This is a must-see for children and the young-at-heart. Located near the Country Club Plaza on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, this museum features a collection of antique toys, built-to-scale miniatures, antique dolls, doll houses, farm toys and teaching kitchens. They recently added a new room to feature the worlds most complete marble collection, donated by Larry and Cathy Runyan-Svacina. The museum was founded in 1982 by two women who wanted to share their toy collections with the general public. Adults will especially enjoy the miniature displays, which fascinate and inspire.
Located along Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum recounts the story of the Arabia, a steamboat that sank in 1886. When it sank, there were only parts and pieces that could be salvaged, however, these remnants and artifact are now displayed here. The museum claims to have the largest amount of pre-Civil War artifacts in the entire world. It is a great museum for all ages and is sure to captivate adults as well as children alike.
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.
Constructed in 1914, this Union Station was known as the third largest train hub in the country, right behind New York's Grand Central and Pennsylvania stations. It has since lost this distinction, yet it remains one of the popular city attractions; the station has been newly renovated and is even more resplendent with its grandiose high ceilings, arched windows, theaters, exciting touring exhibitions and the beloved Science City museum. Other than the architectural eye candy, there is plenty to do inside the station - browse through shops or eat at one of the many fine restaurants.
This theater is run by the independent Screenland cinemas and it is one of a dying breed, with its old-fashioned marquee and plush interiors. The movie house screens favorites like "Ghost World", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Gummo" as well as contemporary films. The Armour Theatre also has one of the best craft beer selections served while you watch your flick. In addition to this theater, Screenland has three other locations in Kansas City, check website for more details and show times.
403 Club is a club that can only found in the Midwest, a region in America where polka halls, mini-bowling and pinball joints still exist. This lively establishment is both full-service bar and a pinball player's dream; they have seven different units, some themes are AC DC, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. The bar even hosts a mini-pinball league in which there is an open tournament every Wednesday and Saturday. 403 is definitely a place to soak in the nostalgia, far away from our normal, digitized world in front of an LED screen.
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.
This restaurant boasts one of the largest collections of sports memorabilia in the country, including World Series and Super Bowl trophies, a Golden Glove and vintage uniforms from Major League baseball teams. The atmosphere is casual and contemporary, and the food is excellent. Burgers start at USD5; prime rib starts at USD13. This is a great place to hang out, enjoy the bar and have fun. It is a local favorite for college students and sports lovers.