Blowin’ Up

Neighborhood fireworks displays are always the most fun. They’re more dangerous, so it’s more entertaining to observe drunken bottle-rocket wars. But there are some official fireworks displays that offer big-budget bang without the burn. On Saturday, the Kansas City Wizards shoot their display after the 7:30 p.m. game against the Dallas Burn (don’t be alarmed by the team’s name) at Arrowhead Stadium (2 Arrowhead Drive). For tickets and details, call 816-920-9300. And folks who consider gambling one of their inalienable rights should head to the Woodlands (9700 Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas, 913-299-9797). The fireworks start after all 17 greyhound races, which begin at 3 p.m., are over. Finally, we recommend poaching a view of the fireworks display over the Missouri River near downtown. Those explosions begin at 10 p.m. Sunday. — Michael Vennard

Plane to See

Before pyrotechnics take over Kansas City’s airspace this weekend, the Wheeler Downtown Airport (300 Richards Road) explodes with airborne activity of its own. Playing host to the 2004 Aviation Expo, the airport sees aerial action between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from the Air Force’s Thunderbirds (six F-16 fighter jets) and the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team. Grounded displays include a World War II-era B-25 bomber. A Friday night show starts at 8:20. Tickets at the gate cost $10. For more details, see — Michael Vennard

Stroke It
Miniature golf stays up late.

If you’re like us, the urge to go miniature golfing strikes at all sorts of inappropriate hours. So if it’s Wednesday, and it’s 10:52 p.m., Mission Bowl’s 18-hole course is like you died and went to lazy-athletics heaven. Mission Bowl ‘n One (5399 Martway in Mission, 913-432-7000) stays open until midnight on Wednesdays and Saturdays and until 10 p.m. every other night, catering to the most random bouts of drunken fancy. But those looking for replicas of famous skyscrapers or giant mechanized heads are out of luck; this course eschews gimmicky doodads for smooth greens and frothing fountains.

And afterward, Mission Bowl, the neighboring bowling lanes, can push players from a night of reckless abandon to a full-on lost weekend with the snack bar’s new 1-pound burritos and the bar’s drink specials.— Christopher Sebela

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