Touring cities with children can be as much a joy as it is a tough task. Keeping attention and finding the right things to do is vital. However, their inquisitive nature and the age-old idiom about them saying the darnedest things is far from false, making them excellent traveling companions. In Kansas City, you’ll find a destination full of kid-friendly sights, sounds and tastes, perfect for filling a day of fun and adventure.

Guide your experience with this itinerary for kids in KC:

Morning – Plaza Exploration

JC Nichols Fountain on the Plaza in Kansas City

The Country Club Plaza’s many attractions call for exploration both indoors and outdoors.

Donutology in Westport of Kansas City

Donutology

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Before hitting The Plaza, start the morning in Westport with breakfast or a treat at this unique shop, where children can customize miniature donut holes by choosing from more than 40,000 flavor combinations.

National Toy & Miniature Museum

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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Interactive and traveling exhibits will wow kids thanks to the world’s largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures.

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Fountain Exploring

Fountain Exploring on the Plaza: KC isn’t nicknamed the City of Fountains for nothing. Track down some of the most memorable spouts in Kansas City at The Plaza for a fun way to get fresh air and exercise (and burn off some of the energy from the donuts).

Noon – Crown Center Discovery

Kaleidoscope at Crown Center in Kansas City

Full afternoons can be spent with kids at the Kansas City Zoo and Worlds of Fun. But if you’re looking to bop around place to place, the Crown Center District has what you need.

Kaleidoscope at Crown Center

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Young ones (ages 5-12) will love exploring their creative side in this imaginative environment in Crown Center. Provided by Hallmark Cards, this totally free studio environment lets kids create puzzles, draw stories, color animals and more, all fostering everyone’s inner artist.

Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

Lunch

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza: Fun-sized pizzas and Italian-style gelato make Spin! great for kids. Plus, the restaurant serves salads and wine, meaning parents can take a momentary break on the day’s activities, if desired.

Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant: Burgers, fries and more arrive on model trains. No additional explanation necessary.

SEA LIFE - Kansas City

LEGOLAND Discovery Center/SEA Life Kansas City Aquarium:

Both of these experiences transport kids into worlds of wonder—one filled with more than 2 million LEGO bricks and the other with more than 5,000 exotic sea creatures.

The Coterie Theatre

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Young audiences love this treasured theatre, which presents shows featuring favorite cartoon characters, timeless children’s tales and more to help get kids thinking about the world around them.

Science City at Union Station

Science City at Union Station

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Explore the power of science through several interactive exhibits at this Union Station destination. Stargaze in the planetarium, explore the chemistry of cooking in the test kitchen and unearth dinosaur secrets in the Dino Lab and Dig Site, among many other interactive exhibits.

Insider Tip: Catch a fudge demonstration at Chip’s Chocolate Factory to really wow your little ones.

Night – Fun Across the Border

Legends Outlets in Kansas City Kansas

Chances are that kids will be so exhausted after a full day of activities that dinner will be all that’s on their mind. Thankfully, a quick drive (with a pit stop on the way) can remedy that.

Moon Marble in Bonner Springs Kansas

Moon Marble Company

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Discover treasure troves of marbles of all shapes, sizes and colors—and head home with additions to your very own collection.

T-Rex Cafe at the Legends in Kansas City

T-Rex Café

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Dine amongst dinosaurs and get photo evidence to prove it at this adventurous dinner spot at Legends Outlets in Village West.

Sheridan’s Frozen Custard

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A long day out deserves one final treat. Grab some frozen custard at a local, family owned and operated business that offers dozens of delicious toppings that any kid will love

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