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Springtime in Kansas City

Well, once again, old Mother Nature is attempting to keep winter from ever leaving us.

Despite having beautiful weather last week that was consistently above 50 degrees, even topping 60 degrees, Mrs. Nature decided that we needed a little more snow before we move toward springtime.

Yet, this does not hamper my optimism for the upcoming months.

I am very excited, and anxious, for spring to get here.

When I think of springtime, I think of warmer weather, breaking out those khaki shorts and getting outside.

A handful of things come to my mind when I think about spring.

Spring break is in less than a month, and who doesn’t need a break from school?

If you’re going out of town this break, have fun! If you’re going to be like me and will be working all break (because us servers know spring break means $$$), good for you.

Even though it isn’t everyone’s dream to be working during spring break, hey, at least we don’t have school, right?

Now, getting outside is imperative to enjoying spring. Why not go see a Royals game?

The Kansas City Royals open their season on March 31.

Going to Kauffman Stadium is something everyone should do at least once in their lives.

No, the Royals aren’t the best team in the nation, but the experience at the K is reason enough to go to a game.

Tailgating is always a blast. If you don’t feel like paying the stadium prices for food and beverages (such as $8 for a beer), eat and drink your heart out in the parking lot.

Or go to one of the eight Buck Nights the Royals will be having this season, where hot dogs, small sodas and peanuts are only a buck each.

The Farmers Market is also a lot of fun to go to.

Not only is it a good thing to support your local businesses and farmers, but their products are healthier, and many times cheaper, than going to the grocery store. And your body can always use a ton of fruits and veggies.

All in all, your health, wallet and local farmers benefit from you visiting the Farmers Market.

The market in Kansas City is located in the historic City Market and is open year round.

The market in Overland Park, where I go, is located in Downtown Overland Park, right under the big clock tower and it opens on Saturdays beginning April 9.

I have to name-drop here and mention Justin’s Produce. Great guy, great prices and awesome produce. Check him out at the Overland Park market, or at www.justinsproduce.com.

The Kansas City Zoo is another a great place to take a trip on a nice, warm day. Although open year round, it’s a lot more fun to go when it’s not freezing cold or ridiculously hot outside.

You’ll get some good exercise walking around, and you get to see the wonders of nature right in front of your eyes.

It’s definitely a great place to take kids, but it’s a fun time for you and your significant other also.

And last on my list of awesome springtime ideas, but certainly not least, is going to Worlds of Fun.

A lot of us remember going to Worlds of Fun when we were younger. The thrill of going upside down on a roller coaster never gets old, no matter what age you are.

And, while sometimes frustrating, those carnival games that you can never win are still fun. Although a little pricey, if you can find a way to go this year, I would definitely recommend it. This year, they open April 16th.

Of course, these aren’t the only things to do this spring. But, I hope I put some good ideas in your head, so when all this snow finally melts, you can head outside and enjoy springtime in Kansas City.

bkrzysztow@unews.com

 

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