The spring and summer sports season is underway, and weekend tournaments are in full swing. We know days on the field can be long, so check out this guide to some of our favorite spots when you need a break from the sidelines!
Coffee and Breakfast
Start your day with breakfast at a few of our local favorites. Sit down and enjoy the classics at one of the many locations of The Shack and First Watch, where their expansive menus cover everything from omelets to waffles. Or, head over to Snooze where the “Pancake of the Week” is always a guaranteed treat.
If you’re looking for a weekend brunch spot, The Brass Onion serves up “low country goodness” like honey cornbread and biscuits and gravy. And we can’t mention The Brass Onion without calling out their fresh beignets.
Feeling pressed for time? Swing through McClain’s for coffee, pastries, or a breakfast burrito to go! There are plenty of coffee shops close to the fields, too; Revocup, Starbucks, and Caribou have locations near the Scheels and Blue Valley sports complexes.
Lunch and Dinner
Leave the PB&J and orange slices to the team. Coach’s and Brew Top are a few favorites for classic American food. Or, head to Prairiefire for some of Chicken N Pickle’s famous fried chicken, or from-scratch Mexican fare at CoCoBolos.
Even though most of the weekend is spent cheering on your team, there’s always time for a “treat yourself” moment. Hawthorne Plaza, Prairiefire, and Corbin Park have some of our favorite local shops, like Clairvaux, EB & Co., Made in KC and Threshing Bee. A few others we love include The Plaid Elephant in the new Bluhawk development, and Painted Tree Boutique just down the road from the Scheels and Blue Valley sports complexes.
Fat Brain Toys is one of our favorite spots for kids, with a wide variety of toys for every age. If you have some LEGO fans on your team, KC Brick Store is an absolute must! Dedicated to all things LEGO, this shop has everything a brick-obsessed kid could want, including new and gently used sets.
If you’ve got the whole family with you, Scheels is a one-stop shop. Restock on sports equipment, grab a bite, or take the littles on a Ferris wheel ride.
Once the final whistle blows, it’s time to celebrate and play! Head to Topgolf or Dave & Buster’s, where there’s plenty of fun to be had for adults and kids alike. If your crew needs to burn off some extra energy, Urban Air is an awesome indoor adventure and trampoline park. And if you have a few adventure seekers, take them over to iFLY for indoor skydiving!
You know we have to share our favorite ice cream shops! Sweet Caroline’s is a family-owned and long-time staple in Overland Park. If you like a little snack with your ice cream, check out Popculture in downtown Overland Park for delicious scoops and gourmet popcorn!
The Golden Scoop is a newer addition to the OP scene and already a local favorite because of their mission. On top of delicious scoops, this non-profit ice cream shop provides meaningful employment for individuals with developmental disabilities.
And of course we can’t forget to include frozen custard. Andy’s has multiple locations around Overland Park, including one next door to Chicken N Pickle. Twister’s and Culver’s rank high on our list, too.
If you’ve got a little more time between games, check out downtown Overland Park! Strang Hall has multiple food concepts to pick from, and The Peanut, Buffalo State Pizza, and Viona’s are a few local favorites in downtown OP.
Need a caffeine boost before you head back to the games? Check out Summer Moon, Homer’s and Parisi - all three located in or near downtown Overland Park. In south OP and have time to experience a fun coffee shop concept? You won’t be disappointed at Jinkie’s.
To take in a landscape that isn’t an athletic field, go walk the trails and take in the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens!
You can also check out the famous Deanna Rose Farmstead (which happens to neighbor the SCHEEL’S Overland Park Soccer Complex). Home to more than 250 animals and birds, Deanna Rose has plenty of activities for children of all ages as you make your way through the farm. (Admission is $5, children 2 and under are free.)
We love hosting teams, their families, and fans. Next time you’re in town for a tournament, break things up with a visit to any of these spots, and let us know your favorites in the comments!