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Welcome to Kansas City, a wonderful place to call home! This inviting Midwest community is known for its rich history, scenic boulevards, passion for sports and of course, its worldclass BBQ. Year after year, national magazines like Businessweek, Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine recognize Kansas City as a Better place to live.

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TWO UNIQUE CITIES United by a name and divided by a river, Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS are two distinct cities that make up one large metropolitan area. Missouri established the “City of Kansas” in 1853 - later officially named “Kansas City” in 1889 – nearly 10 years before its cross-border cousin, the state of Kansas, joined the union. Kansas City, MO was a popular fur-trading post and major river port. In hopes of sharing in the success of their prosperous neighbor to the east, Kansas civic leaders, bundled together numerous little river towns and called the resulting entity “Kansas City, KS”. Fast-forward 130 years and people still get confused about how and why we have two states, two cities and one name. The fact is, it just works. Both Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO have grown and developed side-by-side into one unique metropolitan area where everyone shares a sense of community and Kansas City pride.

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06 Kansas Communities 10 Missouri Communities a better place to learn

18 Public Libraries 20 Colleges and Universities 22 Kansas Schools 24 Missouri Schools 26 More About Education a better place to play

30 Museums 32 Dance, Music and Theater Venues 35 Shopping Areas 36 Kids’ Destinations 38 Sports Venues 39 Lakes, Parks and Golf Courses a better place to call home

45 Finding a Home 46 Healthcare 47 Transportation 48 Moving Checklist

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Photos left to right: downtow KC mural, Plaza Photos courtesy of Stephanie Sims

Some people call Kansas City the “City of Fountains”, others, the “Heart of America”. We just know it as a great place to call home. People who live in Kansas City will tell you it’s one of the best-kept secrets in the Midwest.


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KANSAS COMMUNITY Johnson County Picturesque, tree-lined neighborhoods, award-winning school districts, scenic parks, and easy access to the entire metropolitan area are just a few of the attractive amenities that characterize Johnson County, Kansas. DESOTO Population: 5,911 A small town atmosphere with all the comforts and conveniences of a large city. City Hall (913) 583-1182 desotoks.us FAIRWAY Population: 3,963 Known for its beautiful streets, Fairway is one of Kansas City’s most established neighborhoods near the Country Club Plaza. City Hall (913) 262-0350 fairwaykansas.org

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GARDNER Population: 20,473 Gardner features a number of new residential areas and is home to the Lanesfield Museum and Johnson County Fairgrounds. City Hall (913) 856-7535 gardnerkansas.gov

LEAWOOD Population: 32,991 One of the finest residential developments in the suburbs. A unique blend of old and new homes can be found in Leawood. City Hall (913) 339-6700 leawood.org

LAKE QUIVIRA Population: 933 An upscale lake community, Lake Quivira is the perfect place for golfing, tennis, and water sports. City Hall (913) 631-7707 lakequivira.org

LENEXA Population: 50,344 A growing and dynamic city, Lenexa enjoys a location easily accessible from almost anywhere in the area. City Hall (913) 477-7504 ci.lenexa.ks.us

MERRIAM Population: 11,281 A close-knit, charming community, Merriam is the ideal place for those who enjoy the friendly atmosphere of small-town living. City Hall (913) 722-3330 merriam.org MISSION Population: 9,516 Located in northeastern Johnson County, Mission features well-established homes, schools, parks and shopping. City Hall (913) 676-8350 mission-ks.org MISSION HILLS Population: 3,582 Tree-lined streets, rolling hills and grandiose mansions all characterize Mission Hills, one of the area’s most desired neighborhoods. City Hall (913) 362-9620 missionhillsks.gov MISSION WOODS Population: 183 As one of Johnson County’s tiniest towns, Mission Woods is a quaint and inviting neighborhood tucked away with a “Country Club” feel. missionwoods-ks.org OLATHE Population: 131,885 Olathe is home to new and established neighborhoods, a national award-winning school district and a 170 acre lake. City Hall (913) 971-8600 olatheks.org OVERLAND PARK Population: 181,260 As the largest city in the county, it boasts numerous parks and is home to Johnson County Community College. City Hall (913) 895-6000 opkansas.org

PRAIRIE VILLAGE Population: 21,892 Prairie Village is a popular suburb known for shopping, charming neighborhoods and top-notch schools. City Hall (913) 381-6464 pvkansas.com ROELAND PARK Population: 6,845 Roeland Park blends its new and established homes with a casual, old-style “neighborhood” atmosphere. City Hall (913) 722-2600 roelandpark.net

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SHAWNEE Population: 64,323 An affordable, yet beautiful suburb, Shawnee is a dynamic city with convenient shopping and endless acres of parkland. City Hall (913) 631-2500 cityofshawnee.org SPRING HILL Population: 5,730 Set in the scenic rural countryside, Spring Hill is just south of Olathe, providing urban center amenities. City Hall (913) 592-3664 springhillks.com WESTWOOD Population: 1,528 Westwood has some of the area’s most picturesque homes and is convenient to the Plaza and downtown Kansas City. City Hall (913) 362-1550 westwoodks.org

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013


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Leavenworth County

BASEHOR Population: 4,898 This rural community, with its excellent schools and hometown atmosphere, is just 20 minutes from Kansas City and only 30 minutes from nearby Lawrence. City Hall (913) 724-1370 cityofbasehor.org

LEAVENWORTH Population: 35,891 As one of the oldest military posts in the West, Fort Leavenworth has played an important role in the growth of the city. Now, it’s a progressive and expanding community. City Hall (913) 682-9201 lvks.org

LANSING Population: 11,642 One of the fastest growing smaller cities in this part of Kansas, Lansing is known for its schools and new residential areas. City Hall (913) 727-3233 lansing.ks.us

TONGANOXIE Population: 5,165 Located between Kansas City and Leavenworth, Tonganoxie remains a charming small town. City Hall (913) 845-2620 tonganoxie.org

historic grant hall at fort leavenworth in kansas.

