From Kansas City to Saint Louis, you will find numerous fun things to do for your kids when living in or visiting Missouri.
If your travels take you to Kansas City, head to the Hallmark Visitors Center (http://www.hallmarkvisitorscenter.com/). Learn about the history of cards and crayons, and then take your kids to create their own works of art at Kaleidoscope (http://www.hallmarkkaleidoscope.com/). Both are free. In Saint Louis, you can tour Grant’s Farm (http://www.grantsfarm.com/default) for free. The farm houses a variety of animals, including the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Parking is not free.
Science and children’s museums are abundant throughout Missouri. In Kansas City, take the kids to Union Station to tour Science City (http://www.sciencecity.com/), part science museum, part children’s museum. The wide range of exhibits will appeal to most members of the family. The Magic House (www.magichouse.org) is Saint Louis’s children’s museum. Here kids learn while playing and experimenting at their own pace. The Missouri Children’s Museum (www.missourichildrensmuseum.com) in Columbia also offers similar experimental spaces. Saint Louis is also home to the Saint Louis Science Center and OMNIMAX Theater (www.slsc.org).
Both Kansas City and Saint Louis have excellent zoos for you to visit with your children. The Kansas City Zoo (www.kansascityzoo.org) has a large African exhibit and can take a full day to tour. The Saint Louis Zoo (www.stlzoo.org) has been in existence for over 100 years and has an expansive collection of animals. To spend time just exploring the environment, consider a trip to Big Sugar Creek State Park (http://mostateparks.com/), located east of Pineville. This huge park includes portions of the Ozark Mountains within its boundaries. In Branson, spend time exploring the environment around Table Rock Lake (http://www.visittablerocklake.org/), where you can hike, boat, fish, swim, and simply relax.
Kansas City is the place to go for Christmas fun. The Crown Center shopping area has a Santa housed in a Crayola-themed play land. The play land is completely free. It also has outdoor ice skating and a giant tree surrounded by huge play structures. The Plaza shopping area in the downtown portion of the city comes alive with a brilliant seasonal light display. If you live in the southern half of the state, plan to visit Branson’s Silver Dollar City (http://www.silverdollarcity.com/) for their Christmas spectacular. For fall fun, head into rural Missouri to visit one of the many pumpkin patches or go through a corn maze with your kids.
Just for Mom Fun
Consider a relaxing weekend away in the Ozarks with a trip to Spa Shiki (www.spashiki.com) in the town of Lake Ozark. If you prefer to shop when you have time away from your children, plan a trip to the Saint Louis Galleria Mall (www.saintlousigalleria.com).
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