Category: Out and About

August 22, 2019

Butterfly Festival Grand Finale!

The Fountains at Greenbriar residents recently visited Powell Botanical Gardens to attend the grand finale of their annual Butterfly Festival, which proved to be a magical experience for all! The endless variety of tropical and domestic butterflies complemented the colorfully vivid flowers within the greenhouse pavilion. We were captivated by the swarming vibrant hues of […]

July 17, 2019

Greenbriar Thrill-Seekers Journey 200 Feet Below During Extraordinary Outing

Our adventurous bunch at The Fountains at Greenbriar recently journeyed to the center of the earth to tour the mines during an Extraordinary Outing 400 miles away in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Mining started in this Lead Belt region of Missouri as early as 1690's with the French colonial enclaves. Up until the early 1960's, the […]

July 3, 2019

X-treme Racing with the ROMEOs Brings X-traordinary Outing to Fruition!

Every month our ROMEO's have a designated restaurant to explore new fare with, and an outing just for the dudes! This month we dined at a tasty Irish/English Pub called Llewellyn's Pub where we enjoyed a bounty of delicious pub fare. After we fueled our stomachs we got ready to fuel some x-treme go-karts at […]

June 11, 2019

Making Memories with Marie!

Last week we had planned a thrift store shopping and breakfast outing with the residents. Breakfast was a delicious treat at First Watch, and following the hearty helpings of bona fide breakfast comfort food, the group set out to go on their favorite quarterly trip...thrift store shopping. Bargain hunting and shopping prowess comes out in […]

February 22, 2019

Residents Donate 300 Pounds of Food for Random Acts of Kindness Week

As part of our Random Acts of Kindness Week, the residents at The Fountains at Greenbriar collected food for a local area pantry, which happens to be our immediate neighbor to the East, George Caleb Bingham Middle School. This local pantry works in the Independence, Missouri School District and provides food for children in the school […]

October 15, 2018

Living it up at the Library

The Greenbriar gang ventured out to the Kansas City Public Library's historic central branch location after we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the newly renovated Hotel Savoy Restaurant. We enjoyed the classical charm of this historic building and enjoyed some delicious classic fare to boot! Our trip to the library was a memorable experience for […]

August 29, 2018

Prehistoric Paleontology Proves Profound Proportions As Animatronics!

The Greenbriar Gang recently ventured out to a traveling exhibit at Union Station to see Dinosaurs Revealed! This animatronic dinosaur presentation brought the bones of these prehistoric beasts to life in a very convincing and realistic way. Scale and perspective was the most astonishing to the residents. Resident Marianne Shrick said, "I can't get over […]

July 24, 2018

We are out of this world… at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium!

The Greenbriar gang took a trip out of this world to the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station to see the "Phantom of the Universe" and "Sky Station Live" experiences where the residents learned about the Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and learned about the scientists that are trying to replicate dark matter that exist […]

March 22, 2018


The Greenbriar gang recently ventured to the latest exhibit at Union Station in Kansas City to see the acclaimed "13 Best Art Exhibits" in the world..."The Art of the Brick"! Nathan Sawaya's LEGO art exhibit was breathtaking and amazing to see. It was thoroughly impressive to see such master sculptures recreated from LEGO bricks with […]

June 6, 2017

Zoo-rific Fun!

Trams, trains, boats, and ski lifts were our modes of transportation for our safari in Africa and Australia! A group of residents set out on a safari to explore the animals of Africa and Australia. The residents saw a variety of animals such as: lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, hippos, gazelles, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, and koalas […]

May 19, 2017

Mother’s Day Tea Outing

This past weekend a few of our Greenbriar ladies enjoyed a traditional English tea room experience at the Greenwood Antique Mall and Country Tea Room in Greenwood, Missouri. We enjoyed some delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, tea, and of course desserts! Bread pudding and peanut butter and chocolate torte were the dessert hits of the day. […]

April 25, 2017

Paper Pollinators Project at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center!

This past Saturday in acknowledgement for Earth Day some of our residents decided to put the "green" in Greenbriar! We ventured out to Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs, Missouri to participate in a fun Earth Day project making paper with recycled paper pulp and sprinkling native wildflower seeds into the paper. Upon […]

February 24, 2017

Off to OZ!

