It’s not even Thanksgiving, and we’ve already seen near record-low temperatures in Kansas City. With months of frosty days ahead of us, how can we stay active, get out of the house, and keep cabin fever at bay until the spring thaw? Fortunately, Kansas City has plenty of indoor attractions that are fun and educational. A few have one-of-a-kind exhibits that will only be around for the winter months, and almost all of them are big enough to keep us walking and getting those Fitbit steps all winter long.

National World War One Museum and Memorial: See one of the largest collections of World War I artifacts in the world, as well as a temporary exhibit about the Vietnam War that runs through the end of May. Weather permitting, you can take a trip to the top of the 217-foot Liberty Memorial Tower for amazing views of the KC skyline.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: You could spend multiple winter days exploring the halls and galleries of Nelson-Atkins, which maintains over 40,000 works of art. If you’re a fan of ancient Egypt, the exhibition Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt will be on display until the end of March.

Boulevard Brewing Company: Want to learn how Kansas City’s most famous beverage is made and then sample some of the finished product? The brewery is open for tours seven days a week. Tickets are $5 and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to get a spot!

Union Station: There’s plenty to see at Union Station this winter, from Kansas City’s largest indoor Christmas tree, hands-on exhibits for the grandkids at Science City, or movies on the enormous Extreme Screen. Don’t miss the latest exhibit, Genghis Khan: Bringing the Legend to Life, on display until April.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: It’ll take you roughly an hour to view the hundreds of photos and artifacts on display at the NLBM, the world’s only museum dedicated to African American baseball.

Steamboat Arabia Museum: The Steamboat Arabia sank in the Missouri River in 1856. It was finally excavated in 1988, and its vast cargo was put on display in this one-of-a-kind museum. Stop in to see the single largest collection of pre-Civil-War artifacts in the world!

AmeriStar Casino: Need a break from all of the educational exhibits? Plan a night of fun at AmeriStar Casino. Check the web site to browse a calendar of live music. Liverpool: A Tribute to the Beatles will perform December 13th.

If the cold doesn’t bother you and you’d like to spend some time outdoors in Kansas City this winter, you could try skating at Crown Center’s Ice Terrace or even take a stroll on the Country Club Plaza. Remember to dress in layers, and definitely don’t forget your mittens, stocking cap, scarf, and earmuffs.

As you head out and about this winter, why not invite along a neighbor from the senior living community at Lazy Acres in Belton? If you’re not yet part of our community, you can learn more by calling anytime during regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form!