Want to put your own tour together? Below are more ideas on where to take students in Kansas City.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
You are invited to discover some of the 34,500 pieces in the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. From ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity. The Nelson-Atkins has two restaurants and gift shop. Rozzelle Court Restaurant is fashioned after an open-air Italian courtyard and offers buffet-style service of main dishes, salads, soups, breads and desserts. The Café is a sleek alternative to Rozzelle Court. This casual, glass-enclosed café tempts visitors to indulge in savory bites and mouth-watering desserts. Seasonal terrace seating overlooks the Museum's gorgeous entry plaza. >> Allow: 2 hours
Home to the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Crown Center offers something for everyone. The three-level Crown Center Shops feature more than 60 shops and restaurants. Eating options range from a burger spot where meals are delivered by miniature train to the city's only Forbes Four-Star dining experience, The American Restaurant. Shopaholics are drawn to the unique specialty stores, headlined by Halls Crown Center. Theatregoers can choose from award-winning youth-oriented shows at The Coterie and innovative shows at the Off Center Theatre. Crown Center Square, located right across from the shopping center, is the heart of the complex. It's home to events throughout the year that are great for the whole family, including ethnic festivals, an antique show, outdoor movie series and concerts. LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium also reside on the square. Also at the complex are free Hallmark-sponsored activities. The Hallmark Visitors Center details the illustrious history of the world's leader in personal expression. Hallmark Visitors Center is free. >> Allow: 45 minutes
Kansas City Zoo (Performance Venue)
The Zoo offers the unique experience of seeing wild animals at home in the wilds of Africa and Australia. Over 200 acres of lush zoological park. Watch the antics of the two polar bears above and below water. See elephants trundle, stand toe-to-toe with kangaroos, hand feed a lorikeet, race a cheetah. Voted the best African exhibit. The Kansas City Zoo offers many exciting educational and performance opportunities. >> Allow: 3 hour minimum
Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun (April-October)(Performance Venue)
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, now all in one park and all for one price with 235 acres of thrill rides, family fun and water slides. Enjoy 7 world-class rollercoasters and incredible adventure rides for a few hours or a full day of screams for the die-hard thrill seeker. Participate in quality adjudicated festivals for choir, band and orchestra as well as Thrill U Education days which is the perfect opportunity for students to experience curriculum in action. Dinosaurs Alive! offers not only the excitement of a tail thrashing, clawing and roaring exhibition with more than 35 life-sized, moving animatronic dinosaurs, but the opportunity for guests of all ages to actively engage in a unique learning experience. New in 2014 – Steel Hawk! >> Allow: Minimum of 4 hours. Call for Educational and Performance Opportunity pricing.
Starlight Theatre (April-October)(Performance Venue)
Presenting locally produced and nationally touring Broadway musicals, Starlight is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the U.S. Student and group friendly, the theatre offers VIP backstage tours, private dining options, pre-show performance opportunities, rehearsal halls, gift shop and concessions. Starlight’s Spotlight Stage showcases the finest dancing, singing and acting groups. Students can showcase their talent by providing pre-show entertainment for audiences plus enjoy an unforgettable Broadway show. Spotlight Stage performances run from 6:50 p.m.-7:40 p.m. >> Allow: 3 hours show only, but 4 to 4-1/2 hour for dinner and tour.
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum features interactive exhibits on the life and times of President Harry S. Truman. Visitors can see a replica of the Oval Office with a recorded message from Truman about the contents, view Truman’s working office, and pay their respects at his gravesite. >> Allow: 2-3 hours for museum guided tour
High school students will enjoy participating in the experiential program, the White House Decision Center, where students take on the roles of President Truman and his advisors facing real-life historical decisions. This program provides students with an innovative learning experience in a recreation of the West Wing of the White House. >> Allow: 5+ hours (for both)
Paradise Park (Year round, depending on weather)(Performance Venue)
Paradise Park has something for everyone - 24-ft. rock climbing wall uniquely designed to accommodate the varying skills of climbers of all levels with enough hand-holds to allow the novice climbers to show their stuff; bumper cars for classics or new favorites; go karts race around a 1,000-ft, road course-inspired track; 18-hole miniature golf is both beautiful and challenging, plenty of softball and batting cages; picnic pavilion and campfire areas and even sand volleyball. >> Call 816-246-5224 for times and costs.