The 105,000-square-foot, Smithsonian-affiliated museum, which was voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas in 2008, boasts the second-largest collection of space artifacts in the United States (behind only the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.). An all-day mission pass gets you access to all the museum’s treasures: the Carey IMAX Dome Theater, Justice Planetarium, Dr. Goddard’s Lab, and the Hall of Space Museum. Start by strolling through the Hall of Space, where notable space souvenirs such as the command module from Apollo 13 and the Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule chronicle mankind's courtship with the cosmos. Then explore Dr. Goddard’s Lab, a replica of the 1930s laboratory where Dr. Robert Goddard pioneered modern rocketry. Explosive reenactments of the doctor's attempts to find the right rocket fuel, figure out how to circumvent gravity, and lick his elbows are performed daily to delight children and their copilots. Click here to download a basic museum itinerary.
This casual eatery boasts a menu stocked with creative culinary treats, and late-night hours cater to emergency dog cravings whenever they strike. Hot dog hounds can delight in the distinct Linkhäus offerings such as the quarter-pound Tropic Thunder, which torpedoes taste buds with onions, jalapeños, wasabi mustard, red peppadew, and pineapple relish ($6.50). Germanic gullets are kept satisfied with horseradish brats served on toasted hoagie rolls ($6.50). While topped tots ($2.99–$4.99) and gourmet salads ($5.99–$7.99) round out meaty meals, the draft and imported beer offerings make maws merry and quench particularly stubborn thirsts. Linkhäus offers meatless variations for every sausage, brat, and hot dog, giving vegetarians plenty of self-sating options and aerodynamic ammo to unleash during herbivorous food fights.
Though it's known for turning out bubbling slices of locally renowned pizza, Mulligan's Pub still sports the same classic, no-frills ambiance it established more than 20 years ago. Soft bar lights and buzzing neon beer signs exchange glows like a firefly swap and gently illuminate the quadruple meats flecking a famous Mulligan's specialty pizza. Gluten-free slices cater to sensitive stomachs, and a hearty list of toppings colors creatable pies. Between bites, patrons can tend to arcade and video bar games or heated rounds of keno with new acquaintances or old invisible foes.
Alongside rising comedic stars, a plethora of critically lauded chortle conjurers, such as Carlos Mencia and Bobcat Goldthwait, have played foreground to The Loony Bin's brick backdrop. Comic musician John Wesley Austin interweaves pithy one-liners with original tunes and country parodies, and Austin's Matt Sadler charms crowds with his refined routine delivered in English and pig Latin. A voice talent for Hanna-Barbera's The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, Greg Morton combines risqué barbs with impersonations of celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Prince. Boasting appearances on copious comedy programs, including An Evening at the Improv and Caroline's Comedy Hour, rugged standup veteran Steve McGrew enlightens audiences with his distinctly male views on relationships. Though not included in this Groupon, attendees can munch on myriad snacks throughout the show, such as a basket of popcorn ($2.25), chili-cheese fries ($5.95), or a confused stadium-size pretzel ($4.95), which loudly criticizes comedians for not running the football enough.
Multiplatinum-selling and multiple-Grammy-winning quartet Third Day’s stirring Southern rock thrills multitudes on its Make Your Move spring tour. One of the most popular Christian bands of the A.D. era, Third Day has moved millions of fans with hits such as “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Love Song,” as well as hundreds of tumbleweeds with its tour bus. With a sound that evokes Lynyrd Skynyrd in its Sunday best, the band tenderly testifies while rocking through a hook-laden marathon live show.
More than 100 professional comics compete for laughs, gigs, and a write-up in the Comic Bible magazine during The World Series of Comedy, a six-night festival that ends in the crowning of one comedy master. Each night, after a series of standup routines and arguments over whoopee-cushion ownership, a winner is chosen (the audience has a hand in choosing the comic champion) to compete in the first show on Saturday night. The top three performers from Saturday's first show move onto the finals, which consist of a second show on Saturday night and a literal battle of wits. Top-rated laugh conjurers can win a portion of the some 50 weeks of employment being offered by various comedy clubs, a CD recording deal with Uproar Entertainment, and a date to the junior prom.