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Leavenworth County was the first industrial center in Kansas. With easy access to interstate highways, residents in this central location can quickly commute to Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka.



Built in 1921, Fort Leavenworth is the oldest continuously active military post west of the Mississippi River.

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Wyandotte County Known for its rich ethnic heritage, Wyandotte County celebrates more than 30 festivals a year. It’s also home to more than 300 parks, an entertainment district, a Major League Soccer complex, 100,000 sq. ft. casino and the Kansas Speedway. BONNER SPRINGS Population: 7,480 Bonner Springs hosts many outdoor events from the annual fall Renaissance Festival to major concert tours at its outdoor amphitheater. City Hall (913) 422-1020 bonnersprings.org

EDWARDSVILLE Population: 4,355 Once home of the Delaware Indians, Edwardsville is a progressive small town with open land that serves as a center for industrial and residential development. City Hall (913) 441-3707 edwardsvilleks.org

KANSAS CITY, KS Population: 148,483 Kansas City, KS is a culturally-diverse area with strong ethnic influences. The neighborhoods in the city’s storied Strawberry Hill section continue to honor and demonstrate the history of their ancestral homelands with annual heritage festivals. City Hall (913) 573-5000 wycokck.org

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013


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MISSOURI COMMUNITY Buchanan County Green countryside, rolling hills, and scenic valleys make up Buchanan County. It’s a peaceful place to call home with many natural streams, rivers, and lakes in the area. You’ll find everything from quiet country properties, stately historic homes, and newer suburban neighborhoods within its boundaries. ST. JOSEPH Population 76,780 St. Joseph is a city rich in history with a strong sense of community. From the historic architecture of downtown, the frequent community events and festivals, outstanding recreation resources, and unique location near both Kansas City and Topeka metropolitan areas, St. Joseph offers a wide range of lifestyles and opportunities. City Hall (816) 271-5300 ci.st-joseph.mo.us/

how did missouri get the nickname the show me state? while much of the state’s history is tied to the mighty rivers that flow through it, the “show me state” got its nickname because of the devotion of its people to simple common sense. in

1899, rep. willard d. vandiver

said, “frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. i’m from missouri. you’ve got to show me.”

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BELTON Population: 23,175 Belton is known for newer residential areas, convenient shopping and great schools. City Hall (816) 331-4331 belton.org HARRISONVILLE Population: 10,001 More than 175 years old, Harrisonville boasts recreational and fishing lakes, wonderful parks and inviting residential areas. City Hall (816) 380-8900 ci.harrisonville.mo.us PECULIAR Population: 4,797 Peculiar is a great choice for commuters. It features lovely surroundings and a country feel, yet is close to Kansas City. City Hall (816) 779-5212 cityofpeculiar.com PLEASANT HILL Population: 8,218 Founded in the mid 1800’s, Pleasant Hill is now an active and thriving community with a blend of new and historic homes. City Hall (816) 540-3135 pleasanthill.com jacomo lake blue springs, mo

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Cass County is an ideal locale for those who prefer the tranquil countryside to the city’s hustle and bustle. From large suburbs to rural hometown cities, this county offers a variety of cultural backdrops.

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013

RAYMORE Population: 19,754 Started as a busy railroad town, now a Kansas City suburb; residents experience a rural atmosphere while being close to Kansas City. City Hall (816) 331-0488 raymore.com

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Clay County Famous for its association with Jessie James, Clay County is also known for its mineral springs. The area has experienced economic boom as companies have been attracted here by access to major transportation.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS Population: 11,418 Home to the famous Elms Hotel and Spa, Excelsior Springs boasts 19th century architecture and unique specialty shops. City Hall (816) 630-0750 cityofesmo.com GLADSTONE Population: 26,157 A suburb of North Kansas City, Gladstone is an active community with award-winning schools. City Hall (816) 436-2200 gladstone.mo.us

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KEARNEY Population: 9,038 Kearney is known for its picturesque residential neighborhoods and acres of land for those who like an open view. City Hall (816) 628-4142 ci.kearney.mo.us

PLEASANT VALLEY Population: 3,032 Its name says it all – Pleasant Valley is a pretty little town set amid beautiful scenery. City Hall (816) 781-3996 pleasantvalleymo.org

LIBERTY Population: 30,096 Home of the highly regarded William Jewell College, Liberty features gently rolling hills and historical museums. City Hall (816) 439-4400 ci.liberty.mo.us

SMITHVILLE Population: 8,954 The site of a historic Missouri mill, Smithville (or Smith’s Mill) has been on the map since 1822 and is home to great lakes and camping areas. City Hall (816) 532-3897 smithvillemo.org

NORTH KANSAS CITY Population: 4,319 This busy “north of the river” city has a large central business and shopping area. North Kansas City boasts industrial growth, good schools and parks. City Hall (816) 274-6000 nkc.org


CLAYCOMO Population: 1,459 Claycomo is an industrial and residential community that is located at the crossroads of several major highways. City Hall (816) 452-5539 claycomo.org



The “ jam” session originated in Kansas City. Jazz musicians would gather after their gigs and play together into the late hours of the night.



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Jackson County

Jackson County is central to the Kansas City, Missouri government, leading businesses and many nationally recognized organizations. Residential areas vary from lakeside living to urban neighborhoods.

