11 Things to do in Kansas City with kids | b.e.happe

Are you looking for exciting things to do in Kansas City with your family? You’ve come to the right place! From science centers to zoos and nature trails, Kansas City is full of amazing activities that are sure to keep your children entertained.

Read on for a list of some of the best places to explore and discover with your family while in the Kansas City area.

Science City

Located in Union Station, Science City offers hands-on educational opportunities for children of all ages in the family. It has 14 interactive exhibits featuring a range of topics, from robotics to chemistry. Admission includes access to the planetarium and check the calendar as there are special events throughout the year. Our family of 5 had a great homeschool learning day at Science City.


Union Station

This historic landmark was once a prominent train station but now serves as an entertainment complex featuring shopping outlets, restaurants, movie theaters and much more! As mentioned above, Union Station also has interactive exhibits like Science City or Planetariums where you can learn about outer space with your family which makes it a great stop especially if you are a homeschool family.

Rose Children's Farmstead

So much fun was had by the entire family at this Kansas City destination. This petting farm located at Wyandotte County Park offers an opportunity for children to interact with a variety of animals such as alpacas, miniature horses, goats, sheep, chickens and more. The farm also has a playground area and picnic spots so you can pack a lunch for the family and make a day out of it. 

KC Zoo

If you are looking for something more wild than Rose Children's Farmstead, then check out the KC Zoo! Here you can find over 200 species of animals from around the world. The zoo also hosts many educational programs and activities throughout the year so be sure to check the calendar or website for upcoming events!

Lego Land + Sea Life

This is one destination that will definitely keep your all the kids in the family entertained all day! We started the morning at Lego Land (indoor facility) and then hopped over the Sea Like aquarium which is right next door. The aquarium houses over 6500 marine creatures including sharks, seahorses and octopuses which were spectacular to see!

Lakeside Nature Center

A great place for outdoor exploration with the family while in Kansas City is Lakeside Nature Center located in Swope Park. Here you can find trails winding through forests and wetlands where you can spot wildlife like deer or foxes! The center offers educational programs like bird watching workshops or archery lessons for those interested in learning more about nature or looking for a great day out in the city for homeschool.

Swope Park

Swope Park, as mentioned above offers plenty of hiking trails as well as two lakes where families can rent boats or kayaks if they wish! Our kiddos always have a football or soccer ball in the trunk so we grabbed a ball and played on the sports field.

Johnson County Museum

If your kids love history then this should be on top of your list! The museum has six galleries displaying artifacts from Native American culture up until World War II making it an excellent way to learn about local history in Kansas City. This is another great option if you are looking for a homeschool opportunity in Kansas City with the family. 

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Another great homeschool stop is the historical site is Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. Here you and the family can experience life in 1860s Kansas city by taking part in activities such as wagon rides or blacksmithing demonstrations. They even have live animals like cows or pigs that the kiddos can feed!

Yaya’s Alpaca Farm

If you and the kids want to take a little trip south towards Gardner, Kansas where Yaya’s Alpaca Farm is. This farm has dozens of alpacas roaming freely around its grounds ready for kids (and adults!) to observe, learn about and take pictures with them!

Money Museum

Last but not least is the Money Museum located at Federal Reserve Bank in Downtown KC. This museum is also a great homeschool learning opportunity as the museum provides insight into how money works while providing interactive displays showing off different currencies from around world using 3D holograms!.

All of the exploring in Kansas city with your family will make you hungry. Most of the days that we are exploring I pack lunches for the family, but here are some of the restaurants that we did try while in KC.


Our favorite family-friendly restaurants that we enjoyed during our family trip to Kansas City:

BRGR Kitchen + Bar

Char Bar

Waldo Pizza


Fritz's Railroad Restuarant

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza

Jack Stack BBQ


Kansas City is one of our families favorite stops in the Midwest. This city is definitely packed full activities suitable for families no matter what their interests may be! Whether its learning about history at Union Station or exploring nature at Lakeside Nature Center there’s something here everyone will enjoy; plan ahead make sure everyone gets maximum out their experience!. So what are waiting? Pack up car let adventures begin!.