Spring time on Kansas I-70


Spring time in Kansas brings warmer weather, outdoor events, music, sports, and more. We hope spring time brings YOU to spend time here in Kansas!

Take some time today to explore the many events and attractions this season below. We are certain there is something for everyone!

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Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


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    Simply Chic Craft and Vendor Fair

    Searching for that unique gift, clothing or decor item? Find it at the fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 24 at Max Jones Fieldhouse, 1209 Arcade. Learn more...

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    Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! The first event will be held April 1. Races continue into late September. Check race times...

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    Colorado-Kansas United States Twirling Association Competition

    Max Jones Fieldhouse’s high ceiling is the perfect venue for this high-flying competition. Come see the fun at 1209 Arcade, beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 7. Learn more...

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    Goodland Cruise Night

    If it has a motor and you’re a gearhead, you need to be there. Old School, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Muscle Cars, 4X4, Jeeps, Motorcycles, Scooters. Come to Chambers Park, 13th and Center, at 6:30 p.m. for food and fun. Learn more...

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    Thirtieth Annual Run for the Wall

    Honor all veterans, especially those from the Vietnam War, when hundreds of riders stream into Goodland on their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — “The Wall” — in Washington, D.C. Riders are scheduled to arrive Goodland by 6:15 p.m. May 19. Learn more...

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    All Goodland times are Mountain Time.

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


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    Gem Lions Club Annual Soup Day

    Warm your heart — and your stomach — at March 3 at the Gem Community Building in Gem. Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Learn more...

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    Colby Collector’s Show

    Come out to the gun and coin show at Colby Community Building, 285 E. Fifth, March 10-11. Browse and buy at the booths. Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Learn more...

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    Better Home and Living Show

    There’s no place like home! Find ways to make yours more comfortable and inviting at the March 16-18 at Colby Community Building, 285 E. Fifth. Hours: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Learn more...

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    Great Oasis Cookoff

    Grab some great eating May 4-6!. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The cookoff will be held west of Walmart Supercenter, 115 W. Willow, Colby. Learn more...

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    Colby Aquatic Park

    Make a splash! The park’s 2018 season opening will be held May 26. Opens at 12:30 daily. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


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    Oakley Country Club and Golf Course

    The nine-hole course features 3,002 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course rating is 68.0 and it has a slope rating of 105. It features fast greens and water is in play on three holes. The golf course and country club, 815 S. Second Street, are open to the public. Learn more...

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    Oakley Municipal Swimming Pool

    The pool is open until from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. It includes four water-slides, a diving board and zero-depth entry, along with a children’s pool. Open 1-5 p.m. daily and some evenings. Fifth Street and Price Ave Learn more...

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    Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark

    Visitors to Monument Rocks, Gove County Roads 16 and E, view these monolithic formations and the site is used for school group outings, star gazing and picnics. The rocks are accessible to the public. A county road runs between the formations. Please be respectful. Learn more...

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    Annie Oakley Park

    The park on E. Fifth St. means family fun. Romp in the playground, stroll the lighted trail, relax in the gazebo or picnic under one of the shelters. Ben Claudel Ball Park is nearby, and the pool is a summer treat. Enjoy the new nine-hole disc golf course. Ample parking is available beside the park. Learn more...

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    Fick Fossil & History Museum

    The Fick Fossil Museum, 700 W. Third, is home to a large collection of fossils from the surrounding area and also a collection of hometown memorabilia. The museum offers free admission, but does accept donations. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


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    Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Come enjoy the beauty of spring along the 60-mile byway south and east of WaKeeney. Explore the natural beauty of the Smoky Hill River Valley as well as the history of the High Plains. This loop begins and ends on I-70. To start your byway tour, drive south on either Exits 127 or 135. Learn more...

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    Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

    Discover all there is to see and do – such as camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and wildlife watching on more than 15,000 acres of water, state park and wildlife area located 14 miles south of I-70 at Exit 135. Learn more...

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    WaKeeney Mini-Speedway

    Enjoy the thrill of “Kart Racing at Its Best!” at this family orientated go-kart track. Twelve races are scheduled throughout the season from April to October, including one of the regional Maxxis Midwest Series Races. The mini-speedway is located north of I-70 Exit #128 at the intersection of U.S. Highways 283 and 40. Learn more...

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    WaKeeney Water Park

    Fun, Fun, Fun . . . for the entire family at the Water Park and adjoining City Park! The Water Park opens for the 2018 season Memorial Day Weekend. Open seven days a week, including some evening hours. 716 N. Sixth St. Learn more...

