We were seeing double during our visit to one of the 10 kid friendly attractions in Kansas City.

10 Kid Friendly Indoor Attractions In Kansas City

Kansas City has an average of 100 rainy days per year. That may not sound like a lot, unless you have kids (or grandkids). What’s a parent (or grandparent) to do when the weather doesn’t cooperate for an outdoor activity? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of 10 kid friendly indoor attractions in Kansas City. While most have an admission cost, some are FREE or low-cost. All of them are designed to elicit smiles and entertain all ages. Please note that the admission costs were current for February 2024, so doublecheck the websites before heading out.

The National Toy & Miniature Museum will amaze you.

Toy & Miniature Museum

Let’s start with an attraction that blew us away. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures may be a mouthful to say, but it’s not just the name that will leave you speechless. The first floor is filled with tiny replicas of just about anything you can imagine. The details are best seen with the magnifying glasses that the museum provides. Be sure to head to the second floor to check out their collection of toys from throughout the ages. You’re sure to spot some that you played with as a child. Location: 5235 Oak Street – Admission: Adults $8 and Children $5

The Money Museum teaches visitors all about the currency we use every day.

Money Museum

How about visiting an attraction that pays you to come indoors? The Money Museum is located at the Federal Reserve Building and is a great place to learn about our currency. Kids of all ages can try to lift a gold bar and see how much it’s worth. You’ll learn about inflation and counterfeiting through interactive exhibits. Before you leave, pick up a bag of shredded currency to take as a souvenir. Be sure to bring an I.D., since you’ll have to pass through airport level security. Location: 1 Memorial Drive – Admission: FREE
The Museum of Illusions offers insight into forced perspective.

Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions KC proves that not everything is what it seems. This Union Station attraction unfolds the mystery of forced perspective. Become a bodiless head with the aid of mirrors. Be sure to bring a camera or phone to capture some incredible selfie opportunities. The staff has marked the best viewing spots to help maximize your experience. Location: Inside Union Station – Admission: Adults $15 and Children $10 

Science City has a long history of being a kid friendly indoor attraction in Kansas City.

Science City

Our list of kid friendly indoor attractions would be incomplete without mentioning Science City. This place has been a Kansas City favorite for more than two decades. Loaded with a dizzying array of activities, you’ll want to plan plenty of time for your visit. While the grandkids enjoy this place, I believe Crystal and I are two of the biggest kids in the place. Wear your comfortable shoes and don’t be afraid to join in on the fun. Location: Inside Union Station – Admission: Adults and Children $16.50

We enjoyed seeing Sea Life in the heart of the Midwest.

Sea Life

Living in the landlocked Midwest, it’s not often we get to view sea creatures. This changed when they opened Sea Life Kansas City. These days we are just a short drive from petting starfish. Watching the variety of fish swimming through the tanks is mesmerizing and we could do it for hours. After your visit be sure to stop by Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant for a meal delivered by a train. Location: Inside Crown Center – Admission: Adults and Children $19.99

Prehistoric Putt offers unique challenges as a kid friendly indoor attraction.

Prehistoric Golf

The newest of the 10 kid friendly indoor attractions in Kansas City has to be Prehistoric Putt. We are huge fans of mini-golf, so we couldn’t wait to challenge the grandkids to a round. Each hole presents unique obstacles that force players to get creative. I never expected to be ziplining during a round of golf but once we did, we wanted to do it over and over again. We don’t know who won (we don’t keep score) but everyone had a blast. Location: 13907 E. US Hwy 40 – Admission: Adults $10 and Children $6 per round

The Nelson-Atkins Museum features all types of art.

Nelson Museum

Looking to add a little culture to your day? Why not plan an outing to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This world class museum is filled with amazing exhibits. Whether you’re a fan of modern art or prefer the classics, you’ll find plenty of examples. Keep an eye on their calendar of events to add another level of fun to your visit. This place has been a family favorite for decades. If the weather allows, step outside to check out their outdoor art walk. Location: 4525 Oak Street – Admission: FREE

The Kemper Museum is a kid friendly indoor attraction in Kansas City.

Kemper Museum

If you’re looking for even more art, hop over to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. This place focuses on engaging the younger crowd with interesting events. We love that they have plenty of revolving exhibits, so every visit is fresh and new. Location: 4420 Warwick Boulevard – Admission: FREE

Museum at Prairiefire is one of the newest places in Kansas City to learn about history.

Prairiefire

We love museums and Kansas City is home to some amazing ones. One of the newest arrivals is Museum at Prairiefire. Approaching from the west, our first view was the dichroic glass exterior that shows as a different color on the inside. This museum focuses on S.T.E.A.M. education so be prepared for lots of hands-on activities. From dinosaurs (my favorite) to outer space, this place covers it all. Location: 5801 W. 135th Street – Admission: Adults and Children $5

A visit to Scheels offers a low-cost outing that kids will enjoy.

Scheels

You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy a visit to Scheels. A cold winter day was the perfect setting for a visit with our grandkids. After viewing their array of taxidermized animals, we turned our attention to the indoor Ferris wheel. Afterwards, we discovered the mini-bowling and shooting gallery. Our visit turned even sweeter with a stop at their fudge shop. Location: 6503 W. 135th Street – Admission: FREE but some activities have fees

The authors enjoy many kid friendly indoor attractions wherever they go.

Enjoy KC's Kid Friendly Indoor Attractions

Whether you are just visiting Kansas City or you’re a lifelong resident, you’ll find plenty of all-ages activities. We love exploring these with our grandkids but just as often it’s just the two of us. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and join in the fun. Age is just a number and we find that being playful helps keep our spirits young. We hope you feel the same way and will give a few of these spots a visit. Have fun!

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