Most people associate Labor Day with cookouts, visits to the lake or end-of-summer camping trips, but there are a number of activities happening throughout Kansas City that won’t require you to leave town or host a party.
Instead of packing your sleeping bags into the minivan or buying bratwurst for a backyard grilling session, get out and see some of what Kansas City has to offer over your three-day weekend.
The Jurassic Garden exhibit at Powell Gardens is still on (with Booms & Blooms fireworks set for Sept. 3), and so is the Body Worlds exhibit at Union Station. While you’re at Union Station, check out the King Tut exhibit, which is there through Sept. 14.
Labor Day weekend kicks off the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, so it’s a good time to visit the grounds before they get that authentically trampled medieval feel. If you’d rather just take in a game, the Royals and T-Bones have both planned fireworks displays for fans.
Kansas City’s Irish Fest is always a blast, with cultural dance, shopping, comedy and music to go along with the food. There’s face painting for the kids and whiskey tastings for adults, and the Crown Center-based festival has events scheduled Friday through Sunday.
If you haven’t experienced KC’s streetcar yet, wait no longer. The 2016 Art in the Loop project lets streetcar riders experience curated temporary art along the route, as well as performances that blend art, theater and music.
If you appreciate the culinary arts, check out the Roasterie’s Food Truck Brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roasterie’s 27th St. location. Along with the rotating lineup of ethnic food choices, live music and games keep the laid-back brunch under the big silver plane buzzing. Or is it just the coffee?
The Saturday before Labor Day, teachers from the Kansas City Ballet will lead a session of Pilates in the Park on the southwest lawn of the World War I Museum. It’s free, but you have to RSVP. It’s a great excuse to get outside during one of Kansas City’s more temperate times of the year. Don’t be intimidated – the class is suited for all skill levels. Just take your own mat!
Whether you take in culture, exercise or just a little rich food this Labor Day weekend, there’s something suited for everyone and every price point.
Kat's Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, click http://twitter.com/savinmavens or visit http://communityamerica.com.