BLUE SPRINGS Population: 53,294 Founded by pioneers in the 1800s along the Little Blue River, Blue Springs is now a booming community with lovely scenery. City Hall (816) 228-0110 bluespringsgov.com

GRANDVIEW Population: 25,307 Once a farming community, Grandview has grown into an important residential and industrial area with quality schools. City Hall (816) 316-4800 grandview.org

LAKE LOTAWANA Population: 1,952 Both summer and year-round homes surround this lovely 600-acre lake, just 20 miles from downtown. City Hall (816) 578-4215 lakelotawana.org

BUCKNER Population: 3,072 Also know as “The Little Village in the Valley”, Buckner is located along the historic Lewis and Clark Trail with scenic neighborhoods and great schools. City Hall (816) 650-3191 cityofbuckner.org

INDEPENDENCE Population: 117,240 Independence is the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and a popular tourist attraction for history buffs. City Hall (816) 325-7000 ci.independence.mo.us

LEE’S SUMMIT Population: 93,184 A sizable community rich in history, Lee’s Summit enjoys good schools, convenient shopping and a myriad of housing choices. City Admin. (816) 969-1000 cityofls.net

KANSAS CITY Population: 467,007 Kansas City neighborhoods are diverse; featuring glorious mansions, trendy lofts, historic homes and condos that continue to attract a variety of residents. City Hall (816) 513-1313 kcmo.gov

OAK GROVE Population: 7,861 Oak Grove has roots that date back to the Civil War. Oak Grove is known for excellent parks and great schools. City Admin. (816) 690-3773 cityofoakgrove.com

GRAIN VALLEY Population: 13,125 Located in a fertile valley, this agricultural community offers residents an attractive blend of town and rural living. City Admin. (816) 847-6200 cityofgrainvalley.org

RAYTOWN Population: 29,510 Raytown boasts a spirited, close-knit community seeking small town living. City Admin. (816) 737-6003 raytown.mo.us

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SUGAR CREEK Population: 3,339 Sugar Creek is a picturesque riverside community once the home of numerous Native American tribes. City Hall (816) 252-4400 sugar-creek.mo.us

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Platte County

Platte County is one of the area’s fastest growing residential areas. Newcomers are quite taken with its wonderful neighborhoods, extensive antique shops, and breathtaking views of the Missouri River.

PARKVILLE Population: 5,928 Parkville overlooks the Missouri River and features charming neighborhoods, quaint antique shops and the historic Park University. City Hall (816) 741-7676 parkvillemo.gov

RIVERSIDE Population: 3,046 Riverside is best known for its fine residential districts, large industrial park and extensive business district. City Hall (816) 741-3993 riversidemo.com

PLATTE CITY Population: 4,799 Platte City is a scenic river town with a convenient location and small town atmosphere. City Hall (816) 858-3046 plattecity.org

WEATHERBY LAKE Population: 1,791 This residential community was built around a man-made lake amidst some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. City Hall (816) 741-5545 cityofweatherbylake-mo.gov



The scoreboard at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to transmit instant replay.

WESTON Population: 1,703 Great for day or weekend trips, Weston features Victorian Homes, established orchards and many antique shops. An added novelty, the Snow Creek ski resort is located just three miles north of Weston. City Hall (816) 640-2752 westonmo.com

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013

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The Kansas City area is at the top of its class in education. Students from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate benefit from excellent public, private and parochial learning environments.


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PUBLIC LIBRARIES Looking for a good book to read? Whether interested in reading the classics, mysteries, biographies or a good novel, Kansas Citians have access to numerous public and university libraries, sure to suit casual and avid readers alike. JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BILLINGTON LIBRARY JCCC provides materials and resources to the community to enhance educational growth and learning. WHERE: 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-3871 library.jccc.edu

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JOHNSON COUNTY LAW LIBRARY The Law Library is located on the first floor of the Johnson County Courthouse. It contains resources needed for researching the law of the country and states. WHERE: 100 S Kansas Ave., 1st floor Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 715-4153 jocogov.org/dept/law-library/home

JOHNSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY The Johnson County Library encompasses a central resource library and 12 branch libraries. WHERE: 9875 W 87th St. Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 826-4600 jocolibrary.org


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A young Ernest Hemingway began his writing career in Kansas City. He worked as a cub reporter at the The Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS PUBLIC LIBRARY The main library is located in downtown Kansas City, KS. It has an extensive collection of fine arts books and Spanish-language materials. WHERE: 625 Minnesota Ave. Kansas City, KS 66101 (913) 551-3280 kckpl.org KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY The Kansas City Public Library has ten branches in the Kansas City area. The Central Library, located downtown, is the major resource library, containing special collections and the main administrative offices. WHERE: 14 W 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 701-3400 kclibrary.org

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LINDA HALL LIBRARY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY Located in the heart of Kansas City, this library is focused on providing the most reliable information, resources, and events catering to the studies of physical and life sciences, engineering, and technology studies. WHERE: 5109 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64110 (816) 363-4600 lindahall.org MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY These libraries focus on providing exceptional material and resources, specifically regarding genealogy and family history. WHERE: There are several locations including, but not limited to, Liberty, Lee’s Summit, Grandview, Raytown, and Independence. mymcpl.org

OLATHE PUBLIC LIBRARY The Olathe Public Library includes the Main Library and the Indian Creek branch. A wide variety of children’s events and adult informational events are offered. WHERE: 13511 S Mur-Len Road, Ste. 129 Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 971-6835 olathelibrary.org UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER DYKES LIBRARY Dykes Library is located on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center and features a collection of quality medical information and resources. WHERE: 2100 W 39th Ave. Kansas City, KS 66160 (913) 588-7166 library.kumc.edu


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ADVANCED ACADEMICS Kansas City is central to higher education with more than 15 colleges and universities. It is also just a short drive to major universities in both Kansas and Missouri. THE ART INSTITUTES INTERNATIONAL KANSAS CITY 8208 Melrose Dr. Lenexa, KS 66214 (913) 217-4600 artinstitutes.edu/kansas-city

DEVRY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 11224 Holmes Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 941-0430 kc.devry.edu

AVILA UNIVERSITY 11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64145 (800) GO-AVILA avila.edu

FRIENDS UNIVERSITY LENEXA 8207 Melrose Dr., Suite 200 Lenexa, Kansas 66214 (913) 233-8700 friends.edu

BAKER UNIVERSITY KANSAS CITY 8001 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 491-4432 bakeru.edu

JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-8500 jccc.edu

KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE 4415 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 472-4852 kcai.edu KANSAS CITY KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 7250 State Ave. Kansas City, KS 66112 (913) 334-1100 225 Cherokee Leavenworth, KS 66048 (913) 651-2111 kckcc.edu

