Three for Free: Indoor Fun in KC
Looking for KC family fun on the cheap? Check out these three themes for free winter fun:
Kansas City is home to several wonderful nature centers, and admission is always free. Our local nature centers offer hands-on exhibits teaching families about native plants and animals. They also offer free classes and programs year-round. With aquariums, animal exhibits and trails to explore (weather permitting), nature centers are a favorite educational outing any season. Our favorites include Burr Oak Woods (Blue Springs), Anita Gorman Discovery Center (Kansas City, MO), Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary (Liberty), Ernie Miller Nature Center (Olathe) and Prairie Park Nature Center (Lawrence).
World-class art awaits at our city’s finest art galleries. Admission is free at three of our favorites (you may have to pay for parking), and you’ll always find something new to see. All three offer guidebooks or audio tours with families in mind, and you’ll find special programming throughout the year. Winter is the perfect time to visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), the Kemper Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) and the Nerman Museum (Overland Park).
Explore Downtown Kansas City
Downtown Kansas City boasts many free options for your exploration. Rides aboard the KC Streetcar are always free (use our KC Streetcar scavenger hunt for more fun), and many stops include attractions with free admission. Visit Kaleidoscope in the Crown Center Square where children make art projects in a whimsical world of creativity. Explore the Hallmark Visitor’s Center and learn about the company. Tour the National Archives (near Union Station) and explore their free exhibits. Watch a miniature train display at Union Station with the KC Rail Experience. Visit the Central Library and explore one of the most enchanting children’s library departments in the area. Visit the Money Museum and take a free tour leaving with a souvenir bag of shredded cash.