Meet Cassie, an Overland Park based creative and former touring musician turned mama and multimedia storyteller. Her Instagram, @Extraontop is a peek into her family life and artistic journey.
When my husband and I got married, one of the pillars of our relationship was shared experiences. We had the fortunate pleasure of traveling the world together before having a kid. When we decided to start a family neither of us ever imagined how wonderful and different our lives would be. Becoming a parent would fundamentally change how we experienced the world.
Although we experience things differently now as parents, we are so grateful to live in a wonderful city with tons of kid friendly restaurants and activities. So if your visiting Overland Park with tiny humans in-tow, fear not! Here is a list of (nearly) foolproof activities for your posse to enjoy: from our family to yours.
The Haren’s (Cassie, Chuck and Woods)
We started off our Overland Park adventure with breakfast at The Shack. We spent the better part of an hour enjoying hot chocolate, coffee, French toast and a wicked combination of hash browns, bacon, and cheese sauce. My son loves this spot because he can draw on the walls!
From there we headed to Ceramic Café where my son picked out a snake mug to paint. The turnaround time for finished projects is approximately one week for them to fire it in the kiln, but they can ship it to you for $10 anywhere in the Midwest.
After that was a short drive to Johnson County Arts and Heritage Museum. Here kiddos can immerse themselves in an array of hands-on pretend play, ranging from dinosaurs to doctors.
We had lunch in downtown Overland Park at The Snack Shack on Santa Fe with our pup. They have a quaint outdoor space for dining and welcome a well behaved dog. With hand cut fries, onion rings and thin style burgers, it’s a classic Kansas City style eatery.
After an afternoon nap my husband met us at Brew Lab. Originally started as a home brew supply store, Brew Lab has since expanded into a brewery/restaurant. Their selection of beers is always unique and is perfect for the tap hunter enthusiast.
Every third Friday is Local Life in Downtown Overland Park. The shops are open later and there is music and art along Santa Fe Dr. We watched street performers as we walked to Elsa‘s Ethiopian. Elsa’s has authentic and wonderfully prepared ethnic food. Food is served with Injera (a spongy bread) that is meant to be used with hands and is perfect for little fingers.
After dinner we did some shopping at two of my favorite boutiques in the Kansas City area, Camp David and Ensemble. Both boutiques have stylish women’s clothing at an extremely affordable price. Right next-door to Ensemble is my happy place; The Upper Crust pie bakery. Our selection was Nutella pie and the timeless classic- cherry pie served a la mode, of course!
We love walking to the Overland Park Farmers Market and it was one of the reasons we chose to live in downtown Overland Park. We woke up early and headed straight to the market for The Wild Way Coffee. Not only does Wild Way serve up great coffee, but it is housed in an adorable vintage style travel trailer.
After that we headed to Wiener Wagon which delivers hand-cranked sausages. I had the bacon sausage which comes smothered in gravy with a fried egg on top. After Wiener Wagon we strolled through the market and picked up some Yoli Tortillas, fresh flowers and produce. We listened to some live music and then walked home.
After the market I headed to pick up lunch at McLain’s Market. We picked out a delicious salad and salmon toast for a picnic in the park. After that we spent the last part of the morning splashing, swinging, and sliding at Roe Park Splash Pad with our kid and puppy.
The guys (and pup) headed home and I stole away during nap time to get a Mani/Pedi from French Tip. Self care for mamas is super important so I was elated to get some pampering in!
After my son’s nap we met back up at Museum at Prairiefire . He loves dinosaurs and there were so many great interactive activities for him. Our favorite part was the discovery room which was full of interactive learning.
From there we strolled along the main drag of Prairiefire. Stopping in at Anaphora, Made In KC and Fat Brain Toys. We picked up some summer toys for my son at Fat Brain and some local goods from Made In KC.
Our final stop was Pinstripes for dinner, bocce ball, and bowling. We sat outside while we dined and played bocce ball, then went inside for a game of bowling. Regardless of your ability level both games are fun for the whole family.
Interested in seeing more about Cassie's adventures? Check-out her Instagram at @Extraontop.