The city is brimming with exciting places designed to cultivate a sense of wonder and discovery for inquisitive toddlers and preschoolers.
One of the most popular spots in town is Kaleidoscope, a free, hands-on art center for children.. Located at Crown Center and sponsored by Hallmark Cards, Kaleidoscope offers a unique multi-sensory, artistic environment where kids can design, cut, glue and decorate either on their own or with a little help from their grown-up, in the end taking home their own special works of art.
The magic of puppetry takes center stage at the Stone Lion Puppet Theatre. Their original, full-scale productions incorporate multiple puppetry styles, including rod and shadow puppets, marionettes and more. In addition to performances at their theater, they also travel to numerous indoor and outdoor venues and events around town.
For adventures in nature, visit the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Situated at Kauffman Legacy Park, this family and environmentally friendly facility highlights wetlands, wildlife and 10 acres of gardens, smack dab in the middle of the city.
Play like Dr. Doolittle and talk to the animals at the Kansas City Zoo. Encompassing 200-plus acres, you’ll find more than 1,700 diverse creatures from Africa, Australia and Asia. Attractions here include a penguin plaza, tiger trail exhibit, KidZone, polar bear passage and an African Sky Safari, among many others.
More al fresco escapades can be found at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, with conservation area trails, pole fishing, petting zoos and more. At Lakeside Nature Center, one of Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities, the kids can travel along the scenic trails to explore the native flora and fauna. Inside, hands-on exhibits and ongoing educational programming emphasize native Missouri wildlife and local conservation projects.
Play along with everyone's favorite beagle at Planet Snoopy in Worlds of Fun, featuring more than 20 rides, shows and attractions devoted to pint-sized play, plus daily meet-and-greet opportunities with Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.