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Kansas City Museum Guide: 2018 Edition

We are so blessed here in Kansas City to have such incredible resources for families all around town. We asked Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to explore some of the incredible museums in the area and she’s sharing our 2018 KC Museum Guide with you today on the blog. Use our interactive map to help guide you on your next advenure around town. Take a look…
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Your Guide to Kansas City Museums!

Kansas City is known for many things. From the Chiefs to the Royals, the rich history and delicious barbecue, our town has a lot to offer families including an abundance of KC museums that you can visit year round.

Growing up, I only knew of a few Kansas City museums around town because we would venture there on school field trips. Now that I am older, I am realizing that there are TONS more out there! I strongly urge you to take some time and visit as many of these as you can! I’ve compiled your 2018 museum guide to help you visit some of the best Kansas City tourist attractions this year.

Kansas City Museum Guide: 2018 Edition

I have listed these local gems along with their address and website! Quick reminder to always check ahead of time for hours, pricing and any FAQ’s you might have!

National World War 1 Museum

2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City | MO 64108-4616

Steeped in history, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.

Interactive displays, thought-provoking films and eyewitness testimonies help guide visitors through one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world.

From the first shots fired in 1914 to the last attempts at peace in 1919, this award-winning museum offers a global perspective of “The War to End All Wars,” and includes firsthand accounts from the battlefield and home front alike.

Plan your visit to the National World War I Museum today, and learn why the First World War wasn’t the last.

College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Sprint Center | Kansas City, MO 64106-2917

INTERACTIVE is what sets The College Basketball Experience apart from any other museum in the world. Don’t just come and see! Get off the bench and get completely immersed in the game! Explore all our interactive activities online & plan to visit The CBE soon!

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St. | Kansas City, MO 64111-1818

The Nelson-Atkins is a gathering place for people to share and contemplate the greatest creations of humankind. Free admission gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy, appreciate and understand the finest visual arts.

Kansas City Museum

3218 Gladstone Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64123-1199

The Kansas City Museum, located at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., KCMO 64123, is currently working on Stage I Construction, which includes the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall (the mansion) into a leading-edge 21st-century museum of Kansas City’s history and cultural heritage.

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

5235 Oak St (Across from Univ of Kansas City) | Kansas City, MO 64112-2877

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.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64111-1821

Kansas City’s acclaimed, FREE contemporary art museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994 and draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. The Museum boasts a rapidly growing Permanent Collection of modern and contemporary works of art from around the world, and hosts exhibitions, installations, film and video series, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other creative programs.

American Jazz Museum

1616 East 18th Street | Kansas City, MO 64108-1610

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

Negro League Baseball Museum

1616 East 18th Street  | Kansas City, MO 64108-1610

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a privately funded museum dedicated to preserving the history of Negro league baseball in America.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64106-1111

When the mighty Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856, she carried 200 tons of mystery cargo. Lost for 132 years, its recovery in 1988 was like finding the King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River. Remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more. The discovery was truly a modern day treasure-hunting story at its best.

Union Station

30 West Pershing Road | Kansas City, MO 64108-2410

The 100 year old Union Station is a hub of culture, education, and entertainment. Visit traveling national exhibits, 3D movies on the Extreme Screen, or explore our world in Science City, or enjoy a cup of coffee or a special meal in this beautiful, historic building. Union Station has something for everyone in the family.

The Money Museum

1 Memorial Dr | Kansas City, MO 64108-4604

Walk-in guests are welcome any time. Reservations are not required. Our free, walk-in experience allows you to see all of the exhibits, the Cash Processing and Vault viewing area, and our audio tour and iPad scavenger hunt are available for use.

National Airline History Museum

201 NW Lou Holland Dr | Kansas City, MO 64116-4223

We hope you can find time to visit our Museum with your friends and family in the near future to see whats happening at Hangar 9.  The heart of Kansas City plays host to our piece of history and we encourage you to keep an eye on our events schedule above to know whats going on at Hangar 9.

Kansas City Garment District Museum

801 Broadway Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64105-1596

The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

7000 NE Barry Rd | Kansas City, MO 64156-1278

Nestled quietly on 80 acres out of the 1,000 acres that makes up Hodge ParkThe museum has twenty-one structures with seventeen authentic 19th century buildings dating from 1807-1885.  Our historic log cabins and homes were relocated from surrounding counties to create a village setting. 