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 119 Anderson Hall Manhattan, KS 66506 (785) 532-6250 k-state.edu

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METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Six locations across the Kansas City area (816) 604-1000 mcckc.edu

OTTAWA UNIVERSITY KANSAS CITY 4370 W 109th St., Suite 200 Overland Park, KS 66211 (913) 266-8600 ottawa.edu

MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY 2030 E College Way Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 782-3750 mnu.edu

PARK UNIVERSITY 8700 NW River Park Dr. Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 741-2000 ext. 6215 park.edu

NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 981-8700

ROCKHURST UNIVERSITY 1100 Rockhurst Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110 (816) 501-4000 rockhurst.edu

3620 Arrowhead Ave. Independence, MO 64057 (816) 412-7700 401 NW Murray Ave. Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 (816) 600-3900 7490 NW 87th St. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 412-5500 national.edu

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS 1450 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045 (785) 864-2700 ku.edu Edwards Campus 12600 Quivira Rd. Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 897-8400 edwardscampus.ku.edu


UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI 104 Jesse Hall Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-2121 missouri.edu UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY 5115 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 235-1000 umkc.edu UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX 1310 E 104th St. Kansas City, MO 64131 8345 Lenexa Dr. Lenexa, KS 66214 (816) 943-9600 phoenix.edu

WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE 500 College Hill Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-7700 jewell.edu

Medical Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, KS 66160 (913) 588-5000 kumc.edu

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KANSAS EDUCATION The state of Kansas offers high-quality and nationally-recognized public education to students on the Kansas side of the metropolitan area. Take a look below to learn more about the area’s school districts.

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Johnson County

The Johnson County Unified School District is made up of six individual districts that are a part of Johnson County, KS. With more than 160 schools and over 92,000 students, it is the largest Kansas school system in the metropolitan area.

BLUE VALLEY 15020 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66283 (913) 239-4000 bluevalleyk12.org

GARDNER/EDGERTON 231 E Madison Gardner, KS 66030 (913) 856-2000 usd231.com

SHAWNEE MISSION 7235 Antioch Rd. Shawnee Mission, KS 66204 (913) 993-6200 smsd.org

DESOTO, SHAWNEE, LENEXA AND OLATHE 35200 W 91st St. DeSoto, KS 66018 (913) 583-8300 usd232.org

OLATHE 14160 Blackbob Rd. Olathe, KS 66063 (913) 780-7000 olatheschools.com

SPRING HILL 101 E South St. Spring Hill, KS 66083 (913) 592-7200 usd230.org

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Leavenworth County

Leavenworth County is the northernmost point of Kansas in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and is home to five school districts. Together, these districts provide educational opportunities to nearly 13,000 students at more than 30 schools.

BASEHOR-LINWOOD 2008 N 155th St. Basehor, KS 66007 (913) 724-1396 usd458.org

LEAVENWORTH 200 N 4th Leavenworth, KS 66048 (913) 684-1400 usd453.org

FORT LEAVENWORTH 207 Education Way Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 (913) 651-7373 ftlvn.com

TONGANOXIE 330 E Highway 24-40 Tonganoxie, KS 66086 (913) 845-2153 tong464.org

LANSING 401 S 2nd St. Lansing, KS 66043 (913) 727-1100 usd469.net

Wyandotte County

Wyandotte County is directly north of Johnson County and has three school districts. It has over 50 schools and a student population of more than 24,000.

BONNER SPRINGS/ EDWARDSVILLE 2200 S 138th St., PO Box 435 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (913) 422-5600 usd204.org KANSAS CITY, KANSAS 2010 N 59th St. Kansas City, KS 66104 (913) 551-3200 kckps.org

PIPER 12036 Leavenworth Rd. Kansas City, KS 66109 (913) 721-2088 piperschools.com



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MISSOURI EDUCATION Missouri students around the Kansas City area have access to many high-quality educational opportunities, with several area schools ranked nationally. Take a look below for details about each county’s school districts.

Cass County

Cass County is the southernmost point of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It consists of four school districts serving more than 13,000 students in nearly 30 schools.

BELTON 110 W Walnut Belton, MO 64012 (816) 489-7000 beltonschools.org

MIDWAY 5801 E State Rt. 2 Cleveland, MO 64734 (816) 250-2994 midwayk12.net

Clay County

Directly north of Kansas City proper, Clay County is home to more than 70 schools and serves nearly 40,000 students.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 300 W Broadway Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 (816) 630-9200 essd40.com

LAWSON 401 N Allison Lawson, MO 64062 (816) 580-7277 lawsoncardinals.org

KEARNEY 1002 S Jefferson St. Kearney, MO 64060 (816) 628-4116 kearney.k12.mo.us

LIBERTY 650 Conistor Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 736-5300 liberty.k12.mo.us

PLEASANT HILL 318 Cedar St. Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 (816) 540-3161 pleasanthillschools.com RAYMORE-PECULIAR 21005 S School Rd. Peculiar, MO 64078 (816) 892-1300 raypec.k12.mo.us

MISSOURI CITY 700 E Main St. Missouri City, MO 64072 (816) 750-4391 mocity.k12.mo.us NORTH KANSAS CITY 2000 NE 46th St. North Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 413-5000 nkcschools.org SMITHVILLE 645 S Commercial Ave. Smithville, MO 64089 (816) 532-0406 smithvilleschooldistrict.net

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Jackson County

Jackson County is central to the Kansas City, Missouri government, leading businesses and many nationally recognized organizations. Residential areas vary from lakeside living to urban neighborhoods.

