May 26: The Kansas City Symphony’s 17th annual patriotic concert event is the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest! From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, food trucks, Bayer Family Zone, the Honeywell Veterans Place with services for veterans, plus activities inside Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. At dusk, Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern leads a spectacular patriotic concert, including Tchaikovsky’s famous “1812 Overture” with live cannons and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as a prelude to KC’s biggest fireworks display. The concert program honors veterans from all generations and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Grounds open at 3 p.m.
May 25- Sept. 29: Stonehenge, celebrated by scholars, writers and artists for countless generations comes to life in this large-scale exhibition, suitable for all ages and featuring multiple hands-on interactives to amplify key elements of the monument's mysteries. So much more than a massive marvel of ancient engineering, Stonehenge and it's immense stones have captured our imaginations and dared us to explore and explain prehistoric unknowns like never before. Join as we dig into these ancient mysteries and present the latest in modern discoveries. This must-see exhibition is here for a very limited time.
May 25: Experience the process of preparing a meal in the mid-19th Century over a crackling hearth fire. From food preparation and storage to cooking and presentation, you will learn how to use these historic cooking methods. Cook books with traditional recipes will be available for purchase.
May 24: What makes summer so special? Fun in the sun! Come celebrate the unofficial start of summer at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, with all your favorite Oceans of Fun attractions opening on May 24. Take advantage of the 1,000,000+ gallons of water at the Surf City Wave Pool and ride the tides. Or float along the Caribbean Cooler for a relaxing ride along a lazy river loop. For something extreme, take on Predators Plunge and have the bottom drop out from underneath your feet, sending you in a near-vertical drop through a translucent flume of loops and curves.
May 24-27: As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I continues, the National WWI Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend. The Museum and Memorial offers events throughout the weekend for people of all ages, including a free public ceremony on Memorial Day. General admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, and half-price for the public all weekend.
May 23-26: One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
thru May 26: Meet magical mermaids on land and sea! Watch in wonder as mermaids twirl beneath the waves right before your eyes inside SEA LIFE's Ocean Tank. Be sure to stop for an unforgettable photo op with your new finned friends!
May 4- July 28: Join us this summer for a unique exhibition featuring the LEGO® brick sculptures of artist, Sean Kenney. Explore our core gardens and encounter a dragonfly with an 8-foot wingspan, a six-foot-tall hummingbird, or a proud peacock with plumes nearly seven-feet wide!