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Kansas City’s Downtown Staycation Guide: 2018 Edition

There’s nothing quite like playing tourist in your own backyard. With so many of us living in the suburbs, planning a Staycation in KC can provide a fun adventure for your family. As we head into Spring Break (want to know when yours is? Find out HERE!) later this month, we want to encourage you to spend a few days exploring some of the incredible opportunities available to your family in the heart of the metro area: Downtown Kansas City. While you’re enjoying Spring break fun, consider some of these incredible activities during your time off. Take a look…

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Kansas City’s Staycation Guide: 2018 Edition

Spring break is right around the corner here in the metro area and, while many of us would love to get away for a few days, the time off from school seems shorter now than in year’s past. That few days off from school provides the ideal opportunity to take a (very) short “road trip” to downtown Kansas City to explore the sights and scenes that KC proper has to offer.

#1 Crown Center

2450 Grand Boulevard

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

#2 Coterie Theater

2450 Grand Boulevard

Check their website for showtimes.

#3 Science City

30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12pm-5pm

#4 LegoLand Discovery Center

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm

Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

#5 Kaleidoscope

2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Check their online calendar for family art session availability.

Savings tip: This activity is FREE for families! 

#6 College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Wednesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 11am-6pm

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

#7 Sea Life

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm

Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

#8 City Market

20 E. 5th Street, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO

#9 WWI Museum

2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO

10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday, Closed Mondays

Savings tip: The museum offers FREE Hands On History and Storytime At The Museum sessions.

#10 Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

Wed: 10am-5pm
Thur: 10am-9pm
Fri: 10am-9pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 10am-5pm
Mon-Tues: CLOSED

Savings tip: Admission to the museum is free. 

#12 National Toys & Miniatures Museum

5235 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

Open Daily 10am-4pm
Closed Tuesdays and major holidays

#13 Kansas City Ballet

KCYB Presents “Raymonda”

March 9, 7:30 PM
March 10, 7:30 PM
March 11, 2:00 PM

#14 Visit the Downtown Library

14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO

Mon-Wed 9:00am-9:00pm
Thu-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Sat 10:00am-5:00pm
Sun 1:00pm-5:00pm

#15 Money Museum

1 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO

Monday-Friday 9:30am-4pm

Savings tip: Admission is free.

Since all of these locations are located downtown, you can ride the free KC Street Car to avoid extra parking costs!

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Spring Break in Kansas City: 28 Awesome Places to Go During Break

Kansas City Spring Break Guide for Kids


Spring Break Vacations will soon be in full-swing, where you can enjoy sleeping in (a tad late), fun activities with the kids, and being able to go outside in a not-so-winter coat. You may be surprised to learn there is plenty of to do right in YOUR area this Spring Break! If you’re searching for fun, family things to do in KC over the break, you’ve come to the right place.

So, whip out that calendar and start penciling in these fun, family-friendly Spring Break activities and camps around Kansas City. Whether you are wanting to book a camp for the whole week or try a  new activity each day, there are activities to keep everyone in your family busy. Check out our favorite things to do during Spring Break below!

Planning a staycation? Kids want to go swimming (indoors) instead?  We’ve got you covered too!

Family-Friendly Spring Break Ideas:

How to Make your Family’s Spring Break the BEST ever!


#1 Learning2Fly

4711 Lamar, Mission KS

L2F is a fun filled aerial fitness center with class options for every age! Their 2018 A Chakra Circus of Health is March 12th – 15th from 8:30 to 3:30 pm. Educate and empower your kids for a lifelong love of health. This camp will motivate young people towards a lifestyle of healthy choices in every aspect of life. Daily activities include aerial acrobatics classes, yoga and meditation, art activities, hula hooping, creative movement, nature hikes, and educational and interactive videos.

You can visit Learning2Fly online for general class schedules and requirements.


#2 College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Located in the Power & Light district, you and the kids can play different activities while learning basketball history at the College Basketball Experience. The Basketball Hall of Fame is open throughout March- closed MONDAYS & TUESDAYS.

Visit the College Basketball Experience website for tickets and schedule.


#3 Ceramic Cafe

9510 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS

At Ceramic Cafe, you and your kiddos can express your inner artist. Create a masterpiece for your home & make memories that will last a lifetime.

Check out Ceramic Cafe for a list of special classes and events.


#4 Urban Air Trampoline Park

With two locations in the Kansas City metro area (Overland Park & KCMO), there is an Urban Air for everyone. Get active with your kiddos while burning off some of that energy and stress. Every Thursday after 5pm is Family Night at Urban Air! For only $35 you get 5 one-hour jump passes, 5 bottled waters, and 1 large one-topping pizza!

