The below two day Student Itinerary provides great ideas for your student group visiting Kansas City. Please note that pricing is subject to change without notice, and it is advised to confirm with each attraction before your visit. If you have any questions, comments or require assistance, please email or call Francis Darko at fdarko@visitkc.com or 816-691-3871.

Day One

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel or restuarnt of choice, it's time to hit the town and see the sights!

Outside the American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum (Performance Venue)

The American Jazz Museum pays tribute to America’s top jazz musicians. You will also visit the Blue Room jazz club where students are made to feel welcome. The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The museum includes interactive exhibits and films, educational programs, the Changing Gallery, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center. Located in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO., this is the very place where jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Lester Young, Big Joe Turner, and hundreds of others defined the sounds of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. >> Allow: 1 hour

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (Performance Venue)

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) celebrates the story of courageous athletes who forged a glorious history during America’s inglorious era of segregation. Their passion for our national pastime changed the game and America too! Great athletes and colorful characters! Their stories come to life at the NLBM. Like “Cool Papa” Bell, the fastest man to ever play the game. He could circle the bases in 12 seconds. Or, Satchel Paige, who in 1948 became the oldest rookie in Major League Baseball history at age of 42. Or was it 52? Only Satch knew…and he never told! >> Allow: 1 hour

Country Club Plaza

Lunch

Enjoy lunch on the Country Club Plaza. With its Spanish architecture, numerous sculptures and fountains, it is as much an outdoor museum as it is a shopping and dining destination. 14 square blocks of shopping, restaurants and theatre.

Money Museum

Money Museum

Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Money Museum – a billion dollar experience! Free and open to the public, the Money Museum offers guests the opportunity to watch millions of dollars in currency be processed, lift a gold bar worth nearly $400,000 and enjoy fun, interactive exhibits while learning about the economy. Visitors can enjoy a 450-piece collection of coins minted under each U.S. President, on loan from the Harry S. Truman Library. All guests will receive a free souvenir bag of shredded U.S. currency. Adjacent to the Liberty Memorial, the Money Museum is located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City headquarters building at 1 Memorial Drive. The Money Museum offers both walk-in and guided tour experiences. Parking and the attraction are free. Upon arrival, all guests will undergo a security screening and those over 18 are required to show a valid photo I.D. >> Allow: 1 hour

Arabia Steamboat Museum (Performance Venue)

Tour one of Kansas City’s most popular attractions for students. Largest pre-civil war display of memorabilia in the world! The Arabia Steamboat Museum received coverage by ABC, CBS, NBC, The Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest and is featured in a segment on the Discovery Channel. This is truly a “You have to see it to believe it”. This is the largest pre-civil war display of memorabilia in the world, over 200 tons of artifacts was recovered. Optional: The opportunity to clean an actual artifact from the Arabia. Members of the group will clean an iron artifact using dental scrapers and a hammer and chisel. They will also fill out a documentation sheet, so that the artifact can be added to the display. >> Allow: 1-1/2 hour tour only

Enjoy a show at New Theatre Restaurant

An Evening at The New Theatre Restaurant

Students are sure to enjoy a visit to the New Theatre Restaurant (NTR) as they explore the sights and sounds of Kansas City. The Wall Street Journal calls NTR “The best dinner theatre operation in the country”. Enjoy a delicious student friendly buffet, along with a great comedy or musical starring TV legends such as George Wendt and Judge Reinhold. New Theatre Restaurant offers the Student Outreach program to school groups who attend a performance. Directly after the show, students spend time with the Stage Manager and members of the cast for a question and answer session. >> Allow: 3-1/2 hours

Day Two

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel or restuarnt of choice, it's time to hit the town and see the sights!

Liberty Memorial

National WWI Museum (Performance Venue)

The National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today. Our Museum tells the story of the period through the eyes of those who lived it and we provide teachers and students a unique opportunity to study “The Great War”. This historical and cutting edge campus uses highly-interactive technology to bring history to life and to foster discussions on ethics, values and conflict resolution. >> Allow: 2 hours

Outside of Crown Center

Lunch

Enjoy lunch in Crown Center. 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. Since Union Station is close by, you could also visit the historic train station, and then head to a later lunch. >> Allow:2 hours

Union Station Fountain

Union Station (Performance Venue)

Union Station is the ultimate trip destination for all groups. Inside this nearly 100-year-old historic building, groups will enjoy our many attractions, including Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City, fascinating 360-degree movies in the Gottlieb Planetarium, 3-D movies featured in the 5-story, 75-foot wide Regnier Extreme Theater and live stage shows in the City Stage Theater. Other attractions include the Model Rail Experience and world-class traveling exhibits. Union Station also offers a great venue for group performances. (With this itinerary it is suggested time limit of 2 hours)

  • Science City allow: 1 to 1-1/2 hour
  • Discovery Areas allow:  2 hours
  • Extreme Screen Theatre allow:  1 hour
  • Planetarium allow:  1 to 1-1/2 hour
  • Scavenger Hunts allow:  2 hours (Scavenger Hunts are also available for our traveling exhibits. Please contact us for more information regarding this fun and unique option.)

Active Adventures in KC_College Basketball Experience

College Basketball Experience - National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 

The CBE educates and entertains fans and visitors through highly interactive exhibits that test basketball skill level and knowledge. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and magnetic energy of men’s collegiate basketball! No matter your age or skill level, there is something for everyone at the CBE! The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is a Kansas City treasure! It gives you the opportunity to explore into college basketball’s long and storied history as it honors the greatest coaches, players and teams of all time. Wander through the greats and legends of the game and be inspired! >> Allow: Minimum of 2 hours

Faulkner's Ranch

An Evening at Faulkner's Ranch Event Facility

Tonight jeans, boots and cowboy hats are optional, fun is not...it is guaranteed. Your own private ranch party complete with mechanical bull riding, hayrides, roller roping, cow milking contest, boot scootin’ with the Ranch-J entertainer, and some great grub. Bring cameras! >> Allow: 2-1/2 to 3 hours

Additional Tour Options

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

Crown Center

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 Polar Bear Exhibit

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 - Rollercoaster

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

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

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. 

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