Top 5 Things to do in KC with Friends and Family!

February 25, 2019

Now that the holidays are over, we know it can be easy to let quality time with your loved ones fall by the wayside. After all, we’re all busy and it’s so cold outside! However, we’d like to challenge you, instead, to get out of the house and make the most of your time with family and friends. Take advantage of some of these wonderful (and indoor) activities and opportunities that Kansas City has to offer:


Visit a museum

A view of the Kansas City skyline and Union Station museum

Whether you and your loved ones are into history or science, sports or music, there’s probably a museum in Kansas City for you all to visit.
Interested in history? Try the Arabia Steamboat Museum or The National WWI Museum.
If you’re looking for something that hits a different note, there’s the American Jazz Museum.
For a more hands-on experience that’s centered on learning through play, be sure to head over to Science City at Union Station.
If you’re counting down the days until baseball season then the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum might be just the place to spend time with your baseball-loving friends.
None of these pique your interest? Have you been to The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures? It’s a quirky and playful way to hang out with your family.


Tour a brewery or distillery

a shot of friends toasting with drinks

Recommended for adults only, learning about your favorite brews and booze is a sure fire way to have the best time with your friends.
If craft beers appeal to you, you may be interested to know that Boulevard Brewing hosts tours (with samples) every day of the week. KC Bier Co also has tours, every Saturday, and you all get a souvenir glass with your ticket!
If liquor and spirits are more to your taste, then just north of Kansas City in Weston, MO is Holladay Distillery where you can experience real Missouri bourbon. Or hop over to Lenexa, KS and spend the day at Union Horse Distilling Company experiencing their small batch approach with your buddies.


Catch a live performance

People facing the stage watching a live music concert

Kansas City’s selection of venues for live performances is thriving. It doesn’t matter if you’re into comedy, music, theater or more- there’s a place hosting the experience you’re looking for. There’s always something to see with your favorite people at places like Kauffman Center, Starlight Theatre, Green Lady Lounge, and Kansas City Improv.
Check out KC Live Arts for a great listing of upcoming live performance art in the greater Kansas City area.


Take a class

People learning to make a dish together, cooking dumplings.

Tackling a new skill together is one of the most engaging ways to spend quality time with family and friends.
If you’ve been trying to think of a new way to savor your time with loved ones, The Culinary Center of Kansas City has cooking classes for adults that you can take together! They have others for children aged 2-8 that adults can attend, a new experience for you and your favorite kiddos. TasteBuds Kitchen over in Leawood, KS also has class offerings that are perfect for families hungry to make memories.
For an opportunity to hone that green thumb, everyone can learn to grow orchids at Bird’s Botanicals. Don’t worry- the classes are inside!


Admire some art

A view of the lawn at the Nelson-Atkins art museum in Kansas City, with the famous shuttlecock statues.

Visiting The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a beautiful way to spend time together. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is another place to visit with your friends or family when you’re wanting to experience something lovely.
Museums aren’t the only option for viewing stunning work; don’t forget about our city’s galleries! Featuring mainly Kansas City based artists, Blue Gallery, Hilliard Gallery, Leopold Gallery are usually open for visitors.
Maybe afterward you’ll even be inspired to make your own creation!


Whatever kind of activity you choose, be sure to do it with people you love and make the most of it.

-Apple Pie Painting

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