Come to the events, even though there are not many during the year. It helps to support the big subsidy that the city provides for this draw feature that was not needed. The subsidy is around $1 million a year plus $ 2 million more for the Sheraton Hotel next door. UGH
Come and spend your money; those taxes support our low property taxes. The whole town is a staging for shopping and all in the midst of the living quarters for the bedroom developments and apartments. So do you patriotic duty and shop for retail
They have some community centers in the city that serve the old, young and all other types. They have a large following, and many events take place during the year in these facilities. Matt Ross is in the old town area at 84th ST off Metclaf Ave, and Tomahawk Ridge Center is on 119th St just past Metcalf to the west three blocks
They have revived the old part of town that is off Metcalf Ave and 83rd Streets. It runs for about 4-5 blocks in east/west and north.south area. The old buildings have for the most part been preserved yet, but a large fire about 2007 caused total damage to some old structures, now rebuilt with more modern types.
They have a farmers market in warmer months and bands and events in the square by the clock tower
Touching and fitting tribute to all those who fought in the Korean War. Specifically dedicated to the 415 Kansans who lost their lives in that struggle, as well as the two Kansans awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The following description of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art appears in the Visitor Orientation Guide:
"Designed by the world-renowned architect Kyu Sung Woo, the 38,000 square foot Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art houses six major changing exhibition galleries, three permanent collection galleries, a new media gallery, a Kansas city-based artist' project gallery, a 200-seat auditorium, two classrooms, a museum store and Cafe Tempo. The Nerman Museum is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region."
I was delighted to find the galleries to be spacious, well-lit, and boasting a number of interesting works, although I was only able to visit the (second floor) permanent galleries due to the closure of first floor galleries for mechanical work at the time.
Wonderscope is an interactive museum for children. There are several rooms with different themes for children to interact. For example, there is an arts and crafts room and there is a room about weather with different activities involving weather. Although, the museum suggest ages 6 months to 12, I would recommend ages 2 - 5. There is one room for babies but not a lot to do there. Also, no field trips from schools are allowed on Fridays so that would be a great day to check out Wonderscope.
The New Theatre gives fine performances usually headlining some name such as Don Knots or Sally Struthers. I am not particularly crazy about the food but most people I attend with think the food is very good. The last show that I saw was Funny Girl and it was fabulous. Be sure to make reservations early because they sell out quickly. Also, I wouldn't bother going if I had to sit near the back; it is too far away from the stage.
Martin City Melodrama was originally located in Martin City but now is in OP at 95th and Metcalf. They do adaptations of classic stories and vaudeville type shows. It is good clean family entertainment.
A great outing for kids or grandkids! - And it is free!!
In my opinion - Overland Park's finest attraction. Children meet farm animals, learn about farming and life in earlier times, visit two types of Indian lodging, ride ponies, and more. All this is done in setting with playgrounds and flower gardens. More exhibits are in the planning and building stages.
The farmstead was established in 1976, then dedicated to Deanna Rose, a city police officer killed in the line of duty in 1985. Since that time, the community has rallied around the farmstead and made it a unique attraction.
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Not to be Overlooked is thew serene and surreal memorial of the Korean WAr. It has some nice features to commemorate the loss of life and should be viewed by all to remember.
This art deco structure has been a landmark for around 50 years. It still operates in old town section of OP and it features second run movies, and some off color types during the year.
Future home of the King G presidential library.
G will always remain a Raider in his heart