Here is a list of things going on this weekend in the KC metro area. Honestly, the pickings were slim so I also included some indoor venues that might be fun to visit. This list is a compilation of events taken from www.kckidsfun.com, www.kcparent.com, and www.visitkc.com. Thanks to these websites for their info.

At the Sutherlands store (Raytown location only), there will be an old fashioned farm to fruit and veggie stand.  Click here for more details!

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Garrison Community Center, 1124 E. Fifth St., Kansas City, MO. There will be a reading of the poem I Have A Dream, music and refreshments. Come and remember the man and the legend. Free event for all.

Celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday with several free activities at Union Station from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10-11:30 a.m. in the concourse of the America I Am exhibit, learn poetry writing techniques and create poetry writing inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and the America I Am exhibit from nationally recognized performance poet and American Jazz Museum Poet-in-Residence Glenn North. From noon-1:30 p.m. in the concourse of the America I Am exhibit, explore how to take inspiration and dreams and turn them into creative pieces of art from local acclaimed artist and children’s book illustrator Shane Evans. At 2 p.m., in the Rail Experience exhibit, explore the stunning history of the Pullman Company and its porters from rail historian Pete Hansen. Also, check out the free We Are Kansas City exhibition highlighting the African American Imprint in Kansas City and the America I Am: The African American Imprint exhibit, which features several artifacts highlighting Dr. King’s struggle for Civil Rights. One of the featured artifacts is the jail cell door key from his Birmingham jail. His “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” was penned from this cell. Space is limited for the activities. Register online at www.kansascitymuseum.org/mlk.html

There’s still plenty of winter left, but the merchants of Briarcliff are stocking up for spring. Which means great savings on fall and winter merchandise during our Semi-Annual Sale, January 12-15. Visit participating stores to button up your cold-weather shopping, at the best prices of the season. Start the new year in style with deals like: – 70% OFF select clothing at Amelia’s – SALE 39.99 or less on ALL fall/winter clothing at Finishings for Her – 50% OFF select merchandise at Salutations – BUY 1, GET SECOND 50% OFF Young America furniture at Lauren Alexandra – Save on L’Oreal products, OPI polish and more from Eclektica

Admission: FREE
Related Organization: Briarcliff Village

Where:

Address: Briarcliff Village, 4151 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816-595-5820
Visit Event Website

When:

Date(s): Jan. 12-15
Time: 10am-6pm

http://www.kckidsfun.com/ home page features a listing of all the indoor swimming pools in the area.

Mother Nature Reads

When

1/14/2012 10:00 AM until
1/14/2012 11:00 AM

Where

Lakeside Nature Center
4701 E. Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri USA

Harley-Davidson Vehicle & Powertrain Operations Plant

The Facts: 11401 N. Congress Ave., KC, MO. 816.270.8023. FREE tours Mon.-Fri., 9:00-1:30, for visitors 12 and up. www.Harley-Davidson.com
The Experience: It’s not every day that we get to see an American factory assembly line process in action, and the Harley-Davidson Factory is an incredibly efficient and fascinating tour for just such an experience. At the factory, workers build complete motorcycles from start to finish in 45 minutes (plus paint drying time). The tour begins with a short video, then each visitor is given safety goggles and a radio to clearly hear the guide on the factory floor, where you witness the entire process from robotic welding, to laser-cutting and frame-bending, to polishing and assembly. In the visitor’s center, you can sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop.
Tips: It is best to make reservations to avoid the potential wait walk-ins sometimes encounter. See their site for rules before visiting.

K.C. Strings

The Facts: 5842 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS. Call 913.403.8999 to schedule a free tour. www.KCStrings.com
The Experience: There is only one shop in America where professional level violins, violas, cellos and basses are crafted and it is located right in Downtown Merriam. In 1992, master luthier (maker of stringed instruments) Anton Krutz, his father Misha (retired bass player for the K.C. Symphony) and business partner and craftsman Rick Williams opened K.C. Strings where more than 20 craftsmen make world-class instruments. On the tour, Anton shares many of the traditions of his craft, but there is one secret he will never reveal: the formula for his signature opaque layer of mineral varnish, perhaps the most significant factor in the sound quality produced by his instruments. Visitors are shown each step in the process from the room where slabs of wood are stored for drying, to the wood working where master craftsmen shape the pieces of each instrument and ultimately assemble, varnish and sell them to orchestras around the world. The shop sells instruments for each level, from student to master musician.
Tips: The tour offers an in-depth view into the science of stringed instruments and it is a wonderful outing for older children, teens and adults.

Moon Marble Company

The Facts: 600 Front St., Bonner Springs, KS. 913.422.1432. Open Tue-Sat., 10:00-5:00. www.MoonMarble.com. Free marble making demonstrations Tue., Fri. and Sat. (10:30-3:00) when a glass artist is available.
The Experience: Moon Marble is a magical toy store overflowing with the coolest toys around. Like Alice slipping through the rabbit hole, you’ll discover gizmos and gadgets labeled “Try Me.” The highlight is watching marble making demonstrations! The demonstration begins with a short video explaining how factory-made marbles are manufactured, then a glass artist makes handmade marbles right before your eyes. Best of all, they display the process on a large screen so it is easy to see. The artist explains the history of marble making, how the process works and each step as the glass is fired and formed into a work of art. And, of course, marbles are available for purchase. From collectible works of art to marbles for play, they have it all. Children can fill a tube with marbles ($3-5 depending on size) specifically selecting favorite colors and designs, then reach into “Mr. Big Mouth” to choose the perfect shooter to cap off the set!
Tips: Call ahead to verify demonstration times. For more read our Bonner Springs Day Trip tips.

Chip’s Chocolate Factory

The Facts:Crown Center (2nd Floor) 2450 Grand Ave., Suite 239, KC, MO. 816.421.0012. www.ChipsChocolateFactory.com
The Experience: A visit to Chip’s Chocolate Factory is a treat for the senses! From the delicious aroma of warm chocolate to the tasty samples, to the beautiful artistry of fudge makers preparing handmade confections in copper kettles and forming it on marble slabs, Chip’s is a delight for all ages. Kansas City Fudge was originally developed by the Chip’s team more than 27 years ago. With a vision for entertaining and educating, the shop was designed for live demonstrations, which are offered daily. Visitors also can schedule a private tour for groups for a full experience in “Chocology” with tastings and souvenirs.
Tips: Be sure to visit the special FREE exhibits for kids on Crown Center’s 1st floor or play in the fountains to complete your day!

Hallmark Visitor’s Center

The Facts: 2450 Grand Blvd., KC, MO. 816.274.3613. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:00-4:30; Sat., 9:30-4:30;Sunday: Closed. www.HallmarkVisitorsCenter.com
The Experience: In 1910, 18-year-old J.C. Hall came to Kansas City selling postcards out of two shoeboxes (yes, that is the secret behind the name of the “Shoebox” card line). His brother, Rollie, joined him and they founded Hall Brothers Stationery Company, now known as Hallmark. The Hallmark Visitor’s Center tells the history of Hallmark, but the highlight of the tour is watching the production processes on Hallmark cards on factory machines. And don’t leave without pressing the button where you can watch as a gift bow is made right before your eyes as a free souvenir to take home.
Tip: Don’t forget to visit Kaleidoscope, next door to the Visitor’s Center, for free hands-on art fun for kids! See www.HallmarkKaleidoscope.com for a schedule.

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