After all of the cold weather
and snow days we have had recently in Kansas, I bet most of you are ready for
some warmer weather and more outdoor adventures. Maybe a vacation to the beach
or a trip to a theme park is in your future plans. Or perhaps, something more local,
like a trip to the lake for some camping and fishing, or a daytrip to one of
Kansas’ many local attractions.
Whatever your plans are for
the warmer weather, or if you don’t have plans as of yet, the Great Escapes
Expo just might give you some ideas for spring and summertime fun.
This year’s expo will be from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 at Hangar 863 at Marshall Army Airfield. It will
feature about 50 exhibitors, family-friendly activities and more.
This is the first time the expo
will be at Marshall Army Airfield. In previous years, the event took place at
Riley’s Conference Center.
The change in location will
allow for more opportunities to showcase recreational fun and splashier
displays, including RVs, boats and all-terrain vehicles.
Vendors from Fort Riley –
like Outdoor Recreation, Custer Hill Golf Course and the Leisure Travel Center
– will be available to answer questions, share resources and help attendees plan
Local exhibitors, like
Acorns Resort, Rolling Hills Zoo and Tuttle Creek State Park, as well as
exhibitors from farther away, like Abilene, Hutchinson and Topeka, can provide
attendees with ideas of things to do in the surrounding areas.
representatives from Kansas Byways, which includes 11 different scenic byways,
can help plan routes off the beaten path.
Soldiers and families new to
the area can benefit from attending the expo because it will allow them to see
what Kansas has to offer.
In addition to the
informational aspect, the event will include a scavenger hunt and children’s
activities – including inflatables, a fishing tank and information about spring
and summer youth sports opportunities with Child, Youth and School Services.
It also will feature prizes
and giveaways, including six round-trip, coach-class travel vouchers valid for
use in the 48 states, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas or the Caribbean.
Travel vouchers can be used up until Feb. 27, 2015.
The event is open to the
public, however, some resources, like the Leisure Travel Center, are only available
to Department of Defense ID cardholders.
For more information, call 785-239-8990
or visit www.rileymwr.com.
Vacations and daytrips are
great getaways for families, couples or even single individuals. They allow us
time to unwind and give us the opportunity to lead more resilient lifestyles by
reducing stress with fun activities.
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