2018 Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Kansas City
Best Places for Kids in the Kansas City region!
The best places to take kids in Kansas City, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in Kansas City! Get great ideas here! What is listed below are far from the only opportunities for family fun and learning; they're just what was voted this year.
Kaleidoscope nourishes the creative spirit. It is a place where children and their families are invited to be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own special ideas.
Science City at Union Station
Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the don't touch mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination.
Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Just a 10-minute walk from the Plaza shopping area, the Discovery Center is a unique, hands-on, urban conservation education center located on eight acres in the heart of Kansas City.
Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo is located in historic Swope Park. With more than 1,000 animals and over 200 acres, the Zoo is the most affordable fun in Kansas City!
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Designed to depict a family farm, the Farmstead has nearly 200 animals and birds of prey, vegetable and flower gardens, a one-room country schoolhouse, an old-time fishing pond, pony rides and more.
Lakeside Nature Center
Learn what the animals eat for breakfast and share their food. Have your picture taken with an animal. Get tattooed and make a take-home craft.
Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun
Kansas City's amusement park with 235 acres of family rides, thrill rides & waterslides including 7 world-class rollercoasters and Oceans of Fun
Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Learn about the economy through our hands-on exhibits for all ages.
The Coterie Theatre
The Coterie Theatre, named "One of the Five Best Theaters for Young Audiences" in the U.S. by TIME magazine, provides unique theatre experiences for families and young audiences. The company is nationally recognized for its one-of-a-kind programming that features a year-round season of live plays and musicals on the company's mainstage.
Legoland Discovery Center
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City offers a fun, highly interactive and educational 2-3 hour indoor experience, ideal for families with children 3-10 years old. Based on the ever-popular LEGO® brick, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers provide a range of interactive play areas, including 4D cinema; master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder; exciting LEGO rides, such as an interactive and immersive ride called Kingdom Quest; special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations; as well as the popular MINILAND exhibit designed to reflect the iconic buildings and skyline of Kansas City.
Great Wolf Lodge
What’s better than an awesome vacation filled with family fun? An awesome Kansas City vacation filled with family fun that is actually affordable! Great Wolf Lodge Resort in Kansas City, Kansas offers incredible value for all of their guests. This kid friendly resort offers much more than the peace of mind of knowing that rain or shine, your family can enjoy this indoor water park in Kansas City.
Mesner Puppet Theater
Mesner Puppet Theater is an award-winning, professional puppet theater that produces plays for young audiences that appeal to all ages. Located in Kansas City, MO, the Mesner Puppet Theater performs locally and tours to schools, performing arts centers, churches, synagogues, and regional theaters across the nation.
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures.
Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City
Wonderscope is a non-profit children's museum whose mission is to spark a life-long love of learning through play.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins is a comprehensive art museum with works of art dating from ancient to contemporary. We welcome and provide free admission to all, and deliver unparalleled opportunities to enjoy, appreciate and understand the finest visual arts and the varied cultures they represent—on our campus, online, and throughout Kansas City.
Jaegerz Laser Tag
We researched laser tag equipment and brought in a consultant to help us choose the best equipment on the market and made in the U.S.A.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The NLBM features a multi-media museum experience set on a time line of black history and baseball history. Through films, computer displays, photographs and artifacts, one will learn great lessons about race, sports, and culture.
Paradise Park is Kansas City's Premier Family Destination, offering Family Fun & Adventure, unique attractions, educational and discovery play, and professional development opportunities in a wholesome, safe, clean and friendly environment!
iFLY Kansas City
Indoor Sky Diving, Wind Tunnel, Classes, Camps, Summer Camps, Kids, Families, Adults, Group Events
Sea Life Aquarium
Features thousands of sea creatures, 30 incredible displays, come nose to nose with sharks in our underwater tunnel, touchpool experience! Hold a crab and touch a starfish in our Interactive Touchpool Experience,over 260,000 gallons of water and fun talks and feed shows throughout the day.