Don't want to stay home this weekend? Then don't! Here's a bunch of things you can do.
If your kids like balloon animals and face painting
This Saturday, at Westwood Park, 11-1 p.m., the West Plaza Neighborhood Association is hosting balloon art and face painting for the kids. Whether you want a balloon shaped like a poodle or a balloon shaped like a balloon, they've got you covered. Your little ones could also have their faces painted like a poodle too, or some other wild beast. The kids won't have all the fun--parents will be able to sample fare from the food trucks and enjoy the live music they've planned.
Westwood Park is on State Line and 47th, on the Missouri side (close to the stellar Johnny Jo's Pizzeria). The event is free, but tips to the artists are recommended. Learn more about the fun to be had here.
If you're a gemini who likes to party
Saturday at 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Combine, at 2999 Troost, is holding a "Sundresses, Shorts, Cocktails: Gemini Bash." Featuring Geminis and their friends and families, wearing sundresses, shorts, and drinking cocktails. Since Geminis are supposed to be the life of the party, a party full of Geminis should be the best party ever.
The bash will be held on The Combine's rooftop. If you don't know (you better ask somebody), The Combine is a deli and pizza place with a great drink menu. In addition to their pizzas and classic deli fare, they sell fluffernutter sandwiches on Wonder bread for $5. So if you have always wanted to chase a fluffernutter sandwich with a Bahama Mama, The Combine is for you.
Tickets start at just under $20 and can be bought here.
If you need a little "Vacation"
Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on and get ready to head to Wallyworld. The Screenland Armour (408 Armour Road in North Kansas City) is hosting an outdoor movie night on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. The movie? Vacation, of course, the original Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo classic. It's free (not counting the $1.50 booking fee if you buy a ticket online), so you can feel good about splurging for the large popcorn. Get your tickets here.
Rather watch movies indoors on cushy seats? They're also playing Polyester in OdoRama! Tickets actually cost money, but it's totally worth it for the OdoRama. Can you smell what the Screenland is cooking?
Like classic British cars?
The "Heart of America Concours d'Elegance Jaguar Show" is Saturday at the Crown Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's a car show feature classic Jaguars, hosted by the Heart of America Jaguar Club. Fun fact: although these cars might give off a James Bond vibe, Bond didn't actually drive a Jaguar until 2012, in Skyfall. Learn more about the show here.
The Jaguars have some luxury car competition this weekend. Across the state line, Aristocrat Motors (9415 West 65th Street in Merriam) is hosting the largest Porsche auto show in Kansas City history. Celebrate 75 Years of Porsche History will be Saturday, 11-3.
If you want to celebrate Pride Month
There's also the big KC Pride Parade on Saturday. It starts at Westport and Broadway at 11 a.m. and will proceed down Broadway until it gets to 47th, where it will turn east into Theis Park (in front of the Nelson). Even if you don't plan to go, good info to know if you're in the area and want to avoid the traffic. There will be lots of floats, community groups, and likely some wild outfits too for all of you people watchers out there. You can get more info and check out the parade map here.
If you're a mom who won't ever turn down free lunch
The Robert Mohart Center (3200 Wayne Avenue in Kansas City, MO) will be hosting the second annual M.O.M. Conference and Resource Fair. Yes, the Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church has been kind enough to provide attendees a free lunch, but it's much more than that. There will be speakers, booths, and lots of resources for caregivers of the youthful sort (i.e., kids), including topics like home ownership, health care, and personal safety. Dads can come too!
You can get your free tickets here.
When did cornhole become so big?
Have you ever dreamed of playing cornhole where NBA players once played basketball? Now's your chance to hit the big time. This Saturday, 11-5, the Hy-Vee Arena, yes the old Kemper, will be hosting the KC Cornhole Tournament. All you need is a team of scrappy cornhole players and 70 bucks. How many do you need on your scrappy cornhole team you ask? Just two. Corn and holes will be provided.
You'll play at least four games and the top three teams in each division will win a cash prize. Learn more here. Fun fact: In addition to her stellar ringwork, WWE wrestler Charlotte Flair, daughter of Ric Flair, is also an expert cornhole player.
Walk with the dinosaurs
The KC Pumpkin Patch (13875 S. Gardner Road in Olathe) has gone Jurassic this summer, bringing in a bevy of dinosaurs and dino-themed activities for the kiddos, like fossil mining. There will be dinosaurs, big ones, up to 20 feet high to run for your life from (or take photos with, your call). Once the kids are over the dinosaurs, there are tons of things to do and games to play. You can also grab lunch there, and the adults can enjoy a glass of wine from the adjacent winery.
The dinosaurs will be at the KC Pumpkin Patch until July 3rd, so if you can't make it this weekend, you'll have other opportunities.
Tickets are $25 at the gate and $19 online if you use the code "dinodad." You can also upgrade to the "dino plus pass" which adds a paintball experience (so don't wear your Sunday best), a dino ride, and fossil mining. You can learn more here.
If you'd rather just eat cookies
If you're scared of dinosaurs and if cornhole sounds too sporty, then just head over to Saint Mark's Methodist Church (6422 Santa Fe Drive in Overland Park) and take a cookie decorating class. The class starts Sunday at 2 p.m. and lasts 90 minutes. It costs $40 per person, and it includes everything you need, including the cookies, the icing, the decorations, and a box so you can take the cookies home and show off your confectionary masterpieces.
Learn more about this tasty event here.
That's it for this week. I hope you have a fun weekend whatever you end up doing!