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Quirky Kansas City

March 24, 2013

Ever get the “been there, done that” blues? If you’re craving an unusual, off-the-wall or quirky experience, you just might want to consider one of these.

 

A fabulous play area with a western twang.

Merriam, KS

Where can you find a little bit of the “Wild West” in Kansas City? At the popular Antioch Park, located at 65th Street and Antioch Road. Kids enjoy hours of imaginative play at the park’s Dodge Town which features a variety of small replica buildings inspired by the days of the Wild West.  From a bank to the general store and even the sheriff's office complete with a jail, this little hideaway is a great discovery. In addition to the Dodge Town play area, Antioch Park also features a small fishing lake, children’s playground, tennis courts, picnic shelters and paved trails which circle the small lake. Host to the annual Merriam Turkey Creek Festival on the 3rd Saturday in May.

 

Big Time fun in a Miniature Way

Kansas City, Missouri

Children and adults are equally intrigued by the unique objects in the Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City, Mo.  From old-fashioned steam engine trains to vintage games and gadgets, to an amazing assortment of fine-scale miniatures, this one-of-a-kind giant collection is a must-see. The Toy & Miniature Museum has one of the most impressive collections of fine scale miniatures in the country, including intricate pieces like Noah’s Ark and the Palace of Versailles. In June, the museum will host the World’s Largest Marble Tournament.

 

Celebrate Marble Day!

Bonner Springs, KS

Where else can you go to see 5,000 Pinky balls dumped on the street? The answer is in downtown Bonner Spring at the 7th annual Marble Day event, which will roll into town on Saturday, May 4, packed with old-fashioned family fun. This free event, held from 9:30 a.m.  - 2:00 p.m., gets underway with a Tractor Cruise and Wacky Parade. Activities include a marble tournament, yard games, straw tunnel, cake walk, bike rodeo and more. Individuals can sponsor numbered Pinky balls for $2.00 each, with half of the proceeds donated to Bonner Animal Rescue. Food vendors on site.

 

Learn about Life in the Pen

Lansing, Kansas

In 2009, the Lansing Historical Museum was one of five winners of the Gaylord Brothers Most Unique Archives Contest. Our collection brings to life the relationship between the community members and the oldest penitentiary in Kansas. We live, work, and grow together. The museum has hundreds of photographs, contraband, uniforms, and other memorabilia related to the Kansas State Penitentiary now known as the Lansing Correctional Facility. Located on the prison grounds, the Lansing Historical Museum is located in Lansing’s 1887 Santa Fe Railroad Depot. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Have yourself a Hairy Good Time.

Independence, MO

Hair: We cut it, color it, French braid it, curl it, lose it. See intricate earrings, bracelets, necklaces, buttons, flowering wreaths, brooches, embroidered pictures, rings and watch fobs, all made with hair at Leila's Hair Museum, the only museum of its’ kind in the world. Get up close and personal with thousands of works of art and jewelry crafted with hair, as well as framed photos with locks of hair which once belonged to celebrities such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and John Lennon. Featured by People magazine and the Travel Channel.

 

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