As a kid, did you ever dream about getting locked inside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278) and having crazy adventures late at night? Well, forget it, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler this is real life, and the museum has security guards and motion detectors. Once you put aside your juvenile fantasies about running away, theres a better by which we mean legal way to become acquainted with Kansas Citys world-class art museum: Nelson-
Atkins NOW! tours, guided by a team of trained volunteers, beginning at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Covering the entire museum, from the original 1933 structure through the new Bloch Building, the tours require no reservation. Plus, if youd like to take volunteer training to become a guide, contact Susan Spencer at sspencer@nels on-atkins.org.
Food & Drink (General)
For more than 100 years, the little farmhouse at 4309 Jefferson was a private residence. Then last month, the owners of Temple Slug, the futon shop next door, turned the building into the new Teahouse and Coffeepot. They completely gutted the house to create a bright, comfortable place to serve a variety of loose-leaf teas; espresso and French-press coffee; and fresh-baked scones, butter biscuits, cookies and quiche prepared by resident baker Jennifer Scanlon. "We also serve soup, sandwiches and bruschetta," says manager Keith Buchanan. It took eight years — from creating the concept to opening day on January 20 — to make the venue a reality, but Buchanan thinks that once patrons discover the place, it really will be their cup of tea. It's open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call 816-756-2868 for more details.