Things To Do In Grain Valley

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Visiting Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, is a serene experience made even moreso by the butterflies and birds that call the area home.

  • Size: 970 acres of rolling hills, meadows, and display gardens
  • Eye Catcher: the giant apple core sculpture at the center of the Harvest Garden, which grows more than 2,000 types of edible plants
  • Permanent Mainstays: Approximately 7,000 plants are always on display
  • Don't Miss: the observation deck at the top of the Missouri barn's 45-foot silo
  • Hands-On Activities: classes in gardening, crafts, and even astronomy
  • The Buildings: a barn, a chapel, and several other structures designed by the renowned American architect E. Fay Jones
  • Pro Tip: come back often; the flowers in bloom change with the seasons
  • Crown Jewel: the glass-domed conservatory, which displays six rotating exhibits each year
  • Special Programs: plant sales, puppet performances, cooking demos, seasonal festivals, and wine tastings
1609 NW US Highway 50
Kingsville,
MO
US

Family Golf Park brings together golfers of all stripes and sizes to enjoy its nine-hole, par-3 course, multifaceted practice facility, and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses. Soaring drives take flight from 60 hitting stations at the driving range, which boasts nine covered bays and lights for practice after the sun leaves to go challenge the North Star in a skins game. At the par-3 course, golfers can test their short-game skills on a course that features slick, bentgrass greens and runs along a lake stocked with koi fish. Patrons can roll golf balls down the emerald runways of the mini-golf courses, preparing themselves for critical putts necessary to excel in upcoming rounds of golf or Scottish decathlons.

1501 SW US Highway 40
Blue Springs,
MO
US

Lunar Bowl casts a nebular net across rounds of pin punishment, which unravel daily across 32 bowling lanes. The non-smoking, the 38,000-square-foot facility has played host to the PBA National Tour twice, including the tour's nationally televised finals and nontelevised slip 'n' slide experiments in the 11th frame. The center's celestial theme soars over into The Blue Moon Lounge, where bowlers can take a break from strikes and spares to watch big games or create deep-space shadow puppets on a 150-inch HD projector screen. Lunar Bowl drifts further into intergalactic realms with laser-lit cosmic bowling and a newly built arcade buzzing with the chimes of new high scores.

2001 Nw 7 Hwy
Blue Springs,
MO
US

A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.

1300 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy
Blue Springs,
MO
US

Established: 2013

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 11?25

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Most popular offering: Eight-line zip tour

Pro Tip: Come prepared to have fun

Good for Kids: Yes

Monica Reid, general manager of Adventure Zip KC, says her favorite part of supplying outdoor thrills is "being able to give people the opportunity to overcome a fear and try a new adventure." To that end, she and the park's staff have slightly modified their 143 acres of wilderness to include ziplines, trails, climbing walls, and even obstacle courses. The zip lines are the star amenities of the park, featuring more than 300 feet in elevation change from top to bottom. The high-speed adventure begins with a climb into a 65-foot tower sitting at the park's highest point, providing views of downtown Kansas City, the Kansas River, and even Lawrence. From there, adventurers ride a zipline over a quarter of a mile of forest??rocketing through trees at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour??to reach the next 45-foot tower. After that, the lines descend further, taking riders both over and under the canopy on a journey earthward that evokes the feeling of being a clown recently shot from a cannon.

12829 Loring Road
Bonner Springs,
KS
US

Signature service: Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Q&A with Suzanne Hern, Studio Director

Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.

The Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio is a place where individuals can transcend through art. Many participants realize a feeling of relaxation through painting and fellowship, meeting new friends, and actually surprising themselves with the "masterpieces" they create in class.

How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?

The Mona Lisa Painting Party is just that, a party. The paintings are whimsical and easy for anyone to accomplish. One does not need to be artistically talented to be successful in the class. We make it fun and comfortable to create.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

While attending our painting parties, you can also enjoy the other art and happenings going on a the studio. Shopping [and] other entertainment is close by while at the studio.

620 Silverhill Dr
Bonner Springs,
KS
US