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    Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at WaKeeney

    Honor our fallen heroes at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, which offers a beautiful resting place. It is located right off I-70 at WaKeeney Exit # 128 and then north ½ mile. Memorial Day services will be held May 28. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


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    Special Olympics Kansas Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament

    Hays is proud to have hosted the tournament for over 40 years. This year’s event will be held March 15–17 in Gross Memorial Coliseum. Learn more...

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    Brews on the Bricks

    Downtown Hays’ own craft brew festival showcases over 60 American craft beers from 20 breweries from Kansas and beyond on April 7 at 10th and Main. Learn more...

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    Sunflower Classic at Rolling Plains Motor Speedway

    Get ready for the greatest show on dirt when racing season kicks off on the weekend of March 29–March 31 at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. Learn more...

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    National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

    Fort Hays State University hosts their annual competition on April 20–22 at Doug Philip Arena located on Golf Course Road, a half mile west of U.S Hwy. 183 Alternative. Learn more...

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    Spring Art Walk

    Join us in Downtown Hays on April 27 when local artists and students display their masterpieces in galleries and shops. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


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    Russell Municipal Golf Course

    Come on out and check out these bluegrass fairways. Golf cart rentals, a putting range and a driving range are also available. Learn more...

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    Grassroots Art Center

    Check out the painted limestone sculptures, colored glass, and life size cars made out of pull tabs in Lucas. Learn more...

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    Oil Patch Museum

    See exhibits of the drilling and production of oil, as well as the pulling units, steam engines, and pump jacks used throughout history. Learn more...

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    A Fairport Knight

    A rustic cabin refurbished in recycled décor is located in the hills of Fairport! Perfect for meetings, reunions or that special anniversary. Learn more...

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    Bowl Plaza

    An amazing work of mosaic art that looks like a toilet covered in bling inside and out. One of the world’s most artsy public restrooms. Learn more...

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


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    Salina Biennial: Contemporary Art from the Mountain-Plains Region

    The juried regional exhibition revives the Salina Art Center’s tradition of including artists living and working in 10 Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states. These 72 works by 42 artists showing through May 20 are testament to a vital and robust visual arts culture at work in the nation’s middle third. 242 S. Santa Fe. Learn more...

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    Spring Break: Go Wild!

    Spend spring break in Salina at Rolling Hills Zoo, 625 N. Hedville Road. Enjoy every day, all day from March 17-25. With Keeper Encounters throughout the day, tram rides ($), Kid’s Country, Nature Playground and daily lunch specials at Overlook Restaurant you’re sure to have a great time. Learn more...

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    “Showdown in Salina”: PBR Championship Bull Riding

    The top ranked professional championship bull riders in the world will be headed to Salina, 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center, 800 The Midway. A new show will debut in Salina. Bull riding fans will have the rare opportunity to see these extraordinary cowboy athletes who set records at both CBR and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Learn more...

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    The Doobie Brothers in Concert with Special Guest Pat Simmons, Jr.

    Catch the Doobie Brothers at Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe Ave., April 22, 8 p.m. The band has been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Learn more...

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    SculptureTour Salina 2018 Exhibition

    Enjoy the 20-plus sculptures in this outdoor exhibition in downtown Salina. The works will be “unwrapped” Saturday, May 5, and will remain on display through mid-April 2019. Pick up a brochure/ballot downtown and vote for your favorite sculpture!

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


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    Can’t-Miss Attractions

    When in Abilene, don’t forget to visit Abilene’s five-star attractions including: Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home, Dickinson County Heritage Center, Old Abilene Town, Great Plains Theatre, Greyhound Hall of Fame, Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum and Seelye Mansion. Learn more...

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    Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

    Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial through May at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Learn about the “square meal,” “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of T.C. McInerney, Bear River Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others. Find out why Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western and the Cowtown that Raised a President! Learn more...

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    28th Annual Ida Stover-Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show

    The Dickinson County Heritage Center will celebrate the 28th year of the Ida Stover-Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show March 12-25. About 80 quilts and quilted items from around the area will be displayed. It is a wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon. Learn more...

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    The Eisenhower Marathon

    Runners at the Eisenhower Marathon and Half Marathon wind through the territory south of Abilene that cattlemen followed when bringing their herds to Abilene on the Chisholm Trail in the 1800s. The April 7 race is also a Boston Marathon Qualifier. It starts and finishes at the Eisenhower Presidential Visitors Center. Learn more...

