Once again, dear readers, I seek your advice.
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Anyone who has lived in or traveled to Kansas City: what are some downtown, high-school-kid-friendly eateries you'd recommend? What about high-school-kid-friendly sightseeing? Any advice appreciated!
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So, what's one thing that's been keeping me busy lately? Besides planning lessons, grading papers, going to lots of meetings, advising my newspaper and broadcast students after school...and the 40 other things I do on a daily basis at work, I'm also working with another teacher to plan a trip for 29 students and 3 adults to Kansas City, Missouri for four days next month. We'll be attending an annual scholastic journalism convention. The location changes every year, but the concept is generally the same: spend a few days with a bunch of high school students; have students get excited about journalism through various convention activities; make some time for sightseeing.
Planning trips such as these is absolutely draining. There are so many details, and it is not cost effective for us to work with a travel agent. (Case in point: our county's travel agent said the best airfare she could find from D.C. to Kansas City was $480...we beat that by a long shot.) Although it takes hours upon hours to plan these trips for my students, I get a great pay off: my students come back from the trip excited to be a part of the publications staff, they have lots of new ideas, and the program continues strong for yet another year. Added bonus: my students are pretty neat people whom I genuinely like.
After a jam-packed day at work with today's latest newspaper deadline, the yearbook adviser and I got together to hash out final details for the trip. Now the trip is pretty much ready to go minus two small details: sightseeing and food.
We are not going to plan out every meal in advance, but I would like to know of some options. Similarly, we don't have to finalize sightseeing this second, but we need to within the next week. Here's what I know: 1) Kansas City is known for its barbecue; 2) Hallmark is based out of Kansas City; 3) there's a college basketball experience interactive museum-y type thing somewhere in the city; 4) the Steamboat Arabia is on display; 5) there's a place called the Plaza. I realize this is all vague -- I haven't had time to do much research on this.
Thanks for your tips!