Leila’s Hair Museum

1333 S Noland Rd | Independence, Missouri 64055

Leila’s Hair Museum is the only hair museum in the world, boasting over 600 hair wreaths and over 2000 pieces of jewelry made of human hair. First-time visitors to the museum usually don’t know what to expect. There is no exact date that can be pinpointed as to when and where hair art began, but it is known to have flourished in the Victorian times and can be traced back to the 12th century. Many pieces were for a memorial purpose; however this art form was also used as a keepsake of a loved one before cameras were invented. Hair was a token of love in these times as well as a remembrance of someone who passed away. The tradition of giving a lock of hair goes back hundreds, and even thousands of years and can be traced from different cultures as well as different time periods.

Museum at Prairiefire

5801 W. 135th Street | Overland Park KS 66223

The Museum at Prairiefire features rotating natural history-based exhibitions, curated by the world-renowned scientists of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. Museum at Prairiefire exhibitions rotate semi-annually and feature fossils, historical artifacts, and state-of-the-art interactives for visitors of all ages.

Johnson County Museum

8788 Metcalf Ave | Overland Park, KS, 66212

The Johnson County Museum began as an all-volunteer organization in 1967 with the mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Johnson County with its community. Originally located in Shawnee in the 1,500 square foot 1927 Greenwood School, the museum expanded at the site to a 20,000 sq. ft. facility.

Belger Arts Center

Belger Building, 3rd Floor 2100 Walnut Street | Kansas City, MO 64108-1885

The John and Maxine Belger family created a 501C3 foundation to educate the public regarding the work of artists including, but not exclusive to William Christenberry, Terry Winters, Robert Stackhouse, William Wiley, Terry Allen, Renee Stout, and Jasper Johns. The Collection spans their careers allowing study of their work and their creative processes. The Collections are available for loan to art institutions and museums throughout this country and abroad. In addition to sharing the collection we curate new exhibitions throughout the year. All of this is free to the public. We also use our facilities to partner with other art-related organizations for their art related events. We are conveniently located in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District.

American Royal Museum

1701 American Royal Court | Kansas City, MO 64102

American Royal Museum and Visitors Center. Hands-on, interactive museum of agricultural history. The American Royal is Kansas City’s famed barbecue, rodeo, horse and livestock show venue.

TWA Museum

10 Richards Rd #110 | Kansas City, MO 64116

The mission of the TWA Museum is to provide information to the public emphasizing the story, history and importance of the major role TWA played in pioneering commercial aviation. From the birth of airmail to the inception of passenger air travel, to the post-WWII era of global route expansion, TWA led the way for 75 years.

I hope you found this guide helpful when planning your next family outing!

From iFamily to Yours,


Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

There are so many incredible activities and opportunities available to you and your family here in the metro area and we are so excited to share 9 places you can visit in downtown KC this summer. Take a look…

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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Alright folks, Summer is in full swing and back to school shopping is already in the talks! So if you haven’t had the chance to take that once a year vacation as a family, consider these places for an amazing staycation. Kansas City has so many wonderful family friendly places to visit! And don’t worry about that bank account, there are Cheap and FREE places too! Check them out.

Crown Center

Crown Center is a great place for everyone in the family. There are awesome toy shops, cool local threads, great food and fun discovery centers! Currently, Crown Center has a free exhibit featuring Thomas the Train! It is great for the younger kids.

Savings Tip: Check out their website for free movies and music on the weekends this summer!

Coterie Theater

The Coterie Theater is another family favorite. While tickets can be a little pricey for a larger family, they have great group rates as well. The theater runs various shows throughout the year and they vary in topics and age ranges.

Science City

Whether you are looking to explore nature or architecture, Science City is not only educational but fun for everyone! I always find something to explore when I go myself lol. Grab your walking shoes and plan a day filled with Science.

LegoLand Discovery Center

Next to Crown Center, LegoLand Discover Center is perfect for the creative mind in your family. Spend the day exploring the world of Legos in a fun interactive indoor attraction including rides, a 4-d theater, and a massive supply of Legos perfect for your master builders!

