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This interactive museum provides educational entertainment for the entire family. Located in Union Station, the newly created Science City provides interactive displays where visitors learn about astronaut training, weather, history and other scientific phenomena. Divided into five sections, each with a different theme, the museum provides hands-on interactivity for children of all ages, proving that learning about science can be fun, as well as educational. The new City Nights Theater and the overnight 'camp-ins' only add to the experience.
If you came to shop in KC, you must experience the Crown Center. This upscale complex, spread over 85 acres, is home to 80 shops and restaurants, as well as two luxurious hotels and the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards. Created in 1968, the shopping center connects to the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Westin Crown Center Hotel and Union Station via a skywalk. The facility attracts convention groups to the Destination Crown Center and it offers 140,000 square feet of meeting space. If you want to catch a movie, there is the Crown Center Cinemas on the third level.
Sea Life Kansas City lets you get up close and personal with over 5,000 sea creatures! Head to the 'Touchpool Experience' where you get to interact with sea animals and touch some, such as starfish and rays. Then visitors can get face-to-face with sharks in the 'Underwater Tunnel' where it will feel like you're actually swimming with them. With fantastic shows and exhibits, Sea Life Kansas City is fun for the whole family.
Step into a world of creativity and fun at Legoland Discovery Center. This amusement park is especially made for children and the child-friendly attractions reflect just that! Go on the interactive Kingdom Quest ride or build whatever type of vehicle you can imagine at the Lego Racers: Build & Test attraction. You can even watch a show in the 4D cinema. No trip to Legoland Discovery Center is complete without seeing important landmarks made miniature at Miniland.
This well-respected, professional theater company founded in 1979 offers “a stage for every age” by presenting new works and beloved classics for the entire family. Located on the first floor of downtown's Crown Center, the Coterie strives to inspire young people, challenge stereotypes and offer a positive outlet for young and old alike. Past productions include "Of Mice and Men," "Lord of the Flies," "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Seven Dwarfs."
There is a world of excitement and imagination that awaits everyone at this Crown Center family attraction. Here, children can create one-of-a-kind artwork, design their own unique puzzle, construct a skyscraper and more using scrap material provided by Hallmark Cards. Kaleidoscope also offers one-hour sessions that allow visitors to become acquainted about the process of making these popular cards. Most of the exhibits are specifically designed for children ages 5-12 and during the school year it is normally packed with elementary students.
Explore the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues at this museum located in the 18th & Vine District. Through video presentations, film exhibits, interactive stations, a photo gallery and pieces of memorabilia, the museum offers insight into the lives and careers of the players who contributed so much to the game of baseball while helping to advance the Civil Rights movement. This museum adjoins the American Jazz Museum, so be sure to allow enough time to visit both.
Take a trip back in flight-time with a visit to this museum that celebrates aviation history. It is located inside a hanger at the old Downtown Airport and visitors can see airplanes, photos, audio/video productions, artifacts, logbooks, uniforms and other items that illustrate the grace of propeller-driven travel. Individuals who lived and worked among the aircraft during their glory days sometimes lead informative and entertaining tours. Groups of ten or more must call ahead to reserve one.
This brand by Marriott is perfect for families because guests can ask for extra beds, linens and everything else necessary that this world-class company always provides. At this Courtyard, guests will find a mini-fridge inside their room, down or foam pillows, HBO, a sofa bed and even a crib if you need it. Located in the Plaza/Westport part of the city, it's also close to two of Kansas City's great museums, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Theis Park is named after Frank Theis and is a popular local park known for hosting a variety of local events. The park has a beautifully curated grassy area that is frequented by families and nature lovers. There is a dedicated jogging track for fitness enthusiasts. There is a well maintained amphitheater where you can attend theatrical events. The park can be used for weddings and receptions as well. Live music concerts take place at the park as well.
Take a break from the jarring city sounds and the hustle bustle of your life and head to the serene Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. The center is spread across ten acres (4 hectares) and has wetlands, gardens, and open spaces to explore. Get up and close with nature and the local wildlife as you engage in walking, hiking, and camping at the center. Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center is an ideal place to spend quality time with your family.