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.