Family-Friendly Spring Break Fun Awaits in Kansas City
Exotic animals to hand-crafted fudge made right before your eyes, there’s plenty of family-friendly spring break fun to experience in KC. To help you plan, try a sample trip itinerary in the City of Fountains.
Day 1: 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 more.
Once their masterpieces are complete, head to the nearby Legoland Discovery Center, home to more than 2 million Lego bricks. 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 has 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
Celebrate beautiful spring weather than with a day outside at 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.
Head to Worlds of Fun for all-ages thrills and excitement. 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.
If you feel like traveling back in time, head to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Between a brisk morning hike in the wilderness and an afternoon on the patio with a cold drink in your hands, your days are filled with heading from one adventure to the next, or simply doing nothing at all—and loving every minute of it. It’s springtime in KC.