Savings tip: Your kids go FREE using our exclusive code that you can find here

Kaleidoscope

This is probably my family’s favorite place! The Hallmark Center donates art and craft supplies for kids of all ages to create and express themselves artistically! This Free space is open Monday- Saturday and they offer various times.

Savings tip: This activity is FREE for families! 

College Basketball Experience

Located next to the Sprint Center in downtown KCMO, your family can learn about college legends and experience the game of college basketball! They are open daily this summer.

Savings Tip: Save $2 on admission with our exclusive discount offer here!

Sea Life

Located directly next door to LegoLand, explore the deep sea at Kansas City’s #1 aquarium! They are open daily and with over 5,000 sea creatures, you can touch starfish and more in the touch pool!

Savings Tip- Your kids can get in absolutely FREE using our exclusive coupon code found here!

City Market

The famous City Market has amazing restaurants, fresh produce and on the weekends, unique entertainment. Visit the market and grab a bite or two with fun activities inside the market, like the Steamboat Arabia.

WWI Museum

A stellar museum full of history and a memorial, visit the WWI Museum to learn and explore the history of America and its part in WWI. Also check their calendar for special events and programs.

Savings tip: The museum offers FREE Hands On History and Storytime At The Museum sessions each month!

Summer vacation will be over before you know it! Make sure you check out these local favorites before school starts! Also, since all of these locations are located downtown, you can ride the free KC Street Car to avoid extra parking costs!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Top 11 Family Fun Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown Kansas City!

Hi, Friends!

When I moved to the Kansas City metro area a little more than 9 years ago, I had no idea how incredible the metro area is for families. Fast forward to 2016 and I am in love with this town. KC has so much to offer families with children and staycactioning (new word!) has become one of our favorite things to do. Today I want to share my 11 favorite activities that you can do in downtown KC with your kids. Whether you live in the area or are planning a weekend trip, there is no shortage of fun activities you can enjoy. Best of all, with the brand new streetcar that offers free service between Union Station to River Market, you can park once and experience it all! Take a look…

11 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Top 11 Downtown Kansas City Family Fun Spots!

#1 Union Station’s Exhibits

With such rich history, Union Station easily became one of my favorite go to spots here in Kansas City and their exhibits bring something new and interesting to the experience with each visit. The current exhibit, Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life gives guests the opportunity to look inside themselves like never before. The educational exhibit provides an in depth look at the human body over time and is a powerful example of how our choices make an impact on the body.

Hours – Monday thru Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday Noon-5pm

Ages – This activity is great for older children and adults

Price Point – Around $20 per person

Pro Tip – Union Station members receive a hefty discount on exhibits. Take advantage of the perks!

#2 Science City

Also inside Union Station, and free for members, each of Science City‘s three stories offers fun, exploration, and education for children (and adults) of all ages. Your family will have the opportunity to learn about alternative energy sources, take a ride on a bicycle suspended on a wire, dig for “fossils”, test their strength with the giant lever, explore the universe, and more during your visit.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm

Ages – This activity is great for school aged children

Price Point – $11.50 (ages 3-12), $13.50 (adults)

Pro Tip – Reserve a spot in the test kitchen to give your kids the chance to learn the chemistry in the foods they eat.

#3 Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

Located on the bottom floor of Union Station (near the exhibit hall), the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium is an incredible resource to discover the joys of astronomy. Take a guided star tour or explore space through one of the fun movies, your family will enjoy the shows at the planetarium. Our family recently enjoyed a guided tour of the stars we can see in the Kansas City summer night and it was truly fascinating. The list of all available presentations can be found on their website.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Varies By Show (Shows Run Daily)

Ages – Varies By Show

Price Point – $6 per person (members get in free!)

Pro Tip – Get there early, they have two very comfortable cushions that are ideal for your stargazing adventure!

#4 National World War I Museum

Easily one of my personal favorite spots in the downtown area, the National World War I Museum offers incredible insight to one of history’s most critical times and the most incredible views atop Liberty Memorial. During your visit, you’ll see real life artifacts from the era, learn about our nation’s (late) role in the war, and the impact it had on the world as a whole. Admission includes a two day ticket so you can take in both the educational experience inside the museum as well as the stunning views at the memorial back to back during your visit.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Tuesday thru Sunday 10am-5pm (check the website for extended summer hours)

Ages – Best for older children and adults

Price Point – $14 and under (varies by age)

Pro Tip – Hands On History sessions are included free with admission on select Saturdays. These sessions give you the chance to get up close and personal with real artifacts from World War I. Check online for the schedule.

