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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for May 27-29.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Don’t worry if you didn’t make travel plans over the three-day weekend. You can still give your passport a work out—your Kansas City Passport, that is. New to the area, the Passport Program entitles the passport holder to two-for-one drink specials at 30 bars, including some of the city’s best, today through Sept. 5.

Sipping select cocktails, wines, beers and sakes as well as non-alcoholic beverages and munching on menu items at RA adds up to more than a tasty meal. Now through Sunday, the restaurant hosts its annual Nicky’s Week fundraiser, during which all sales from featured items are donated directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

It’s out with the old and in with the new at two KC landmarks. Union Station welcomes its new exhibition, Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life, which shows the wonders of human development with more than 100 preserved human specimens, including 14 whole-body plastinates. Meanwhile at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, it’s your last opportunity to see Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Saturday

The ultimate chameleon gets his props at a hands-on traveling exhibit coming to Crown Center today. The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head, open today through Sept. 5, encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think about all they can be and do, and to respect themselves and others.

From a celeb spud to a beloved character, “Matilda the Musical” is working its magic on audiences at Starlight Theatre Friday and Saturday. Based on Roald Dahl’s novel, the show proved itself a hit on Broadway and London’s West End with its witty lyrics and enchanting story.

In honor of Memorial Day, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is offering free admission to veterans and half-price admission to the general public Friday through Monday. Special events also run throughout the long weekend, with a hands-on history program today at 11 a.m. allowing kids to handle Great War artifacts and a display of vintage military vehicles 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday

The city’s biggest Memorial Day celebration comes a day early at Celebration at the Station. The Kansas City Symphony’s annual concert starts at 8 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks display, but you want to get to Union Station way earlier than that to enjoy the performers, activities and food trucks. See the full schedule here.

Westport knows how to have a good time, so we have reason to believe the fifth annual Westport Block Party, organized by Beer KC, will be a hit. A $10 ticket includes one beer and an event koozie, plus access to party’s outdoor bar and live music 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Fancy a quick road trip? Head to Lawrence for the Lawrence Busker Festival, filled with performers ranging from yoyo pros and pogo stunt artists to musicians and acrobats. With the action spread throughout five stages downtown, there’s always something to see. Start planning your weird weekend at lawrencebuskerfest.com.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!