Springtime is finally here and there is no better way to enjoy the warmer weather, budding flowers and glimmering sunshine than by exploring the latest in Overland Park and Kansas City. As a growing metropolis, Kansas City offers endless options for fun things to do with the family. To help you decide, we’ve put together our top five things to do in Overland Park and Kansas City this spring.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking out the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Whirlwind exhibit yet, springtime is the perfect time to do so! On display until September 30, 2019, the Arboretum is showcasing 13 kinetic sculptures. This exhibit combines art and science with one of Earth’s most powerful features: wind. The sculptures, by 10 different artists, interact with the environment to enhance the experience. Therefore, make sure to visit the beautiful outdoor space when the breeze is blowing and the sun is shining for optimal viewing.
This 12-acre educational farm offers daily activities, attractions and programs April 1 through October 31. Take the family back in time as you connect with the history and heritage of early 1900s Kansas. Kids will enjoy everything from an apple orchard to encounters with more than 250 animals and birds. The farm offers interactive learning experiences with turn-of-the-century staples like a one-room country schoolhouse, Indian encampment, a blacksmith’s shop and more.
The Bluhawk Marketplace is your go-to spot for neighborhood retail. Home to the ever-popular Cosentino’s Market, the Bluhawk Marketplace offers everything from groceries to salons, as well as fitness centers and casual dining. Spend the day hopping from shop to shop followed by dinner enjoying the weather at one of the restaurants with outside seating.
Rated one of the “Best Farmers’ Markets in the State of Kansas” by Cooking Light Magazine in 2016 and Tripping.com, the Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market features more than 70 vendors on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The vendors offer freshly grown and homemade products that include produce, wine, jams and jellies, breads, pastas and more. Enjoy live music at the market pavilion while you sample your Farmers’ Market finds.
Adventure awaits at iFLY® Kansas City! For those wary of skydiving but craving the adrenalin, this place is for you. Earn your “wings” with experiences for all ages, including virtual reality technology featuring How to Train Your Dragon, skydiving across the world, and BASE jumping the Alps! iFLY’s® certified IBA instructors take you through the once-in-a-lifetime sensation of flying, all inside a controlled wind tunnel.
In an effort to continue to develop Kansas City into a one-stop destination for all to enjoy, the city and its leading developers have an amazing lineup of hotspots and activities. The Bluhawk Sports Park, for example, is an indoor, multi-sport complex that will provide a home for youth and amateur sports. The complex will also feature a 3,500-seat Civic & Community Center/Arena with one regulation size ice rink, designed to accommodate a tier 1 amateur hockey team. The benefits of having community resources like this are immeasurable and provide the area with new spaces to host more activities and events. As the area continues to grow over the next few years, the number of things to do in Overland Park and Kansas City will only multiply.