Kansas City with Kids

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Legos, crayons, puppets, marbles and more for Kids in Kansas City

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That Kansas City is a great place for families is an understatement. Walt Disney drew his first mouse here, although at that time his name was Mortimer the Mouse. It just doesn’t get more kid-friendly than that.

But Kansas City has grown by a century since the Disney boys started their animation business here, so let’s see what else is new:

Let’s start at Crown Center, the home of Hallmark Cards. A family could easily spend a long weekend at Crown Center and find plenty of activities to keep them happy and engaged, no matter what the season.

One of the country’s top children’s theatres, The Coterie Theatre, is located on the first floor of Crown Center. The line-up of shows here engages children of all ages and includes everything from children’s classics to new, cutting edge productions that are sure to entertain and educate our family.

Kaleidoscope is a creative center for children where coloring outside the lines and making messes that someone else has to clean-up is all A-OK. And it’s free.

The Crayola Cafe, on Crown Center’s second level, comes with lots of colorful food, balloons and of course, crayolas.

Or you might want to eat downstairs on Level 1 and have your burgers brought to you by train at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant.

The SeaLife Aquarium introduces your family to fish found in Missouri and around the world. Then save some money with a joint ticket with Legoland Discovery Center next door. These two attractions alone can keep a family busy all day. And look for packages with Crown Center hotels to save some big bucks.

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In the summer months, enjoy the splash of some of the city’s many fountains that adorn Crown Center. In the winter months, skate at the Crown Center Ice Terrace and enjoy one of the country’s tallest live Christmas trees.

Moving on from Crown Center, you’ve got to go to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Sure, you’ll say you’re there for the kids, but you’ll love the trip back to your favorite childhood playthings.

Then, let’s create some playthings of your own with a visit to the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs. Watch as professional glass blowers create marbles before your very eyes, then get down in the dirt and shoot a game of marbles with the family.

Or create your own theatrical production at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence. You’ll be able to make your own puppet, create a show or watch a show, and tour a world-class collection of puppets, made right here in KC.

That’s just a dusting of the fun family activities in Kansas City. Whatever your kids like – from sports to water parks and theme parks to bicycle trails and bunny slopes. You’ll find them all as you explore Kansas City with your kids.


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