What ‘s happening in Downtown – 1st week of 2018

Jurassic Quest – an exhibition life-size, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs will take KC by storm this weekend at Hale Arena.

Here’s the highlight reel for a relatively quiet New Year’s week ahead in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, New Year’s Day to Jan. 7:

First Friday – one of the KC’s hottest events of the winter – returns on Friday with a gaggle of arts and cultural experiences throughout the Crossroads Arts District and the 18th & Vine Jazz District from 5-9 p.m. Friday; and one of the country’s most complete vintage marketplaces – First Friday Warehouse Weekends – in the West Bottoms on Friday through Sunday.

Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; more than 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few this Friday through Sunday at Hale Arena.

Knuckleheads Saloon features nine shows this week on this “light” New Year’s week schedule, including Here Come the Mummies at 8:30 p.m. Friday and an Allman Brothers Tribute Show with Mark & The Sharks Kaopectones at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Markiplier’s Your Welcome Tour – Expect hilarity, absurdity, fan-favorite sketches, and the ultimate night out, when You Tube sensation Markiplier brings his first tour to KC, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Midland.

Night of Hope featuring Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston – the largest church in America – are coming to KC to deliver a message of hope beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sprint Center.

Legendary Norman Rockwell, left, shares his artwork with Hallmark Cards founder Joyce Hall.

Norman Rockwell’s Christmas – Hallmark Cards showcases paintings and drawings for the artist’s popular Christmas cards. Seen here together for the first time, this exhibition of works from the Hallmark Art Collection provides a rare opportunity to view the meticulous craftsmanship that set Rockwell apart from his peers. This free exhibit continues through Jan. 27 at the Hallmark Visitors Center.

UMKC Roos return to Downtown this season for men’s basketball home games. This week’s schedule features a showdown with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com