Best of March in Kansas City

2017 Edition



March is a month full of family fun and celebrations with St. Patrick's Day, the welcoming of Spring and wonderful family friendly productions, amazing exhibits, and family fun! 

No Talking

  • Details: thru Mar. 19 at The Coterie.
  • Why We LOVE It:  The Coterie brings their newest production to stage for audiences 8 and up. It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative fifth graders in history create a contest to see who really can talk the least.  When fifth grader Dave Packer studies Gandhi for a report on India, he learns that Gandhi was silent one day each week to calm his mind. Though Dave likes to talk nonstop, he's determined to give the idea a try. But when confronted by a female classmate, friendly competition turns into an all-out challenge. Rollicking fun ensues in this comedy with a big heart. 

Claws at Sea Life Kansas City

  • Details: NEW Exhibit at Sea Life Kansas City. Tip: Kids Go Free with paid adult if you use the promo code: PARENT.
  • Why We LOVE It:  Meet the armored division of the marine world at this all new exhibit. Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and find out what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed! The Claws exhibit showcases incredible crustaceans from around the world, featuring the giant Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) with legs reaching up to 12 feet in length when fully grown! Other species will include the Florida spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), spider crab (Mithrax spinosissimus), the unique fiddler crab and even lobsters!

 

 

JCCC Performing Arts Center March Performances

  • Details: Shows all month long Johnson County Performing Arts Series.
  • Why We Love It: JCCC brings a variety of shows to the stage year-round. This March, take in one of these great productions. Mar. 3: 'THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE'. Mar. 3-4: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER. Mar. 8: 'ELLIS, ISLAND OF DREAMS'. Mar. 10: DAKHABRAKHA. Mar. 12: SEVEN FINGERS OF THE HAND. Mar. 18: AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN. Mar. 19: 'JAZZ 100' : CELEBRATING CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAYS OF THELONIOUS MONK, DIZZY GILLESPIE, MONGO SANTAMARIA, AND ELLA FITZGERALD. Mar. 23-26: HEART OF AMERICA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. Mar. 13: PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA : 'YOU'RE A GRAND OLD RAG: GEORGE M. COHAN'S BROADWAY'.

 

 

The Cat Came Back

  • Details: thru Mar. 12 at Mesner Puppets
  • Why We Love It: Paul Mesner has a special way of presenting puppet shows with humor and creativity. Based on the folk song (made popular by Fred Penner), this performance tells the tale of Mister Johnson and a mysterious cat who keeps returning to his doorstep. Mister Johnson tries everything he can to get the cat to go away, from giving her to a pilot to sending her into outer space. The cat, however, keeps coming back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Under the Sea Adventure at Crown Center and Giveaway

  • Details: Under the Sea Adventure from Feb. 11 – May 7, Crown Center. Open during Crown Center shopping hours. FREE. 816.274.8444
  • Why We Love It: This FREE hands-on exhibit is a great place for indoor play on a cold winter's day! Plunge into a fun, creative environment in this free exhibit that will delight kids who love to explore the deep blue sea. Discover buried treasure in a sunken pirate ship, ride a dolphin and seahorses, paddle your way to the mermaid's house, climb inside the mouth of a whale, explore in the submarine, and many more aquatic adventures. It's fathoms of fun, and it's totally free!
  • Tip: Enter our Under the Sea Birthday Party Giveaway!

 

 

Curious George at Theatre for Young America

  • Details: thru Mar. 25 at Theatre for Young America
  • Why We Love It: The series of books by H. A. and Margret Ray starring the loveable monkey Curious George first appeared in America in the 1940s. His popularity continues today. This comical dramatization is based on several of the early Curious George books, including the very first one in which The Man With The Yellow Hat captures George and takes him to a big city to live in a zoo. George promptly escapes and launches a series of adventures that include getting a job, going into outer space in a rocket ship, a stay in a hospital, and a hilarious encounter with spaghetti.

 

Disney on Ice: Follow the Heart

  • Details: Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart Mar. 29-April 2 at Sprint Center.
  • Why We LOVE It:  Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance.

 

Sleeping Beauty

  • Details: thru Mar. 31-April 9 at Kansas City Ballet.
  • Why We LOVE It:  This spring's production is a beautiful ballet perfect for introducing the youngest audience members to ballet for the first time.This romantic and tender tale is told with glittering dances, vibrant storybook characters and one of the most beloved grand pas de deux in all of ballet. This family-friendly ballet is a Kansas City premiere and sure to sell out.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break in Kansas City 

Spring Break in Kansas City

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day in Kansas City 

St. Patrick's Day Kansas City

 

 

 

 

Visit the Penguins, Polar Bear, and animals at the Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo Penguin

  • When, Where, What: The Kansas City Zoo is open year-round. (6800 Zoo Dr., KCMO. 816.513.5800 www.KansasCityZoo.org).
  • Why We LOVE It: The popularity of penguins in Kansas City has exploded with the opening of the state-of-the-art Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo! Winter is the perfect time to celebrate our favorite feathered friends from Antarctica . The Kansas City Zoo is one of our favorite year-round attractions, and with the Penguin Exhibit, Polar Bear Passage, Tropics and Discovery Barn all near the entrance and all with indoor exhibits, a winter outing to the zoo is more fun than ever!
  • THE BIG NEWS IN MARCH: New Goat Exhibit to Open Soon! Construction on the brand new Billy Goats Gruff Yard is wrapping up and goats will be moving in very soon! Be sure to visit this interactive goat experience this spring. Many more than three Billy Goats Gruff will inhabit the new goat friendly playground- more than 20 goats including some adorable "kids" to entertain children of all ages.The trip-trap of goat hooves will soon fill the air. Plan to visit Billy Goats Gruff Yard, located next to Discovery Barn, as soon as it opens on March 10 and join us for the Grand Opening on March 25 & 26.
  • Tip: Mark your calendar for fun events found on the Zoo Calendar! Favorite March events include: Mar. 18-19 is Superhero Weekend.

 

 

Pompeii:The Exhibition at Union Station

Pompeii at Union Station

  • When, Where, What: Pompeii: The Exhibition at Union Station
  • Why We LOVE It: We can't wait for this educational, interactive, and inspiring exhibit at Union Station. Featuring nearly 200 artifacts — some never before seen in the United States—including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects,Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago.

 

Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz

  • When, Where, What: thru Aug. 20 at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.
  • Why We LOVE It: Published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz is considered America’s first fairy tale and it holds a special place in the hearts of Kansans and Kansas Citians alike. The story of Dorothy’s fantastical journey through the land of Oz has enticed generations. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is one of our favorite whimsical attractions with toys bringing back memories for generations. The newest exhibit explores the original literary story of The Wizard of Oz and its many retellings, including the 1939 Technicolor film, Return to Oz, and The Wiz, through playthings, first edition books, and original costumes at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.
  • Special Events in March: WIZARD OF OZ PUPPET SHOW / MARCH 15, 17, AND 18 / 1-2PM: See Oz come to life in a 35-minute performance that is fun for the entire family. Included with $5 museum admission. Reservations required, call 816.235.8006. DARLING DAGUERREOTYPES / MARCH 22 AND 24 / 1-4PM: Back by popular demand, get your snapshot taken and turned into a faux daguerreotype.​

 

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