Summer Fun in Kansas City



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MUSEUMS (because air conditioning is a very good thing)

 

Learn About World War I

Exterior of National World War I Museum

 

Ranked as one the best museums in the country, the National World War I Museum and Memorial rivals the Smithsonian in engagement and experience. The museum has more than a 100,000 objects and documents from World War I. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children 6 –18. Children under 6 are free. theworldwar.org


Be Presidential

Replica of the Oval Office During Truman Presidency

 

If you’ve never been to a Presidential library, Harry Truman’s is a great place to start. It’s not overwhelming in size and gives you a palatable feeling of what it must feel like to be President. bonus: getting a picture of a replica of the oval office during Truman’s Presidency. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 15. Children 5 and under are free. trumanlibrary.org


Become a “Junior Wildlife Rescue Ranger”

Sealife Aquarium

 

Learn about sea turtles and their perilous journey to the ocean in Sealife’s new race to the ocean exhibit. You can also take in the other aquarium attractions like meeting a Humphead Wrasse. Admission starts at $15 for adults (13+) and $12 for children if purchased online. visitsealife.com


Indulge Your Lego Mania 

Union Station Lego Replica

 

At the Legoland Discovery Center, come for the amazing exhibits (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen downtown KC in Lego form.) And stay for the 4-D Lego movie experience with wind, rain and snow effects. Ticket prices begin at $15. kansascitylegolanddiscoverycenter.com


Discover Buried Treasure

Arabia Steamboat Museum

 

A sunken steamboat full of 200 tons of “mystery” cargo that lay buried in the Missouri muck for more than a century — why it’s enough to bring out your inner treasure hunter. No need to bring a shovel because the Arabia Steamboat Museum has already done all the heavy lifting for you. This museum is part treasure hunters dream and part time-travel to life in 1856 Kansas City. Admission is $14.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 4 to 14. Children under four are free. 1856.com


Get Up Close and Personal With $3.7 Million 

The Money Museum at The Federal Reserve Bank

 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City processes almost $4 million a day in cold hard cash and coin. The Money Museum gives you an up-close look at the process. This summer there’s even a “pop up tour” which will allow you to journey to the cash processing and vault viewing area. Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to bench press a real gold bar. Admission is free. kansascityfed.org/moneymuseum


Become an Amateur Paleontologist

Museum at Prairiefire

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if you’re all about getting the 411 on dinosaurs, the Museum at Prairiefire is the place for you. Their summer exhibit called “Modern Dinosaur?” will have you exploring full-size dinosaur skeletons, scientific instruments and other items that will leave you feeling like you could be in the next “jurassic park” sequel. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. museumatpf.org


Sink a Three Pointer 

College Basketball Experience

 

Rebound, beat the clock, make a game-winning point while the c-r-o-w-d-g-o-e-s-w-i-l-d — It’s all part of the college basketball experience’s “Slam Dunk Summer.” This interactive sports extravaganza also houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and is a great way to make you feel like you’re a big shot on the court. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for children 4 to 17 and free to children under 3. collegebasketballexperience.com


Time Travel to What a Play Date Looked Like More Than a Century Ago

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

 

From doll houses so intricate they’re more works of art than child’s play — to toy trains and airplanes that your Great, Great-Grandfather might have loved, The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures is a cornucopia of delight. The Museum features one of the largest antique toy collections in the country. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up and free for children 4 and under. toyandminiaturemuseum.org


Deep Dive Into Baseball Greatness

Negro League Baseball Museum

 

Discover the pioneers of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Stroll through the field of legends while exploring the history of African-American baseball. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is an immersive experience that takes you through the 1860's to 1960's while intertwining American history with the story of segregated baseball. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12 and free to children 4 and under. nlbm.com