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Discover Priceless Moments with your Kids: The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

My favorite moment on our family’s recent trip to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center was standing outside a Plexiglas-walled room watching my 3-year-old paint his name. He still gets the “J” backwards most of the time, but the concentration on his little face while mixing colors and spreading wide strokes across his temporary canvass was a priceless sight to see.

Posted on November 22, 2011 11:31AM by Karen Ridder

Making tracks

Up for a challenge? How about a 51-mile bike ride through Eastern Kansas? Or maybe you can turn that into a trek on foot.Even if you don't want to push your limits, however, you can still enjoy a stroll or short bike ride anywhere along the Prairie Spirit Trail.

Posted on November 8, 2011 10:05AM by Dennis Toll

Munson Angus Farms Pumpkin Patch Reaps Old-Fashioned Fun

It was as if I returned to my roots when I visited Munson Angus Farms west of Junction City to experience their pumpkin patch. Reared on a Kansas farm where we also raised Angus cattle, I helped with my family’s large garden. But it was nothing like the Munson’s huge pumpkin acreage, and I certainly never rode in a wagon pulled by a team of beautiful Percheron horses to pick the fruits of our labor. Nor did we ever create a maze in our corn field!

Posted on October 13, 2011 9:49AM by Cecilia Harris

Come for the comfort food at Carriage Crossing in Yoder, Kan.

Experience cooked-from-scratch flavor in Amish-influenced restaurant

Large restaurants capable of serving tour bus guests and motorcycle groups often cut corners to save time and expense. But when Mike Miller and his father, Joe, opened Carriage Crossing Restaurant and Bakery in Yoder, Kan., in 1994, they drew from the Mennonite faith’s penchant for thoroughness and quality.

Posted on September 30, 2011 8:28AM by admin

It IS an adventure: Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, west of Salina, is a unique combination of zoo and museum that gives you an up close and personal look at rare and endangered species. The facility started with one man’s mission to house unusual animals and provide education to the local community. It has grown to a large wildlife “experience” with conservation programs and a menagerie of animals you probably won’t see in most local zoos. It is a great day-trip, or if you are just passing through Kansas on I-70, it is close enough to the highway to make an easy detour if you have a few hours to spare.

Posted on September 21, 2011 3:25PM by Karen Ridder

Fun in My Backyard

On this trip, my family’s third Faces & Places Tour as a Roadie, we were excited to go on a trip closer to our home. I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about the 2011 Faces & Places Tour –discovering amazing attractions and fun “right in my own backyard,” whether that be a trip across town on a Thursday evening, or a weekend getaway down the Kansas Byways to the other side of the state.

‘Start your engines ... ’

Posted on September 13, 2011 3:05PM by Roadies

Reliving History at Fort Larned

 Old fashioned fort with stone walls and wooden tables.Imagine walking 50 miles across a hostile prairie just to make sure the mail goes through. That was among the regular duties for infantry soldiers at Fort Larned in the 1860’s. The fort was among those constructed to protect commerce on the Santa Fe Trail. The trail was one of the most important trade routes in the United States, but hostilities with American Indians in the region made for dangerous travel in southwestern Kansas. Soldiers provided armed escort for mail stages and wagon trains. They participated in several small scale conflicts with tribes in the area, and when the Indian wars were ended, the fort served as a point of distribution for goods and supplies promised in the peace treaties.

Posted on July 27, 2011 8:38AM by Karen Ridder


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