The holidays are behind us, and the bills are rolling in, leaving me on the hunt for a few free (or nearly free) ways to entertain the whole family:
Take a Ride
Sometimes the travel can be as fun as the destination: The KC Streetcar is a special way to explore Downtown KC with stops running from Union Station to the River Market, with lots of fun places to visit in between, including the Kansas City Public Library’s Central Library,where you and the kids can wander and explore interesting exhibits and a fantastic children’s section.
Visit Crown Center
Crown Center is always on our list for inexpensive fun! Enjoy a free maker space-style creative experience at Kaleidoscope, then pop into the Hallmark Visitors Center right next door. Extend the fun by heading over to Crown Center shops, for a visit to Fairy Tale Village (Feb. 8- May 3, 2020). Finish it off by watching them make fudge at Chip’s Chocolate Factory, or testing out the products at the Crayola store.
Show Me the Money
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has interactive exhibits, millions of dollars in the region’s cash vault to check out, a chance to design your own digital currency, and a bag of shredded bills to take home.
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.
Get Back to Nature
KC’s has tons of nature centers, full of exhibits (many with live animals), activities and outdoor trails for the kids to get out and run.