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Camp Snoopy at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City; credit WOF



Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2007, this arena has Kansas city on the prowl for an NBA franchise; today it hosts large concerts and family shows; within the venue lies College Basketball Experience, a highly-interactive venue where fans of any age can immerse themselves in the game of college basketball; within BCE, the
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame honors deserving coaches, players and contributors who have made significant impacts on the game while educating and entertaining fans and visitors through interactive exhibits that test a visitor’s basketball skill level and knowledge

DAYS & HOURS: event dependent

ADDRESS: 1401 Grand Blvd  MAP

PARKING: nearby garages

PHONE: 816-949-7500


Union Station - Science City
DESCRIPTION: Opened as the nation's second largest train station in 1914, it remained operational until 1983, all but closing due to the decline in train travel; in 1999, Kansas City officials unveiled this magnificent adaptive re-use of the ornate station, now featuring restaurants, theaters, shops and Science City - a tremendous edutainment destination for the family whose exhibits include Tree House Nature Center, Science City Tower, Einstein Towers, Train Overlook, Crime Lab, and weather Park; an IMAX Theater is also on the premises; since the building is open from 6a to midnight daily, it’s a great place to people watch


DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9:30a-4:30p,
 Sun Noon-4:30p
ADDRESS: 30 West Pershing Road  MAP
PARKING: four-level per hour parking garage on the west side of Union Station
PHONE: 816-

Kansas City Zoo
DESCRIPTION: Features 200 acres of African and Australian animal exhibits, including an Elephant Sanctuary which is reportedly one of the nation’s best, and a Australia exhibit and an IMAX Theater; train & pony rides are always popular; you be quietly awestruck by the family of giraffes when they are feeding or cavorting; Sea Lion Training Demonstrations are at 10:30a and 1:30p daily, except Wednesdays; Discovery Barn and Peekaboo Treehouse are great for the wee ones; the Carousel Café restaurant has also been significantly upgraded and more zoo amenities are coming

ADMISSION: $11.50 Adults, $8.50 Ages 3-11, $10.50 Seniors

DAYS & HOURS: November-February daily 10a-4p, March-October daily 9:30a-5p

ADDRESS: 6800 Zoo Drive in Swope Park  MAP

PARKING: Free on premises

PHONE: 816-513-5700



American Royal Center
DESCRIPTION: Showcases some of Tom Bass’ contributions; born in Mexico, Missouri in 1856, his mother was a slave and his father a plantation owner’s son; Bass is credited with inspiring and paunching the precursor to Kansas City’s American Royal Horse Show, including the “Bass but”, which is still considered standard equipment at many stables

ADMISSION: event dependent

DAYS & HOURS: event dependent

ADDRESS: 1701 American Royal Court  MAP

PARKING: Free on premises

PHONE: 816-221-9800


Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun
DESCRIPTION: There’s something for everyone at these two great theme parks: plenty of rides for those who want dry thrills and a waterpark with 18 water slides on 60 acres; Worlds of Fun theme park has 6 world-class roller coasters, including hands-free inverted coasters like the Patriot that let you feel like Superman flying and the so high its scarily good Mamba roller coaster; when its hot, Oceans of Fun lets you lazily drift in a tube along with the kids and visit the children’s playground, and when you need quiet time you can visit the “adults only” pool; admission prices are less than DisneyWorld and SeaWorld, which means they are packed with value considering all the great rides and

ADMISSION: discounted tickets available after 4p

DAYS & HOURS: both parks open during the spring and close in the fall

ADDRESS: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave  MAP

PHONE: 816-454-4545


Truman Sports Complex
DESCRIPTION: Kansas City led the nation in building modern separate facilities in 1972; one for its pro baseball team, the Royals, the other for its pro football team, the Chiefs; as a result, Kansas City paid a tenth of the cost of what other metro areas are spending (hundreds of millions of dollars) for new separate facilities; on game days Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs seats 78,000 and the interior looks like a red sea, since 95% of fans wear red tops; Royals ball park seats about 40,000; you can look down from a hill into both architecturally captivating stadiums

ADMISSION: game dependent

DAYS & HOURS: event dependent

ADDRESS: One Arrowhead Drive  MAP

PARKING: $22 on premises


Bonner Springs, MO

National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame

DESCRIPTION: Over 30,000 artifacts covering 172 acres; honors America’s farmers and the crops they grow

ADMISSION:Adults $7, Age 62+ $6, Students and Active Military $5, Age 5-16 $3, Age 4 and under enter Free

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-4p, Sun 1p-4p

ADDRESS: 630 North 126th Street  MAP

PARKING: on premises

PHONE: 913-721-1075



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