By Stephen Foutes
Kansas City is an excellent destination for your family’s Mother’s Day outings, offering everything from world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces to lively entertainment venues and can’t-miss shopping districts. Oh, and instead of picking up a Mother’s Day card, how about seeing where they’re made?At the Hallmark Visitor Center you get an inside look at the company behind the golden crown through museum-like exhibits and displays, including those focusing on the relationship between Hallmark and Disney. ee one of the worlds most creative companies come to life before your eyes. Founded in 1910 by Mr. J.C. Hall, Hallmark has been headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, for more than 100 years. Enjoy the many interactive displays, original artwork, Keepsake Ornament collections, Hallmark television commercials, and special exhibits. We also have activities for groups.
Meet the creators of some of Hallmark’s most popular products, including Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and hoops&yoyo™. On most days (Monday-Friday) 1-2 p.m. a writer, illustrator, designer, photographer or sculptor will be at the Hallmark Live exhibit to talk with visitors. View the schedule and learn about the artists and writers.If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day during the week, be sure to stop by the Visitor Center between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for Hallmark Live, which offers an inside look at the creative process and features a writer, illustrator, designer, photographer or sculptor.
From the Hallmark Visitor Center, step out and hop on the KC Streetcar (shown above) for a convenient ride to other attractions, including Union Station, City Market (stop at Dutch Flowers to get your mom a fresh arrangement and at Bloom Baking Company for lunch or a delicious sweet treat) and Crossroads Art District. The Streetcar’s 16 stops are spaced out every couple of blocks and rides are free – leaving you more money to spend on Mom.
As your day in Kansas City draws to a close, you’d be remiss to not see a live performance. Known predominantly for jazz clubs, Kansas City hosts musical performances of all genres, especially at venues within the Power and Light District.
Still, it’s live jazz for which Kansas City is most famous, and clubs like The Phoenix Jazz Club keep the city’s long-running tradition alive multiple nights per week, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
If live music isn’t Mom’s thing, savor a taste of the region at Vox Vineyards in nearby Weston and enjoy flavorful Missouri wines in a fun, relaxed setting.
Dinner out is always a good option, too, and Kansas City’s restaurant scene is so robust (there’s much more than barbecue!), the only problem you’ll have is narrowing down your choices.
Of course, what’s mentioned above is merely a small taste of everything there is to see and do in Kansas City. Find more information here at VisitMO.com … and don’t forget to call your mother.