Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for January 29-31.
Whichever side of the state line you call home, we can all celebrate Kansas Day, held in honor of when the Sunflower State entered the Union as the 34th state in 1861. Pay your respects with a visit to your favorite Kansas museum or landmark, or follow the Legends Outlets Kansas City’s yellow brick road and learn about the more than 80 state legends in athletics, music, exploration, science, technology, politics, art and more represented on medallions, posters, murals, banners and in sculpture throughout the center. Support Kansas makers during a series of pop-ups hosted by Park Place’s Hand & Land beginning at noon.
Unicorn Theatre’s first production of 2016 is a world premier comedy (and a national finalist at the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference), “How to Steal a Picasso.” Running now through Feb. 14, the play invites the audience into the home of a family of clever artists after the mysterious theft of a Picasso painting from the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
Experience skydiving without jumping out of a plane at iFLY. Overland Park’s new indoor skydiving destination provides the safety gear, instruction and 14-foot wind tunnel to get you airborne. Flight lengths start at 60 seconds, and iFLY is open to fliers as young as 3 years old.
Start the weekend off right: with a croissant for National Croissant Day. Our favorites include those from Farm To Market Bread Co., Sasha’s Baking Company and Clock Tower Bakery, which makes a variety of the flaky, flavorful treats. Those in the market for a heartier meal can stop by Browne’s Irish Marketplace, where a full Irish breakfast is available 8-11 a.m. Saturdays now through March 13.
The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival features an expanded lineup for its 17th year, including screenings through Feb. 17. Tonight the festival showcases the talents of local women filmmakers with talks and showings beginning at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City’s White Theatre, and Sunday serves as both a screening and fundraiser for Leah Warshawski’s “Big Sonia.” Following Holocaust survivor and local celebrity Sonia Warshawski, the film is currently in production.
Union Station’s H&R Block City Stage is home to KC’s first One-Minute Play Festival Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Each night 70 one-minute plays will be performed, giving a sample of the city’s creative voices. The festival has so far created annual partnerships with theaters in more than 20 cities, from Honolulu to New York.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers a chance to fête Chinese New Year with a day full of free events, including lion dance performances, acrobats, origami demonstrations, a tea tasting and more. Enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine in the Rozzelle Court Restaurant and take in Chinese art housed in the museum’s Chinese Galleries, located on level two.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” has stuck with readers for decades, but the most personal aspects of the young writer’s story went untold until newly discovered writings became part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play you can catch on the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s stage through Feb. 21. The adaptation (appropriate for kids ages 11 and up) weaves together her reflections with actual survivor accounts.
Unseasonably warm weather making you yearn for snow? The Kansas City Zoo has you (and polar bear Berlin, along with other cold-loving critters) covered with SnowZoo. Starting at 10 a.m. Berlin will enjoy an icy paradise at the Polar Bear Passage and the otters will explore a special ice sculpture. Snow is in the forecast for 1:30 p.m. at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, and visitors can learn how to make fake snow.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!