Area Art & Entertainment
Crown Center: www.crowncenter.com
Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Crown Center is often called a city within a city. Three levels of great shopping and dining complement two of the city's most luxurious hotels, exquisite office buildings, a residential community and several entertainment attractions. It all surrounds the worldwide headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Bring your family and your imagination for an unforgettable visit to Crown Center.
Country Club Plaza: www.countryclubplaza.com
The Plaza's popularity and reputation has been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes The Country Club Plaza Kansas City's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
American Jazz Museum: www.americanjazzmuseum.com
18th & Vine was bristling and buzzing with a unique musical force, a scene ripe with riffs, built upon jumpin' jazz blended with blues, Bird's blossoming bebop, and Kansas City's signature swing. This is the place where John Coltrane first met Charlie Parker - right on the corner of 18th & Vine - and the same area that nurtured the careers of legendary names like Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and Mary Lou Williams, and hundreds of others who shaped the sounds of jazz.
Harry S Truman Library & Museum: www.trumanlibrary.org
The Harry S Truman Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving papers, books, and other historical materials relating to the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S Truman. It is located on a small hill facing U.S. Highway 24 in Independence, Missouri, Truman's hometown. It was the first presidential library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act, and is one of twelve presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Argosy Casino: www.stayargosy.com
One of the most sought-after entertainment, meeting and vacation destinations in the Kansas City area. Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa features a gaming floor that rivals all the fun and excitement of Las Vegas, an award winning hotel offering the most luxurious amenities in the city, an indulgently rejuvenating spa, and five exceptional dining choices. Whether your appetite is for a Certified Angus Beef steak at The Journey, a unique cocktail at Crazy Olives or an action packed table game on the Casino floor, they've got the winning combination ready for you.
Kansas City Visitors & Convention Bureau: www.visitkc.com
Worlds Of Fun: www.worldsoffun.com
Worlds of Fun is the premier amusement park destination in the Midwest -- offering 175 acres of excitement and fun for every member of the family. For thrill seekers, an impressive line-up of seven world-class roller coasters and dozens of thrill rides offers dips and loops from big to small. Named Best New Attraction in the World in 2009, Prowler, a beast of a wooden coaster hidden in the park's forested terrain. High speed turns and powerful changes of direction highlight this $8 million coaster.
Oceans Of Fun: www.worldsoffun.com
Oceans of Fun is a tropically-themed water park that opened on May 31, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate Worlds of Fun's 10th year anniversary. At the time it was opened it was the largest water park in the world. It is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. Oceans of Fun is adjacent to the Worlds of Fun amusement park.
Power & Light District: www.powerandlightdistrict.com
The Kansas City Power & Light District is a shopping and entertainment district in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The district comprises nine blocks on the south side of the downtown loop. It is located between Baltimore Avenue to the west, Grand Boulevard to the east, 12th Street to the north, and Interstate 670 to the south. The $850 million "mixed-use" district is one of the largest development projects in the Midwestern United States.
Sprint Center: www.sprintcenter.com
Sprint Center is a large, multi-use indoor arena in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The building is located at 14th Street and Grand Boulevard, on the east side of the Power & Light District. The arena's naming rights partner is the telecommunications company Sprint, whose headquarters is in nearby Overland Park, Kansas. Sprint Center opened to the public on October 10, 2007, and a concert on October 13, 2007 by Elton John was the first event held at the arena. The arena seats over 19,000 people and has 72 suites.
Kansas City Symphony: www.kcsymphony.org
The Kansas City Symphony (KCS) is a United States symphony orchestra based in Kansas City, Missouri. The current home of the Symphony is the Lyric Theatre, located in Downtown Kansas City on 11th Street between Wyandotte and Central Streets. In September 2011, however, the Symphony will move to the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, also located downtown. The Symphony is one of two major symphony orchestras in Missouri, the other being the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in St. Louis. The Symphony currently has 80 full-time musicians, all area residents. Each year, it plays a 42-week season, which includes subscription concerts, educational concerts, regional and national tours, and public outreach concerts. The Symphony also performs music for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.
Starlight Theatre: www.kcstarlight.com
Starlight Theatre is a 7,947-seat outdoor theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, United States that stages touring Broadway shows and concerts. It is one of three remaining self-producing outdoor theatres in the U.S.
Kansas City International Airport (KCI): www.flykci.com
Kansas City International Airport, originally named Mid-Continent International Airport, is a public airport located 15 miles northwest of the central business district of Kansas City, in Platte County, Missouri. In 2008, 10,469,892 passengers used the airport. Currently the airport serves 49 nonstop destinations. Kansas City International has consistently ranked in the top 5 airports in J.D. Power and Associates North America Airport Satisfaction Study. The airport's largest carrier is Southwest Airlines which operates a large number of daily flights and serves as a small airline hub and crew base for Frontier Airlines.
