crown Center District is a perfect spring break destination for families. Called a "City within a City," Crown Center has lots of activities for children of all ages. Hotels, dining and attractions like LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the Federal Reserve Bank's Money Museum and more are all within walking distance. To view all Crown Center attractions, go to www.VisitKC.com.

PRICELESS HISTORY - FOR FREE. 

Lansing, KS
The Lansing Historical Museum is located in the restored 1887 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Depot at 115 E. Kansas The museum hosts educational programs and features permanent and temporary exhibits about local history throughout the year. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p and there is never a charge for admission.

HAVE A SPRING BREAK BLAST! 
Kansas City, KS
Discover a plethora of activities at Legends Outlets Kansas City where you can skip over the Yellow Brick Road to find shopping, dining, entertainment and FREE family fun. Challenge the kids to a scavenger hunt, take an audio walking tour and learn about legendary Kansans or see life-size dinosaurs and experience a meteor shower at T-Rex Cafe. Bring the camera and take pictures of your discoveries - photo ops abound at every corner!

BENTON AND TRUMAN: MISSOURI LEGENDS.
Independence, MO
Two of the most famous residents of western Missouri were the artist Thomas Hart Benton and the former President Harry Truman. Come learn about these men, their combined work and their friendship at a new long running exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Exhibit opens March 8 and runs through mid-October, included with regular museum admission. Hailed as the best Presidential Library in the nation by the Dallas Morning News, the renovated, interactive displays and activities make the Library a "don't miss" attraction for families with school age children.

SNAKES ALIVE! 

North Kansas City, MO
The 29th Annual Snake Saturday Parade and Festival will be held Saturday, March 16 in downtown North Kansas City.  Following the parade, (watched by crowds exceeding 100,000), enjoy a large festival area with carnival rides, entertainment and the annual Barbecue Cook-off.  Also included this year will be a race car show, children's activities - including airbrush temporary tattoos, tricycle obstacle course, petting zoo, pony rides and much more. The Snake Saturday Parade and Festival has become the first Rite of Spring for the region with its safe, family friendly environment. This year's parade theme is "Irish Roots and Cowboy Boots" and it will begin promptly at 11 a.m. at 14th and Swift Street.

NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS.
Overland Park, KS
No need to travel far for the finest in theater performances and live music. Overland Park is where the stars shine this spring! The Johnson County Community College Performing Art Series features a fantastic line-up including Arlo Guthrie Live and Broadway's Next H!T Musical. In addition, the award-winning New Theater Restaurant is featuring On Golden Pond starring Mike Farrell from M*A*S*H.

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