BLUE SPRINGS 1801 NW Vesper Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 224-1300 bssd.net

GRANDVIEW 13015 10th St. Grandview, MO 64030 (816) 316-5000 csd4.k12.mo.us

LEE’S SUMMIT 600 SE Miller Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816) 986-1000 lsr7.org

CENTER 8701 Holmes Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 349-3300 center.k12.mo.us

HICKMAN MILLS 9000 Old Sante Fe Rd. Kansas City, MO 64138 (816) 316-7000 hickmanmills.org

LONE JACK 201 W Lone Jack-Lee’s Summit Rd. Lone Jack, MO 64070 (816) 697-3539 lonejackc6.net

FORT OSAGE 2101 N Twyman Rd. Independence, MO 64058 (816) 650-7000 fortosage.net

INDEPENDENCE 218 N Pleasant Ave. Independence, MO 64050 (816) 521-5300 isdschools.org

OAK GROVE 1305 S Salem Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-4156 oakgrove.k12.mo.us

GRAIN VALLEY 31606 NE Pink Hill Rd. Grain Valley, MO 64029 (816) 847-5006 grainvalley.k12.mo.us

KANSAS CITY 1211 McGee. Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 418-7000 kcpublicschools.org

RAYTOWN 5401 Lane Ave. Raytown, MO 64133 (816) 268-7230 raytownschools.org

Platte County

Platte County sits in the northwest corner of the Kansas City metropolitan area and includes four school districts. Within those districts are more than 30 schools educating nearly 15,000 students.

NORTH PLATTE 212 W 6th St. Dearborn, MO 64439 (816) 450-3511 nppanthers.org

PARK HILL 7703 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 359-4000 parkhill.k12.mo.us

PLATTE COUNTY 998 Platte Falls Rd. Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 858-5420 plattecountyschooldistrict.com WEST PLATTE 1103 Washington St. Weston, MO 64098 (816) 640-2236 wpsd.net



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In Kansas City, learning extends well beyond our fine area public schools. Accredited pre-schools, schools tailored for students with special needs, and private and parochial schools are available to meet virtually all academic pursuits.

PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL Kansas City offers a variety of private and parochial educational paths to families living in the metropolitan area. Whether you are looking for a school whose educational philosophy closely matches your own values, or you just want your children attending a school that holds its students to a higher academic and personal standard, you’ll find one that’s a great fit in Kansas City. Many of the private schools, whether faith-based or secular, are known and recognized for their many outstanding qualities and opportunities for personal success. Individual academic achievement, excellence in sports, and unique extracurricular endeavors help round out the exciting and fulfilling educational experience that students at Kansas City’s many private schools can enjoy. Want to learn more about private and parochial education in Kansas City? Visit relobook.kansascityhomes.com for more information.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION Kansas City has many schools that offer tailored education and nurturing environments for families with children who have special needs. The goal of these schools, and their highly-qualified, staff is to carefully assess and evaluate each student. This enables them to gauge where each student is developmentally and helps them to determine which educational approach will be most successful. Visit relobook.kansascityhomes.com for more information about special education around Kansas City.

PRESCHOOL AND DAYCARE In the chaotic shuffle of moving and starting a new life in a new city, it’s important not to lose sight of the little things – or rather the little ones. Finding a good preschool or daycare solution is more important than ever. When children are younger, the amount of stimulation, warmth, support and interaction they receive can have a significant impact on their academic and social development. This extends well beyond their early years. As studies show children who were in high-quality preschool and childcare scored higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers. The Kansas City area is full of safe, nurturing, accredited preschools and daycare providers, but the best ones fill up fast. That’s why it’s essential to have a plan in mind well before you arrive in your new hometown. Ask yourself, do you plan on going with a commercial or in-home center? What is your backup plan if no spots are available at your preferred provider? Be prepared by starting your search for a preschool or daycare now at relobook.kansascityhomes.com.


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Once settled in to Kansas City, you’ll probably want to explore what this great city has to offer. Enjoy the area’s unique entertainment and attractions, suited especially for art lovers, history buffs, sports fans, and outdoor enthusiasts.


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ENTERTAIN YOU Kansas City has a fantastic arts scene. Its internationally known museums, vibrant art gallery districts and inspired live performances create a truly exciting living experience for local residents.

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Kansas City is home to outstanding museums ranging from history, music, the arts, sports, science, technology, and much more.

AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM Watch jazz come alive! Enjoy educational programs, exhibits, a jazz club and a modern performing arts center at the American Jazz Museum. WHERE: 1616 E 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 474-VINE americanjazzmuseum.org AMERICAN ROYAL MUSEUM Tour interactive displays and hands-on exhibits focusing on the role of agriculture and livestock in Kansas City. WHERE: 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO 64102 (816) 221-9800 americanroyal.com

ARABIA STEAMBOAT MUSEUM Step back in time and explore remarkably preserved cargo from the 1856 shipwreck of the Arabia steamboat. WHERE: 400 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 471-1856 1856.com JOHNSON COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY Learn about Johnson County through permanent and rotating exhibits, educational tours and workshops for all. WHERE: 6305 Lackman Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 715-2550 jocomuseum.org

KANSAS CITY MUSEUM Explore regional history exhibits, the Planetarium, Natural History Hall and special exhibits. WHERE: 3218 Gladstone Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64123 (816) 483-8300 kansascitymuseum.org KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART See its permanent art collection or take part in one of over 60 educational programs designed to entertain and to challenge all participants. WHERE: 4420 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 753-5784 kemperart.org

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MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE Located in the heart of the Prairiefire development, this museum features traveling exhibitions from New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Visitors can also dig for their own artifacts and inspect dinosaur bones. WHERE: 5801 W 135th St. Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 333-3500 museumofpf.org NATIONAL WWI MUSEUM AT LIBERTY MEMORIAL Visit the Nation’s official World War I museum where the history of our first global conflict is brought to life. Also, don’t miss the best view of the city at the top of the Liberty Memorial. WHERE: 100 W 26th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 888-8100 theworldwar.org NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM Celebrate the contributions of African-American baseball players through multi-media displays, hundreds of photographs and artifacts dating from the 1800s to 1960. WHERE: 1616 E 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-1920 nlbm.com

THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART Explore the internationally-recognized museum showcasing amazing collections featuring more than 34,000 pieces from ancient times to modern day. The museum features special exhibitions, classes for all ages, restaurants and a museum store. WHERE: 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 751-1ART nelson-atkins.org NERMAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Explore this museum filled with regionally and nationally recognized artwork. The main focus of the Nerman Museum is to educate children about visual arts. WHERE: 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-8500 nermanmuseum.org SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART See monthly exhibitions created by nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as local artists from the Kansas City area. WHERE: 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-2626 sherryleedy.com

