Free Indoor Summer Activities to Do With Your Children:
We already have our Top Free Things to Do with Kids article, but what do you do when that Kansas City heat and humidity starts to soar? We've found some fun, fabulous and free things to do in the KC this Summer, and the best part is, they all involve air conditioning.
Here are some great ways to spend a hot day!
Fun Activities at the KC Metro KC Public Libraries:
Visit any of the Kansas City Metro Public Libraries and you're sure to find a children's activity any day of the week. From story times and crafts to educational events and silly fun, the public libraries are always worth a visit.
Kaleidoscope at Crown Center:
Kaleidoscope is the brain child of Hallmark Cards Don Hall, who dreamt of a place where kids could 'explore, create, imagine and do'. The magical atmosphere allows you and your kids to create art from left over Hallmark materials. Sessions last about 40 minutes.
Location: Crown Center
Hours: Independent sessions #ages 5-12# and family sessions are offered throughout the week, check the website for details.
Ticket Info: Free tickets are available at 9:30 each morning in the Kaleidoscope lobby at Crown Center.
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art/ Bloch Building:
Head inside to enjoy a blast of cool air and explore the miles of galleries, collections and exhibits. Some special collections do cost extra, but all other parts of the galleries are free.
Location: 4525 Oak, Kansas City
Hours: 10am to 4pm Tues-Thurs; 10am-9pm Friday; 10-5pm Saturday; Noon-5pm Sunday.
Kansas City Museum:
The Kansas City Museum is the former home of Kansas City lumber entrepreneur and noted philanthropist, Robert A. Long is home to a huge collection of Kansas City history and artifacts. Head to the museum for story time, which was new in 2009.
Location: 3218 Gladstone Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64123
Tues-Sat: 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday: Noon-4:30 pm.
Note: During the Museum Restoration (Summer 2009) they will maintain regular operating hours and admission is FREE.
Wonderscope Children's Museum:
While Wonderscope is not exactly free (admission ranges from $4-$7), the practically free price is well worth the fun and great time you'll have at Wonderscope. From creating art and the H20! exhibit to the Lego Ocean Adventure, children of all ages will enjoy their time at Wonderscope (and so will their parents!).
Money Museum at the Federal Reserve:
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank is truly an experience--which is also free and open to the public. It's here you'll watch millions of dollars in currency being processed at KC's Federal Reserve Bank and see an impressive collection of coins. Walk-in and guided tours are available and all guests undergo a security screening. If you are over 18, you'll need to bring your ID.
Call 816-881-2683 for more information
Kansas City Board of Trade Tour:
Aspiring financial whizzes will love touring the 150 year old Kansas Board of Trade. Located 1 block south of the Country Club Plaza-- the Board of Trade mostly trades wheat commodities and you can learn everything from where the wheat goes to what futures and options really mean to the BOT. See the opening or closing of the trade floor, which is pretty exciting. Please Note: You must be high school aged or older to attend the tour.
Location: 4800 Main - 3rd Floor, Kansas City, MO.
Tours: By appointment, 9am or 12:45pm, Mon-Friday
Call 816-753-7500 for info.
Located across from Kaleidoscope and the Hallmark Visitor's Center, Crown Center is fun to just walk around and spend some time in the a/c. On weekends you'll usually find a puppet show, story time or children's entertainment in their main atrium. You'll also find their ever changing free children exhibits on the ground floor next to the Coterie Theater. Chip's Chocolate Factory also has free tours of their fudge making madness, but you must make a reservation.