Urban Air is and indoor trampoline park with tons of extra activities to do- Open Jump, Dodgeball, Teen Night & more. Grab details for locations, hours, and special classes and pricing at Urban Air’s website.


#5 Exit Room Express

1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO

Located inside Paradise Park, you can put your wits to the test in this express escape room.

To reserve your room or for more details on the rooms, visit Paradise Park online.


#6 Sunset Trails Stables

2100 SE Ranson Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO

Sunset Trails Stables offers lessons and trail rides from beginner level to expert. Come learn how to ride horses from the best in KC! Save $10 on select riding classes (Beginner or Texas Tots) with their ad in iFamilyKC- find ad in our digital issue.

For information on their Spring Break camp, visit Sunset Trails Stables online.


#7 Kick It Foos

8166 Monticello Terrace, Shawnee, KS

One of the coolest indoor activities around. Kick It Foos is a human foosball game, also offering several other life-sized games that you can (literally) get in on.

To get info on group ratings hours and FAQ, visit the Kick It Foos website.


#8 Summit Lanes

803 SW Oldham Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO

A guaranteed family fun time during Spring Break is bowling. Our friends over at Summit Lanes even have GLOW IN THE DARK bowling. How cool is that?

Visit Summit Lanes online for further details.


#9 Jump City

8020 E 171st St, Belton, MO

At Jump City, you and the kids can enjoy a full day of open-jump fun in their 13 bounce houses! $5 admission to their open gym Tuesday through Friday. Parents are always FREE at Jump City!

For pricing and ours, visit Jump City online.


#10 Skyzone

With two metro locations, Sky Zone has everything from homeschool PE time to glow in the dark parties on Friday & Saturdays from 7pm to midnight. Have fun in the Foam Zone during open jump or play dodgeball, SkySlam, ultimate volleyball & more!

Find the closest location to you and pricing at the Sky Zone website.


#11 Kaleidoscope

2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

A family favorite, Kaleidoscope is located by Crown Center & is always FREE for your family. Hallmark donates their extra craft materials for kids to repurpose into new creations of their own! The facility is designed for younger kiddos but will be enjoyed by the whole family.

For a session schedule, visit the Kaleidoscope website.


#12 Code Ninjas

3622 West 135th Street, Leawood, KS

With one location in Leawood currently enrolling and several opening soon, Code Ninjas is perfect for those that love the art of gaming and coding. Kids learn to create video games using coding skills they work their way through the colored belts. Enroll NOW to save big! Drop-in learning is also available.

For information on locations and classes check out Code Ninjas online.

#13 Paint, Glaze, and Fire

12683 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

Instead of sitting at the movies silently, come get creative with the kids! Paint, Glaze, & Fire offers ½ OFF Studio Fees Tuesday to Thursday each week in March. Family Night is the second Saturday of each month from 5:30-9 pm. $45 fee includes 4 studio fees, large cheese or pepperoni pizza, 4 soft drinks AND 15% OFF pottery painted during the event. Paint Me a Story Pottery classes for kids run throughout March too! Plus, they have a coffee house located right inside.

For hours and events, visit the Paint, Glaze, and Fire website.


#14 Union Station/ Science City

30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

There is always an adventure at Union Station! Whether you are visiting Science City to ride Sky Bikes, the Planetarium for a laser show, or a special exhibit, there is something you will love at Union Station. Right now, the special exhibit showing at Union Station, “Art of the Brick”, allows you to see giant Lego structures and intricate pieces.

To get info on hours, tickets, & daily events visit Union Station’s website.


#15 Taste Buds Kitchen

5336 151st Street, Leawood, KS

One way to have a great family outing (or even a Mom and Dad night out) is a cooking session at Taste Buds Kitchen. Their cooking studio offers kids and adult sessions.

For their list of cooking camps and events visit Taste Buds Kitchen online.


#16 Tutor Doctor

Spring Break can be used to catch up on school subjects, and that’s okay. Our friends over at the Tutor Doctor have a customizable program for all styles of learners & help your child in the comfort of their home.

To see a list of subjects and how the process works, visit Tutor Doctor online.


#17 National WWI Museum & Liberty Memorial

2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO

The World War I Museum hosts fascinating events for your family. On Saturdays at 11am, you and your family can actually touch and explore artifacts from the world war.

For information on their upcoming events, visit the World War I Museum website.