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HARRY S. TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Discover more about the political and personal life of our 33rd U.S. President Harry S. Truman through audio, video and other memorabilia. WHERE: 500 W US Hwy 24 Independence, MO 64050 (816) 268-8200 trumanlibrary.org UNION STATION Built in 1914, Union Station is a mix of culture, education, and entertainment. Come visit traveling national exhibits, 3D movies on the Extreme Screen, interactive science center, and a vibrant Theater District featuring live theater and much more. WHERE: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 460-2020 unionstation.org


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Dance Venues

From ballet and tap, to the tango and waltz, Kansas City offers many dance options for those who enjoy participating and those who like to watch.

KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Kauffman Center is home to resident organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony, as well as other performers of national and global acclaim. WHERE: 1601 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 994-7200 kauffmancenter.org

KANSAS CITY FRIENDS OF ALVIN AILEY Watch incredible performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey promotes diversity and helps educate many children through art programs. WHERE: 218 Delaware Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 471-6003 kcfaa.org KANSAS CITY SWING DANCE Interested in learning to Swing, Salsa or Tango? Kansas City Swing Dance is just the place to master many recreational forms of dance. WHERE: 6101 Martway St. Mission, KS 66202 (913) 831-7964 kansascityswingdance.org

LOUIS & COMPANY DANCE STUDIO Learn how to dance and energize audiences in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment. WHERE: 10409 Marty Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 385-0707 allegro-ballroom.com


CITY IN MOTION DANCE THEATRE This is just the place for watching high-quality contemporary dance performances and helping a great not-for-profit organization. WHERE: 3925 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 561-2882 cityinmotion.org



Out of all the cities in the country, Kansas City has hosted the NCAA Final Four Championship game the most; the first being in 1940 at Municipal Auditorium in the downtown area.

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Music Venues

Jazz and blues play a very important role in Kansas City’s rich musical history. Audiences can enjoy different genres of music from renowned local talent to national artists at many music venues around Kansas City.

18TH & VINE HISTORIC DISTRICT This historic district is home to the annual Jazz Festival, Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater. (816) 474-8463 18thandvinedistrict.org PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER AMPHITHEATER Located in Wyandotte County Park, this giant outdoor concert venue attracts many top musical artists and events each year. WHERE: 633 N 130th St. Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (913) 721-3400 cricketwirelessamp.com

FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC With over 30 years experience, the Friends’ musical performances range from the medieval period to the present. WHERE: 635 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-9999 chambermusic.org KANSAS CITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Professional orchestra musicians hold spectacular performances at various venues around Kansas City. (816) 960-1324 kcchamberorchestra.org

SPRINT CENTER The Sprint Center is the centerpiece of the downtown entertainment district. It is Kansas City’s home for sports, concerts, family shows, collegiate competitions, tournaments and special events. WHERE: 1407 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106 816-949-7100 sprintcenter.com


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Theater Venues

Those who love the theatre will delight in Kansas City’s live performances. From Broadway hits to the hilarious melodramas, Kansas City knows how to bring down the house.

ARVEST BANK THEATRE AT THE MIDLAND Since 1927, the Midland Theatre has been the premiere indoor venue for live music, comedians and family shows. WHERE: 1228 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 283-9900 midlandkc.com

THE NEW THEATRE RESTAURANT Enjoy dinner and live entertainment from some of your favorite local and national stars at The New Theatre Restaurant. WHERE: 9229 Foster Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 649-SHOW newtheatre.com

FOLLY THEATER Known as Kansas City’s oldest theater, Folly Theater presents an assortment of events for the entire community to enjoy. WHERE: 300 W 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 474-4444 follytheater.org

STARLIGHT THEATRE Since the 1950s, this unique outdoor theatre has been the place to go for Broadway shows and musical concerts. WHERE: 4600 Starlight Rd. Kansas City, MO 64132 (816) 363-7827 kcstarlight.com



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THE THEATRE IN THE PARK Tucked away on 10 beautiful acres in Shawnee Mission Park, this outdoor amphitheatre presents Broadway musicals, concerts, and a variety of events. It is a true summer theatre tradition that keeps audiences entertained year after year. WHERE: 7710 Renner Rd. Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 236-1237 theatreinthepark.org

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Shopping Areas

Kansas City has many regional shopping malls, countless neighborhood shopping centers and a number of boutique specialty shops offering a variety of options for shoppers.

BROOKSIDE SHOPPING DISTRICT This neighborhood shopping district is home to eclectic, local shops and dining establishments. WHERE: 63rd & Brookside Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 523-5553 brooksidekc.org

CROSSROADS ARTS DISTRICT Recently transformed from urban warehouses, the Crossroads Arts District hosts unique shops, restaurants and art galleries. WHERE: 1720 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64141 (816) 994-7313 kccrossroads.org

CITY MARKET Open daily and featuring a mix of dining and shopping, the City Market is located in the historic River Market area and hosts the region’s largest farmers’ market. WHERE: 20 E 5th St. Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 842-1271 thecitymarket.org

CROWN CENTER SHOPS Located in the heart of Kansas City, Crown Center is home to three-levels of shops, restaurants, theaters, exhibits, and more. WHERE: 2450 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 274-8444 crowncenter.com

CORBIN PARK The area of Corbin Park features a diverse shopping experience with retail stores, restaurants, a farmer’s market and even a gym. WHERE: 135th & Metcalf Overland Park, KS 66223 corbinparkop.com

LEGENDS OUTLETS KANSAS CITY Across from the Kansas Speedway, this outdoor center is home to a unique assortment of shops and restaurants. WHERE: 1843 Village West Pkwy. Kansas City, KS 66109 (913) 788-3700 legendsshopping.com

