We spent a day in Kansas City since my sister in law lives in Manhattan, Kansas. Actually, as I look at what we did in Kansas we ate at a BBQ place and got donuts. The activities we did were all in Independence and Liberty Missouri which is just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The whole geography of the area is a little confusing with a Kansas City, Kansas and a Kansas City, Missouri.
1) President Harry Truman’s Library
2) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s VIsitor Center Independence, Missouri
3) Walking Tour Independence Missouri
4) Community of Christ Temple
5) Liberty Jail
6) Joe’s KC Original Gas Station
7) Hana’s Donuts (actually a separate day but notable mention)
We learned the best time to see bald eagles in Missouri is the winter time. So, we bundled up on a windy, cold day where the highs were in the 30s and headed up to West Alton Missouri. We learned about this area of Missouri because of one of the families at our children’s elementary school. He grew up in St. Louis and told me they go eagle watching every winter and they will see 20-30 a day. He said they go to the confluence of the river. I learned that’s where the mighty Mississippi and Missouri rivers merge.
We missed the Eagle Sundays and Eagle Ice Festival that the Audubon Center at Riverlands hosts but we were still able to see eagles. We had no idea what to expect and were a little skeptical that we would see an eagle. The Audubon Center had spotting scopes (with step stools for the kids) that were free to use.
“Go to the City Museum,” has been something my Mother in law has been telling me for years. She flew from California to Missouri just to take her daughter to this museum. It’s that good.
I’ve been to several children’s museums across the country and there is nothing quite like this one.
The first time we went to the museum we were there for seven hours. We brought snacks and ate pizza in the cafe. My son still talks about how it’s the most pizza he’s ever eaten – 9 pieces of pizza! I don’t think it was because the pizza was amazing I think it was because he had been exploring so much that he was that hungry. There are tunnels every where and you just climb and explore. There are tunnels outside, there are tunnels on the roof, there are tunnels in caves there are tunnels everywhere. Some of these places really test your ability to handle heights and tight spaces.