#18 Kids Park

15296 W 119th Street, Olathe, KS

During the kids’ break from school, sometimes we need a break from the kids. KidsPark offers hourly child care without the need for a reservation. Relax knowing your kids are being cared for by compassionate professionals in a fun and safe environment.

For hours and pricing visit Kids Park online.


#19 Star Light Theater Spring Break Camp

4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO

This Spring Break camp is during the Kansas City area district’s break. Kids can learn and explore through art, singing, dancing and acting.

For information prices, restrictions and hours visit Star Light Theater’s website.


#20 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

Immerse your family in the arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this Spring Break. The museum hosts Free Weekend Fun for families each weekend in March! Create an artistic masterpiece with your kids for FREE.

Full event calendar at the Nelson-Atkins‘s website. Click Family Events to find the above mentioned art event.


#21 The Kansas City Zoo

6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO

Discover exotic animals & wildlife with your kids at the Kansas City Zoo! Walk around with your family or enroll your kids in one of their 3-Day Spring Break Camps (March 12-28).

Visit The Kansas City Zoo online to learn more.


#22 Kansas City Young Audiences

3732 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Come explore and learn to act at the many different summer camps offered at KCYA. Find a complete list of camps to match your child with the the acting camp perfect for their personality! Camps meet Monday through Friday and camp fees include a snack. There is a multi-camp discount if you sign-up for 2 weeks or more of acting camp. (Scholarships are available too!)

More info online by visiting the KCYA website!


#23 Paradise Park

1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO

Come play at Paradise Park with the kids! They offer Spring Break Specials throughout March (March 9-30). Visit https://www.paradise-park.com/spring-break to find the special of the day! Some highlights: Buy a $20 Fun Card- get a FREE personal pizza, Ice Cream Sunday- Get a FREE ice cream treat w/ purchase of any Max Pak , & BOGO Laser Tag.

Visit Paradise Park online for further details.


#24 Greater Kansas City YMCAs

With locations all around the Kansas City metro, the YMCA is a great option for Spring Break activities. Get active with your kids and play basketball, swim in their indoor pools, or attend one of their kids/family events.

Find Kids Night Out events at various KC YMCA locations online.


#24 Paul Mesner Puppets

1006 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Enjoy a puppet show with your family at the Mesner Puppet Theater. Choose from the shows: Rhymes, Rap, Miss Mary Mack (through March 4th) or The Cat Came Back (through March 12th).

Buy tickets & explore shows at the Mesner Puppets website.


#25 Ernie Miller Nature Center

909 N Highway 7 Olathe, KS

Visitors are welcome to view the aquarium and hike the trails all week. During the Spring Fling Fun event, park naturalists will entertain guests with a special themed program each day at 10:30am (March 12th to 16th). Each program is approximately 45 minutes in length and the fee is $3- paid on-site.

For more information call 913-764-7759 or visit the Ernie Miller Nature Center website.


#26 Mid-Continent Public Libraries

Visit the MCPL event calendar to find children’s events at different Kansas City metro libraries. (35+ locations) Find story time for preschoolers, story time for families, story time for babies & more at the MCPL website.


#27 Play-Well TEKnologies

Minecraft, Lego, STEM camps and more. Kids dive into their classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate. Kids can’t get enough. Programs at lots of locations in and around the KC metro.

Visit Play-Well online to find an event near you!


#28 Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop-Farm

1200 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS

Enjoy 1860s hands on Living History activities such as horse-powered plowing, planting, helping in the garden, stagecoach rides* and cookstove and blacksmith demonstations. *Weather and ground conditions permitting. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 15-17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: $7/ adults, $5/ children ages 5-11.

Visit Mahaffie’s website for more info.


Give your kids a Spring Break they will never forget with these fun things to do in Kansas City. The wide variety of Spring Break camps & activities provides something for every personality in your family. Beat boredom for good and have fun exploring KC with your kiddos!

Also check out the iFamilyKC online calendar for additional events throughout the year 🙂

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Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through May? It’s insane to think that summer is knocking on our door, and while you’re getting ready for some sunshine and fun, you may be looking for some new traditions. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie, shares some of her family favorites to help your summer kicked off. Check it out!

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions


Summer is my favorite season! I look forward to it all year and constantly think about moving somewhere tropical permanently. I live for summer.

My kids and I love to be outside during the summer. We have a zoo pass, so we head there about once a week before the heat gets to be too high. We love going to the pool. Our favorite one being the Harrisonville Pool. They have a fun kid/zero entry area and water slides and diving boards that my kids live for.

