Thirteen Great Saturdays in Kansas City

Make the most of your weekends this summer.
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   This summer we have 13 Saturdays from June to August. In order to make the most of your time, 435 Magazine's editors have collaborated to bring you ideas to inspire summer weekend activities. Check out 13 awesome and offbeat ideas for making summer 2016 the best one yet.

1. Savor a Sunset at Black Hoof Park

   Take in an awe-inspiring sunset that can only be seen from the splendorous prairies of the heartland. Be sure to have your camera phone ready when you visit Lake Lenexa because the spectacular views of a Midwestern horizon can be fleeting. Johnson County's secret treasure is a nature preserve for prairies, wetlands, forests and streams. The 210-acre park with its 35-acre, deepwater lake offers scenic views and a quiet refuge for a lazy Saturday afternoon. 9053 Monticello Road, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 477-7100,

KC Watersports

2. Standup Paddleboard

   ​Engage your core and put your good balancing skills to work at KC Watersports, where you can rent a paddleboard for your very own fun-filled afternoon of water play. Instructors are on hand to give a quick lesson that will have you steady paddling in no time. 25825 Edgemore Road, Paola, Kan., (913) 783-4300,


3. Get Your Game On

  Envision a two-story building jam-packed with more than fifty different arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, plus pinball machines, skee-ball alleys, a jumbo screen for Nintendo and Sega games and life-sized Jenga and Connect Four and you’ll have Kansas City’s most popular arcade: Up-Down Kansas City. An afternoon in this place will have you jamming to the tunes of Madonna and Wham! while reliving your gamer glory days. An extensive drink menu includes upwards of 50 craft beers and dozens of cocktails inspired by the ‘80s and ‘90s. 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.,

afternoon tea Oak Room InterContinental Hotel Kansas City

4. Sit Pretty for High Tea

   Prepare your pinky for proper extension, because when you visit the stately Oak Room at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza, they serve tea high-style. The distinguished menu features teas exclusive to the hotel accompanied by a selection of sweet and savory finger sandwiches and delicate pastries. Channel British royalty during the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations required. 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 303-2945,

The Painted Sofa

5. Search for Hidden Treasure

   You’ll want to wear comfortable shoes when you spend an afternoon at the shops in the historic West Bottoms. There you’ll find some of the finest antiques and most inspiring vintage gems in the country. The popular shopping district has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. Browse the myriad eclectic shops like Good Ju Ju, Nook & Cranny, The Painted Sofa and Bottoms Up Antique Market where you can pick up the perfect item to add rustic charm to your home. Be sure to check your calendar before you head out, though; most shops are only open on the first weekend of the month.

Cliff Drive Kansas City

6. Take a Scenic Bike Ride

  Load the bikes, pack the water bottles and plan an afternoon off the beaten path when you head to the towering bluffs of Cliff Drive in Northeast Kansas City — a historic part of the Missouri State Scenic Byway Tour. Expect an easy 4-mile ride that meanders through a forest filled with resident wildlife. You’ll coast along the gentle rolling hills dotted with occasional stopping points that offer stunning views overlooking the river and East Bottoms. Be sure to take a moment to revel in the sights and enchanting sounds of woodland creatures, and the rushing waters of an unexpected waterfall fountain you’ll encounter in the middle of your ride.

farmer's markets Kansas City

7. Support Your Local Growers

    Visiting City Market is always a Saturday treat because you can take your time getting to know the local growers.  Many farmers proudly man their own booths bursting with the fruits of their labor. Growers are usually more than willing to share their stories with you. There are approximately 140 vendors on any given Saturday, making it the largest Farmers Market in the region. Along with fresh fruits and vegetables you’ll find spices, bedding plants, cut flowers, fresh-baked goods, meats and cheeses and the handiwork of dozens of local artisans. 20 East Fifth St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-1271,

Boulevard Brewing Company

8. Sample the City's Best Brew

 Phone your favorite beer snob and schedule a Saturday of beer tasting at its finest. You and your buddy will join a handful of other guests on a 40-minute guided tour of the city’s most beloved brewery, complete with plenty of beer samplings and behind-the-scenes access to the inspiration, history and processes behind Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Company’s critically acclaimed beers. 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.,

Lone Wolf Horse Arena Cleveland Missouri

9. Take a Guided Tour on Horseback

   On any given Saturday you can connect with your inner cowboy (or girl) by saddling up for a guided horseback riding tour on the dusty trails just outside the city. Located in the quiet town of Cleveland, Missouri, is the Lone Wolf Arena, a sanctuary for equestrians and horse enthusiasts. Riding tours start at $40 per rider for groups of 10 or more or $70 per rider per hour for private rides. Be sure to call ahead; reservations are required. 22801 State Line Road, Cleveland, Mo., (816) 618-7673,

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10. Be a Pinup Girl for the Day

   Schedule your Saturday afternoon session at Westport’s Vixen Pinup Photography, a collaboration of photographer Nikki Moreno-Whipple and makeup artist Candy Cunningham. Together they make your perfect personal glam squad. The vixens specialize in making women look and feel their most beautiful. For nearly 10 years, they have costumed, coifed and transformed hundreds of Kansas Citians for stunning photo shoots pinup-style.

 These pros have everything you need for your very own photo shoot, including a great wardrobe selection, throwback hair styling techniques and most importantly the signature makeup the classic bombshells of the mid-20th century are known for. 1622 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.,,


11. HamBINGO

Join Kansas City’s best drag queens for a hilarious Saturday afternoon playing legendary Bingo. Be warned, it’s not for those with delicate sensitivities. The bingo party, hosted by Hamburger Mary’s on Broadway, is free, but you’ll be asked to make a donation to a pre-selected charity. You’ll laugh so hard your sides hurt. Racy and delicious, Hamburger Mary’s is an open-air bar and grill serving traditional and inventive burgers for the open-minded “where everyone can ‘eat, drink and be Mary!” 3700 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 842-1919,


12. Set Sail on the Lake

   If you’ve ever envisioned setting sail on the high seas but find yourself hopelessly landlocked,  the Perry Yacht Club is the perfect place for you. There you will find everything you need to satisfy your yearning for aquatic adventures by helping you set sail on the expansive Perry Lake in Meriden, Kansas. There you’ll find boat rentals and instructors ready to give you step-by-step lessons, from the basics to the most advanced. If you aren’t quite ready for the hands-on experience, it’s also great fun to watch the sailboat regattas. 8369 Yacht Club Drive, Meriden, Kan., (785) 484-2261,


13. Throw Pottery

   Red Star Studios is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon getting up close and personal with a potter’s wheel. There is something oddly soothing about having your hands slathered in silky clay while practicing the basics of throwing, glazing and finishing your very own ceramic masterpiece. 2011 Tracy, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 474-7316,

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