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Summer Fun…Havin’ a Blast?

Graduation is Saturday(congrats grads!) which also means the school year is coming to a close. Many of Avila’s students will be heading home to spend the summer bingeing on Netflix, working summer jobs, and soaking up some vitamin D. So, in honor of summer’s fast approach I figured I would tell you, my faithful readers, some awesome things that you can do for fun this summer in Kansas City!

THE FREE OPTIONS:

  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (go check out the giant shuttlecocks)
  • Sample chocolate at Chip’s Chocolate Factory at Crown Center (note…this isn’t free if you purchase candies)
  • Go and see the fountains…there are tons around the city and sometimes on game days, they’ll dye the water!
  • Check out some of the prominent parks (Loose Park–for the gardens, or the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, for example)
  • Visit the Money Museum (and get free money!)
  • Explore the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Check out the parking garage and the giant chess.
  • Bike the Trolley Trail
  • Window shop in Brookside, the Plaza, West Bottoms, and Historic Overland Park
  • Taste test each flavor of Glace Ice Cream until you can choose a favorite (not responsible for angry Glace workers…)
  • Take a tour of the Harley-Davidson factory
  • Visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Catch a freebie jazz show

UP TO $15 OPTIONS:

  • See the view (and learn some history) at the National World War I museum ($14 for adults. $7 World War Wednesday’s)
  • Tailgate at Kauffman Stadium (Parking is $11…you don’t necessarily have to go to the game to tailgate, but game tickets can be pretty cheap too).
  • Catch a Royals game (Hy-Vee specials and Student days offer deep discounts for tickets–as low as $8 a seat. They aren’t great seats, but you can still enjoy the game)
  • Enjoy a Skyscraper from Winstead’s, probably best with friends as they are HUGE (7.49 +tax).
  • Enjoy a fancy chocolate from Andre’s or Christopher Elbow’s (prices vary, expect about $3).
  • Camp at Watkin’s Woolen Mill ($8.50/night per space…it’s tent camping)
  • Explore Fort Osage ($7)
  • Visit the KC Zoo ($12.50 for adults [$5.50 if you are residents of Jackson or Clay counties] some free days)
  • Check out Science City and ride the bike across the high-wire! ($13.50 for SC, $6 for the planetarium)
  • Check out the Steamboat Arabia ($14.50)
  • Take a peek at baseball history at the Negro leagues Baseball Museum ($10)
  • See a show at the Alamo Drafthouse (Tickets are, at most 11.50 for a regular show, 3D is an extra $3.50 and special events may cost more. Real food and drinks are available in theater for an additional cost).

$16-UP OPTIONS:

  • Worlds of Fun! Go ride the roller coasters and if you’re up for a little added expense, visit Oceans of Fun while you’re there! (One day passes are 39.99 for adults, but deals and discounts pop up throughout the summer).
  • Build a giant LEGO tower at LEGOLand Discovery Center ($17, save 15% if you get your tickets online).
  • Visit the fish at Sea Life Kansas City ($19 with discounts for online ticket purchases).
  • Ride the world largest waterslide at the Schlitterbahn ($36.99. Save some cash for buying online).

VARYING PRICED OPTIONS

  • Catch a show or concert at a variety of beautiful and generally “nifty” venues scattered throughout the metro (the Midland Theater, Starlight Theater, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Off Center Theater, Power & Light, etc.). Prices vary by show and availability.
  • Barbeque! Kansas City is a bbq mecca for many and we’ve got a plethora of famous and hole-in-the-wall joints to get some great grub. Local and famous favorites include: Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s, Jack Stack, Gates, and BB’s Lawnside BBQ.
  • Bask in the glory that is the soccer capital of America at a Sporting KC game (prices vary, but can be snagged for under $30 on occasion).
  • Eclectic dining experiences. We’ve got a little bit of everything in KC. Check out some of the patios and street vendors during some of KC’s prettiest months!
  • Shopping! From thrift stores and vintage to brand new and designer KC has it all. If you’re looking for the really fancy attire, check out the shops on the Plaza. Vintage boutiques and off the wall thrift stores often pop up in the shopping areas throughout the city.

So there you have it! Kansas City is FULL of fun and different things to do throughout the summer and many options are free! I for one hope to hit up the K for a Royals game and will definitely be nomming some BBQ! Anything on this list you want to try? Did I miss anything? Let us know! Comment here or tell us on Twitter: @Hooleybundschu #kcsummerfun!

With that, I wish you all the best of luck during finals week and to our many graduates, a hearty CONGRATULATIONS!

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
everyones irish

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely day (safely, please!) and has some kind of planned celebration! If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate in style next year, this is your blog post! Here are 5 places you won’t have to leave the country to celebrate St. Pat’s in style!

