We’re not kiddin’ around. From major attractions like Worlds of Fun to hidden gems like Yaya’s Alpaca Farm, there’s something in KC for children of all ages. You’ll have no trouble entertaining the youngsters with this list of 36 kid-friendly activities around Kansas City.
🎨 All about the arts
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., KCMO | 🎟️ $160-$500 family memberships available
Whether you are strolling an exhibit or checking out the studio art classes, the Nelson has something for the whole family (even mini golf).
Kaleidoscope, 2501 McGee St., KCMO | 🎟️ Free
This art making space is for kids 14 and under to get their creative juices flowing using Hallmark materials + Crayola supplies.
Creative Culture KC, two locations | 🎟️ Prices vary
Drink milkshakes and paint pottery with the whole family at this super sweet art studio.
🌳 Great outdoors
Cave Spring Park, 8701 E. Gregory Blvd., KCMO | 🎟️ Free
Check out 4.5 miles of winding trails to get the family outdoors.
Zip KC, 12829 Loring Rd., Bonner Springs, KS | 🎟️ Prices vary
This one is for the thrill-seekers in your family (don’t worry, there’s on-ground opportunities for the less daring).
🍽️ Foodie families
Donutology, 1009 Westport Rd., KCMO
Customize your own freshly made donuts with different icings, toppings, and drizzles.
Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, multiple locations
Order your food with a telephone and watch it come to your table by an overhead train.
The Culinary Center of Kansas City, 7920 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS | 🎟️ Prices vary
Get your kiddo involved in the kitchen with the Junior Chef classes.
Chicken N Pickle, multiple locations
Get the whole family active with pickleball, play some yard games, and enjoy a delicious meal.
Taste Bud Kitchen, 5336 W. 151st St., Leawood, KS
From classes and camps to birthday parties — this spot has everything for your little chef.
🧠 Educational activities
National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr., KCMO | 🎟️ Family memberships available
See the exhibitions and stop at the top of the memorial grounds for a family photo with the Kansas City skyline backdrop.
🎳 Indoor adventures
Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., KCMO | 🎟️ Family memberships available
This interactive astronomy education experience puts on public shows + telescope viewing opportunities.
Great Wolf Lodge, 10401 Cabela Dr., Kansas City, KS | 🎟️ Prices vary
Enjoy the indoor water park all year round.
Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS | 🎟️ Family memberships available
This natural history, culture, and science museum has interactive programs for adults and children. Our favorite part is the T. rex skelaton.
🤝 Sensory-friendly playgrounds
Hospital Hill Park, Gillham Road and E. 22nd Street, KCMO
Right in front of Children’s Mercy Park is the Sybil Silkwood Nutter Inclusive Playground — frequently used by therapists treating patients with social and physical exercises.
Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood, KS
This 66-acre park is fitted with an inclusive playground, plus amenities like sand volleyball courts and tennis courts.
Field of Dreams, N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS
The whole family can hit a home run at this baseball-themed playground.
Shawnee Mission Park Playground, 17431 80th Terr., Shawnee, KS
Check out the double decker sphere that spins and the water mister on the hotter days.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Woodland Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, KCMO
The new park, in partnership with 15 and the Mahomies, features sensory and physical play modules and an all-weather surface.
🎶 Movin’ and groovin’
School of Rock Kansas City, 1315 East St., Parkville, MO | 🎟️ Prices vary
Get your little rock star involved in this group music experience.
Base Academy of Music, 31 W. 31st St., KCMO | 🎟️ Sign up to see prices
This organization removes barriers for families to help students play their first notes and experience the joy + benefits of playing an instrument.