Kansas City is a metropolitan area that spans two states, Missouri and Kansas, so when you are considering what things to do in Kansas City with kids, you should look at both sides of the state line. You will find events that are very affordable, and some that are free. You can find a lot of American history in a few of the family attractions in Kansas City, including the Steamboat Arabia and the Negro League Museum. If you are a sports lover, plan to attend a sports game with either the Kansas City T-Bones, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs or Sporting KC.
After traveling, take a moment to relax in one of the few dozen kid-friendly hotels in Kansas City. Unpack, unwind and then consider a place to eat in Kansas City. On the Kansas side of the state line, there is the T-Rex restaurant at the Legends Shopping Center with live-action dinosaurs, an area for kids to dig for dinosaur bones, a workshop to make a stuffed dinosaur and of course you can purchase souveniers in the gift shop. It makes a great choice for a restaurant nearby if you are staying at the Great Wolf Lodge during your trip to Kansas City. Fritz Railroad restaurant is on both sides of the state line. You order over a phone and your food comes to you via an over-head model train. Finally, consider shopping at the Crown Center Plaza and taking your kids to the Crayola Cafe.
When looking for what to do in Kansas City with your family, there are several free things to do in Kansas City. Monday through Thursday, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park is free to enter. Children can feed baby goats, ride horses or spend some time fishing. Another free place to go in Kansas City is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. There are exhibits inside, but there are fun sculptures outside as well, including large shuttlecocks.
The Westin Crown Center Hotel is an ideal place to lay your head, as it is in the heart of many things to do in Kansas City. Without even going outside, you can walk through Crown Center to Union Station, a train station that opened in 1914 and it is home to the Union Station Massacre. While the history of the station is compelling, children tend to favor Science City, the planetarium or the KC Rail Experience. If you are looking for ideas for what to do in Kansas City outside of Crown Center, there are the fountains that have musical and light displays or the Liberty Memorial.
It is easy to plan a Kansas City family vacation to last a weekend or one that spans several days. There are dozens of things to do in Kansas City that will keep your children engaged. Minitime's vacation planner will help you find places to go in Kansas City that will make every member of the family excited for the trip.