Visit the Weird and Wonderful in Kansas City with March 5 day trip for 50 Plus

An underground orchid farm and a museum showcasing creations made of human hair are on the itinerary for an early March day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Appropriately, Weird and Wonderful is the name of this trip, which will take place on March 5. Participants will visit Bird's Botanicals in an industrial cave on Kansas City's east side where owner David Bird will show off and talk about his beautiful flowers from all over the world. Travelers can learn about orchid varieties and how to care for them while exploring the growing rooms and seeing rare orchids, critters, and toad houses along the way. Next up is a visit to Leila's hair museum in Independence, where owner and curator Leila Calhoun will explain about decorations, wreaths, and jewelry made from human hair. The museum includes pieces containing hair from notables including Queen Victoria, four presidents, and celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson to Marilyn Monroe. Lunch will be at the Courthouse Exchange on the Independence Square.

The Weird and Wonderful trip will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, and return about 4:30 p.m. that day. The cost for this seven-hour trip, including transportation, entrance tickets, lunch, and a 50 Plus escort, is $49 per person. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus categories and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

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