The Best of the Best: Kansas City Entertainment

Rainy day adventures, axe throwing therapy, hipster hangs and finding your place of Zen because the best entertainment is never one size fits all.

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Best TV Channel That Won’t Induce Mom Guilt


KCPT Kids This 24-hour kid’s channel from the local PBS station, KCPT is celebrating its first year of broadcasting educational-only children’s programming with zero commercials. The shows range from classic PBS shows such as “Sesame Street” to newer programs like “Super Why!” KCPT Kids also showcases local stories for kids by kids and holds the annual KCPT PBS Kids Writers Contest.

Best Place to Relive Your Childhood Without Shame


LEGOLAND Discovery Center LEGOLAND’s “Adult Night” caters to the kid in all of us. Most especially those who secretly play with Legos after their little-ones go to bed or 30 somethings that still cherish the plastic building blocks. With themed games, refreshments and the chance to win prizes, the adult Lego night has elevated the “Gee, why can’t I be a kid again” experience. For adults who want to feel really extra, there are frequent costume nights because apparently, you’re never too old to play with Legos while dressed as your favorite superhero.

Best Stress Reliever


Blade & Timber Paul Bunyan was almost certainly a mellowed-out guy, probably because he spent much of his time driving an ax through a tree trunk. At Blade & Timber, you can do the same by throwing axes at a target in a similar style to throwing darts. Break out your competitive edge, too, by going with a group of friends or co-workers.


Blade and Trimmer

photo courtesy blade and trimmer 

Best Outdoor Pool


SpringS Aquatic Center 

It takes almost a million gallons of water to make this much fun. The pool has a zero-depth entry area, a lazy river, two water slides that dump you off into a plunge pool and a vortex that kids like to call the toilet bowl for its nonstop swirling action. (Pro tip — Hold on to your two-piece.) Add a spray park for younger children, and you’ve got a pool that makes you feel like you’re on vacay.

Best Place To Take Your Kids On A Rainy Day


Union Station With Science City, the largest movie screen in the metro, the trains and the rotating mega exhibits, Union Station is a one-stop destination for super-sized family-fun. The current exhibit, "Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America" with 26 animatronic, life-sized dinosaurs is a must-see for any dino-lover in your family who craves getting a little one-on-one time with a 20-foot T-Rex.