Bartle Hall Convention Center: www.kcconvention.com
Bartle Hall Convention Center (often referred to as the "Kansas City Convention Center" or simply Bartle Hall) is a major exposition hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It is named for Harold Roe Bartle, a prominent, two-term mayor of Kansas City in the 1950s and early 1960s. Bartle Hall's four tall art deco inspired pylons are a striking fixture in the Kansas City skyline. Bartle Hall Convention Center is Kansas City's largest multifaceted structure dedicated to meetings and conventions, sports and entertainment. It offers 388,800 square feet (36,120 m2) of column-free exhibit space on one floor, 211,000 square feet (19,600 m2) of tenant finishes, a 200,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) conference center, another 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) of additional space on two levels, 45 meeting rooms, a 2,400-seat fine arts theater, and an arena that can seat over 10,700 people, along with an award-winning 46,500 square-foot grand ballroom, all connected to major downtown hotels and underground parking by glass-enclosed skywalks and below-ground walkways. A unique Convention Center feature is the expansive Barney Allis Plaza, a public square ideal for outdoor receptions, festivals and concerts.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: www.nelson-atkins.org
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum in Kansas City, Missouri, known for its neo-classical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art.
Harrah's Casino: www.harrahsnkc.com
Harrah's North Kansas City is a riverboat casino in North Kansas City, Missouri. It is located just north of Kansas City, Missouri on the Missouri River. It has over 1,800 slot machines and table games and video games. Harrah's has 6 restaurants on the property.
Ameristar Casino: www.ameristar.com/Kansas_City
Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City is a stationary boat casino and hotel owned by Ameristar Casinos on the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri. The casino has 2,900 gaming machines, 105 table and poker games, and a hotel with 156 Standard Rooms and 28 Suites.
Isle of Capri Casino: www.kansas-city.isleofcapricasinos.com
Isle of Capri Casino located in Kansas City, Missouri. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. is a gaming company headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri which operates casinos and associated entertainment and lodging facilities in the United States and abroad. Currently operating 15 casinos in six states across the U.S., as well as a property in the Caribbean, Isle of Capri properties have nearly 2 million visitors (this figure is wrong. The Casino in Caruthersville, Missouri had almost 900,000 visitors last year) each year. These properties have a total of about 15,000 slot machines, 400 table games, 3,100 hotel rooms; and three dozen restaurants.
Argosy Casino: www.stayargosy.com
Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa features a gaming floor that rivals all the fun and excitement of Las Vegas, an award winning hotel offering the most luxurious amenities in the city, an indulgently rejuvenating spa, and five exceptional dining choices. Whether your appetite is for a Certified Angus Beef steak at The Journey, a unique cocktail at Crazy Olives or an action packed table game on the Casino floor, they’ve got the winning combination ready for you. The elegant and functional meeting space can accommodate groups up to 600.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts:
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center currently under construction in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at 16th and Broadway near the Power & Light District, the Sprint Center and the Crossroads Arts District. It is part of the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Kansas City. Once completed, it will be performance home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet which currently performs eight blocks north of the center at the Lyric Theatre.
American Heartland Theatre: www.ahtkc.com
In 1986, work began to change Crown Center's Multimedia Forum space into a theatrical presence that would rival any theatre already in Kansas City. On April 1, 1987, the American Heartland Theatre opened its doors to its very first performance. Located in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Barn Players Community Theatre: www.thebarnplayers.org
The Barn Players Theater was founded in 1955 by Earl Altaire, a prominent Kansas City interior designer and theater devotee. He personally guided the renovation of a large barn at the Woolf Farm near 83rd and Mission Road, turning it into a comfortable theater seating 225 people. The old barn had once been the home of Larwin, winner of the 1938 Kentucky Derby.
The Kansas City Ballet: www.kcballet.org
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 25-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director William Whitener and Executive Director Jeffrey Bentley. Kansas City Ballet performs three mixed repertory seasons per year as well as the ever-popular Nutcracker. The company also reaches over 15,000 Kansas City students and adults each year through its community education programs and provides dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre: www.kcrep.org
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at UMKC, continues its four-decade long tradition of presenting works that are compelling, passionate and imaginative. The Rep was founded in 1964 by Dr. Patricia McIlrath, a tireless crusader for excellent theatre. Her vision was to establish a training program where theatre students could work side by side with professional actors, designers and directors. Within a few years of its founding, the Rep became affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association and formerly took the name Missouri Repertory Theatre.
The UnicornTheatre: www.unicorntheatre.org
In 1988, the Unicorn Theatre became one of only three area performing arts organizations to receive National Endowment for the Arts funding.In 1996 The Unicorn solidified its position as the only professional theatre company in Kansas City to consistently produce plays by and about African-Americans. Unicorn also became the first theatre in the region to obtain the rights to produce Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America. Unicorn then renovated and expanded their space with interior improvements including a new box office, lobby, rehearsal space, administrative office and Main Street Entrance. In 1998, the Unicorn Theatre became one of thirteen founding theatres of the National New Play Network, formed to promote the development of new plays and playwrights.