Best of May in Kansas City
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Stonehenge at Union Station
Stonehenge at Union Station (30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO). Opening May 25, 2019, the 15,000 sq. ft. exhibition will premiere in the expansive Bank of America Gallery at Union Station for a limited time. Described as inspiring, magical and sacred, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument inWiltshire, England and one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom. It consists of several rings of standing stones, the largest around 23 feet (7.0 m) high, nine feet (2.75 m) wide and weighing over 50,000 lbs (25 tons) each. Scientific analysis has revealed the stones that form the inner ring were transported an incredible distance from the Preseli Mountains in Wales, over 150 miles away, with no modern means of transportation.
Oceans of Fun Opening for the Season
Oceans of Fun opens for the season Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy admission to Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun for the price of one ticket. Kansas City’s amusement park with 235 acres of family rides, thrill rides and waterslides, including seven world-class rollercoasters and Oceans of Fun, the city’s first waterpark. Your senses come alive as you enter the gate, the sights and sounds take over, and the little ones in your family take your hand. Breathtaking views from towering coasters, hair-raising thrill rides and a Planet Snoopy kids area that is the playground for new memories.
Family Events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial (2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO). Within the museum walls below, however, lies one of the best historic sites in the Midwest, the National World War I Museum. With tremendous state-of-the-art exhibits telling the story of World War I and, more importantly, the soldiers and civilians of the era—their sacrifices, their journeys—this is one of Kansas City’s most important attractions. NOTE: On Memorial Day, Summer Hours Begin! The Museum is open 7 days a week beginning on Memorial Day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Sunday - Friday) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturday)
May Special Events at The National WWI Museum and Memorial:
- Family Friendly: Craft your own Postcard - May 11: Enjoy a family-friendly morning and craft your own embroidered postcard with quilting expert Denniele Bohannon and receive access to the Museum and Memorial’s exhibition Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI. FREE with RSVP | R.A. Long Classroom
- International Conscientious Objection Day Ceremony - May 15: Not all Americans mobilized for war in 1917. Desiring a negotiated peace rather than military intervention, dissenters refused to support the war effort, imagining a global order without war. Observe International Conscientious Objection Day on May 15, with an hour-long ceremony that remembers those who opposed World War I and helped initiate modern peace movements. A dedication of two Walk of Honor bricks will be recognized to honor the legacy of conscientious objectors and their commitment to non-violence and reconciliation. FREE with RSVP | Paul Sunderland Bridge
- Painting Demonstration - May 17: Enjoy some of the most picturesque views in Kansas City after hours! Bring your lawn chair and blanket to the Museum and Memorial’s scenic grounds when we host noted Impressionist Slava Korolenkov for an oil painting demonstration of one of Kansas City’s most treasured sites. FREE with RSVP | Southeast Lawn
- The Great Railroad War - May 18: Railroad expert Dr. Rudy Daniels, author of The Great Railroad War: United States Railway Operations in WWI, discusses the pivotal events that shaped the fate of the railways system and its influence on the outcomes of the war. In partnership with Union Station. Book sales available before and after lecture with author signing. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
- The War to End All Wars…and Its American Veterans Film Screening - May 18: Enjoy a screening of documentary The War to End all Wars…and Its American Veterans, which explores how WWI affected American society. Showing followed by Q/A with director Dr. Daniel Bernardi. In partnership with the Veteran Documentary Corps and sponsored by National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program. J.C. Nichols Auditorium | FREE with RSVP
- Front Lines to Headlines: WWI Dispatches from Kansas City Star's Otto P. Higgins - May 22: Hear the stories of Kansas Citians in the Great War through the eyes of Kansas City Star reporter Otto P. Higgins with James Heiman, author of Front Lines to Headlines: The World War I Overseas Dispatches of Otto P. Higgins. Book sales and signing available. In partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Story Center. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium
- Memorial Day Weekend May 24- 27: As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) 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. Additionally, the Museum and Memorial invites the public to “find your World War I connection” and discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and more with a variety of programs throughout the weekend. Admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while general admission for the public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 24-27). The Museum and Memorial offers several events during the course of the weekend for people of all ages and interests, including a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day followed by a special Bell Tolling Ceremony at Noon. ASL interpretation will be provided for the ceremony.
- Hands-On History: Every Saturday at 11am. History is brought to life in this family‑friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
Complimentary with paid admission.
- Complimentary Museum Tour: Every Thursday 2:30pm. Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on Thursdays at the Museum ticketing window. Complimentary with paid admission | Museum Main Gallery
Memorial Day Weekend
Kick off summer with family fun over Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy opening weekend at local pools, fabulous festivals honoring America's veterans, and great local events in our Memorial Day Weekend Guide.
Summer Reading Programs
Books open new worlds to children. This summer encourage your child to cultivate a love of reading with these incentive programs from local libraries and businesses! Read our guide to 2019 Summer Reading Programs in Kansas City.
Summer is the season for watersports. Fortunately, Kansas City has something for everyone! From free spraygrounds for young children, to daring water rides for teens and adults, to classes and programs, pools and waterparks and everything in between. Our water fun season is Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend! Read our KC Water Fun Guide for details.
Farmers Market Season
Kansas City's Farmers' Markets start opening ALL Month long! With over 30 markets to choose from, ranging from small to large all across the metro, there is something for the locavore in all of us. Check out our Guide to Kansas City Farmers' Markets and read great tips for buying local farm fresh produce and discover a Farmers' Market near you. We're fortunate to have so many terrific Farmers' Markets in Kansas City to choose from. If you want to eat organic, fresh, locally grown produce, or you are looking for plants for your own garden, or local honey, Amish baked goods, or even live animals... Kansas City's Farmers' Markets have it all! Several even boast live music and entertainment. This is an excellent family outing on a Spring Saturday... you have fun and finish a chore all at once!