By the time mid-summer rolls around, kids in Kansas City are sick of playing in the yard, have been to the pool a zillion times and are begging mom to take them some place fun. Here are the Top Free (or almost free) Things to do with Kids in Kansas City.
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.
- Location: 135th and Switzer, OP.
- Hours:9 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 30-Sept 3rd (hours vary throughout the year, check website for details).
- Phone: 913. 897-2360
2. KaleidoscopeKaleidoscope 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.
- Location:Crown Center
- Hours: Independent sessions (ages 5-12) and family sessions are offered throughout the week, check the website for details.
- Ticket Info: Free tickets are available at 9:30 each morning in the Kaleidoscope lobby at Crown Center.
- Location: 4525 Oak, Kansas City
- Hours:10am to 4pm Tues-Thurs; 10am-9pm Friday; 10-5pm Saturday; Noon-5pm Sunday.
Call 816-881-2683 for more information.
- Location: 8701 E. Gregory Blvd.
- Hours: 9 am to dark every day. The Nature Center is open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday.
- Cost: The Center is free, but small donations are excepted.
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 2nd-August 13th. Admission is free, and the movies begin at around 9pm. Concessions are also available.
Location: 60th and Waukomis in the Line Creek Park Area (Northland)
Hours: Sat 10-6; Sunday 12-6
Cost: $.50 per ride
9. Lakeside Nature CenterAt 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.
Location: 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., (Swope Park) Kansas City, 816-513-8960
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Mondays.
Location: 4800 Main - 3rd Floor, Kansas City, MO.
Tours: By appointment, 9am or 12:45pm, Mon-Friday
call 816-753-7500 for info.