Kansas City is the third-largest city in the state of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the “Unified Government”. Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
Activities to do in Kansas City
- Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Those young and old love to play on the lawn among the Shuttlecocks and the huge sculpture garden at the Nelson-Atkins. Head inside to enjoy a blast of cool air and explore the miles of galleries, collections and exhibits.
- Free Friday Night Flicks at Crown Center
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to the Free Friday Night Flicks at Crown Center. Films will be shown on the huge outdoor screen on the Crown Center Square located across from the Crown Center Shops July 8th-August 5th. Admission is free, and the movies begin at around 9pm. Food Truck snacks are also available
- Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a great place to go with children of all ages, any time of year. The 12-acre park has farm animals, beautiful gardens, a country schoolhouse, fishing pond, horse drawn wagon rides and pony rides and much more. Admission is $2 per person.
Kaleidoscope is the brain child of Hallmark Cards’ Don Hall, who dreamt of a place where kids could “explore, create, imagine and do”. The magical atmosphere allows you and your kids to create art from left over Hallmark materials. Sessions last 40m.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank is truly an experience–and it’s free and open to the public. It’s here you’ll watch millions of dollars in currency being processed at KC’s Federal Reserve Bank and see an impressive collection of coins. Walk-in and guided tours are available and all guests undergo a security screening. If you are over 18, you’ll need to bring your ID.
- William M. Klein Park
The William M. Klein Park (formerly the Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center) has over 35 sprawling acres of wildlife and native plants coupled with walking trails, wildlife habitat pond and a small cave for kids of all ages to explore. Amazingly enough, it’s even located smack dab in the middle of the city.
- Kansas City Northern Railroad
The Kansas City Northern Railroad is the perfect place for kids who love trains. The restored minature trains choo-choo around a half-mile track to the joy of all those riding. The train is open on weekends from the 1st week in May to the last weekend in September.
- Go to One of KC’s Best Parks
Kids everywhere love parks–and the best thing about them..they’re FREE!!! Kansas City is known for its beautiful parks with sprawling spaces with everything from swings and slides to hiking trails, lakes and places to picnic. Here are About.com Kansas City’s Top 10 Parks in the Kansas City Metro–so grab the kids and go
- Lakeside Nature Center
At the Lakeside Nature Center–children of all ages are encouraged to explore nature and their surroundings. It’s here that kids will get to explore Missouri wildlife hands-on by touching everything from snakeskin’s to feathers of native wildlife–and much more. Lakeside is Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation center and children will enjoy seeing all the animals–most of which are returned to the wild.
If your family is into wine or beer
Yes, there are wineries in the Kansas City metro. And I encourage you all to try them out. It’s a great way to experience wine tasting and who knows, you may just find a new favorite.
And I’m pretty sure I’ve only scratched the surface because I didn’t even talk about shopping, quality services rendered or eating (like Oklahoma Joes). Kansas is the best place you ever want to be.
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