1. New York, NY. Surprisingly, NYC’s parade is the oldest and largest in the world and is run entirely by volunteers! The parade has been going on since March 17th, 1762. This year (and in years past) there has been some controversy over a ban on gay rights groups and marchers with gay pride signs. If you’re not up for patronizing a parade with such a ban, check out St. Pat’s For All parade in Queens.

2. Boston, MA. Your friendly neighborhood blogging librarian (me!) was there last year. It’s a pretty wild time in that city. The parade is the second largest in the U.S. and last year took nearly 3 hours. The main celebrations take place in South Boston (Southie) but there are festivities throughout the city. This year marks the first year they are allowing a gay pride group into the parade. Typically, the activist groups host their own parade following the main parade. There is a 5/10K run prior to the parade and all of the pubs and restaurants within about a mile of the parade route are packed. Get there early to get space in the premier Irish pubs, but be prepared to pay a hefty cover charge (I ended up in a Mexican restaurant with a $5 cover but they were serving the more traditional Irish beverages and the bathroom didn’t have a line).

3. Chicago, IL. Each year local plumbers and various volunteers dye the Chicago River green for a couple days and some of the fountains run green as well! Chicago does, in fact, have a bit-o-Irish heritage, which leads to pretty fantastic festivities. There is a parade, of course, but there are other events scattered throughout the city.

4. Kansas City, MO. Yep, Avila U’s. hometown is host to one heck of a St. Pat’s celebration. We’ve had the Irish flags up in different parts of the city since the beginning of March and this last weekend there were more parades and St. Pat’s events scattered throughout the city than I really care to count. Today is the “big” parade (which started at 11AM) and there will be specials at pubs and restaurants throughout the town all day. Oh, and Power and Light will be open for revelers much of the day and around 5PM the Mowgli’s will be putting on a free show! Somehow, KC has a pretty hefty Irish background.

5. San Francisco, CA.  San Francisco is a party city in itself – but when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, you can expect them to go all out. A traditional parade that dates back to 1852 is just the beginning. Visitors and locals can pick basically any bar in the city for a good time.

Everyone have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day! For you Avila students, I hope you’re enjoying the first official day of your Spring Break!

Sláinte!

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The Weekend Wrap

I think it’s about time for another weekend wrap-up, don’t you? Not much happened, really, but I feel we should talk a bit about the weather and the Oscars. So, here we go:

This weekend the Kansas City area was projected to get hit with another massive winter storm. The fantastically named Winter Storm Titan, “roared” into the KC metro on Saturday afternoon bringing with it wind, ridiculous cold, piles of sleet, and a meager supply of snow. Our poor forecasters up here had been struggling all week to get a clear prediction. Alas, Titan remained an enigma throughout its tenure in the area. We had been warned that we could get upwards of 10” of snow. Yeah…not so much. Instead of a delightfully soft snow storm the area was battered with heavy periods of sleet and a maybe an inch (or two in places) of snow. So, the snowstorm was a bust, but the meteorologists definitely got one thing right this weekend, the blistering cold. Oh man, is it cold out there! Kansas city broke temperature records both today and yesterday. Lucky for us, it should be warming up some by the weekend (I heard talk of 50’s on Friday).

The sleet and ick roads did serve to keep many people inside on Sunday, and I’m guessing many of you watched the Academy Awards (Oscars!) last night. For those of you who missed the show and haven’t looked at anything on the Internet today except this blog, here is a quick run-down of who won the biggest prizes of the evening:

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

  • Actress: Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine”

  • Actor: Matthew McConaughey ”Dallas Buyers Club”

  • Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o“12 Years a Slave”

  • Supporting Actor: Jared Leto “Dallas Buyers Club”

  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

  • Best Original Song: Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let it Go,” from “Frozen”

  • Best Original Score: Steven Price, “Gravity”

  • Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Spike Jonze, “Her”

  • Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

If you want to see the other big winners of the evening, check here.

Ellen did a great job hosting, and bravo to her for practically breaking Twitter with the star-studded picture. If you didn’t (or refuse to) watch the Oscars, I can tell you that this year was one of the better shows I’ve seen. No one got too long winded (Leto and McConaughey tried, though) and for the most part politics stayed home. Also, John Travolta terribly mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name. And finally, Benedict Cumberbatch photo-bombed U2, which made my night (love CB, despise U2, sorry guys).

That’s about all the excitement from this weekend. Stay tuned for news and pictures for our upcoming move! We’re already hard at work getting things torn down and moved out (don’t worry, all the books and computers are still here)!

I hope Monday treats you all admirably. Stay Warm and we’ll see you Tomorrow (Fat Tuesday)!

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