Emporium, a popular spot for antique finds
and rustic gifts.
“This area is distinctive for its Spanish-inspired architecture, statues, $1
million worth of outdoor artwork and
fountains,” Day said.
Of the metro area’s more than 200 waterworks, the one that is most photographed,
J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, resides in
Country Club Plaza.
“Groups can make an outing of discover-
ing their favorite fountains,” Day said. “And
in the winter months, the area takes on
a festive vibe, with more than 80 miles of
lights adorning each dome, tower and shop
in the district for the iconic Plaza Lights.”
The first stop for groups visiting 18th &
Vine, a historic district that was interna-
tionally known as a hotbed for jazz, should
be the American Jazz Museum and the
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which
are housed in one complex.
“Interactive exhibits and docent-led
Kansas City, Kan.
tours make the two American pastimes
come to life,” Day said. “Groups can enjoy
jazz performances together inside the Blue
Room, a working jazz club that’s part of the
American Jazz Museum.”
After exploring 18th & Vine, hungry
groups can enjoy a Kansas City tradition
with barbecue from nearby Gates or Arthur
Downtown Kansas City, Kan., is home to
two standout venues for group gatherings,
including the Reardon Convention Center,
which accommodates groups with up to
2,000 attendees, and the circa-1925 Memorial Hall, which features a 2,800-seat arena
and a ballroom that often books banquets
for up to 300 people.
Maila Yang, marketing and communications manager for the Kansas City Kansas
CVB, suggested attendees start their downtown outing at A Cup on the Hill, where
they can grab a coffee to accompany them
as they stroll down Minnesota Avenue, aka
the Avenue of Murals.
“On almost each block along Minnesota
Avenue, you’ll find a new colorful mural
ARTHUR BRYANT’S, KANSAS CITY, MO.
Race into your next
What type of meeting did you hold in
Kansas City, Mo.?
We held a leadership training event for our
[mothers group] MOPS leaders and moms.
We have an amazing group of MOPS staff and
volunteers who truly make MOMcon happen.
Was anyone particularly helpful in
working with you to execute your
Oh yes, we had a successful event in
Kansas City because of our incredible team,
including Tobias Liu and Greg Turcotte at
the Kansas City Convention Center, Esther
Walker-Young at Visit KC, and the brilliant
Kim Dooley, also at Visit KC, who started
What did your attendees seem to enjoy
the most about Kansas City?
Our attendees just love KC. It’s such a fun
city. Outside of an amazing MOMcon, they
loved the food trucks at the convention
center. The Power & Light District never
disappoints, and we couldn’t keep up with
them at Country Club Plaza.
Are there any experiences that you
would recommend for groups meeting
Everyone who visits KC should definitely
visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Union Station, and eat and shop at
the Country Club Plaza and Power & Light
How does Kansas City compare to
other cities where you have hosted
Kansas City is definitely top-notch. In most
cases, there is no comparison.
Would you return/recommend Kansas
City to other meeting planners?
Absolutely! Kansas City has the quality
reputation it does because of its hardwork-ing people. They make every visitor feel
like they are at home away from home.
They provide experiences groups will never
So blessed to have had two amazing years
there. I sure hope we are fortunate enough to
get back there some day.
Janella Thaxton // Event Manager
MOPS International Inc. // Denver
SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK KANSAS CITY, KAN.