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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Kansas City


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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Kansas City. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens & Sculpture Parks

  Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Powell Gardens
Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park (at The Nelson-Atkins Museum)
Sweet Streams Lavender Farm
Washington Creek Lavender Farm
Sunflower fields in Wathena, KS



Get Wild on a Hike

  Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail
  Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Parkville Nature Sanctuary
Weston Bend State Park
Roanoke Park
Shawnee Mission Park
Black Hoof Park
Hidden Valley Park 


Time Travel Today

  Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Arabia Steamboat Museum
National Trails Frontier Museum
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm
Shoal Creek Living History Museum


Make Life a Beach

Longview Lake Beach
Shawnee Mission Park Beach
Kill Creek Park Beach
Smithville Lake
Clinton State Park
Watkins Mill State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

Oceans of Fun
The Springs Aquatic Center
The Bay Water Park


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Science City
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Wonderscope Children's Museum
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Jesse James Bank Museum
Money Museum
Museum at Prairiefire


Explore These Cities

St. Louis


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  National Airline History Museum
Kansas City Northern Railroad
Kansas City Fun Tours
Kansas City Automotive Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Carolyn's Pumpkin Patch
Johnson Farms
Fun Farm
Weston Red Barn Farm



Play Ball!

  Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Comets
Kansas City Mavericks
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City T-Bones
Kansas City Storm


Treat Yo' Self

  The Candy Wizard
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
The Candy Store
Betty Rae's Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Ernie Miller Nature Center
  Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Lakeside Nature Center
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Prairie Oak Nature Center
Grinter's Sunflower Farm 


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Worlds of Fun
  Silver Dollar City
Six Flags St. Louis


Talk to the Animals

  Kansas City Zoo
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
SeaLife Kansas City
Cedar Cove
Native Hooved Animal Enclosure in Fleming Park


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  The Peace Pavilion
Shawnee Indian Mission
Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center
The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and Museum
Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Kansas City
Kansas City Irish Center
Kansas City Chinese Association


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Powell Gardens
Waterfall Park-Merriam
Waterfall Park-Independence
Tryst Falls Park


Get Active Indoors

  Legoland Discovery Center
Urban Air Trampoline Park
Winnwood Skate Center
Diamond Bowl


Challenge Yourself

  Breakout KC
TimberRidge Adventure Center
Tick Tock Escape Rooms
Go Ape


Shop Your Heart Out

  City Market
Crown Center
Ward Parkway Center
Zona Rosa
Legends Outlets



Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Kansas City. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away