There's plenty of things to do over the next few months in and around Kansas City, with lots of individual events planned.
But what about family attractions that are open year-round and perfect for killing a summer day or night?
Everybody knows about Worlds/Oceans of Fun and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Here are just a few of our town's less obvious attractions.
1. If you have kids with energy to burn, might we suggest you check out the new SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Center, 6495 Quivira Road, Shawnee? Once you sign a waiver and pay fees that start at $9 for 30 minutes, you can flip yourself silly, slam basketballs into hoops, jump into a foam pit, etc. There are dodgeball leagues, Toddler Time and Skyrobics courses, too. Visit Skyzone.com/KansasCity for all the details.
2. Or how about the thrill of high-performance go-karting? Climb into one of the German-built karts at Sadler's Indoor Racing, 325 N. Mur Len, Olathe, and test your driving skills at speeds up to 45 mph on their winding course. It's not cheap, starting at $18.99 for 10 minutes, but it's a wholly different experience than those Ozarks ovals of yore. Visit sadlersindoorracing.com for details.
3. If, however, a visit to a nostalgic amusement spot sounds like fun, try Independence's venerable Cool Crest Family Fun Center, 10735 E. U.S. Highway 40. Established in 1950, it has four miniature golf courses, a video-game arcade, batting cages, a kids gym and traditional go-karts. Visit coolcrest.com for details.
4. Another nostalgic amusement would be to slap on some bug spray and take in a film at one of KC's three remaining drive-in theaters. The I-70 Drive-In at 8701 E. U.S. Highway 40 and the Twin Drive-In, 1320 N. Missouri Highway 291, are both owned by Globe Cinemas, and information can be found at globecinemas.com . The Boulevard Drive-In, 1051 Merriam Lane, has already made the switch to digital projection and only occasionally floods. Visit boulevarddrivein.com for show times, etc.
5. More than mere nostalgia, the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City, 5235 Oak St., is historic. A collection of dolls and dollhouses, marbles and trains, the museum takes visitors back to see how children of yesteryear played. Visit toyandminiaturemuseum.org for details.