The Best of the Best: Kansas City Entertainment
Rainy day adventures, axe throwing therapy, hipster hangs and finding your place of Zen because the best entertainment is never one size fits all.
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Best Entertainment Venue
Sprint Center Whether it’s for music or basketball, the 11-year-old arena is tough to beat. By garnering top talent on the stage and on the court, the Sprint Center’s calendar boasts the biggest names in music, as well as the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, a few Jayhawk home games and even the occasional NBA preseason game. Plus, the surrounding Power & Light District helps make for one big night out. sprintcenter.com
Best Hipster Hang
Manifesto It’s frequently called one the best bars in America for its imaginative, handcrafted cocktails, but what makes the Manifesto truly unique is it’s hard to find location (housed in the basement of the Rieger Hotel, the bar has a back-alley entrance where you have to be buzzed in) that only seats a few dozen peeps. The Manifesto calls it “intimate.” We call it creating a hip factor that is off the charts. manifestokc.com
photo courtesy manifesto
Best Water Attraction Without Getting Wet
Sealife Kansas City
Jellyfishes, sharks, seahorses, turtles, octopuses are all a part of Sealife and this aquarium though not big in size, packs a lot of ocean punch. From a 180-degree tunnel where you are strolling beneath the sea to the new “Race to the Ocean” exhibit that educates you about sea turtles the aquarium is mixing education, conservation and an ooh and ahh experience seamlessly. visitsealife.com
Best Place to Encourage Your Young Artist
Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope The wonderful thing about Kaleidoscope is not that it’s free (although that’s a bonus) or that it offers a creative activity using all recyclable materials. (The materials are leftovers from the Hallmark manufacturing process.) The winning detail here is that it’s art without rules. Children can make whatever they want and sometimes kids need a place to create without restrictions on their vision. hallmarkkaleidoscope.com
photo courtesy hallmark kaleidoscope/hallmark cards, inc
Best Twitter Account
Officer Drew Fennelly simply wanted to expand the department’s social media presence in 2015, since then, the account has exploded in popularity. With hilarious tweets featuring downtown disturbances or the department’s take on KU sports, the account has amassed more than 108,000 followers, which amounts to 13,000 more people than the city’s population itself.