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10 Fun Things to Do in Kansas City with Kids

Many adults might head to Kansas City for their famous barbecue restaurants and jazz clubs, but there are many fun things to do with kids in Kansas City. The self proclaimed City of Fountains (there are over 200 throughout the metropolitan area) is the perfect Midwestern road trip. It’s home to the Kansas City Royals, a Spanish themed outdoor shopping area, and a thriving art scene. Visitors will be thrilled to find there are plenty of fun things to do in Kansas City with kids.

The variety of affordable activities for kids in Kansas City will win over families in this Midwestern gem best known for its jazz and barbecue joints. We're sharing fun things to do with kids in Kansas City to help plan your next trip.-Kids Are A Trip

Awesome Things to Do with Kids in Kansas City Missouri

1. Let their imagination run wild at Kaleidoscope

Located in the Crown Center, Hallmark operates Kaleidoscope, a family art center where families are encouraged to explore their creativity. The place is full of hands on craft projects, whimsical creatures and displays, and best of all, it’s free!

Kids will enjoy making their own puzzles, painting, exploring the glow in the dark room, and using their imagination! Next door is the Hallmark Visitors Center (also free), which displays the history of Hallmark with exhibits featuring keepsake ornaments, the Hallmark Art collection, and probably your kid’s favorite, a bow making machine!

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It’s all about whimsy and creativity!

2. Kids can show off their skills at the College Basketball Experience

The CBE is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, part Hall of Fame museum, part interactive play area. Located at Sprint Center, this place is a kid’s dream. They have the opportunity to shoot hoops on a full size court, play timed skill games, dunk a basketball, and play basketball arcade games.

There is a section for Hall of Fame inductees, but most kids won’t be interested. I’m a huge college basketball fan and will say I was a bit disappointed because it is not a College Basketball historical museum as one might expect, no real artifacts, etc. (Just my opinion).

Of course, most kids aren’t looking for a history lesson and would gladly spend hours here, so bring some comfy shoes and join in the fun!

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3. Have some hands-on fun at Science City at Union Station

Our family loves science centers and Science City at Union Station has many hands-on activities for kids to explore. Kids will love the Sky Bike, a dinosaur dig site, and Mr. E’s Hotel of Illusions. Plan on spending a couple of hours here so kids can truly enjoy this interactive museum.

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4. See what it was like to grow up on a farm at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Located in nearby Overland Park, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead was designed to represent a typical farmstead in the early 1900s. Open seasonally (April through October), the farmstead has over 200 animals, a one room schoolhouse, gardens, wagon rides, a dairy farm, and more.

Kids can try their hand at fishing in the pond or feeding a goat, the experience is whatever your family wants to make of it. So plan for the day or go for a couple of hours and see what life was like on the farm!

5. Learn powerful history lessons at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Located in the 18th & Vine Museum complex (along with the American Jazz Museum), the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum showcases the history of African-American baseball. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you will appreciate the stories of the players, their struggles, and their success on and off the field.

School age children will hopefully appreciate and understand the difficulties these players faced as they tried to gain acceptance in a world that didn’t embrace them because of their race. The exhibits are very educational, and the artifacts tell a story. I would highly recommend this for kids ages 8 and above (due to the fact there is a lot to read).

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6. Learn the value of money at the Money Museum

The Money Museum, located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, kids can learn about money in a very fun way! This interactive museum feature’s a giant vault filled with millions of dollars, President Truman’s coin collection and bags of money for every visitor to take home (shredded money, that is). Visitors can take a self-guided tour or take an audio or iPad guided tour. Free admission makes this worth a stop!

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7. Kids will go crazy for LEGOLAND Discovery Center/SEA LIFE Aquarium

LEGOLAND Discovery Center/SEA LIFE Aquarium has everything a Lego fan could love: a factory tour, rides, building opportunities, and a 4D theater with Lego movies. Younger children will probably enjoy this more, but everyone can appreciate the work that goes into the LEGO models and creations.

