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A Weekend of Free, Family-Friendly Events at Union Station's Open House Celebration Nov. 1-2

October 10, 2014

Union Station Kansas City culminates its anniversary celebration with a huge Weekend Open House — a Centennial Celebration of FREE music, history, dancing and family-friendly activities during the weekend of Nov. 1-2 — starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The entire community and surrounding region is invited to come to Union Station to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime two-day celebration. The weekend celebration includes free live music and entertainment, history lectures and tours, swing dancing, exhibit train, food trucks and tons of family-friendly activities.

The indoor/outdoor family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The weekend of nonstop entertainment and activities features:

Saturday, Nov. 1

10 a.m.

100th Anniversary Celebration

11 a.m.- 4 p.m

Family Activities

  • Face Painting & Balloon Animals
  • Stilt Walkers & Photo Booth

History Lectures

  • Union Station History – Peter Hansen
  • WWI History – Doran Cart
  • African American Porters – Henry Lyons
  • Shoe Shiners – JoeLouis Mattox

History and Themed Films

  • 3-D Digital History Show by Quixotic
  • Kids Movie
  • Union Station Massacre Documentary

Live Music/Performances

  • Vine Street Rumble Jazz Band
  • Brush Creek Follies Band
  • Trains Across America – Theater for Young
  • America
  • One Woman Show (Wendy)

6 – 10 p.m.

Centennial Swing Dance featuring Dave Stephens Band & Lonnie McFadden

Sunday, Nov. 2

10 a.m.

Kansas City’s Largest Yoga Gathering

Noon – 4 p.m.

Costumed Actors Tell Union Station Story

Family Activities

  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Photo Booth

100th Anniversary Performance Showcase – Youth Performers on several stages

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs Game in Extreme Screen Theatre

All Weekend:

  • Amtrak Exhibit Train Tours
  • Model Rail Exhibit
  • Science City Special Pricing
  • Premier of Two NEW Union Station History
  • Exhibits (one static and one virtual)

“Union Station will be filled with free live entertainment, fun family activities and excitement for this very special moment in Kansas City history,” said President and CEO of Union Station, George Guastello. “We invite the entire community and surrounding region to take part in our two-day free weekend celebration presented by Bank of America. This will be something you won’t want to miss; Kansas City will be buzzing about it for a long time afterward.”

Union Station kicked off the “Celebration of the Century” with a free outdoor event on September 5th. The opening evening—drawing nearly 15,000 visitors—included the Kansas City Chiefs Red Friday Pep Rally, a spellbinding 3-D digital show of 100 years of Union Station history displayed across the Station’s massive façade and a live country music concert by Logan Mize. A massive fireworks finale closed out the celebration.

Open House Weekend will launch with a special 100th Anniversary Ceremony followed by two full days of unique activities including a series of lectures from historians and the opening of Union Station’s newest permanent exhibitions, Union Station Stories, and a high-tech virtual history experience created by VML.

Guests can also expect a book signing by Union Station Photo Historian, Roy Inman; Kelly Urich from 99.7 The Point; and live music acts, including Brush Creek Follies Band, Vine Street Rumble Jazz Band and Bad Dadz. Other highlights include the Centennial Swing Dance, featuring the Dave Stephens Band and Lonnie McFadden, and for those who missed it, the incredible 3-D digital display video by Quixotic will play in the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre.

For Chiefs fans, the Kansas City Chiefs game against the New York Jets will also be shown on Union Station’s Regnier Extreme Screen. The pre-game show will begin at 10:00 a.m. To complete the tailgating experience, special concessions will be available to purchase. The event is free, but guests must reserve their seat due to theater capacity of 400. Reservations can be made at Union Station’s box office and online at

For fitness enthusiasts, Union Station’s Sprint Festival Plaza will host Kansas City’s largest yoga gathering on Sunday, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Amtrak exhibit train tours, the model rail exhibition and special pricing for Science City will also be available both days. And, yes, the new Xtreme BUGS exhibition will be open during regularly scheduled hours; standard ticketing prices apply.

Union Station will have limited seating in certain rooms; first-come, first-serve due to capacity. History lectures will be webcast the day of Nov. 1st and posted to Union Station’s YouTube channel.

For more information on Union Station and a complete Weekend Open House schedule, please visit

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