On a trip to watch the Angles play the Royals, we explored the area when we weren’t at the games 🙂 One of the most enjoyable things we experienced while in Kansas City, Missouri was the Hallmark Visitors Center. Hallmark is an exciting company which has been creating greeting cards and many other products in 30 languages that reach 100 countries around the globe for over a 100 years.Apparently the company started in 1910 with a shoebox full of postcards by Joyce C Hall, an 18-year-old entrepreneur from Nebraska. It was so interesting to follow the timeline through the years. It’s also amazing to see the creativity and innovation that go into making Hallmark products.
When I think of Hallmark, I immediately think of Christmas ornaments, and their commercials. Thus, I was really looking forward to seeing their collection of old ornaments. I wasn’t disappointed. They have many Keepsake Ornaments and ornament series on display, along with a video featuring “Four Decades of Magic: Hallmark Keepsake Ornament”. It was fun to look and see how they had changed through the years. We had actually bought our first house a few years earlier and saw the ornament I bought that year to hang on our tree. It was silly, but it was really cool to see it there..
The amount of greeting cards on display was shocking. I walked around and ran quite a few, but there we so many, lol. Some of them were hilarious, and very entertaining. We had a blast, but the kids around us even had more fun. They enjoyed pushing the button on the bow machine to create their own star-shaped bow. It was fun to watch it being made, and after they were done playing, I had to make one of my own, lol.
I left there feeling like I wanted to move to Kansas City just to work in the factory. It was entertaining watching the workers do what they do. I really felt the spirit of Hallmark as we were walking around reading the cards. You should definitely add this to your to-do list while in Kansas City, especially if you have kids. They will have a lot of fun, and your wallet will get a break. The Hallmark Visitor’s Center is completely free! Here is a link to their website with hours, etc.Hope you are able to enjoy a visit the next time you are in the area.
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