Kansas City Spring Break Staycation Ideas

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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 the current unpredictable weather.

Downtown Kansas City

  • 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 hours strolling through the museum, or even stay for a lunch. For more information, visit https://nelson-atkins.org

  • Union Station: Whether you want to catch the new Captain Marvel on the big screen, 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 Dinosaurs Revealed. 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

  • Bonus: 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

  • 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

  • Hallmark Kaleidoscope: 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 are 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

  • 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 be 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

  • Coterie Theater: What’s not to love about seeing a musical adaptation of the popular book Mr. Popper’s Penguins? We’re excited to hear it’s playing at the Coterie Theater through March 31, a live theater for all ages and one of the top five theatres serving families and young audiences in the U.S., according to TIME magazine. Be sure to check showtimes and availability, as this great performance is selling out quickly. For more information, visit http://thecoterie.org


Whether you staycation in Kansas City, or your travels have taken you abroad, we hope everyone has a wonderful spring break 2019 spent making lasting memories.

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Cori McClish

Written by Cori McClish