We also love heading to Longview Lake. My parents have a cheap pontoon boat in a slip there, so we can park it and swim off of it anytime we like. My kids also enjoy feeding the fish at the marina there. No matter how many times we go it still results in squeals of laughter when the huge fish start flapping around after the food.

On rainy days we hit up Paradise Park or Union Station’s Science City. My kids love to paint their own faces and splash around in the water table on the Edutainment side of Paradise Park. My son would spend hours in the dinosaur dig section at Science City if I would let him.

We also like to check out all the nature centers around town. We love Burr Oaks and Lakeside Nature Center for quick outings. We also enjoy the outdoor movies in Independence on the square or going to the drive in. Summer is just meant to be spent outside.

We don’t typically get to travel much, but we like to take a weekend and head down to Tablerock Lake and rent a friend of ours’ cabin. Its much calmer and less crowded than the Lake of the Ozarks and just as close. It’s a nice, easy getaway.

Summer food is another reason I love this season. My kids love watermelon, and hot dogs off the grill. I love kabobs and grilled veggies. And to me, nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake.

What are some easy traditions you have for the summer? Share in the comments!

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Watch the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station

Happy Saturday, Kansas City! Are you looking for some festive fun while you’re out and about getting ready for Thanksgiving? Union Station is your place to be. They’re hosting a day of festivities leading up to their lighting celebration at 6:30pm. While you’re at it, why not check out their newest exhibit, Pompeii, as well? Nothing says the holidays like Union Station!


Watch the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station


Join us Saturday, November 19th for the magic of Kansas City’s grandest holiday tradition. Holidays come alive at Union Station with a spectacular day of fun activities and performances for the whole family.

Write a letter to Santa, get your face painted, create something cool in the Holiday Maker Village and so much more! All beginning at 10a.m.

Let It Snow will play in the Planetarium and Pompeii: The Exhibition will be celebrating its grand opening!

Explore your internationally award-winning Science City and catch a movie on the region’s biggest movie screen- Extreme Screen

Then at 6:30pm, daylight will give way to the most magical holiday kickoff imaginable with Kansas City’s largest indoor lighting ceremony and a breathtaking new holiday performance by Quixotic.  Free for everyone!

Don’t miss this once-a-year celebration of holiday sights, sounds and family sensations this Saturday, November 19th! Plan to have fun all day long at Kansas City’s home for the holidays, Union station. 

For complete details, visit Union Station

3 Reasons You Need to Explore Body Worlds at Union Station NOW!

Autumn is in the air here in the metro area and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share fabulous events and activities with each of you here on the blog as well as in our monthly book (available in print and online) and across social media. One truly unique activity that’s only available to your family until October 23rd is the Body Worlds: Cycle of Life exhibit downtown. I had the chance to check it out this afternoon and want to share my 3 reasons that you need to explore Body Worlds at Union Station today. Take a look…

Body Worlds at Union Station

3 Reasons You Need to Explore Body Worlds at Union Station Now

“For the first time in Kansas City, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life – a remarkable educational exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens – invites you to consider the form, function and beauty of the human body through all stages of life.” -UnionStation.org

#1 It’s a Truly One of a Kind Experience

Body Worlds at Union Station

One of the things I love best about living in Kansas City is the access that we have, as families, to fun and educational activities across town. Union Station’s traveling exhibits offer opportunities unlike any other and their Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life is a shining example of just that. Using real cadavers, Body Worlds takes you on a journey through the human life and demonstrates how both genetics and lifestyle choices play an intricate role in how we grow, develop, and change over the course of time. Before entering into the exhibit, you’re given the opportunity to tie in this exhibit with history from Kansas City’s medical community, which I found to be particularly interesting during our visit there.


#2 You’ll Learn Things You Never Knew

Body Worlds The Cycle of Life

From start to finish, you’ll learn something new at every turn during your time at Body Worlds. Your journey begins (literally and figuratively) at the moment of conception where you discover cells, the formation of life, how we grow and come into being, and so much more. The pregnancy cycle was, for me, the most interesting part of the journey. The exhibit not only includes the details and information but also examples of each stage during pregnancy – something that is truly incredible to witness.

Body Worlds at Union Station

From there, you’ll discover parts of the body and how we change and grow through the years as well as how the choices we make (like smoking or not eating right) impact us from the inside out. I was impressed to see so much detail throughout the exhibit. Although the average time to get through (from start to finish) is about an hour an a half to two hours, I could have easily spent far longer reading and learning during my visit.

