Kansas City is one of the Midwest’s cultural centers, with everything from music, major league sports, theater, art galleries, and a wealth of other activities for the visitor or local person to enjoy year round. Here is a summary of the best free things to do in Kansas City in the coming weeks.
If you act quickly, you can catch the Aria Final Round Concert on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Olson Performing Arts Center. This show will, as stated, feature finalists in the contest, which has been going on all year. If you are not up for the contest circuit, have a listen to the Liszt 200 Series at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. This is a lecture series which celebrates the composer’s 200th birthday year.
If you are over 21, there is always KC Prime’s Casino Bar Stage, where you can listen to great live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Again, admission is free to this event and there is no cover charge either, so check it out!
In May, the Nelson Museum will feature “Acts of Nature,” sure to be a popular show that will feature artwork inspired by nature. If you have ever spent time in Kansas City in the month of May, you will know that this show could not have been timed better. The Nelson Museum will feature a similar show in August, when it puts on, “Landscapes East/Landscapes West: Representing Nature from Mount Fuji to Canyon de Chelly.” The show features art that has been inspired by natural beauty and all works will be two-dimensional.
If you have children, do not miss the Johnson County Museum of History’s KidScape, which features hands-on exhibits for little ones ages 3 to 9. KidScape is set up to look like a city street, where kids can walk around and meet various people from the region’s past. This is an ongoing event, and of course it is free, which is the best part for cost-conscious parents.
Another kid-friendly event is held from Feb. 11-14 at Paradise Park Family Fun center, where the Children’s Entertainment Center will have all sorts of holiday fun based on Valentine’s Day. Cards, cookies, and flowers are just a few of the things on hand for kids to enjoy. Like everything else on this list, it is 100 percent free of charge.
So, don’t delay, there are plenty of exciting and educational events in Kansas City that don’t cost a dime. For a more complete listing, check out a list from Kansas City itself of things to do this month!