Looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having this week? Join us at the Nelson Atkins Art Museum this Sunday, July 20 from 5-8 pm for Picnic in the Park! Hailed as one of the largest picnics in the region, #KCBigPicnics list of free planned activities and location are incentive enough to come out and celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month. The event also marks the 25th Anniversary of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, the 22-acre oasis surrounding the Nelson. Pick up an audio guide from the museum and guide yourself on a private tour of the grounds; with more than 30 modern sculptures scattered throughout the park, it’s the perfect opportunity for a scavenger hunt.

A list of the picnic’s family friendly activities include:

• “A Bug’s Life” themed experience by the StoneLion Puppet Theatre, including giant pieces of food and human ants roaming the south lawn of the museum

• “Best-Packed Picnic Basket” contest for families

• Croquet and Badminton games next to the Nelson’s signature front lawn shuttlecocks

• Blue Bell’s on site ice-cream dipping station in celebration of July being National Ice Cream Month (flavor of the month – Magic Cookie)

• Food trucks providing a taste of signature Kansas City cuisine

• Become a work of art yourself by participating in artist Alison Heryer’s larger than life display of checkerboard picnic blankets, complete with an aerial photo taken at 7:15 pm (don’t miss out!)


Additional Info: With free parking at 425 Volker Blvd (MRI Global), cooling stations, and a free bottle of water provided by the Kansas City Star, there’s no excuse to miss out on Picnic in the Park!

Visit nelson-atkins.org today, July 16, to pre-order a picnic basket-for-four ($29) before they’re gone, or get creative and break out your own wicker baskets and snacks. Remember to hashtag all pictures and posts with #KCBigPicnic to get a possible feature from the Kansas City Star!

Visit danibeyer.com in the upcoming weeks for more family friendly events and Kansas City area exclusives! See you at the park!

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