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Old 05-04-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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I think it's obvious that most of the regional attractions are on the MO side (although mostly in Jackson County). I was just comparing the suburban Northland to suburban JoCo. Other than JoCo having more upscale shopping, I think the Northland may actually have more to do as far as entertainment. It's certainly comparable at least. And as fast at it's growing up north, I think it will match JoCo as far as retail/restaurants within the next ten years. The Metro North Mall redevelopment will likely be very similar to Corbin Park / Leawood Town Center for example.
OK, I really don't want to hijack this post and turn it into a KS v. MO fun thread. I was thinking mostly about the day-to-day type of stuff. Missouri clearly has the Royals, Chiefs, Worlds of Fun, museums and plenty of other fun things to do. I was thinking mostly about the volume of restaurants, shops, gyms, and other "daily" entertainment options. The Northland obviously has some of that. But I feel it's still catching up to JoCo. And new things typically show up first south of the river. Think Ikea (for whatever that's worth, which isn't much in my opinion). The population north of the river is much smaller than south. So that is to be expected.

I guess I'd make a comparison like this. One could argue that Dallas, for example, has more fun things to do than KC. A retort would be that KC has the same things as Dallas, just not as many. And that would basically be true. But in shear volume, Dallas has more. Which allows for more variety. That's how I view JoCo vs. the Northland. Because of the volume, you don't have to go as far to get to the entertainment options, and there is just more variety.

All that said, I don't deny that the Northland has plenty to offer. I work with a guy who lives in Parkville and who grew up in Liberty. He's acknowledged many times that there's more to do in JoCo than his area -- particularly compared to Liberty. But he likes that he can get downtown quickly. I would like that too. Definitely benefits to being in that area.

That's all I'm going to say. I don't want to fight about who has more fun.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:27 PM
 
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I don't want to fight about who has more fun.
But that's what the internet is for!
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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If the OP is a person who's seriously going to buy into the idea that "fun can only be found in x part of the metro," I might worry, but since most people are more discerning than to buy that, I doubt it's a problem.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:42 PM
 
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The Harely Plant is actually quite fun to tour. I've taken my kids on the tour there. I didn't mention that since the OP's family can probably get a real tour any time they want where they don't have to stay behind the yellow lines.

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Old 05-04-2017, 12:45 PM
 
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You all have given me a lot to think about. We definitely are going to move to MO but it is nice to hear about fun things to do on either side. For right now my main priority is safety and schools. This move happened suddenly and is coming quickly so I want to focus on those two things. I do believe that I know where to look in that regards now thanks to all your responses.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:47 PM
 
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kcmo my husband has worked at the one here in Pa since 1999!
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:08 PM
 
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kcmo my husband has worked at the one here in Pa since 1999!
Nice. You will like KC and you will see that the Northland part of the metro is very nice. Coming from York, you will find that KC has a ton to offer. No more driving to Baltimore, DC, Philly etc for large city amenities. Everything in KC is within 45 minutes on weekends, yet you will live in a nice quiet growing area very close to work. The topography of southern Platte County is also similar. Worlds of Fun is similar in size to Hershey Park. KC some nice entertainment districts like Westport, Country Club Plaza, Power & Light District etc, it has pro sports, nascar, large casinos, festivals, first fridays in the arts district, a very vibrant live theater scene and is a top city for touring concerts.

I'm saying this because coming from PA, you may be thinking you are moving to podunk flyover country, when in fact, KC is about the size of Baltimore (although I think KC has a lot more to do than Baltimore by itself). Your kids will love the city. Union Station, the Zoo, Crown Center, City Market, Schlitterbahn water park, Oceans of Fun, Words of Fun, Nelson, NCAA basketball experience, National WWI Memorial, Negro League baseball museum, Jazz Museum, Steamboat Arabia Museum, MLB/NFL/MLS games, minor league hockey, soccer and baseball, tons of disc golf courses, mountain biking parks, zip line parks, snow creek ski resort (similar to Roundtop) and you will be so much closer to the rocky mountains for some nice vacations. People out here have no idea how cool the Rockies are. The Ozarks in mid Missouri are fun for weekend trips too.

Have you heard from others moving to KC? Are they looking forward to it? Nervous? Scared to death?

KC is actually a pretty neat town. You will like it. It's probably nothing like what you imagine.

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Old 05-04-2017, 01:19 PM
 
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I don't know if any others are moving although I know some are thinking about it. As for us we have mixed emotions, we've only ever lived in this area and our kids will have to get used to a new school. We are excited to have new things to do and see.
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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Safety and schools will be fine.

I moved here ten years ago and love it. It's a wonderful place to live.
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Old 05-04-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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I don't know if any others are moving although I know some are thinking about it. As for us we have mixed emotions, we've only ever lived in this area and our kids will have to get used to a new school. We are excited to have new things to do and see.
We did the same thing. Moved from KC to Maryland. First year was rough for the kids. They quickly settled in and love it now. Good luck to you.
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