Student groups will find that this energetic city is safe and affordable. The city’s hotel rates, food costs and admission prices are some of the most competitive in the nation. Plus, many of the city’s tours are free. However, student pricing is subject to change, so it is advised to confirm with each attraction before your visit.
Fun and Educational
Students can work on the restoration and documentation of actual artifacts from a sunken 1856 steamboat.
Tailored for grades 1-12, the Nelson’s long list of thematic tours are designed to expand classroom lessons, linking to such subjects as English, American history and foreign language.
Students sharpen their critical thinking skills inside the White House Decision Center, stepping into the roles of President Truman and his advisers to face real-life historical decisions.
Fusing together aviation and culture, this museum lets students experience the flavor of an age gone by. Specifically geared toward grades 7–12.
A hit with kids and kids-at-heart, this 1911 mansion is filled with antique toys, dollhouses, marbles and one of the country’s most impressive displays of fine scale miniatures.
Popular Places to Perform
In addition to the learning experiences at Science City, student groups have several performance opportunities at the nation’s second-largest working train station.
The largest theater of its kind, Starlight offers behind-the-scenes tours and performance opportunities on the Spotlight Square Community Stage.
With big-name shops, a unique outdoor stage and a nostalgic downtown setting, this lifestyle center has become a perennial favorite.
And All That Jazz
Connected to the American Jazz Museum, The Blue Room is recognized as one of the world’s best jazz clubs by Downbeat magazine. The facility is a great place for students to hear fierce jazz sets from Kansas City’s best musicians.
Another favorite jazz joint is The Phoenix Jazz Club. Housed in a historic building constructed in 1888, the Phoenix is a great venue for students to hear authentic Kansas City jazz.