Launch your child’s interest in aviation and space at the Eclipse Aire Fest, an all-day festival at Amelia Earhart Airport featuring bi-plane rides, food trucks and more. Amelia Earhart Airport is located at 16701 286th Rd., Atchison, KS. Benedictine College is opening its 2,800-seat football stadium for total solar eclipse viewing. Organizers will provide free viewing glasses and themed music. Tickets are free but required. Benedictine College is located at 1020 North 2nd St., Atchison, KS.
Johnson County Park & Recreation District
Johnson County Park & Recreation District will play host to several viewing parties. Visitors can view the eclipse at Total Eclipse in the Parks events from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Antioch Park (Shelter 2), located at 6501 Antioch, Merriam, KS; Theatre in the Park, located at 7710 Kenner Rd., Shawnee, KS; and Heritage Park (Shelter 1), located at 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe, KS. The first 200 people will receive free viewing glasses. Food trucks will also be on hand. Prime eclipse viewing is expected to take place at 1:08 p.m.
Ernie Miller Nature Center is just off the path to see totality but visitors to the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 event will see 99 percent coverage. This special event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $9 for non-residents and $8 for residents; children 5 and under are free. Reservations are required and include a pair of viewing glasses. Visit www.jcprd.com, click “register for activities” and search for barcode 38658.
St. Joseph is in line for prime viewing from approximately 11:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Rosecrans Memorial Airport will boast 2 minutes, 39 seconds of total eclipse action. Front Page Science will be on hand to provide expert knowledge and safe telescopes. Rosecrans Memorial Airport is located at 100B NW Rosecrans Rd., St. Joseph, MO. Remington Nature Center will offer its parking lot to guests for viewing the historic eclipse and will offer extended hours. Remington Nature Center is located at 1502 McArthur Dr., St. Joseph, MO. East Hills Shopping Center will also serve as an official watch site. While parking is free and available first-come, first-served, there is an option to reserve a spot for $20. East Hills Shopping Center is located at 3702 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO. Visitors can watch the eclipse in downtown St. Joseph at Felix Street Square in Coleman Hawkins Park from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.
Get Eclipsed in Independence from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at George Owens Nature Park. The free event includes commemorative glasses. Beginning Aug. 1 Harry S Truman National Historic Site will also offer free tickets for a special viewing and tour for the day of the eclipse, but note that it will be limited to 35 guests.
Other hot spots for experiencing the total solar eclipse
Museum at Prairiefire is hosting a Great American Solar Eclipse Watch Party from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Museum at Prairiefire is located at 5801 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS.
What better place to watch an event of historical significance than at a historical site? Join KC Parks for Total Eclipse of the Park at Shoal Creek Living History Museum from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21.
Union Station will host an Experience the Eclipse 2017 event Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The celebration will include themed programming in Science City, Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium and Haverty Yard. Admission to the event and the planetarium will be included with Science City admission.
The City of Gladstone will partner with Oak Hill Day School to host an event from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Linden Square. The eclipse is expected to be visible for 1 minute 39 seconds in Gladstone beginning at 1:08 p.m. The event will include eclipse-themed food and music. Those who are interested in learning more about the eclipse are also invited to attend a presentation by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Gladstone Community Center.
The Kansas City T-Bones are offering free same-day home game tickets to the first 200 people who come to the team’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Community America Ballpark is located at 1800 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS.
Several Missouri State Parks will also be in the path of total and partial solar eclipse viewing. Over 42 parks within the state will boast views of the full eclipse. Many locations offer reserved camping opportunities. Missouri Department of Conservation has published a list of conservation areas in the path of the eclipse as well.
Total eclipse times vary depending on location. To learn more about the 2017 total solar eclipse, visit nasa.gov. Interested in other opportunities to learn more about astronomy in Kansas City? Read our Best bets for summer stargazing in Kansas City. Get young readers in on the fun with a new book authored by a team of Missouri teachers, "Eddie's Eclipse," available for purchase online.
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