Body Worlds Kansas City

#3 It’s Only Here For a Limited Time

Like all good things, Body Worlds at Union Station will be coming to an end later this month and you don’t want to miss your chance to explore life like never before. The exhibit is open weekdays (Monday-Thursday) 10am-5pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-7pm, and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Tickets can be purchased online or directly at Union Station now through October 23rd.

Body Worlds at Union Station

In addition to the exhibits that Union Station offers, families can also enjoy access to Science City and the Planetarium during your stay. I highly recommend getting an annual membership to Union Station – ours paid for itself within just a couple of visits. Learn more about Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life and all of the other incredible activities and events at Union Station by visiting them online at UnionStation.org.

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Check Out Union Station’s Newest Exhibit: Pompeii

Union Station is a such a local treasure for Kansas City, and they have a fantastic exhibit, Pompeii, coming on November 18th. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, gives us the low down on the exhibit and what to expect. General admission is $19.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids. Check it out!

Check Out Union Station's Newest Exhibit: Pompeii

Check Out Union Station’s Newest Exhibit: Pompeii


I am ‘quaking’ with excitement about Union Station’s upcoming exhibition! This fall, Kansas City will be the first city in the United States to host what promises to be an amazing exhibit at Union Station.


Pompeii was a city on the coast of Italy that disappeared in 79 A.D. when a volcano erupted, burying the city in over 20 feet of ash. The ash preserved the city and it has been excavated to show a truly unique glimpse into the life and death of these Ancient Romans.


Pompeii: The Exhibition will include 200 artifacts from Italy, casts of some of the deceased, and a 4D simulation of the volcanic eruption where visitors can safely experience something like the people of Pompeii did that day. Helmets, weapons, mosaics, jewelry, art and other artifacts were carefully curated and will be leaving Italy for the US for the first time.



Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii are famous now, but for a long time, not much was known about them. It’s a fascinating bit of history as it has been so mysterious and haunting. Union Station hopes to captivate visitors and transport them back to this tragic day in history.


The exhibit opens November 18 and will run until next spring. I don’t know how well little kiddos will do with this exhibit, but I think the parents and older kids will have a fun time exploring a fascinating culture and moment in time. This event is must for fans of history and archeology. I hope to see you there!


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Join us for the Greatest Show & Tell On Earth: Maker Faire Kansas City

The Maker Faire is back in town and is bound to be tons of fun for you and your family. It’s a weekend filled with crafts, inventions, and more running June 25th-26th at the Historic Union Station. Ticket prices vary and can be found here (Take note of the $7 day pass price for Union Station Members!) Get your tickets now and join for us for some interactive fun.

Join Us For The Greatest Show & Tell on the Earth : Maker Faire Kansas City

Join Us at the 6th Annual
Maker Faire Kansas City
The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth!
June 25th & 26th at Historic Union Station
Don’t miss out on this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire Kansas City celebrates the Maker Movement and we encourage YOU to join us! Enjoy educational presentations, inspiring performances, engaging demonstrations and hands-on workshops all weekend long!
  • NEW – Opening Louisiana-Style Parade featuring exhibiting Makers
  • NEW – The Bike Zoo combines puppetry with bikes to create interactive, playful creatures including an 80 ft. long Rattlesnake, 10 ft. tall Butterfly, a Carousel and more!
  • NEW – A 30 ft. Egg Drop Competition
  • NEW – “Maker Couture” Fashion Show
  • NEW – Maker Inspired, Educator Workship focused on inspiring the next generation of Makers
  • Kid Friendly Interactives featuring inflatables, Nerdy Derby, Micro Reality Race Cars, Learn to Solder and Build a Robot Workshops
  • FIRST Robots Demonstrations and Competition
  • Power Wheels Racing
  • Lowrider Car Show and Competition
  • Human Foosball
  • Community Art Project with Belger Arts Center
  • Realistic Iron Man Suits, R2D2s and other awesome cosplayers
  • Fashion
  • Favorite Kansas City Food Trucks
  • More than 350 of Kansas City’s most inventive Makers and Crafters
For more information and ticket pricing, visitwww.makerfairekc.com 
*Admission to Kansas City’s International Award-Winning Science Center, Science City,and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium are included in your ticket purchase. The Planetarium requires separate reservation. Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life is not included and will require separate ticket purchase.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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!

