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Experience the Little House on The Prairie Museum, where author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived, then visit Independence Historical Museum & Arts Center in a historic downtown where there’s unique shopping with specialty shops blended with name-brand stores.

Plan a day at Riverside Park, riding the carousel or miniature train, taking in the animals at the free Ralph Mitchell Zoo, or enjoying the water at Riverside Beach Family Aquatic Center.

Join famous playwrights and actors, and theater buffs from across the nation at the Annual William Inge Theater Festival. Or celebrate Halloween at one of the state’s largest and longest running festivals, Neewollah (Halloween spelled backward). It’s a week-long, family-friendly way to seek thrills, chills, and delicious theatrical treats, with daily parades and live music.