Adjacent to LEGOLAND is SEA LIFE, a fun, delightfully decorated aquarium allowing visitors to pet starfish, walk through a shark tunnel, and learn about marine life. The aquarium is not very large, but the exhibits are well laid out and younger kids will love the Octonauts room!

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8. Let kids discover the theater at The Coterie Children’s Theater

Located in Crown Center, The Coterie brings the live theater experience to children of all ages. Children sit on the floor at the edge of the stage for an interactive experience. Kids will love being part of the show and the actors and performances are always top notch.

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9. Learn about the Great War at the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is the only museum in America dedicated to those who fought in the Great War and it is one of my favorite historical museums. We visited a few years ago with our children, and they were fascinated everywhere they turned, from the field of poppies at the entrance to the life size trenches, to the tank, they loved every minute of it.

One of our favorite parts was taking the elevator (and stairs) to the top of the tower for a view of Kansas City. Grab an audio guide for kids because it’s worth understanding the displays and artifacts.

Be sure to eat before your visit, because you will definitely want to spend at least a couple of hours here.

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10. Amuse the kids all day at Worlds of Fun

Kansas City’s amusement park Worlds of Fun has a water park (Oceans of Fun) right next door, so it’s a full day of fun when families visit. There are plenty of roller coasters and thrill rides, Planet Snoopy, and rides for the young ones too. If theme parks are your thing, your family will want to head to Worlds of Fun to experience all the excitement!

Note: Kansas City does experience a change of seasons, so some of these attractions are only open during the warmer months. Many of these activities are indoors, so there should be plenty of fun choices for a rainy day or during the winter.

Where to Stay in Kansas City with Kids

Families that want to be in the heart of the action might want to stay at The Westin Crown Center or Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center.

If your family wants to shop, try the Hampton Inn and Suites – Country Club Plaza. There’s also a Great Wolf Lodge near Worlds of Fun if your family wants an indoor waterpark experience.

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City

Families wondering where to eat in Kansas City with kids might want to try one of these: Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant (inside Crown Center, where your burgers and fries are delivered to your table by train), Jack Stack BBQ (everyone has their favorite bbq, we happen to like this restaurant in the Country Club Plaza area for its delicious ribs and great service (with other locations throughout KC)), or head to Cosentino’s Market & Deli (the perfect place to grab food for a picnic with their soup and salad bar, deli, and fresh sushi).

Looking for more Midwestern fun? Don’t miss a stay on this Kansas sunflower farm or weekend trips from St. Louis.

64 Comments

  1. A great list of exciting things to do in Kansas with children 🙂 The World of Fun sounds like an amazing experience!

  2. Never been to Kansas City, but it sounds like a fun, family-friendly place! Maybe one day 🙂

  3. For those who like amusement parks, Worlds of Fun is a great place!

  4. It was a ton of fun Alexandra! Great place for kids of all ages (yes that includes adults)!

  5. I hope you have a chance to visit. An amazing city with tons to see and do!

  6. My son would love Legoland! I have never been to Kansas City, but this definitely makes me want to go!

  7. What some amazing sounding things to do – I quite fancy the sealife centre and science city myself. x

  8. These look like so much fun! I love that there’s so much to do. I definitely want to go to LegoLand!!

  9. I’ve never been to KC, but this looks so fun!! Your posts make me want to travel and adventure more! 🙂

  10. My husband is a basketball coach and I’m sure would love the College Basketball Experience. We may have to plan a trip to Kansas City now!

  11. So fun! We’ve never been here but it looks like it would be a good time for sure!

  12. I have always wanted to go to Kansas City. It looks amazing!

  13. I love finding out about hidden gems in cities! That aquarium looks so fun!

  14. I’ve driven through KC plenty of times, but I haven’t stayed there. Now, I think I have to stop in. Thanks!
    XOXO

  15. I have never been to Kansas before but it has been the subject of many fictional dramas and looks very interesting.

  16. This is such a great list for someone who wants to visit Kansas city. I loved the science city in particular.
    Thanks for sharing:)

  17. My best friend lives in Kansas City (on the Missouri side) and I’ve been wanting to visit her since she had her baby nearly a year ago. Now I know where we can take the kids when I do finally get up there!