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Real Pirates

By: Holli Ann

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to attend “Buccaneer Bash”, the grand opening to the Real Pirates at Union Station.  The exhibit tells the story of the Whydah a successful pirate ship from the early 1700’s which shipwrecked only to be found almost 300 years later. I am fascinated by pirates (this kind not necessarily this kind) and I relish any opportunity to support Union Station so this event was a perfect for us.


The evening started with drinks, food and music. Fruits, cheeses, and desserts were on tables and wait staff brought around various horderves for guests to sample. The horderves were appropriately seafood themed and provided by Pierpont’s. We tried the conch balls, crab cakes and shrimp cocktail and they were all delicious. While we ate we were entertained by pirate themed bands which added a great ambiance to the area.


After about an hour, George Guastello, President and CEO of Union Station took the stage and spoke briefly the exhibit and about Union Station. I was surprised to learn that Union Station receives no tax dollars from Kansas City, and is therefore reliant solely on the income it draws in from events and exhibits to continue to operate.


Robert Regnier, the chairman of the Union Station Board of directors and his wife Ann then introduced Mark Lach the exhibit creator who talked about the exhibit and how the artifacts it contains made their way from the bottom of the ocean to Kansas City. The doors then opened for the exhibit itself.  Groups of about one hundred each were lead into a theatre to watch a short video that tells the the tale of the Whydah before then moving onto the rest of the exhibit.  The video was very well done and accentuated with lighting effects that added to the drama as we watched the  Whydah battle a storm and ultimately meet its untimely demise.


We then continued onto a mock Pirate ship which had replica pirate quarters as well as further information about piracy during the 1700s and about the Whydah’s crew.  The Whydah, we learned, was named after a port it frequented along Africa’s western shore. It was a slave ship until it was overtaken by pirates. It was interesting to learn about this often overlooked portion of western European history through the perspective of a single ship and its crew.


The highlight of the exhibit were the artifacts discovered on ocean floor. The ship’s bell, the first artifact that we discovered, was remarkably nearly intact and on display. There was weaponry and pirate treasure.  Just as interesting were the belt buckles, silverware, and other trinkets which gave glimpses into the life of a pirate during that time.


Last was the gift shop where if you liked you could get your own pirate treasure or any number of items to help you remember your experience. Overall, the event and the exhibit were both wonderful. The “Real Pirates” exhibit is both engaging and educational. Older children (I would say from about age seven on) will get a lot out of this exhibit, and there is enough going on to hold their attention.  I strongly encourage landlubbers both young and old to come experience this true pirate tale and support Union Station as it continues to bring new and exciting experiences to Kansas City.

Blogger Holli Ann documents her journey through life and parenting online at It’s An Ordinary Blog.

Union Station & Science City to Unveil New Touring Exhibition, ‘Alien Worlds and Androids’

Open to Public: Friday, May 24

The limited engagement exhibition features scientific and educational content from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA and focuses on the search for alien life within and beyond our solar system.

Union Station will host a special media preview event to unveil the latest addition to Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City – an exciting new touring exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids. Media are invited to explore the interactive exhibit, interview representatives from GES and USKC, and provide their audience a sneak peek of the out-of-this-world exhibit.

Thursday, May 23, 2013: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Science City entrance, inside of Union Station Kansas City, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Produced by Global Experience Specialists Inc, (GES), Alien Worlds and Androids addresses the question that has fascinated man for centuries: “Are We Alone?” Through the use of robots, telescopes, space probes and high-tech laboratories, scientists have been studying the possibilities of life existing beyond Earth and what forms may take depending on the environment. In this interactive exhibition, visitors will join scientists in their search for alien life within and beyond our solar system, discover strange alien-like creatures found here on Earth, and learn about the technologies used to explore remote solar systems and extreme environments found on Earth. Alien Worlds and Androids highlights scientists’ studies and findings in nine areas: Are We Alone?, Looking for Life in Space, Alien Life on Earth, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, Robot Space Explorers, Explore the Solar System, The Robotization of Planet Earth, I-Cyborg and The Human Microbiome. Science City at Union Station is the host of the world premiere of Alien Worlds and Androids.

About Union Station Kansas City, Inc.
Union Station Kansas City is a historical landmark and civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. The organization, driven by its mission of science and history education and entertainment, features Kansas City’s science center, Science City; the popular Model Railroad Experience open year round; new Gottlieb Planetarium, one of the region’s largest screen movie theater, live theater, shops, restaurants and home to prominent area civic organizations and businesses. Visit unionstation.org for details.

About GES:
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and retail environments. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services—all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past five years, and for the fourth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information, visit ges.com or the GES blog at defyingconvention.ges.com