For many of us around the Kansas City metro, spring break is in full swing. And while a beach vacation may sound like the perfect family getaway, sometimes the time, money or ability to get away just isn’t there. But don’t worry, there are plenty of fun things to do in Kansas City that will have everyone out of the house making memories.
As Kansas City’s local PEO since 1988, it’s only natural our team would have the scoop on some of the best places to visit this spring break. Best of all, many of these are indoors, so you won’t need to worry about March's unpredictable weather.
Downtown Kansas City Area
2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship
No stranger to hosting NCAA men’s basketball championship games, Kansas City will host the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship for the 22nd time on Wednesday, March 8 thru Saturday, March 11 at the T Mobile Center. Limited tickets remain available. Kansas is set to play on Thursday, March 8. Learn more here >>
Kansas City’s 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the country and features 100s of floats, food trucks and vendors, live music, and great attendance rates. On average, 200,000 spectators attend the festivities and the parade ranks among the top 10 St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country!
The Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Friday, March 17 at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘23 in KC: Our Irish Ancestry.
First Fridays in the Crossroads
First Fridays is a monthly event that takes place in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri. It's an evening of art, music and food that occurs on the first Friday of every month. During this event, galleries, studios and other art-related venues in the Crossroads Arts District stay open late and offer free admission to visitors. First Fridays typically begin around 5 p.m. and go until around 9 or 10 p.m., although some venues may stay open later.
Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art, including painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media. In fact, many of the artists themselves are present during First Fridays, providing an opportunity to meet and talk with them about their work.
In addition to art, First Fridays also feature live music, food trucks and other activities. The event draws large crowds and parking can be difficult, so it's best to plan ahead and arrive early if possible. Overall, First Fridays is a great way to experience the vibrant art scene in Kansas City and to connect with other art lovers in the community. For more information, click here >>
Nelson Atkins Museum
What we love about the Nelson-Atkins Museum most is it doesn’t seem to matter what season we’re in, the grounds are always beautiful. Once you step inside, you’ll enjoy free admission and spectacular views of world-class art galleries. Be sure to plan on spending a couple of hours strolling through the museum, or even staying for lunch. For more information, visit https://nelson-atkins.org
Whether you want to catch the current exhibit, Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises, or enjoy dining at its finest at Pierpont’s, the ambiance at Union Station is unmatched. But it’s not just for adults, Union Station has something for everyone, even the little ones, with Science City and The Planetarium. In fact, Science City was recognized by Parents Magazine as one of the top 25 science centers in the country! To find out more, check out their website at www.unionstation.org
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Kansas City is lucky to be home to the world’s most comprehensive WWI collection. It is ranked the number five museum in the U.S. by Yelp and the number one attraction in Kansas City by TripAdvisor.
Inside the museum, you’ll be immersed in interactive displays, thought-provoking films, eyewitness testimonies and WWI artifacts. And if you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity of the Kansas City skyline, head to the top of the memorial. You won’t be disappointed. For more information, including current exhibitions, visit www.theworldwar.org
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The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Money Museum
Free and open to the public, visitors to the Money Museum will have the opportunity to see millions of dollars in currency being processed! Also, you won’t want to miss the Harry S. Truman Coin Collection featuring more than 500 historic coins! If you’re over 18, you’ll need a valid state-issued ID to enter. Find out more information by visiting the website here www.kansascityfed.org/moneymuseum
While you’re downtown, take a ride on the KC Streetcar! The Streetcar runs daily through the heart of downtown, is always free and provides a great tour of the city. To get route information, visit www.kcstreetcar.org
Crown Center Area
SEA LIFE Aquarium
Stingrays, sharks and sea turtles right here in Kansas City? You bet! Head over to SEA LIFE Aquarium to see and learn about hundreds of different sea creatures.
Take a walk through the tunnel and say hello to Gertrude, a rescued Green Sea Turtle who has called SEA LIFE in Kansas City her home since 2013. To get the insider scoop on your favorite sea creature, don’t miss the various Talk Times throughout the day. For more information, head over to www.visitsealife.com/kansas-city
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND boasts plenty of family fun, including two rides, a 4D theater showing exclusive LEGO movies, plenty of building activities and a MINILAND featuring Kansas City’s top attractions built out of 1.5M bricks! Children and adults will both have a fun-filled time. For more information, visit www.kansascity.legolanddiscoverycenter.com
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Feeling artistic and want to nurture your creative spirit, then head over to Kaleidoscope. Provided by Hallmark, admission is free. Materials are ever-changing and from Hallmark’s manufacturing process, so if you’ve visited before, expect a different creative experience each visit as the projects are ever-changing.
Here’s a tip: School breaks generate more daily visitors, so plan on arriving early. For hours of operations, visit www.hallmarkkaleidoscope.com
Whether you plan to staycation in Kansas City, or your travels will take you abroad, we hope everyone has a wonderful spring break 2023.