park Life

Bet you didn’t know that July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Of course, the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department got the memo. Hence, its annual Party in the Park at Swope Park (Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway): seven hours of nature walks, hiking, fishing, golf, swimming and cricket. Other things you can do outside today include dancing to live music and stuffing yourself with pancakes. The fun begins at 9 a.m., and all activities are free or low-cost ($5 buys all-you-can-eat pancakes) and appropriate for the whole family. See for a full event schedule.— Crystal K. Wieb

Sat., July 24, 9 a.m., 2010