Florida, Texas, Gulf Shores—Kansas City? This vibrant city might not be next to a beach, but don’t be fooled—there’s plenty of family-friendly spring break fun to experience in KC. To help you plan your trip, try a sample spring break trip itinerary in the City of Fountains, complete with themed days that will keep your kids entertained with plenty of fun for parents, too.

Day 1: Let’s Get Creative

It’s no surprise that Hallmark Cards is the brains behind Kaleidoscope, a magical art studio that lets kids explore the power of what’s possible. Using leftover materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes, kids can let their creativity flow with drawings using fluorescent markers and melted crayons, puzzles they design and cut themselves and much, much more.

Once their masterpieces are complete, head to the nearby Legoland Discovery Center, home to more than 2 million Lego bricks! Take a Lego factory tour and see for yourself how Lego bricks get their shapes and colors. Head next door to Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium, an amazing world teeming with underwater life—more than 5,000 sea creatures, to be exact.

Break for a snack at Crown Center’s Chip’s Chocolate Factory and sample treats while chocolate makers work their magic. Then it’s off to the theater—the Coterie Theatre, that is. Time called it one of the five best theaters for young audiences thanks to engaging, entertaining performances that capture the imaginations of kids of all ages.

Day 2: The Great Outdoors

There’s no better way to celebrate beautiful spring weather than with a day outside, and hardly a better place to go than the Kansas City Zoo, one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in the city. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic animals, including chimpanzees, orangutans, penguins, a polar bear and 1,700 other creatures of all shapes and sizes. Don’t leave without a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel and a trip through Billy Goats Gruff (a new exhibit open in late March 2017).

Once you’ve walked on the wild side, head to Worlds of Fun for all-ages thrills and excitement. The amusement park opens for the 2017 season on April 14, so plan accordingly. Planet Snoopy is a great bet for your pint-sized travelers—they’ll get plenty of rides, laughs and fun in this kid-friendly retreat. Hit the specified height requirements for adrenaline-pumping rides like Mamba, one of the tallest, longest and fastest roller coasters in the U.S.; Prowler, a white-knuckle wooden roller coaster; or new additions like Mustang Runner and Falcon’s Flight.

If you feel like traveling back in time, head to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, open for the season on April 1, which depicts life on a turn-of-the-century family farm. The Farmstead is home to animals, birds of prey, vegetable and flower gardens, a one-room country schoolhouse, a fishing pond and more. Be sure to swing by Alex & Emily’s Ice Cream Parlor for a sweet treat and pick up a nostalgic souvenir at Vic’s General Store.

Day 3: Sports and Sights

Whether you want to cheer on the Kansas City Royals at The K, follow the fast-paced MLS action of Sporting Kansas City or go wild during March in the College Basketball Capital of America, there’s no shortage of sports in KC. And if your trip falls after college basketball has concluded for the season, don’t fret. Instead, head to The College Basketball Experience, part museum, part interactive adventure and a whole lot of fun. Step behind the sports anchor desk at Call the Highlights, see if you can sink a shot from “dooooooowntown” or star in your own highlight reel with a signature slam dunk.

After you and your family have worked up an appetite, stop at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, a local favorite. Place your order by phone and watch as a model train brings your food to your table. Your kiddos won’t just leave with full bellies—they’ll also get conductor hats as souvenirs.

Other notable stops include majestic landmark Union Station, which provides a full day of fun. Tour Science City and explore the power of science through several interactive exhibits. Grab your mobile device and download the free Living History app, which guides you around Union Station to experience 10 historic moments. The exhibit uses augmented reality, which means your kids can walk through the scene while you snap photos on your phone.

If you have time for one last photo op, head to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The iconic shuttlecocks on the museum’s lawn make the perfect backdrop for your family portrait. And speaking of photos—feel free to tag your pics with #instakc before you share them to your favorite social networks.

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