Spring has sprung: Get out on the town!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's the first good-weather weekend of the spring in Kansas City, and there is lots to do.

The Kansas City chapter of the Wichita State University Alumni Association is hosting a Final Four watch party for the Shockers at the Fox in the Hound, 10428 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, starting around 5 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a season-opening ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, featuring hourly tours, live entertainment, games and other activities. This is the 35th year for the attraction, which is operated by the city of Overland Park. There is now a $2-per-person admission fee on weekends. More information: http://bit.ly/13ZrJ8P

A newer attraction, SeaLife Aquarium, celebrates its first birthday Saturday with treats for humans and fish alike. Sea creatures inside the ocean tank will receive a specially made seafood birthday cake at 11 a.m. Saturday, while human guests can get a cupcake while supplies last, starting at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April. Guests may also help build an octopus out of LEGO bricks.

The Downtown Lee's Summit Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday morning. It is located at the corner of Second and Douglas streets. The market is open from 7 a.m. to sell-out Wednesdays and Saturdays, and typically has 50 vendors featuring a variety of fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods and handmade crafts. The season runs through Nov. 30. Parking can be found in the lot next to the market, or at the City Hall parking garage at the corner of Second and Green streets.

The Kansas City Roller Warriors kick off their 10th season of flat-track roller derby bouts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $8 at the door to watch the Dreadnought Dorothys, the Black-Eyed Susans, the Victory Vixens and the Knockouts battle it out.

Fans of modern rock music can catch all the coolest local groups and some intriguing visitors to town on Friday and Saturday as the third-annual Middle of the Map music fest takes over 11 different venues around town. The capper will be the 11 p.m. Saturday show at Westport's Record Bar featuring Making Movies, the local group whose brand-new debut album ("A La Deriva," produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos fame) blends rock guitar with the Central American rhythms of their heritage.


 

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