I experienced these attractions as part of the TMS Family Travel Conference. All opinions are my own.
Admittedly, I don’t get to travel to the midwest as much as I’d like to. I’ve always enjoyed my trips there – there are so many fantastic museums, family attractions, and other things to do. A few weeks ago, as part of the TMS Family Travel Conference, I had the opportunity to travel to Kansas City, MO. Throughout the conference weekend, I also was able to experience some of the best things to do with kids in Kansas City, MO.
Things to Do with Kids in Kansas City, MO.
We stayed at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, which is located just steps away from some of the best family activities in the city. Hallmark Kaleidoscope is a free experience where kids can create their own arts and crafts. Hallmark provides a variety of art supplies and crafting stations, so kids can really explore their creative spirit. Although it’s free, tickets are required and are available daily (except on Sundays, when Kaleidoscope is closed).
Just around the corner from Kaleidoscope is the SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City. Like other SEA LIFE Aquariums, the SEA LIFE in Kansas City is incredibly family-friendly, and offers kids the opportunity to get up close with fish and other sea life. For younger kids, there is a brand-new Octonauts Zone.
Adjacent to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City is the Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City. Featuring over 3 million LEGObricks, this indoor discovery center is a LEGO fan’s dream. In addition to LEGO figures, there’s a 4D cinema and two different rides. It’s best for kids aged 3-10, although I know my 11 year old would also have loved it.
Crown Center also offers several restaurants, shops, and the world’s only Crayola Cafe.
Although I didn’t visit the National World World I Museum, I had the perfect view from my hotel room. The museum and memorial is both a memorial and an interpretive center telling the story of WWI and those who fought in the war. It’s open daily in the summer and Tuesday-Sunday in the regular season.
On our second evening, we visited the museums at 18th and Vine, right in Kansas City, MO, home to both the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum. Both museums help tell an important part of American History. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum offers a self-guided tour, the centerpiece of which is the baseball diamond featuring life-sized bronze statues of some of the top players. There’s also a documentary film which is narrated by James Earl Jones.
Across the hallway is the American Jazz Museum, which offers both permanent and traveling interactive exhibits. The museum also includes performance space and a nightclub. These two museums are both fun to visit, and should definitely be included in any list of things to do in Kansas City.
Adjacent to the Sprint Center in Kansas City is the College Basketball Experience. Part college basketball hall of fame, and part interactive experience, the CBE is fun for basketball-loving fans of all ages. Explore the first floor, then head upstairs for some fun on the courts.
Other Family Things to Do in Kansas City
My trip to Kansas City was short, and I missed seeing some of the other family things to do in Kansas City. Here are a few of the places I’ll definitely want to visit on my next trip:
Have you traveled in Kansas City, MO? If so, what have been your favorite family-friendly attractions?