Jazz Storytelling, Nov. 1

Providing free educational access to over 3,000 children in Kansas City annually, Jazz Storytelling meets educational standards, introduces children to new music & cultures.

Note: RSVP not necessary, but welcomed. Please contact the American Jazz Museum Education Department at 816-474-8463.

Friday, November 1, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Jazz Museum
1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
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An opportunity to address Music Appreciation from a uniquely Kansas City point of view.


First Fridays in the Crossroads, Nov. 1

March First Friday  - Signage Near YJ'sFirst Fridays in the Crossroads is quickly becoming a Kansas City tradition. Galleries and shops stay open late so that you can browse the collections, showcasing both local and national artists. You’ll find both indoor and outdoor entertainment, and many restaurants in the neighborhood offer First Fridays specials, too.

First Fridays is open to children, but many galleries are too crowded for strollers.

First Friday of every month, January – December, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Crossroads Community is a mile wide downtown area of Kansas City bounded by 15th St., I-35, the Freighthouse district, and Troost Ave. The heart of the Crossroads Arts District lies long 20th St. and Baltimore.

Visiting an artist’s gallery or viewing a collection is a requirement of several of the badges in the Arts Frontier.

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Nov. 9-11

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

  • November 9-11 – Veterans Day weekend

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

27th Annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage, Oct. 26-27

Executed with historical accuracy, this annual re-enactment relives events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war has been declared with Britain. Musket and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscripted and both residents and soldiers stationed at this remote frontier outpost are on alert. Visitors can literally feel the tension of the unknown and share the fear and excitement with our re-enactors as Fort Osage prepares for war!

Location: Fort Osage
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7; Youth $4; Seniors $3
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org


CAF Open Hanger Days, Oct. 12

The Commemorative Air Force invites you to visit our hangar at New Century Air Center on the second Saturday of each month to see our fully-restored World War II airplanes and to tour our museum.  You can sit in an airplane cockpit and experience our get-your-hands-on-history exhibit.  Crafts/activities for children.

Admission is free.
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Commemorative Air Force Hangar
6 Aero Plaza, (near 159th and Old 56 Highway) New Century, KS.

For more information, visit http://www.KCGhostSquadron.org

Consider this for both Aviation and Freedom’s Heroes badges.

Englewood Art Walk, Oct. 18

The Englewood Station Arts District of Western Independence, Missouri is alive with art, street performers, music, food, fashion and fun each 3rd Friday! Multiple galleries and businesses that feature art are within an easy stroll of one another along Winner Road from Sterling to Ralston Avenues. Opening our doors for a free 3rd Friday Art Walk event each month, a rotating collection of over four dozen local and regional artists display their creativity for sale here, and are regularly on-site for meet and greet. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss a single Englewood Art Walk!

Friday, October 18, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Englewood Shopping District
Winner and Sterling Roads, Independence, MO
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Visiting artists and their galleries is a part of Artastic.