THE COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA The nation’s first outdoor shopping mall, The Plaza has over 180 premier retail, dining and entertainment establishments. WHERE: 4750 Broadway St. Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 753-0100 countryclubplaza.com

OAK PARK MALL This indoor shopping mall features 190 stores ranging from national department stores to shops, restaurants, and kiosks. WHERE: 11519 W 95th St. Overland Park, KS 66214 (913) 888-4400 thenewoakparkmall.com


TOWN CENTER PLAZA This outdoor shopping area in Leawood is home to 90 shops, spas, restaurants, and much more. WHERE: 5000 W 119th St. Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 498-1111 towncenterplaza.com WARD PARKWAY CENTER Located on the border of Kansas and Missouri, this indoor/outdoor shopping mall offers a variety of traditional and lifestyle retailers. WHERE: 8600 Ward Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 363-3545 wardparkwaycenter.com ZONA ROSA In North Kansas City, this outdoor venue features shopping, dining, entertainment and living. WHERE: 8640 N Dixson Ave. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 587-8180 zonarosa.com

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Kansas City Fun


Kansas City is the perfect destination for kids and kids-at-heart alike. From pulse-pounding thrills at world-class theme and water parks to wonder-inducing experiences at learning and discovery centers, there are plenty of fun times to be enjoyed around Kansas City. DEANNA ROSE CHILDREN’S FARMSTEAD Designed to depict a turn-of-thecentury family farm, Deanna Rose has nearly 200 animals, vegetable and flower gardens, old-time fishing ponds, pony rides and more. WHERE: 13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221 (913) 897-2360 opkansas.org

KANSAS CITY ZOO There are more than 200 acres to explore in this nature sanctuary. A visit to the Kansas City Zoo is an interactive experience that stimulates all the senses to entertain and educate visitors. WHERE: 6800 Zoo Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132 (816) 595-1234 kansascityzoo.org

POWELL GARDENS Kansas City’s botanical garden offers much to discover. Splash through the fountain garden, connect with nature or take part in the variety of classes offered for families and kids. WHERE: 1609 NW US Highway 50 Kingsville, MO 64061 (816) 697-2600 powellgardens.org

KALEIDOSCOPE Take the kids to Kaleidoscope for an imaginative and free experience! Children will use their imaginations to make art with left-over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. WHERE: 2500 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 274-8300 hallmarkkaleidoscope.com

LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER With over three million Lego bricks in this indoor attraction, it’s one of Kansas City’s best kid-friendly destinations. WHERE: 2475 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-4386 legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansascity

SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK Schlitterbahn Waterpark is Kansas City’s only river tubing adventure. It’s like going on a float trip inside a waterpark. WHERE: 9400 State Ave. Kansas City, KS 66112 (913) 312-3110 schlitterbahn.com/kc

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SEA LIFE AQUARIUM KANSAS CITY This aquarium will transport you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of humble starfish, seahorses and graceful rays. WHERE: 2475 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-4386 visitsealife.com/kansas-city

WONDERSCOPE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF KANSAS CITY Fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children eight and under, their parents and caregivers from across the Kansas City area. WHERE: 5700 King St. Shawnee, KS 66203 (913) 287-8888 wonderscope.org

SCIENCE CITY AT UNION STATION Science City was named as one of the nation’s best science centers by Parent’s Magazine. Kids of all ages can experience the amazing world of science through interactive exhibits. Explore the planetarium, unearth dinosaur fossils, play in the kinderlab and more! WHERE: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 460-2020 sciencecity.com

WORLDS OF FUN & OCEANS OF FUN Worlds of Fun is Kansas City’s only amusement park, filled with rides for everyone from thrill-seekers to families. Visit Oceans of Fun waterpark using the same admission ticket! WHERE: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave. Kansas City, MO 64161 (816) 454-4545 worldsoffun.com



Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City: Laugh-O-Gram Studios. A small mouse lived in his office which became the influence behind the famous Mickey Mouse.


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HOME TEAM Kansas City is home to year-round sporting events and professional franchises, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC, and NASCAR races at the Kansas Speedway. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FOOTBALL Arrowhead Stadium is known as one of the loudest venues in the NFL, accommodating nearly 80,000 devoted fans. The smell of BBQ fills the air as fans gather in the parking lot, hours before game time, for a true tailgating experience unique to Kansas City. WHERE: One Arrowhead Dr. Kansas City, MO 64129 (816) 920-9300 kcchiefs.com

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KANSAS CITY ROYALS BASEBALL The Royals moved into Royals Stadium in April 1973. Twenty years later, the stadium was re-named Kauffman Stadium, in honor of the team’s first owner, Ewing Kauffman. Now seats over 40,000 spectators and is home to the 2015 World Series Champions. WHERE: One Royal Way Kansas City, MO 64129 (800) 676-9257 kcroyals.com

KANSAS SPEEDWAY Racefans – get ready! Kansas Speedway, a 1.5 mile tri-oval track hosts a number of races each year, including NASCAR. The speedway can hold more than 72,000 spectators. WHERE: 400 Speedway Blvd. Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 328-3300 kansasspeedway.com SPORTING KANSAS CITY SOCCER Sporting Kansas City is a professional American soccer club and a member of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. The team originally played at Arrowhead Stadium but moved into their official home, Sporting Park, in 2011. WHERE: One Sporting Way Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 387-3400 sportingkc.com

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No City Limits on

OUTDOOR FUN Soak up the great outdoors with a trip to one of Kansas City’s parks or lakes, or spend an afternoon playing golf at one of the many courses in the area.




Kansas City is the hometown of pro golf legend, Tom Watson. Several courses designed by Tom Watson can be found in area including The National Golf Club of Kansas City.

LAKES AND PARKS One advantage Kansas City has that makes it especially enjoyable during the spring and summer months is its proximity to lakes and water activities. There are literally dozens of lakes – large and small – around the metropolitan area for you to enjoy fun-filled days on the water. From a leisurely afternoon sail, to an adrenaline-fueled jet-ski ride, to a day spent fishing, the many lakes surrounding the Kansas City area give you the freedom to enjoy some time away without having to go far away. If being on the water isn’t exactly your idea of a good time or you just prefer staying on solid ground for your outdoor activities, you’ll find welcoming, wideopen spaces to enjoy at hundreds of Kansas City parks.

