If there’s one factor that could make or break your event, it’s the venue.

Whether you are on a committee to plan a gala, you’ve been charged with pulling off the employee holiday party, you’re determined to throw a family get-together to remember or you’ve got some other special event in the works, the Kansas City Metro is ripe with event venue options for you to explore.

To get your event planning started, we’re highlighting both indoor and outdoor event venues that are unique and memorable.

Keep these tips in mind to help you choose the perfect venue for your event:

  • Determine your budget.
  • Estimate the number of guests.
    How many cars will those guests arrive in? You’ll need to consider parking, too.
  • Consider the type of event, its style, timing and location.
    E.g. Formal, fun and unique, family-oriented, indoor, outdoor, season of the year, daytime, nighttime, weekday, weekend, Midtown, downtown, suburbs, etc. These factors will help you eliminate the venues that won’t work for you.
  • Do your research.
    Tour venues on your final list, read client reviews, ask about all fees and insurance requirements and talk with the venue about the activities you want to have in the space.
  • Book the venue early.
    Experts recommend booking venues 6-9 months in advance. The earlier the better.
Yardley Hall

The Midwest Trust Center at JCCC

Hold your next performance, concert, lecture or film screening at JCCC’s Midwest Trust Center. The Midwest Trust Center is home to Yardley Hall and Polsky Theatre. The venue is located on the campus of Johnson County Community College, at the southwest corner of College Boulevard and Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas.

Polsky Theatre

Yardley Hall seats up to 1,250 audience members and Polsky Theatre can accommodate 400. Both offer customizable rental packages that start with a six-hour minimum. Details regarding technical services, equipment, ticketing and operations staff can be found online at jccc.edu/midwesttrustcenter.

Email PerformanceHalls@jccc.edu or call 913-469-4400 to learn more.

Purrfect Solution for your Event

The Kansas City Zoo’s event packages are the purrfect solution for company outings, family events and much
more. Groups can enjoy a “zoo-nique” experience in an area in the Zoo. The Zoo offers options for multiple times of day as well as add-ons such as rides, animal experiences and entertainment. Your entire group will be roaring about how great the experience is! Visit kansascityzoo.org for more information on the different events you can host at the Zoo.

Unique Rental Spaces for Events

Located near downtown Kansas City, the National WWI Museum and Memorial is a favorite meeting and event site for local, national and international businesses. Our facilities are perfect for your rental, from intimate groups of 30 to large gatherings of thousands.

From formal receptions in the Auditorium Lobby and corporate board retreats in the Conference Room, to outdoor celebrations on the grounds, the Museum and Memorial can accommodate a variety of events. Our spaces for rent are ideal for conferences, holiday events, receptions, private parties, sales meetings, company outings and celebrations of life.

Our experienced staff will work with you from beginning to end to plan and host your event. Questions? Ready to book your event? Contact us at 816.888.8111 or eventspace@theworldwar.org.

Alexia Lang

Alexia Lang is a multimedia journalist who has worked in newspapers, magazines, radio and blogs. She holds a journalism degree from UMKC and her Master’s work is in Leadership.

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