Thrilling Summertime Adventures at Zip KC

Zip KC in Bonner Springs KS

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Treetop tours and massive mud pits are just two examples of the several exciting and challenging activities available during new teambuilding zip line tours and bonding events at Zip KC and the KC Timber Challenge.

Located in nearby Bonner Springs, Zip KC is a one-of-a-kind Kansas City attraction. Nine zip lines and five towers surround the 143-acre adventure park, with the tallest tower—also the highest point in five counties—offering amazing Kansas River and urban skyline views. Kids can have more Zip KC action now, too, thanks to the addition of birthday party services with free T-shirts, discounts and access to picnic areas.

Meanwhile, woods, bluffs, rock walls and other challenging terrain characterize the KC Timber Challenge, where visitors can experience 300-foot hand-held zip lines, a “vertigo bus” and monkey bars across mud pits.

Zip KC Timber Challenge

“The Timber Challenge is not a timed race, so it’s a personal achievement to get it done,” said Jen Scott, marketing manager.

Each season, visitors can also take on the Wild Women Timber Challenge, which features a 5K mud run and obstacle course. Meanwhile Primal, a new challenge scheduled for Aug. 26, is a wild, adults-only 5K that includes water obstacles, mud body paint and more.

Zip KC Timber Challenge

That said, most activities are for a wide variety of ages, as zip line and obstacle course participants range from 10 to 90 years old. “Some approach it like a bucket list,” Scott said. “We’ve had three generations come in, and we have a Family Timber Challenge that we do twice a year, for ages 5-plus. It’s a thrilling adventure with friends or loved ones when you’re doing something fun or out of the ordinary.”

Several specialty zip line tours sell out up to three weeks in advance. During Zip KC’s busiest times, the Sunset Tour is a favorite. “The sun is setting and the views are amazing,” Scott said.

Other popular zip tours include the Hike and Zip Tour, which features a nature walk and zip lines that soar high above gorgeous Kansas River bluffs. During the Ultimate Adventure Tour, zip line activities are interspersed between short, scenic hikes, while Glow in the Dark Night Flights feature luminous necklaces and bracelets, with laser lights blazing from all towers. You can escape the summer heat too, during Beat the Heat Tower Tours, available at 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. throughout the season.

Visit Zip KC Tuesday-Sunday at 12829 Loring Dr., Bonner Springs, Kan., 913-214-9478. Adults must accompany children under 18. Reservations for regular and custom tours are required 48-72 hours in advance with refunds available for cancellations more than 72 hours before a reserved tour.

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero