by Annie Beurman
With the arrival of spring break comes warmer weather, shorts and of course, vacations. Many students plan to take vacations this time of year. However, if you have no plans, the Kansas City Metro has several attractions and cities to explore.
- iFly Indoor Skydiving: 10975 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Recently opened, iFly gives you the experience of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. The staff will give instructions throughout the process to ensure safety. This attraction is perfect for those who are afraid of heights but would still like to experience skydiving.
- NJCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Championship: JCCC Campus, Overland Park, Kansas
Hosted by the college, the women’s basketball championship will be a total of 26 games held from March 15-19 in the campus gym.
Adult Ticket: $10
Child Ticket: $5
Adult Tournament Pass: $40
Child Tournament Pass: $20
- Steamboat Arabia Museum: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Discover the preserved treasures of the Steamboat Arabia in this world-class museum. The boat sank on Sept. 5, 1856 but was recovered 132 years later and clothes, tools and dishes were some of the items preserved. These and many more artifacts, even the stern of the boat itself, were put on display at this historical location. Visit and learn the history of the famous steamboat.
- Country Club Plaza: 4750 Broadway St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
More than 150 shops and restaurants in this world-renowned location give plenty to see and do for the day. Foods from several countries can be served to you and there are stores for every interest. If you still have a lot to see when the day ends or just don’t want to leave, there are more than 10 hotels on location.
- Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm: 1200 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe, Kansas 66061
Located about five miles away from the college, guests can visit this attraction to learn about the Mahaffie 19th century farm with several animals and visit the Heritage Center and the Agricultural Heritage Barn to view exhibits and look around the Mahaffie grounds. On March 17-19 the farm will be holding Spring Break Living History, which features activities like stagecoach rides; demonstrations for plowing, blacksmithing and cookstove; visits to the Mahaffie house and more.
- The College Basketball Experience: 1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Claiming it’s not a museum, The College Basketball Experience provides many areas for kids to play basketball and learn the moves of professionals. When you’re done playing, explore basketball’s history in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. You can even go to the ESPNU Media Lounge where you give a pretend report on a game, complete with a camera and anchors’ chairs. With March Madness right around the corner, The College Basketball Experience is a great way to get hyped up ahead of the big tournament.