Staycation in Downtown KC: 15 Spots Your Family Will Love

If you want to get away from the suburbs, or if you’re looking for a cheap alternative to family vacation…staycations are perfect!

A fun staycation in downtown KC is just what your family needs. 

So, spend a few days exploring some of the incredible opportunities available to your family in the heart of the metro area: Downtown Kansas City.

Kansas City Staycation Guide

15 Staycation Spots in KC: Kansas City’s Downtown Staycation Guide

While many of us would love to get away for a few days of Spring Break, the time off from school seems shorter – Not to mention Spring Break travel gets expensive.

A few days off from school provides the ideal opportunity to take a (very) short road trip to downtown Kansas City to explore the sights and scenes of our city.

Extra Tips:

You can even book a hotel to make it feel a little more like a vacation! Also find things to do in KC, or Day Trips near KC for even more family fun. If you are looking to save $$, explore the Deals, Discount Codes & Money Saving Tips guide for KC. 

Plus, enjoy a family dinner on the CHEAP with these places kids eat free every night of the week in KC!


1. Crown Center

2450 Grand Boulevard

Crown Center is a staple of any KC experience. With exciting events and unique attractions the Center is full of locally owned shops and restaurants – a particular area that is a must during all season, but especially in the warm weather months.

Savings Tip: Check out their website for FREE movies and music on the weekends this summer!


2. Coterie Theater

2450 Grand Boulevard

This non-profit located inside Crown Center is dedicated to providing professional classical and contemporary theatre and serving the community with educational outreach about theatre.

Check their website or call 816-474-6552 for showtimes this Spring and Summer.

FEB 26 -MAR 31 Mr. Popper’s Penguins comes to life. In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box arrives on their doorstep with a penguin inside.

Later in the year, and inspired by music made famous by The Beatles, Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure hits the stage APR 16 – MAY 19th.


3. Science City

30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

Located inside Union Station, Kids of all ages will experience the amazing world of science first-hand through fun and engaging exhibits and programs.

Savings Tip: Be sure to check the events calendar so that when you stop by Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm or on Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm, you’ll get the most bang for your buck by attending the activities that most spark your interest.

Plus, Buy a POGO Pass for $40 & get access to this children’s museum included!


4. LegoLand Discovery Center

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

A fun Crown Center Attraction, LegoLand Discovery Center has more to offer than meets the eye.

From building and testing Lego racers to playing at the Train Station Adventure, your kids will be in Lego heaven – especially if you go during a special exhibit or themed week!
Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

5. Kaleidoscope

2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Kaleidoscope is a place where children and their families are invited to be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own special ideas using Hallmark materials to design unique projects.

Check their online calendar for family art session availability.

Also, make sure stop by the Hallmark Visitor Center where you can see exhibits about the Hall Family and development of Hallmark Cards, as well as some of the past ornament collections and vintage cards.

Savings tip: This activity is FREE for families!


6. College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

The College Basketball Experience is a world class entertainment facility connected to Sprint Center where visitors are invited to honor college basketball legends and learn about the history of the game.

Virtually every skill of the game has an activity station – rebounding, passing, three-point shooting, free throw shooting and more. From informational kiosks to full court-action, if you’re a sports-loving family, this spot could definitely fill an entire day.

Savings Tip: Check out the ticketing page online for group discounts and “day-trip” deals!


7. Sea Life

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

We weren’t kidding when we said Crown Center was a hot spot – Sea Life also calls the Center home. Sea Life Aquarium has tons to do and tons to SEE!

Savings Tip: Take advantage of group discounts and combo rates!


8. City Market

20 E. 5th Street, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO

Whether it is time to relax or time to engage all your senses and experience something old or new, the City Market area is the place to be all year round.

You can eat, pick up local produce, shop or experience a unique event – check out the calendar for things to do on your Staycation!


9. WWI Museum

2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO

The Museum and Memorial is a place where your family can relive an influential time in history. The Museum has lots of different exhibits that are always changing and being updated, plus educational programming provided too.

Hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday, Closed Mondays

Savings tip: The museum offers FREE Hands On History and Storytime At The Museum sessions.


10. Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

Maybe Art is more your group’s thing. The Nelson-Atkins more than just a gallery. It is a location that hosts must-see exhibits, classes for kids & groups of all kinds, and family-friendly events.

Wed: 10am-5pm
Thur: 10am-9pm
Fri: 10am-9pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 10am-5pm
Mon-Tues: CLOSED

Savings tip: Admission to the museum is FREE.


11. National Toys & Miniatures Museum

5235 Oak St, Kansas City, MO

This destination makes our list because it’s actually one of the nation’s largest antique toy collections on public display.

The museum also hosts a variety of events for kids & families – this March, it’s all about marbles!

The Museum will be having Spring Break Marble lesson sessions from MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 — SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, and is hosting a Marble Competition the weekend of the 30th. Beyond March, the museum already has workshops and new exhibits in the works!

Open Daily 10am-4pm
Closed Tuesdays and major holidays


12. Kansas City Ballet

KCYB has multiple family-friendly performances coming this spring that your children would love!

So, take your family to see a show.

Savings tip: Take advantage of group ticket pricing and student discount rates.


13. Visit the Downtown Library

14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO

We know that for kids, the library isn’t always the first thing they want to do when you say “fun activity.”

However, at the Kansas City Public Library, there is always something going on – clubs, film screenings, special events, story time – you name it! Be sure to keep tabs on the event calendar!

Mon-Wed 9:00am-9:00pm
Thu-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Sat 10:00am-5:00pm
Sun 1:00pm-5:00pm

Or, visit your local library! Check out our Library Programs Guide to find the best library programs in your area. 


14. Money Museum

1 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO

The Money Museum provides a walk-in experience filled with exhibits, a Cash Processing and Vault viewing area, and an our audio tour and iPad scavenger hunt are available for use.

Located inside the Crown Center District, it’s walking distance from the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial and Union Station.

We think this spot is a great way for those of all ages to learn about the economy in a hands-on way!

Monday-Friday 9:30am-4pm

Savings tip: Admission is FREE!


15. Kansas City Jazz Museum & Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Grouped together because of their close proximity on 18th & Vine, both places are unique to Kansas City.

The Kansas City Jazz Museum has interactive exhibits that tell the history of America’s classical music. Visitors can listen to jazz performances and tour exhibits that tell the story of Jazz legends.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum visually displays the history of the Negro Leagues from start to finish, while also highlighting the cultural impact the League has on today’s sports. Additionally, visitors will learn about the Civil Rights movement through the context of sports.
Both spots are equally worthy of a vist – plus you’ll definitely walk away having learned something new.


BONUS: Ride the Street Car!

Since all sixteen spots are located downtown, you can ride the free KC Street Car to avoid extra parking costs!


Book a Hotel for an Added “Vaca” Feel

If you want to trick yourself into feeling like your’re on vacation…consider booking a hotel

There are lots of fun, affordable hotels in Kansas City!


Aside from all of these downtown destinations, the metro area is full of tons of other incredible activities to fill your time off.

Plus, there are fun Spring Break Camps to fill the rest of your family’s time off. 

As always, be sure you and your friends sign-up for The Scoop so you can receive our Weekend Planner each week, filled with things to do teach weekend, month and beyond. Never search for things to do or local deals again – we’ve done it all for you!

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