There’s nothing like feeling in the middle of it all, so we’ve organized an itinerary that starts in Kansas City’s center.
The College Basketball Experience
“Warning! This is not a museum. You may sweat.” That’s the caution for those entering the interactive College Basketball Experience, which houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Get on the court with hoop-shooting activity stations, like a chance to shoot from 3-point range or show off your mad dunking skills. Meanwhile, the future broadcast majors in the family can try a hand at sports announcing behind the ESPNU Desk. Even if basketball isn’t your future collegian’s game of choice, a glimpse into the history and development of the sport help explain why basketball is such an integral part of many college communities.
Region: Power & Light District
True, you may have pulled your kids away from screen time to hit the city, but Screenland offers the best of all worlds. With vintage games set out arcade-style, the younger ones can play while the of-age adults enjoy cocktails at the bar. When the quarters run out—it’s true, the games are only a quarter—there’s also a full restaurant while waiting for your movie of choice. Screenland is open every day but note that on Fridays and Saturdays after 9 p.m. the age requirement shifts to 18+.
Region: Crossroads and North Kansas City
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
It won’t feel like another day in history class at the nation’s only WWI museum when the period comes to life through exhibitions and artifacts. Before heading over to the museum for a tour, download for the family the iPad app War Horse, which features the stories behind the acclaimed novel as well as interactive features and a peek at the museum’s collection. Check the site for extended summer hours.
Region: Crown Center District
The original location of this locally-owned and operated pizza joint sits just next to the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s campus, and is often abuzz with students as well as families. You can catch an occasional impromptu jam session from students in the renowned UMKC music program on the outdoor patio, and it’s an informal way to start thinking about impending university life. Plus, it’s pizza.
Region: Brookside/South Plaza, with a second location in Fairway