Though new dinosaur research suggests the ancient beings may have been warm-blooded, evidence of bullied brontosauruses and stood-up stegosauruses suggests otherwise. Safely meet these fearsome beasts with today’s Groupon to the Dinos in the Dark Prehistoric Adventure event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 20 at Powell Gardens in Kingsville. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two adult tickets (a $40 value).
- For $30, you get a family four pack, admitting two adults and two children (a $60 value).
Jurassic Garden, Powell Gardens’ new dino-centric exhibit, gives temporal tourists an eon-spanning glimpse at the earth’s prehistoric tenants. Rendered with care and expertise by paleontological illustrator Guy Darrough, these awe-inspiring reproductions of thunderous lizards run the gamut from the 32-foot T rex to the bambiraptor, a tragically orphaned feathered fiend. Fossil-loving families and Cretaceous-inclined couples can take a self-guided torchlight tour through the exhibit. Though this antediluvian evening is fun for all ages, families with young children will create lasting memories and receive an informative lesson in pronunciation while taking in nesting baby quetzalcoatluses, who belie their eventual 36- to 39-foot wingspan. Savor a meteorically roasted dino s’more around the fire pit as you keep your earlobes peeled for ambient Mesozoic melodies.
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