I love finding unique experiences when I visit a destination. There are several in Kansas City, Kansas that are worth adding to your list.
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Take an Intro to Aerial Aerobatics Class
556 Lowell Avenue Kansas City, KS
If you have ever dreamed of running away with a circus for the day, this is the place for you!
At Voler Thieves of Flight, students ranging from 6-60 of all skill levels can try different types of aerial arts.
Their classes are located inside a former church which makes for high ceilings that are perfect for a class.
Voler Thieves of Flight offers classes, special events, and workshops. Intro to Aerial Silk, Circus Circuit Fitness, Acroyoga. You can also learn trapeze and Lyra. The Lyra basically looks like a hula hoop in the air.
The classes give you opportunities to improve your balance, strength, and stamina. Each class helps you build on your skills. You’ll also learn the vocabulary.
Watch an amazing aerial silks demo from our instructor.
During my visit, we tried an intro to aerial silks class. One of the first “tricks” that we tried first was going upside down.
By going upside down first, it helps you remove class jitters and get your blood circulating quickly.
I’ve taken an aerial silks class before in another state and I found it really difficult to connect my brain to the actions that I was trying to perform.
Voler Thieves of Flight Owner, who was also our instructor, Rachel McMeachin, was incredibly patient while instructing our group.
She was also able to communicate foot wrapping for the aerial silks in a way that made sense.
Students progress at their own pace. You’ll learn how to transition into graceful poses and wraps.
No, I did NOT look graceful in the picture above BUT the following picture shows the progress.
Progress NOT perfection!
Students start low on the ground. After they have progressed in skills and strength they get to try skills from a higher height.
This class is REALLY FUN and a great way to step out of your comfort zone.
Discover the Murals Around Kansas City, Kansas
I love finding street art when I visit a city. Kansas City has lots of murals throughout the city.
Check out 8 murals within a 4 block corridor along Minnesota Avenue.
These murals celebrate the culture and history of Kansas City. 30 high school students were involved in the mural project under the guidance of professional artists and the results are incredible.
1207 N. 7th St.
Dawning of a New Day, 2004, Artists: Joe Faus and Alisha Gambino
826 Minnesota Ave.
El Baile de la Vida (The Dance of Life), 2004, Artists: Joe Faus and Alisha Gambino
751 Minnesota Ave.
Facing the Past, Looking to the Future: A Kansas Hmong Storycloth
636 Minnesota Ave. Wyandot Echoes, 2007
Artists: Duane Dudley, Joe Faus, Alisha Gambino
947 Minnesota Ave.
Up and Down Round and Round, 2007, Directing Artist: Joe Faus
901 N. 8th St.
Kansan Printer, 2006, Artists: Joe Faus and Alisha Gambino
Murals Not Pictured
- 932 Minnesota Ave. “Avenue Chronicles”, 2006, Directing Artist: Joe Faus
- 1118 N. 7th St. “Pandatopia Somewhere Over the Rainbow” 2005, Directing Artist Joe Faus
Be on the lookout for additional murals like the one pictured above while you are in the area.
945 Minnesota Avenue
Watch a Marble Making Demo at Moon Marble Company
600 E. Front Street Bonner Springs, KS (Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City, KS)
Another hidden gem that’s worth the stop.
View the Vintage Toys on Display
A visit to Moon Marble is like a trip down memory lane. You’ll find vintage games with marbles on display. There are also more modern games and quirky souvenirs available for purchase.
Watch a Moon Marble Demonstration
Guest can learn more about how marbles are made with a live marble-making demonstration.
Moon Marble Demonstration Schedule
Demos begin at 10:30 and continue until 3 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. *Call to confirm demos
The art of marble making is really fascinating to watch. This is a great stop for groups or field trips.
You can purchase Contemporary Handmade Marbles from artists from around the world.
Make sure that you view the cases closely to take in all of the details and locations of the artists.
Fill a Marble Tube
Toward the end of your visit, you can purchase a marble tube to fill with your favorite machine made marbles. There is a large assortment of colors and sizes to choose from at Moon Marble.
TAKE A SPICY FOOD CHALLENGE AT SPICIN’ FOODS
111 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, KS
This is THE place to go for hot sauce lovers.
I’ve had a spicy food challenge on my list for a few years. Thanks to Spicin’ Foods I got to cross that adventure off my list.
Since 1998 Spicin’ Foods has been creating specialty sauces, salsas, snacks and dips for wholesale, retail and co-pack/private label.
You can start by tasting a variety of their products ranging in spice levels. Several of the samples would be doable for someone who typically isn’t a fan of spicy food.
I highly recommend stepping outside your comfort zone and trying as many as possible because many have an excellent flavor in addition to heat.
If you are going to do the challenge you might want to only try a few samples.
I would honestly hold off on the hottest ones that are just below “the Source” hot sauce used for the challenge because hot is hot… and you don’t want your mouth to be even more on fire before you start.
If you accept the Hot Sauce Challenge …it requires a waiver to try a toothpick dab of “the Source” that has 7.1 million Scoville units.
Watch what happened when I tried the Source
I’ll admit that when one of the employees shared his painful experience with the challenge, a little second-guessing came in for a moment. Regardless, I knew that I had to just suck it up and do it.
The bragging rights are worth it!
Watch a Train Deliver Your Meal at Fritz’s Railroad
250 N. 18th St.Kansas City, KS
I’m a sucker for a theme and a gimmick!
Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant combines the two in the best way because the food is delivered to your table by an electric train!
The patented system was originally created by Fritz and installed in the 1970s to help with a labor shortage.
When customers kept on calling the system the “train” he decided to play up the railroad theme.
Don’t worry your drinks are delivered by a server so you won’t have any mishaps.
Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant has expanded to three locations but this is the original location and it’s worth checking out.
Experience A Unique Overnight Stay Chateau Avalon Hotel & Spa
701 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS
I previously mentioned that I’m a sucker for a theme.
Chateau Avalon Hotel & Spa is all about creating an experience for guests with 23 different themed concept suites.
A fun overnight for families or couples who want to get away, these themed suits allow you to escape the mundane and travel the world without ever leaving Kansas.
Check out the suite options online prior to your stay to get your preferred theme of choice. Or you can go for the element of surprise with whatever room is available.
Themed Rooms at Chateau Avalon Hotel & Spa
A few of the themed rooms include a Tahitian Treehouse, Monte Cristo, Mayan Rainforest, and you can choose your preference of luxury, adventure, or classic rooms. (The Tuscany themed room is the best seller)
Save on Your Stay at Chateau Avalon
You can save on your stay at Chateau Avalon at Booking.com
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