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Old 05-17-2016, 03:20 PM   #11
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Ditto on Jack Stack by Union Station or Joes. My favorite is Gates but thats probably about 10 blocks away from Union Station. I think the All Star Game is over 4th of July so Royals are probably out. Agree that Steamboat Arabia is cool and so is Union Station. Rivervest is july 4th at Berkley Riverfront Park with 2 stages of music, kids activities, food, etc. Welcome to KC!

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Old 05-17-2016, 03:32 PM   #12
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Here is a link to some of the events around the time you are coming to KC. Most of these have already been mentioned and I second and third all of those suggestions. It is a little far out, but there is a good Civil War sight at Lexington, MO, about 50 miles from downtown. There is even a cannon ball in the courthouse column! If you PM me and let me know when you are in town, I may be able to help more. I work in the shadow of the WWI Memorial.

https://www.visitkc.com/visitors/eve...Results&page=0
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:09 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and advice. I had checked to see if the Royals were playing and they are away then at the Phillies.

We are most likely going to stay at one of the hotels near Crown Center, as to be within walking distance of the main points of interest.

I had seen that Steamboat Arabia during a points of interest search and may have time to add it to our schedule. It all depends on how long we stay at the WW1 museum.

I also noticed a themed restaurant in Crown Center called Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, where a mini train drops off your order down to your table. Is this something that a 12 year old might enjoy?

Thanks again for all the help.

P.S. All this BBQ talk has me hungry. We have some pretty good BBQ places down here, so the bar is going to be high when I check out Kansas City's signature food. LOL
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:56 PM   #14
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If your 12 year old is into trains then yes he will enjoy. Several layouts in Union station as well all free. BTW they have a cross walk over the RR tracks in back of union station to get to the BBQ place. Later RJD
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If your 12 year old is into trains then yes he will enjoy. Several layouts in Union station as well all free. BTW they have a cross walk over the RR tracks in back of union station to get to the BBQ place. Later RJD
And an above-the-street covered walkway to get from Crown Center to Union Station.
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Here is a couple of shots of my trip 2 weeks ago to KC. Pic of one of the layouts in Union station Later RJD
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Here is a couple of shots of my trip 2 weeks ago to KC. Pic of one of the layouts in Union station Later RJD
Thanks a bunch. I was telling my son about all the ideas my friends here on FRF have suggested, and he was getting excited. I'll show him these pics when I get home this evening.
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If you are around Crown Center and if your son has any interest in Lego's--you have LegoLand right there. Some great Mexican restaurants fairly close over on Southwest Blvd. Rosedale BBQ isn't that far from Crown Center either.
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I'm sure he will love the trains. What boy does not Later RJD
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Got back in Monday night from KC and had a great time. Thanks again for everyone's help and suggestions. We didn't get to do all we wanted. I tried twice to get into Jack Stacks but didn't feel like the wait....nor did we want to wait in the long lines to go in Liberty Memorial.

I really liked Union Station and was more than impressed with it. Took the streetcar to Arabia Museum, and I may have liked it more than anything else. One of the sons/excavators was there, and I talked to him about some things that aren't on the tour. It was real fun.

I also liked the downtown area, and it reminded me a lot of downtown New Orleans, just cleaner.

I will make a little confession. The first day we walked from our hotel up the hill to the World War 1 Museum. The second day, I paid a cab to drive me up that hill.
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