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    Reitz & Rust Vintage Market

    On April 28, shop with more 200 vendors; enjoy live music and food trucks! Admission is $4 and children 14 and under are free.Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dickinson County Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers St., Abilene Kansas 67410 https://www.facebook.com/Reitzandrustvintagemarket/

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


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    “Wizard of Oz”

    The Junction City Little Theater presents the “Wizard of Oz” at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, April 20-22 and April 27-29. Everyone knows and loves this classic musical and its iconic songs, “Over the Rainbow”, “We’re Off to See the Wizard” and many more. Learn more...

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    Kansas Birding Festival

    The Kansas Birding Festival invites you to join us April 27-28 for two days of guided birding trips to the Milford Lake wetlands, grasslands, wooded areas, prairie and timber habitats. Learn more...

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    Milford Fish Hatchery

    Adjacent to the Milford Nature Center at Milford Lake is the Milford Fish Hatchery. Visitors are welcome to walk around the outside raceways. During April and May, weekend hatchery tours are offered at 1:30 p.m. (no appointment needed). Learn more...

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    Mud Bogg

    Sundown Salute presents the annual Mud Bogg on May 19! Slinging mud and loud trucks will be center stage as vehicles race through pits of mud. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the mud pit. Learn more...

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    Run for the Wall

    Veterans from all wars and their supporters stop overnight May 20 along their annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – “The Wall” – in Washington D.C. They will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Kansas Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Heritage Park, Sixth and Washington St. Learn more...

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


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    Rainforest Adventure exhibit

    Your children can climb through an intricate rainforest maze amid a cacophony of tropical noises and pastel colors during this exhibit’s three months, Jan. 27-April 29, at Flint Hills Discovery Center. Learn more...

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    Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Race

    One of the state’s longest-running Saint Patrick’s Day rolls through AggieVille entertainment district March 17 as Manhattan celebrates its 40th parade and 10K/5K runs. Learn more...

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    Kansas State University Open House

    50th annual K-State Open House April 7 welcomes a contingent of 20,000 visitors to campus for food, fun and family atmosphere extra special to K-State. Learn more...

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    Flint Hills Festival

    An ode to the Flint Hills May 19, party style! Held annually outside Flint Hills Discovery Center at Blue Earth Plaza with live music, great food and children’s activities. Learn more...

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    Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon and 5K

    Take your best shot at a very fast half-marathon May 19, racing to reach Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The record? A shade over 64 minutes. Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


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    Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series 2017

    Deborah Barker will headline the March 4 program and present her newest book “Black Civil War Veterans Build a Church in 1867”. A book signing will follow. She has a long history of service to numerous organizations including the Franklin County Kansas Historical Society, the Kansas Historical Society and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Learn more...

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    Gigantic City-Wide Rummage Sale

    Come March 23-24 to the beautiful, old Lecompton High School building on Woodson Street. Benefit for the Lecompton Community Pride. Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-noon. Lots of great finds and great deals! Learn more...

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    City of Lecompton Easter Egg Hunt

    10 a.m. at historic Rowena Park, 391 Elmore St., March 31. Start the day with a Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. in Lecompton UMC Fellowship Hall, 402 Elmore St. Afterwards, visit the museums, shops and businesses in Lecompton, voted a “best small town in Kansas” by the readers of KANSAS! Magazine. Learn more...

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    Lecompton Walking Tour

    Go back in time to when Lecompton was the territorial capital of Kansas. Take a stroll (or a drive). Many of the sites have a QR code to a video describing the history of the building or area. Learn more...

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


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    Cradle of Basketball

    No city can boast an array of basketball history like Lawrence – where the game came of age. View James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basketball” at the DeBruce Center, 1647 Naismith Dr. Learn more...

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    Baker Wetlands

    Explore 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife in one of the most diverse habitats in Kansas. A great place cycling, hiking, bird watching and stargazing! Learn more...

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    Final Fridays Art Walk

    On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9 p.m., the streets of Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District erupt. Learn more...

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    Kansas Relays

    A Kansas tradition since 1923, the relays are the home of track and field world records, legendary competitions and some of the greatest athletes on the planet. The 91st Kansas Relays will be held April 18-21 at Rock Chalk Park. Learn more...

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    Lawrence Busker Festival

    Over 25 different street performer acts on 5 stages in 3 days, May 26-28. A recreation of a classic Houdini escape will leave you amazed! Learn more...

 

Leavenworth – Exits 396 & 401


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    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    For the Irish and the Irish at heart, wear your green along the parade route, noon March 17. Learn more...

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    Cool Hand Luke Gravel Grinder

    Test your cycling skills in an exciting new 100-mile gravel bicycle event April 22 in Leavenworth. Featuring a start by “the man with no eyes” to the hard-boiled-egg SAGS, you won’t want to miss the epic bicycle event through the countryside of Leavenworth County. Learn more...