With plenty of shelters and playground equipment, our area parks provide ideal gathering places for casual playdates and family picnics. The sprawling acreage and well-maintained trails and paths provide the perfect environment for hiking, biking and jogging enthusiasts.

GOLF COURSES Kansas Citians are passionate about their golf and it’s easy to understand why. Regardless of skill level or budget, Kansas City is a putter’s paradise with options ranging from public courses to private clubs that have hosted pro golf tournaments. Visit relobook.kansascityhomes.com to help find the perfect setting for all your outdoor activities.

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Kansas City gives you the freedom to live the life you’ve always wanted. With an appealing mix of big city amenities and services, as well as small town friendliness and comfort, it’s easy to understand what makes Kansas City such a perfect place for your life to happen.


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Kansas City’s Better for Business

Dozens of national and international companies, including Fortune 500 corporations, call the Kansas City area home for their headquarters. From telecommunications to medical research and candy to clothing, you will find some of the world’s most recognized and respected brands here.

AMC THEATRES LEAWOOD, KS World’s largest movie theater chain with 346 locations in North America. B&B THEATRES GLADSTONE, MO The eighth-largest movie theater chain in the U.S. It operates approximately 414 screens in 50 locations around the country. BUSHNELL CORP. OVERLAND PARK, KS An American company specializing in optics and imaging for customers around the globe. Their products include binoculars, telescopes night vision, range finders and rifle scopes.

CERNER CORP. NORTH KANSAS CITY, MO A supplier of health information technology, services, solutions and hardware. Its products are used in approximately 18,000 facilities around the globe. GARMIN OLATHE, KS This multinational technology company is known for its specialization in GPS technology for use in automobiles, aviation, boats, and outdoor and sports activities. H&R BLOCK KANSAS CITY, MO An American tax preparation service operating 12,000 retail tax offices worldwide. Its other services include payroll and business consulting.

HALLMARK CARDS, INC. KANSAS CITY, MO The largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the U.S. supplies cards and gifts to more than 2,000 Hallmark retail stores. LEE JEANS MERRIAM, KS A manufacturer and retailer of casual and work wear. Lee is owned by VF Corp., the largest apparel company in the world. RUSSELL STOVER CANDIES, INC. KANSAS CITY, MO The largest producer of fine boxed chocolates in the United States. SPRINT CORP OVERLAND PARK, KS The fourth largest mobile network operator in the U.S., serving 60 million+ customers.

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Everyone has a different vision of their ideal place to call home. Some crave the excitement and energy that comes from living in a vibrant downtown district. Others prefer the convenience and comfort of a home in the suburbs. Then, there are those who appreciate the simple life in the rural outskirts. Regardless of your preference, Kansas City has a range of housing options to help you live the life you’ve always wanted - from neighborhood communities with pools and walking trails to condos that offer a central location and scenic views of the urban core, and more! No matter how you want to live, the possibilities are virtually endless. So, once you decide to call Kansas City home, we’ll help you find the best home to live a Better life in Kansas City! Visit kansascityhomes.com to start your search for the home that fits your lifestyle.



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CARING SIDE Now and then, everyone needs a little extra care. Kansas City is home to many excellent facilities that can provide everything from quick treatments for bumps, bruises and breaks to long-term care that may become necessary later in life.

HEALTHCARE No one ever plans to stay in the hospital, but if you do find yourself in that situation, you can take comfort knowing that you will receive the highest level of care in Kansas City. National publications have recognized the hospitals and medical professionals around Kansas City time and time again for their outstanding patient care. For some, cancer detection or cardiac disease is their specialty, while others excel at diagnosing reproductive disorders or treating childhood disease in fact, Kansas

City has received special distinction for their emphasis on pediatrics. Parent’s Magazine recently ranked Children’s Mercy Kansas City as #14 among the country’s best children’s hospitals. Visit relobook.kansascityhomes.com for more information about your healthcare options in the Kansas City area.

SENIOR CARE As loved ones enter their golden years, it may raise the need to talk about long-term care. Can they be cared for at home? Is a visiting or live-in nurse the answer? Or would a senior care facility offer the best solution? By visiting relobook.kansascityhomes. com, you can learn more about senior care and living options.

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SETTLED When you’re new to a city, there’s a lot to figure out as you get settled. Whether it’s getting utilities connected or just getting from point A to point B, you can be confident that you’ll get the necessary help from dependable service providers around Kansas City.

TRANSPORTATION Kansas City is definitely a driver’s city. Between its many scenic boulevards and commute times below the national average, it’s a great place to get behind the wheel and hit the open road. Kansas City also offers several other ways to get around the city. Our public transportation provides reliable and affordable options throughout the metro. If you’re traveling farther away, direct access to the Kansas City International Airport makes getting out of town very convienent. To find out more about Kansas City’s various transportation options, visit relobook.kansascityhomes.com.


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Contact a reputable moving company.

Complete US Postal Service change of address forms.

Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if needed.

Change address with your credit card companies and any subscriptions you have.

Have school records transferred. Obtain copies of medical, dental, legal and accounting records. Transfer your homeowner’s and auto insurances.



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invented in Kansas City. Bob Bernstein, founder of local advertising agency Berstein-Rein, got the idea after noticing his son staring at a cereal box during breakfast.

Order utilities (e.g. gas, electric, water, cable, internet). Close or transfer bank accounts. Arrange for transfer of vehicles and driver’s licenses.

DON’T FORGET If and when you decide to call Kansas City home, you won’t want to get overwhelmed by the long list of tasks like getting your new driver’s license and registering to vote to connecting your utilities and more. The handy checklist above will help you keep track of these errands before, during and after your big move. Find out what you need to know about getting settled into Kansas City by going to relobook.kansascityhomes.com.


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