I was recently thinking about all the things I haven’t made time to do since I moved to Kansas City. I’ve lived in Kansas City for 5 years now, but since I’m only here on the weekends my time is limited. Winter is in full swing in Kansas City right now so the choice of activities is often limited by the weather. Here’s my bucket list for great Kansas City winter things to do.
#1 – National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
This is not a place that just everyone thinks about going to in Kansas City, but I have wanted to visit the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures for years! This is going to finally be the year I get to see it. I’m getting ready to start building my 5th dollhouse so I need some inspiration. The museum is located at 5235 Oak St. in Kansas City, and is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day but Tuesdays and major holidays.
#2 – The Money Museum
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City allows tours in their Money Museum. No reservations are required for this walk-in experience, but large groups need to call ahead and book a tour. I want to watch the shredding thousands worn out dollars and get my souvenir bag of money. There are audio and iPad guided tour options with exhibits on everything from counterfeits to the function and the history of the Federal Reserve. You can even lift an actual gold bar worth over $500,000! This will, of course, be my only chance to ever even see an actual gold bar.
#3 – Expand my tastes of Kansas City Barbeque
I’ve been to Jack Stack Barbecue several times, but I keep hearing about Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. I think it’s time to try a new place that so many people talk about. I want to go to the original location which was opened in 1996, in a gas station at the corner of 47th & Mission in Kansas City, Kansas.
#4 – Vaile Mansion
The Vaile Mansion was built in 1881 by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile and contains 31 rooms. At the time it was built it included every modern convenience possible, including its own built-in water tank and a 48,000 gallon wine cellar. As someone who likes to build dollhouses, I’m looking forward to seeing the architectural details. It is located on North Liberty Street in Independence, Missouri.
I’m going to limit my list of winter things to do to these 4. Hopefully, even with all the ordinary things I have to get done I’ll have a chance to to make it to these this winter. But . . . if you know of any other indoor places I should visit this winter, please let me know!