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    Fifth Annual Queens 5K Romp

    April 29, FB page: Queen’s 5K RompRomp on April 29! Every finisher receives a cool medal, pink tee, tiara, and colorful race bib. The race goal is to create a wonderful women’s event where women uplift, inspire, and connect with other women of all ages. Race begins and ends at Candle Queen Candles. Join the fun! Learn more...

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    Fort Leavenworth Historic Homes Tour

    April 29, 1-6 p.m. on Fort Leavenworth, Spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon April 29 touring Fort Leavenworth’s beautiful historic homes. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the gorgeous interiors and stately views from these senior officer residences. Hours: 1-6 p.m. Please be aware of the procedures to enter the Fort Leavenworth’s gates. For more information, please visit: Learn more...

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    Memorial Day Ceremonies

    Fort Leavenworth will hold the 132nd Memorial Day Ceremonies May 28. Ceremonies begin at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, at 11 a.m. and Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Blvd., at 11:30 a.m. Learn more...

 

Bonner Springs -KS Turnpike Exit 224


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    Marble Crazy

    Marble Crazy is an annual event held at the Moon Marble Company the first weekend in March. This year the event occurs March 2-3. Meet 20-plus artists! See marbles made! See a marble machine! Hours: Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 600 E. Front Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012; 913-441-1432 email@moonmarble.com Learn more...

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    Barnyard Babies

    Come out to this fun family festival April 21 and experience life on a farm – from barnyard babies to a tractor petting zoo, and fresh produce to kiddie pedal pull contests, giant balloon animals, games and much more! Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 630 N. 126th Street, 913-721-1075 info@aghalloffame.com Learn more...

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    Spring Family Timber Challenge

    Get your play on with the whole family April 22! This Spring Family Timber Challenge at KC Timber Challenge is 2 miles long and is packed with fun and challenging obstacles for the whole family (ages 5 and up). Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 12829 Loring Road, 913-538-1229info@timberchallenge.com Learn more...

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    Marble Day

    The annual Marble Day celebration May 5 is a fun, family day celebrating spring, marble games, and activities and other old-fashioned outdoor games and activities. Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Held on Oak Street in Downtown Bonner Springs. Bonner Springs Tourism, 913-422-7242betsysmith@bonnersprings.org Learn more...

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    KC Timber Challenge

    Be prepared May 6 for a wild 5K obstacle course with 30-plus unique obstacles including mud pits, bluff climbs, a seven-story tower climb, the Vertigo Bus, handheld zip lines, inverted monkey bars, rope climb, cargo nets and much more. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon; 12829 Loring Road, 913-538-1229; info@kctimberchallenge.com; Learn more...

 

SHAWNEE – EXITS 410-423


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    St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration

    March 11 in Shawnee is filled with Irish food, fun, a parade, the Hero Pull for Special Olympics Kansas and the Sister Cities Duck Race. Learn more...

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    Old Shawnee Days

    Enjoy fun and entertainment for the whole family at Old Shawnee Days, May 31-June 3, with music, a carnival, games, parade, crafts, shopping, food and more. Learn more...

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    Shawnee Town 1929

    Experience a typical day in the 1920s farm community of Shawnee, KS, through authentic collections, exhibits, programs and events. Join one of the many new and exciting programs Shawnee Town 1929 has to offer. Learn more...

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    B&B Theatres Shawnee 18

    This is the ultimate in entertainment with the three-story Grand Screen, MX4D® that lets you “feel” the action on the screen, screenPLAY designed for small children and live on-stage productions with B&B Live. Learn more...

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    Shawnee Mission Park

    For 360 degrees of fun, find all the amenities at the park: a beautiful 120-acre lake for popular boating, fishing, sail boarding, and more. The park also has 11 shelters, picnic areas, trails, play areas, archery range, a 53-acre dog park, disc golf, mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to a theatre, a beach and marina. Rent canoes, pedal boats and fishing boats at the marina. Learn more...

 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


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    Frontier Justice

    Premier firearms retailer that delivers a unique family-friendly entertainment and destination retail experience. Learn more...

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    Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

    Two thousand slot machines, 52 action-packed table games, five incredible restaurants. Enjoy star treatment you won’t find anywhere else.

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    Rosedale Memorial Arch

    Designed by John LeRoy Marshall and based on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this monument pays tribute to soldiers from World War I.

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    Kansas Speedway

    Make May 11-12 a weekend of speed with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series May 11 and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series May 12. Learn more...

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    Legends Outlets

    With over 100 outlets, this is Kansas City’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment destination and the only designer outlet center in the area. Learn more...