It's Spring in Kansas City!
Weather is warming and the days are getting longer! If we have to be stuck at home during a time when we would normally be out socializing in the sunshine, we may as well have some fun and get some fresh air!
En lieu of the local events we usually get excited about here in Kansas City that are on hold due to COVID-19 protocol, I’ve rounded up some ways to try to bring those experiences home to you and your family.
Noteworthy Days and Events
Our City of Fountains will be bubbling once again on April 17 when many of the area’s most beloved fountains come back to life. With the usual celebratory festivities on hold, watch a fun or classic movie that features a fountain instead. When in Rome, The Devil Wears Prada, Roman Holiday or pretty much anything that has scenes taking place in Europe is a good place to start.
If your kiddos have been itching for a special day out and the delayed opening of Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun is giving them a winter blues relapse, go old-school and set up a sprinkler in the yard or play some RollerCoaster Tycoon together for those summery, amusement park vibes.
Brookside’s annual weekend art show usually happens at the beginning of may, and since large gatherings are banned until at least May 15th we’ll have to wait and see what happens. But, you can still view beautiful art from the safety of your home! Travel + Leisure published a list of 12 world-famous museums with stunning virtual tours that will transport you to another world without even leaving your couch.
On a Patio
Looking to soak up the sun while sipping on a latte or a happy hour beverage? The city is full of lovely patios that we’ve all been craving, but until it’s safe to congregate again we can get creative! Nothing quite says summer like a glass of sangria on the patio at La Bodega, so try making the recipe yourself and take a trip to Spain in your imagination! Bonus points if you whip up some tapas to go along side. Is there anything better than Papas Fritas con Ajo?
Another one of my favorite “patios” is the rooftop at Messenger Coffee + Ibis Bakery, where you can see the whole city with a cup of coffee and a croissant in hand! You’ll have to get on Google Earth for the view, but there’s no better time to learn how to make real French croissants than when you’re stuck at home for days on end (because they can take up to two days from start to buttery, flaky finish!). Lucky for us, Tim Veith of Ibis Bakery shared the secret behind their mouth-watering croissants, so if you find yourself making them let me know and I’ll give you my address to drop some by!
Getting Out and Active
Walk, jog, or cycle your way along some of the area’s beautiful nature trails and paths. Test out Indian Creek Bike Trail for miles of exercise through Olathe and Overland Park. Orenjoy 6 miles of mostly gravel urban trail on the Harry Wiggins Trolley Track through the Plaza, Brookside and Waldo (just remember to exercise proper social distancing if you do venture into the outdoors beyond your own property!)
The Kansas City Zoo is usually a popular spot this time of year for kiddos and animal lovers, and thankfully during COVID-19 closure you can still enjoy some of the cuteness through their website! In fact, many zoos have animal cams and virtual tours, just check out this list.