Things to Do in Kansas City Right Now
As Kansas City's institutions continue implementing changes to operate safely, find information on restaurants, public spaces, attractions and other services that are currently available to you.
Updated Oct. 15, 2020
Due to recent changes in hours, local guidelines and occupancy restrictions at many locations, we recommend contacting businesses directly to confirm availability in advance of your visit.
KEEPING YOU SAFE
The Kansas City area continues to implement measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The KC Clean Commitment is an initiative from Visit KC and community partners that invites local businesses to uphold a specific set of health and safety standards.
Learn more about the KC Clean Commitment and find committed businesses here.
Guidelines on reopening businesses vary by city. Detailed information from several municipalities in the region can be found using the below links.
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Independence, Missouri
- Kansas City, Kansas
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Olathe, Kansas
Several governmental organizations have begun requiring the use of masks in public spaces, including the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the State of Kansas. Find locally made face masks for purchase here.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
The American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 18th & Vine are open Tuesday through Sunday with reduced hours. To enter either institution, you will need to register for a Museum Passport in advance.
The Arabia Steamboat Museum in City Market is open to the public, operating 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are not available, but docents are standing by for questions.
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, with a new exhibit on display.
The National Airline History Museum is open and operating Wednesday through Saturday.
The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park is open with a new exhibit, Permian Monsters. Non-members are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance.
In Independence, the 1859 Jail Museum is open with online reservations required.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art reopened on Sept. 12. While admission remains free, timed tickets are required for admission in order to manage capacity at the museum.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will reopen to the public on Oct. 21 with timed tickets required. Until then, a new exhibit has debuted in a virtual setting. Elias Sime: Tightrope is available online in partnership with Google Arts & Culture.
The new Regnier Family Wonderscope Museum of Kansas City opens on Oct. 23, featuring a sprawling indoor-outdoor space designed to provide children with STEAM educational experiences of all kinds.
The shops at Crown Center are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. SEA LIFE Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center are open to guests with a recommendation to purchase tickets online in advance.
At Union Station, many attractions, restaurants and shops are currently operating. Science City and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station have new hours and guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance of your visit. A new exhibition, Dinosaur Road Trip, is on display in Union Station's Bank of America Gallery through January.
A new "StayKCation" package at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center offers residents and visitors an all-in-one opportunity for adventure. Guests will receive tickets redeemable at their selection of various attractions in the Crown Center District, including SEA LIFE Kansas City, Legoland Discovery Center, Dinosaur Road Trip, Science City and the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
The Kansas City Zoo is currently open to the public. Some indoor exhibits remain closed and a timed entry must be scheduled upon ticket purchase.
Now open in the Northland, T-Shotz offers a selection of golf games and family entertainment options.
Worlds of Fun has closed for the season as of Sept. 8.
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND SHOPS
Many restaurants currently offer dine-in service, with curbside and carryout service continuing in many locations as well. Several neighborhoods have added new patio and outdoor seating to be used by guests at area restaurants, including the Kansas City Power & Light District and Westport. Find temporary outdoor dining options in the area here.
Use the below resources to find open businesses in individual districts or visit curbsidekc.com for carryout service options across the region.
BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES
Taproom hours change frequently. Please consult individual businesses to confirm accurate hours of operation.
The KC Tap Tour has returned for Season 4, delivering savings at 20 breweries across Kansas City and offering many ways to enjoy local drinks safely at home. Season 4 runs through Feb. 28, 2021.
Other breweries in the region that are currently open include Westport’s Green Room Burgers & Beer, Apex and 3 Trails in Independence, East Forty in Blue Springs, Smoke Brewing Co., Fringe Beerworks and Martin City Brewing Co. in Lee’s Summit, Crane in Raytown and Weston Brewing Co. in Weston.
Downtown Overland Park’s Farmers Market is open at the Matt Ross Community Center each Saturday through Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For your safety, the market has shifted to a walk-up format with no entertainment or activities, while food service is available in a grab-and-go format.
The Olathe Farmers Market is open each Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 24 from 7:30 a.m. until sellout. Vendor tables will be spaced no less than nine feet apart and shoppers are encouraged to limit attendance to one guest per family.
In partnership with the Wornall Majors House Museums, Strawberry Swing hosts a weekly market featuring products from regional makers, farmers, florists and more, each Saturday through October.
PARKS AND OUTDOOR SPACES
Powell Gardens is open to the public with new safety precautions in place. A new site-specific installation titled Press Play showcases works created by local artists in response to the sights and sounds of the garden. Beginning Nov. 13, Powell Gardens' Festival of Lights returns with a mile-long path of twinkling lights, plus new performances from KC-area music and visual arts groups.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Many of Kansas City's parks and hiking trails continue to welcome guests on a daily basis. As autumn arrives, spot the season's bright hues at great locations for finding fall colors around Kansas City.
Sporting Kansas City has announced the remainder of its regular season schedule, including four home matches at Children's Mercy Park in October and November. Fans will be allowed to attend home matches at reduced capacity.
The Kansas City Chiefs are playing regular season games with fans in attendance at reduced capacity of approximately 22 percent. A limited number of single-game tickets for Nov. 1 vs. the New York Jets and Nov. 8 vs. the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium are available now.
The Hollywood Casino 400 returns to Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 18. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase now.
Members of the Kansas City Symphony are giving a series of free chamber music concerts at outdoor locations throughout KC in September and October, now featuring the new Mobile Music Box stage. See the full schedule and find a concert near you here.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present Ghost Light: A Haunted Night of Songs and Stories from KC's Cultural Crossroads at the Nelson-Atkins, Oct. 22-31. The fun and frightening event features live music and spooky storytelling on the museum's South Lawn.
Families can safely celebrate the spookiest time of year during Howl-o-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge, daily through Oct. 31.
KC Streetcar service currently runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
RideKC bus service is operating reduced schedules. Fares are suspended and most riders should enter through the rear door. RideKC Bike + Scooter is offering free rides to small businesses and healthcare workers.
To learn more about ways to support the local community, and for updates regarding COVID-19 in the Kansas City region, go to VisitKC.com/community.