A small group of residents from The Fountains at Greenbriar headed to the National Toy and Miniature Museum to see their latest exhibit, "Toys From The Land Of Oz!" This fun engaging exhibit displayed a collection of toys, games, and wonders all related to Ozian stories. We were even impressed to see some of the […]

January 31, 2017

Greenbriar Gang Attempts To Escape DaVinci’s Hidden Studio!

This past Saturday the Greenbriar Gang took a trip to one of Kansas City's favorite attractions, The Escape Room! This live-interactive clue game keeps your mind racing and immersed in the wonderfully themed room. This extraordinary outing was a first for all of our residents. Our gang decided to tackle the DaVinci Code Room, where […]

November 30, 2016

Prairie Fire Museum Outing!

The Greenbriar gang ventured out to the Prairiefire Museum in Overland Park, which is our local extension of the American Museum of Natural History (New York). The museum opened in 2014 and is created using Dichroic glass created by NASA. As interesting as the architecture of the building is, what really piqued the interest of […]

October 12, 2016

Nature Walk!

Another activity that we had to celebrate Active Aging Week was a fun nature walk at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. The group had a fun time being silly and enjoying nature! As you can see...we enjoyed the great outdoors and it makes us a little goofy!

October 12, 2016

Healthy Eating Picnic!

During the last week of September we always celebrate Active Aging Week at our community. One of the many things that we did this year to celebrate was a healthy eating picnic. This created a fun opportunity to picnic, but be more health conscious with our eating habits. Fresh vegetables and fruits were definitely a […]

October 11, 2016

Jurassic Garden Adventures!

A group from Greenbriar residents took a trip out to Kingsville, MO to Powell Botanical Gardens to see the life-like sculptures of dinosaurs from the Jurassic era. We saw a plethora of dinosaurs and beautifully landscaped gardens that complimented the wonderful scenes of these prehistoric creatures. The groups favorite dinosaur was undoubtedly the Tyrannosaurus Rex! […]

September 6, 2016

Citywide Scavenger Hunt! Take 2!

During a recent citywide scavenger hunt, the residents had a ball venturing into Kansas City for a glimpse into its culturally rich history. The mid-summer day’s hunt began at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Restaurant on Brooklyn Avenue for a taste of Kansas City’s iconic barbeque. After lunch, they visited the Lewis and Clark Expedition statue commemorating […]

September 6, 2016

We are off to see The Wizard!

This month, The residents at The Fountains at Greenbriar took a day trip to Wamego, KS to visit the Oz Museum. There, they enjoyed learning about L. Frank Baum, the author of the books, the history of the classic movie starring Judy Garland and its many influences on popular culture.The group enjoyed reminiscing about their […]

July 25, 2016

Amish for a day!

The Residents recently got the opportunity to slow down and experience country life in Jamesport, Missouri. We were privileged to have the opportunity to share in on a day outing with the Amish community in Jamesport. We started our morning off with a pleasant drive up to Jamesport with a scenic view of the countryside. […]

May 20, 2016

The Four Seasons Outing!

A few weeks ago the Greenbriar gang took a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to see the Phillip Haas Exhibit, "The Four Seasons" before the exhibit wrapped up and headed to Arkansas for public display. The residents enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the Rozzelle Courtyard Restaurant. After our delicious lunch we headed through […]

April 11, 2016

We put the pedal to the metal and choo-choo through to a hamburger hotspot!

On Saturday the Greenbriar gang headed out to two of Kansas City's fun places for kids of all ages! Our first stop was at Fritz's Hamburgers in Kansas City, KS, which is renowned for their drive-in style fare with locomotive delivery! The residents seated themselves at the tables in Fritz's and perused the menu then reached over to […]

April 8, 2016

Belton Trip: Tara’s Malt Shop & Belton/Grandview/Kansas City Railroad Co.

Today we took an extraordinary outing with our residents. Traveling 40 miles South of Independence we took a day trip to Belton, Missouri. We enjoyed lunch at Tara's Café and Malt Shop in historic downtown Belton. After enjoying a delicious lunch of burgers, Rueben's, onion rings, French fries, malts, shakes, and banana splits (yum) we headed to […]

March 3, 2016

Rejuvenated by the water!

