Science City of Kansas City

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With the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, baseball fans from all over will be flocking to this Midwestern city and looking for the best things to do with kids in Kansas City when they aren’t watching baseball.

Kansas City is unique in that it spans two Midwestern states – Missouri and Kansas, each quite different from the other. But both have plenty of great family-friendly attractions, restaurants and accommodations. Whichever side of the state line you plan to visit (or how about both?), Budget TravelingMom Becky Davenport, who hails from Missouri, Single TravelingMom Lisa Allen and Standby TravelingMom Chris Bird have the scoop on the best things to do with kids in Kansas City.

Kansas City, Kansas

The Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City is one of 10 nationwide (including one in Canada). The Kansas City location on the Kansas side of the border is just 25 minutes from downtown and across the street from numerous restaurants and shops.


Foodies will love the diverse assortment of restaurants, ethnic markets and food truck fare in Kansas City. At the heart is City Market, located in downtown Kansas City.

Among Kansas City’s must-see attractions is Science City, located inside the nation’s second-largest working train station (behind Grand Central). More than 125 exhibits in 18 different environments offer plenty of hands-on family fun.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City - entrance

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Its convenient location in Kansas City puts the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza near the Midwest’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment district.

While best known for barbecue and baseball, Kansas City also has a plethora of family-friendly attractions and hotels.

Voted the Most Popular Restaurant in Kansas City by Zagat in 2012, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Kansas City, Missouri

Learn about the history of puppets and then make your own in family-friendly workshops at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.


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There’s no shortage of kid-friendly attractions in Kansas City, Missouri. Among them: The Kansas City Zoo, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City and Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope.

While visiting LEGOLAND Kansas City, make time to visit nearby attractions, such as Shatto Milk Company, and maybe treat your sweet self at Chip’s Chocolate Factory.

Want more great things to do with kids in Kansas City? Check out these free things to do in Kansas City, Missouri.