Fun Things to Do in Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City has a lot of fun to offer for the whole family.

I knew that Kansas City was known for bbq but I discovered that there is a whole lot more!

I’m sharing more about the best things for families to do in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fun Things to Do in Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City dog Royal Fan

Local Sports Pride

One of the first things that I noticed during my visit was the amount of pride that locals take in their city.

Not obnoxious pride, just an appreciation for the people and the places that make this city great.

Even their dogs show their pride!

Kansas City Dogs

After I checked into the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, I decided that I wanted to take a quick photo walk of Union Station located across the street.

Westin downtown Kansas City

The Westin Crown Center is conveniently located to a lot of attractions that are a short walking distance from the hotel.

Union Station in Kansas City

Beautiful Architecture at Union Station

30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

The architecture at Union Station is absolutely gorgeous and dates back to 1914!

Union Station Kansas City

Bring Home a SouveNEAR

While at Union Station, you can grab a bite to eat and also purchase a SouveNEAR with items from local artisans.

SouveNEAR vending machine in Kansas City Missouri

This is such a cool concept!

Science City in Kansas City Missouri

Hands-On Learning at Science City

30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

Union Station also houses Science City which is an INCREDIBLE science museum for kids….but adults will like it too!

Science City in Kansas City Missouri

Science City is a HUGE facility with lots of interactive exhibits.

You will want to allow a lot of time for hours of play.

Hallmark Visitor Center

Hallmark Visitors Center and Kaleidoscope

2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Hold an Emmy at Hallmark Visitor Center

Learn about the history of Hallmark and the art of card making that generation of families have enjoyed. (FREE)

Kaleidoscope sign

Create at Kaleidoscope

2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Kaleidoscope is located next to the Hallmark Visitors Center and is also FREE!  


This creative space for kids to enjoy with their parents is a creative’s dream world!

Kids will love creating their own masterpieces in a variety of ways in this space.

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aqauarium exhibit

Explore SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

There are over 5,000 sea creatures to see in this underwater world.

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aqauarium bubble viewing

Kids will love the ocean tunnels and hands on exhibits. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Play at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Located adjoining the SEA LIFE Aquarium, you can save money on a combo ticket if you plan on visiting both attractions.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers creative play, design inspiration, and rides for kids to enjoy.

Lidia's Kansas City

Dine at Lidia’s Kansas City

101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO

During our visit, we enjoyed a WONDERFUL Italian lunch at PBS chef Lidia Bastianich’s famous KC restaurant.

The menu changes frequently based on seasonal ingredients to guarantee the highest quality. 

Inside Lidia's Kansas City

My favorite menu item that day was the ravioli but I don’t think that you can go wrong with any of the menu items.

Also, make sure that you leave room for dessert. Trust me!

Fritz's Kansas City

A Meal Delivered By Train at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Another fun food stop for kids is Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant located at the Crown Center. Enjoy a classic burger and fries delivered to your table by a train!

Fritz's food delivery

Ironically, we didn’t visit a BBQ restaurant during this visit which ensured that I have to come back!

College Basketball Experience

The College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

This is a great 2 story interactive playground that celebrates the love of basketball.

The College Basketball Experience

You can read more about my visit here. 

The American Jazz Museum

The American Jazz Museum  and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO

neon signs at The American Jazz Museum

Both museums offer guided tours that really make history come to life. You do not want to miss these gems.

baseballs at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The tours really enhance your experience and make you want to take in every detail of the museum.

These museums will help you understand the heart and soul that makes Kansas City great!

penguins at Kansas City Zoo

Visit the Kansas City Zoo

6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO

Home to over 1300 animals!

Kansas City Zoo

Highlights during our visit were the penguins and a ride on the African Sky Safari.

I know that my weekend visit was a small taste of what Kansas City has to offer and I would definitely love to go back!

Union Center at night

You can find out more about things to do in Kansas City from the tourism website. 

Thanks again to Visit KC and TMS Family Travel for hosting my visit!

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