Last Saturday some of the Greenbriar gang took a trip to Excelsior Springs, Missouri. On our trip we stopped by the historic Elms Hotel and Spa, which was the ol' stomping grounds of such famous/infamous characters such as Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Bugs Moran, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, Al Capone, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. This […]

December 10, 2015

AMC Outing: “Risen”

Hello Folks! I just wanted to inform you that the movie that we have on our calendar to see on January 22nd has been delayed in post-production, and won't have a nationwide release until February. We intend to see the movie in February and will be notifying you when we are attending. Sorry for any inconveniences. […]

November 16, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

Our gang of veterans enjoyed the royal treatment out and about on Veterans Day. They enjoyed a complimentary meal from 54th Street Bar and Grill, which was a nice opportunity to acknowledge our country's veterans, as well as many folks in the community personally stopping them to thank them for their service. The gang was […]

November 16, 2015

Da Vinci is d’genius!

Hop into a time machine and travel back to Renaissance Italy to the booming town of Florence, and there resides a man in a humble abode with nothing more than a candle light and a rampant imagination! Our latest trip to Union Station took us into the creative and imaginative mind of the true renaissance […]

November 5, 2015

A wish come true! Resident Richard Higgins visits the Renaissance Festival!

Resident Richard Higgins was extremely excited to go to the Renaissance Festival this year. He hasn't been since it opened almost 30 years ago, and he was amazed to see how it has changed. We were able to make his request a possibility this year by personally escorting him to the festival. Richard delighted in […]

November 4, 2015

What’s been going on…

Dear Readership, It may seem as though we have taken a slight sabbatical from our blogging for you, but the truth of the matter is this...we've been having a whole lot of shakin' goin' on around here! We've been a busy bunch at Greenbriar. We've had a Pink Party to honor our breast cancer survivors […]

August 10, 2015

Into The Woods We Go!

Today the gang traveled into the woods at Johnson County Community College's Yardley Hall Theatre. This excellent performance of technical mastery and stunning imagery was pulled together by an exceptional ensemble of talent! From wardrobe to will call, this was a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. If you were thinking about going The […]

July 22, 2015

Science City Adventure!

On Saturday, The Greenbriar Gang took an exploratory trip of intrigue and curiosity to Science City at Union Station. We were amazed at all of the different educational opportunities that were presented to us. We learned about the different properties of water, wind, and gas as well as effects of gravity, inertia, momentum, centripetal/centrifugal forces, and some basic scientific principles […]

July 21, 2015

Life on the Farm!

During the July 4th weekend we ventured out to celebrate Independence Day in a unique way, and what says Americana better than a day on the ol' farmstead? A group of us explored agrarian life at a unique experience called Deanna Rose Children's Farm, which is definitely an experience that appeals to the curious of […]

April 20, 2015

Extreme Screen Outing: Jerusalem Documentary in 3D & Union Station Experience

Today we enjoyed a wonderful outing to Union Station to see a 3D presentation by National Geographic on Jerusalem. The documentary was so surreal that the 3D experience had the residents reaching out to touch the images in invisible space. This was the best use of the 3D technology that we all agreed has been […]

April 2, 2015

Restaurant or Sports Museum?

Local Kansas City businessman Jim Chappell has created an iconic sports bar that is part restaurant and part sports museum. Starting in 1986, the restaurant started as a local sports bar and through the years has evolved into a sports history institution. Due to Jim's avid collection of sports memorabilia and history, the sports bar […]

January 15, 2015

The Roasterie Coffee Tour!

A group of Greenbriar coffee connoisseurs made a trip to Kansas City's local specialty coffee roasting company, The Roasterie! We got first class treatment as we learned about the history of this local company as well as got an up close and personal tour of the factory in full production making some delicious smelling specialty coffees. After our tour we got […]

December 2, 2014

Squaw Creek Outing

We had a wonderful time on our outing to Squaw Creek Wildlife Reserve. We got the opportunity to see a huge variety of winter water fowl and for many Residents it was the first time seeing a snow goose, cranes, and grey herrin. But, the most exciting spectacle of all was the first for many […]

September 16, 2014

Meet Me Under The Clock At The Station!

Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Kansas City's Union Station...the popularized quote (originating sometime circa 1930-1940) "meet me under the clock at the Station", was a popular saying of it's time...especially if you were from Kansas City! In commemoration to the 100 year anniversary of Union Station Residents Dorothy Erickson and Charles Elias reinact a […]

September 16, 2014

Red Hatter’s Luncheon

Every month our chapter of Red Hats hold a luncheon at an area restaurant in our community. At these meetings they discuss business details for the women's social group and talk about interesting ideas for future Red Hatter events and outings. Our chapter of Red Hats has been going strong for over 15 years and is looking forward […]