#5 SeaLife Kansas City

SeaLife Kansas City is a fun, interactive experience for children and adults who appreciate the creatures that live in the sea. During your visit, your family will have the opportunity to get their hands on critters, learn about some fascinating sea life, and enjoy the fun of their current exhibit, Doodle Reef, which gives you the chance to draw your own fish and watch them come to life.

Hours – Sunday thru Thursday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm

Ages – This attraction is great for kids of all ages (your little ones will love it!)

Price Point – Starting at $11 per person

Pro Tip – The attraction stays open two hours after the last admission so don’t worry if you don’t arrive until 4pm on a Thursday, you’ll still have time to get it all in!

#6 Legoland Discovery Center

Located next door to SeaLife at Crown Center, Legoland Discovery Center is a fun places for the kids. From 4D animated movie adventures on the big screen to the rides, play area, and legos everywhere this attraction has something for everyone. Your family will enjoy building and playing together inside Legoland’s expansive facility. Check out their website for special activities and adult only events for Lego fans of all ages and stages. Combo passes to both SeaLife and Legoland can be purchased so that you can enjoy both attractions at a discounted rate.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Sunday thru Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm

Ages – This attraction is great for families of all ages

Price Point – Starting at $14.50 per person

Pro Tip – Be sure to check their website for extra special events throughout the year

#7 Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is located at Crown Center and is a free activity that offers children the opportunity to create, explore, and design works of art using leftover materials from Hallmark. It’s a fun place to let your child’s creativity and imagination shine and has offered our family countless hours of fun over the last few years. Be sure to check their schedule online as they do fill up and space is limited.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Open Monday thru Saturday, Admission subject to availability

Ages – Great for kids of all ages. Primary school aged children will love this!

Price Point – Free

Pro Tip – Kaleidoscope accepts group visits, plan a trip with your friends and family

#8 Mesner Puppet Theater

Mesner Puppet Theater is a non-profit professional puppet theater is located in the downtown area at 31st & Troost and aims to stir creative imagination through classic, folk, and contemporary plays for children and adults. These exciting performances are so unique and fun. Their list of upcoming performances is available on their website and extends into 2017.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Varies by show

Ages – Good for all ages

Price Point – Starting at $9

Pro Tip – Season tickets provide the best value. Grab 10 tickets for just $80 (also good for special engagements)

#9 Sprint Family Fun Days

If your dates are flexible and you’re interested in exploring Kansas City’s Power & Light district with your family, Sprint Family Fun Days offers the perfect opportunity for you to do just that. These fun days take place on the second Saturday of each month (May-October) and provide entertainment, activities, and more for children and families of all ages.10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Check their website for specifics

Ages – Great for families of all ages

Price Point – Free admission (some activities within the event do cost)

Pro Tip – Start your day at River Market and take the Streetcar to Power & Light to avoid congested traffic.

#10 – The College Basketball Experience

The College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center lets you step inside the game for hours of fun and activity. CBE offers more than 41,000 square feet of highly interactive, energetic fun where guests can learn about the incredible contributions that have been made in men’s collegiate basketball. Exhibits include the opportunity to participate in game-like situations and announcing at the ESPNU broadcast desk.

 

Top 11 Family Fun Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown Kansas City!

Hours – Summer hours Monday thru Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

Ages – Great for older children and adults

Price Point – Starting at $11 per person

Pro Tip – Be sure to wear comfortable shoes so that you can take advantage of all the fun at CBE

#11 Matin City Melodrama

Located on the third floor inside Crown Center, Martin City Melodrama has been serving the Kansas City community for 31 seasons. In addition to their fun line up of family friendly shows, they also offer Kids Komedy camps and other great activities for children who are interested in performing arts.

10 Kansas City Family Spots That Will Make You Love Downtown

Hours – Varies By Show

Ages – Fun For All Ages

Price Point – Around $13 per person

Pro Tip – Reservations are essential, space fills up quickly!

Whether you’re visiting the area for a few days or you live close by, the downtown area has so much to offer families here in the metro area. Connect with us on the iFamilyKC Facebook page for more information on Kansas City fun!

From iFamily to Yours,

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