Adventures in Wonderland

July 27/BONNER SPRINGS.—An Alice in Wonderland-themed carnival, to be held on the Kansas City Renaissance Festival grounds from 2-6 pm. This FREE event features performances by Cloud Nine Aerial Acts and the Storybook Forest, costumed characters, games and costume contests. Activities include a Tea Cup Coloring Contest, White Rabbit Sack Race, Hedgehog Croquet, Bounce Houses, Tea Cup Toss, Magical Photo Ops, a chance to meet favorite characters and costume contests. Free bottled water will be provided, with concessions available to purchase for a modest fee.

Cloud Nine Aerial Acts offers Aerial Dance and Fitness Classes for Kids and Adults, teaching patience, commitment, and self-acceptance through the process of building strength, flexibility, and creativity. Their performance will showcase Aerial Dance skills, beauty and strength, and is sure to amaze audiences young and old alike. The Storybook Forest brings the magic, story and wonder to children’s events and parties with a vast cast of characters, instilling magic in the hearts and minds of children. Their storytelling will enchant the whole family during Adventures in Wonderland.Enter at the Queen’s Gate entrance off 126th Street, through the Providence Amphitheatre Parking Lot. This event is rain or shine, and costumes are very welcomed but not required. Call 913-721-2110 for more information.

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Little Jerusalem Chalk Badlands near Oakley, KS

Badlands of Little Jerusalem state park.

OAKLEY – This Much-anticipated Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park is expected to open to the public by mid-year. The mile-long valley of 100-foot-tall spires and cliffs encompasses the state’s largest Niobrara Chalk formations, which previously had no public access. Trails cross the historic territory that once saw the likes of “Wild Bill” Hickok and “Buffalo Bill” Cody pass through, and today is home to wildlife and plants rarely found anywhere else in the world. Check www.nature.org/littlejerusalem for updates.


WICHITA – The shipping-container mall is home to trendy restaurants, salons, and boutiques, centered around an outdoor gathering space and fire pit. Using an established building and now-in-vogue shipping containers converted to buildings, the open-air development recently opened in east Wichita.

The Nifty Nut House

WICHITA- The iconic Nifty Nut House, recently completed its newly-expanded 10,000-square-foot store. And on the city’s north side, the Guinness World Record-holding “largest mural painted by a single artist” is coming to life on the side of a huge grain elevator along I-135. Depicting members of the Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods reaching out to each other, the mural is an effort to unite races and neighborhoods divided by I-135.

The Eisenhower Presidential Museum

ABILENE – Visit the updated galleries and exhibits unveiled during the 75th anniversary D-Day Commemoration at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

Kansas Byways

Travelers on Kansas’ 12 scenic or historic byways will see new or upgraded interpretive signs and kiosks at 39 locations, thanks to the recently completed, $1.4 million Kansas Byways project. “Our goal is to tell the story of Kansas through our byways, a collection of routes that highlight the beauty, history, and heritage of Kansas,” says Byways Manager Sue Stringer. “The signs and kiosks give visitors a chance to pull off the roads and learn about the beauty and history that surround them.”

                –Salina expects to complete the major, $160-million renovation of its downtown in early 2020. The new open-space, art deco-inspired streetscape will feature outdoor seating, plantings, outdoor dining, and entertainment spaces. A key part, the 68,000-square-foot Salina Fieldhouse indoor sports facility is open. Yet to come: The Alley bowling alley and family fun center, a vintage car museum in a repurposed warehouse, Homewood Suites Hotel and several restaurants.

                –Dodge City broke ground on a 12,000-square-foot Boot Hill Museum exhibit hall, housing nine new exhibits, a gift shop, covered back patio and a temporary exhibit hall, with completion expected in spring 2020.

                –Wichita has razed its 84-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and will replace it with a $75 million stadium that will host a AAA minor league baseball team. Also included in the project: $6 million for riverfront renovations, including a new pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River. Proposed stadium completion date is March 2020.