With the holidays behind us, and a resolution to get out and enjoy all that KC has to offer with our kids, I am on the hunt for a few free (or nearly free) activities to include on our to-do list…as long as they’re still fun! In addition to making the best use of our PogoPass, which we are loving, here are a few KC places we’re looking forward to checking out in the upcoming weeks:
- A day at Crown Center, for a fun, hands-on window shopping experience at Crayola Kansas City, Toy Time, and of course, watching the fudge maker at Chip’s Chocolate Factory. After that, we’ll head across the street for some free creative time at Kaleidoscope, followed by a stop into the Hallmark Visitors Center, where highlights include the bow-making machine and sometimes a free gift when we leave.
- Just down the street from Crown Center is The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This kid-friendly museum offers interactive exhibits, millions of dollars in the region’s cash vault, and a chance to design your own digital currency, complete with a photo of yourself on it!
- Sometimes the fun lies in the getting there, and the KC Streetcar is no exception. This fun and free transportation lets you explore Downtown KC with stops running from Union Station (another fun place to explore for free) through the Crossroads, Power & Light District and ending at the River Market.
- The Kansas City Public Library’s Central Library is another key item on the list. With its rooms full of interesting exhibits to explore and fantastic children’s section, complete with cozy nooks for reading to your little ones, it’s the place to be. If the weather is warm enough, we also love to play a game of life-sized chess on the rooftop! And don’t forget about the rest of KC’s amazing local libraries: full of great books and tons of kid-focused activities.
- Visit one of KC’s no-charge museums, including The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, or The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to lots of space for roaming, each museum brings art to life for all ages.
- Finally, you can get back to nature with a visit to one of KC’s many area nature centers. Most of them offer interactive exhibits, special classes and outdoor trails for the kids to get out and run. It’s the perfect antidote to being stuck inside during the cold days of winter.
Here’s to a happy wintertime in KC!