Spring Break in the city: 5 ways to celebrate

U-News Staff

While escaping to a sunny beach might seem like a good idea for spring break, the reality of traveling, grimy motel rooms and speedos worn by rotund grandfatherly sorts just might make Kansas City an ideal stay-cation. However, just because you’re not leaving doesn’t mean you can’t spoil yourself.  Some of these possibilities might be a splurge, but according to nbcnews.com, $1,000 will cover only airfare and lodging for a trip to a beach in warmer waters — food and fun will cost extra.  So, if you are staying in Kansas City, congratulate yourself on your frugality and have fun.

1) Relax

Treat yourself to a day at the spa.  Massages can help alleviate the stress of due dates and chase away the winter blues, and Groupon’s discounts will put a smile on your face.  A typical spa package, consisting of a mani-pedi, a massage and a facial often costs a minimum of $200, but Groupon can cut that cost in half.

2) Eat

Spend four hours eating at four barbecue restaurants with Kansas City BBQ Food Tour for $65.  According to their website, on a Saturday of your choice, you will visit “well known barbecue establishments and ‘hidden gem’ barbecue joints,” and when you feel about to burst, they will roll you to the next restaurant for your next helping of famous KC barbecue.  Not only do you get to taste the food, you also get to see what happens behind the scenes and learn about the secrets of smoky deliciousness.

3)  Drink

Similar to the tour above, Boulevard Brewing Company offers free—yes, free—tours of their production facility where you can learn about their company and beer.  Most importantly, the tour ends in their tasting room where they provide you with an opportunity to sample their beers.  Even though it is free, you will still need a ticket and they go quickly, especially on the weekends.  However, as you are free from classes, you will be able to sip special brews during the week and toast the warmer weather.

4) Be Merry

Reconnect with your inner child at the Crown Center’s Fairy Tale Village exhibit.  It features life-sized but still fantastical settings from Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.  This event is free, and if you are worried about sticking out in a crowd of kids, bring one of your own—preferably a friend or family member as opposed to some random child.

5) Solve a Murder

Spend a Saturday channeling your inner Sherlock Holmes with The Dinner Detective’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Show.  $59.95 will not only get you a four-course meal, but also a chance to catch a murderer.  Put all that schooling and your extracurricular binge watching of “NCIS” and “Law & Order” to work analyzing clues and the crime scene.  Maybe you’ll learn some skills to use in group-work when classes start up again.