  18. Before I knew him, my husband would travel to KC often for work and he liked it best of all the midwest cities he visited. I wouldn’t mind seeing it some day, myself. Kaleidoscope sounds like a lot of fun!

  19. These look like wonderful places to try! Definitely will be on my list!

  20. Thanks for highlighting such a great city! So much to see and do! I spent 4 years living there and still miss it. You hit all the great places for kids. I would only add Loose Park for the playground and a great place to run free and d’Bronx Pizza and Foo’s Frozen Custard for great food. Some of my favorite spots with my kids!

  21. This sounds like such a cool city to visit. I would love to check out the college basketball experience.

  22. So many fun things to do….my sons would love the Legoland Discovery Center

  23. Those are absolutely fun things to do. I have never been to Kansas City. I would love to visit it someday.

  24. CourtneyLynne says:

    Who knew there was so much kid awesomeness in Kansas City!!! Hopefully my travels take us there someday!!

  25. Oh my so many wonderful things to do with kids in Kansas City! The science center at union station sounds like something my kids would love. I wonder if Kansas LEGO museum is much different from the one in Shaumburg.

  26. If I’m ever in Kansas City I’m going to have to remember these tips!

  27. Logan it is so fun for families! We were pleasantly surprised!

  28. Lots of great things Sarah!

  29. They do such a great job with those Legolands! The building is insane!

  30. I am glad to hear that! It is all about saving money and budgeting. If you need tips I am your gal!

  31. He would truly enjoy the CBE. Heck, anyone would basketball fan or not. It’s that kind of place!

  32. If you live anywhere nearby it is definitely worth the drive Michelle!

  33. Cynthia it is definitely a place you won’t be bored!

  34. Debra, go! It is a ton of fun!

  35. Mar, I am sure there are plenty of hidden gems here. I will save those for our next visit!

  36. Definitely stop! So much for families.

  37. Some day! I see a U.S. Road trip in your future Ana!

  38. Thanks Trish!

  39. Thanks Marwa!

  40. Janet you have to visit. I think it is a place that pleasantly surprises every visitor.

  41. Jenn hopefully you will have a chance to visit soon. Tons to see and do!

  42. Thanks Lexie!

  43. Thanks Nikki for the insight. I love the perspective a local can give. Would you mind if I add these to the bottom of my post and give you credit?

  44. Jen, hopefully you can visit soon!

  45. Blanca, my kids are Lego junkies and they love anything Lego!

  46. Michelle, that sounds fun. I would love to do that too. Next time!

  47. And hopefully you will!

  48. I hope they do!

  49. Eva, it is exactly like the one in Schaumburg. Are you in Chicago too?

  50. I hope you do! Have a great week!

  51. I have never been to KC and never really think of it as someone to visit. This was a great list and places that would be interesting even without kids. Best, Tina

  52. I’ve never been to Kansas City but now I really want to go! I guess my kids can come too! 😉

  53. I have never been to Kansas City but I would love to go. My kids would like the amusement park.

  54. We’ve never been to Kansas City before. Since my nephew and I are huge animal lovers, I think a trip to the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead would be nice. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum would also be another place that we would visit.

  55. It would be!

  56. My kids are huge amusement park fans too. They love roller coasters!

  57. That looks like a lot of fun. My son plays baseball I would love to take him here one day. A great place to visit.

  58. My 3 boys play baseball too. Now they want to go just because of the World Series win!

  59. Now that we have a few more reasons to visit Kansas, it sounds like a fun future trip for our family.

  60. Great! I was impressed by how much there is to see and do for families.

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