Kansas City Spring Break Guide

2017 Edition

It's time to plan for Spring Break and that means many terrific family fun outings, great classes for Kansas City Kids, and Special Spring Break Programs. This is our 2017 guide to Spring Break in KC:

Note: This guide was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission. If you have additions to this guide, please email kristina@kcparent.com.  


This guide features two sections: Fun Outings and Spring Break Camps.

Fun Outings During Spring Break

Union Station Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy many attractions. Showing on the Extreme Screen: Disney's Beauty & the Beast, National Parks Adventure 3D or Extreme Weather. At the Planetarium watch Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter, or Dinosaurs at Dusk. Explore Science City the dynamic, hands-on science center! Kids of all ages will experience the amazing world of science first-hand through fun and engaging exhibits and programs. Start your lifelong love of science, learning and discovery at Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City! Visit the special exhibit POMPEII: The Exhibition an exhibition that examines the lives of the residents of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Marvel at nearly 200 artifacts, including body casts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. Explore Pompeii’s treasures and experience the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in an immersive 4D Gallery. Travel back in time to 79 A.D. and experience life in the bustling city as it existed before time essentially stopped. Around every corner is something more breathtaking from the last - you will be absolutely amazed! Pop by the Model Rail Experience on your way out too for free. What does 8,000 square feet of toy trains look like? Come and see Union Station Kansas City's Model Railroad Experience and find out! From tiny N-scale model trains to the big G-scale giants of the model train world, sample the hobby and enjoy the fun of model railroading. The Model Railroad Experience is FREE for all Union Station visitors!

Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 5235 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. Included with museum admission ($5). 8162358000. Published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz is considered America’s first fairy tale. Since then, the story of Dorothy’s fantastical journey through the land of Oz has enticed generations. Explore the original literary story and its many retellings, including the 1939 Technicolor film, Return to Oz, and The Wiz, through playthings, first edition books, and original costumes at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Special Events for Spring Break:

  • WIZARD OF OZ PUPPET SHOW MARCH 15, 17, AND 18 | 1-2PM See The Wonderful Wizard of Oz come to life with puppets in a 35-minute performance that is fun for the entire family. Kraig Kensinger, a resident puppeteer at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence, Missouri, will present the live show with puppets from longtime museum volunteer Sally Ruddy as well as some of his own design. Included with museum admission. Space is limited. Reserve a spot today by calling (816) 235-8005 or emailing mercierk@toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

  • DARLING DAGUERREOTYPES MARCH 22 AND 24 | 1-4PM In Victorian photographs, children were often posed with their prized toys. Back by popular demand, bring your favorite toy or choose one from the museum’s education collection to get your snapshot taken and turned into a faux daguerreotype. Then, decorate a case for your new portrait just like those in the temporary exhibit, Forever Young: Victorian Photographs of Children and Their Toys. Included with museum admission.

  • CREEPY CRAWLERS WORKSHOP MARCH 26 | 1-4PM | $10 FEE Step back in time to experience the fun of pouring liquid goop into metal molds to create creepy insects, creatures, and figures. Spend the afternoon making three “crawlers.” The $10 fee—free for museum members—includes workshop materials and museum admission. The workshop can only accommodate 15 people so reservations are required. Call (816) 235-8005 or email mercierk@toyandminiaturemuseum.org to reserve a spot. Please note, due to the use of hot surfaces, participants must be ten years of age or older.

Under The Sea Adventure Crown Center, Crown Center Showplace, Level 1, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Free admission. 816-274-5916. Plunge into a fun, creative environment in this free exhibit that will delight kids who love to explore the deep blue sea. Discover buried treasure in a sunken pirate ship, ride a dolphin and sea horses, paddle your way to the mermaid’s house, climb inside the mouth of a whale, explore in the submarine and many more aquatic adventures. It’s fathoms of fun, and totally free! Open Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM.

‚ÄčLEGOLAND Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium Crown Center Square, 2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Step inside the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground for your Spring Break Adventure! The ALL-NEW LEGO Ideas Studio is transports into a world of imagination by building brand new, unique builds… And is found only at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City! With LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Master Model Builder as your guide, you can become a brick engineer, architect or artist in this brand new attraction! Buying online is the ONLY way to guarantee your entry inside your Spring Break Headquarters! At Sea Life, whether you a shark lover, seahorse fanatic or a clownfish groupie, fan of the graceful jellyfish or the clever octopus at Sea Life you can see them all - from the curious and the rescued, to the rare and the enigmatic. Plus, you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before!  Have a Jaw Dropping Spring Break at @SEALIFEKC! With thousands of sea creatures, you can discover something amazing at SEA LIFE… including our BRAND NEW Claws exhibit! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2mCXoLQ. Kids are FREE at Sea Life with paid adult with promo code: PARENT.

No Talking production by The Coterie Theatre, Crown Center Level I, 2450 Grand Ave Suite 144, Kansas City, MO. Ages 8+. $11-$15. 816.994.8839. From the book by Andrew Clements (published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers). It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative fifth graders in history create a contest to see who really can talk the least. When fifth grader Dave Packer studies Gandhi for a report on India, he learns that Gandhi was silent one day each week to calm his mind. Though Dave likes to talk nonstop, he's determined to give the idea a try. But when confronted by a female classmate, friendly competition turns into an all-out challenge. Rollicking fun ensues in this comedy with a big heart. The New York Times Book Review raved, "Andrew Clements set the standard for the school story in 1996 with his first novel, Frindle... No Talking is his best school story since." For Families with Ages 8+ | Length: 65 minutes

The Cat Came Back puppet show by Mesner Studio, 1006 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Based on the folk song (made popular by Fred Penner), this performance tells the tale of Mister Johnson and a mysterious cat who keeps returning to his doorstep. Mister Johnson tries everything he can to get the cat to go away, from giving her to a pilot to sending her into outer space. The cat, however, keeps coming back!

Spring Break Specials at Paradise Park Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee's Summit, MO. Every day, all day we have a different special for spring breakers -- from buy one get one free, to unlimited play to double ticket day to $5 off for wearing green... Click here for Spring Break Specials!

Open Jump at Urban Air (14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS). Urban Air Overland Park is an attractive solution to a common problem: needing one place to entertain kids of every age. Just a few blocks from Prairiefire and Corbin Park, our facility is the perfect destination for Overland Park, Prairie Village, Leawood, Olathe and all of southern Kansas City trampoline park and family entertainment enjoyment. Along with regular weekly events, fitness classes, corporate events and special occasion rentals our facility caters to birthday parties for kids of all ages. If your group is up for a little sweat and a lot of bounce, Urban Air Overland Park is the place for you. Not just a room full of trampolines or another neighborhood park. We’re bringing families and friends together for a hyped up, healthy dose of jumping, climbing, swinging, crawling, building, flying and dunking. Check out our attractions including our Urban Air Warrior Courseto learn more about the generous helping of frenetic fun Urban Air Overland Park brings to you.

Open Play at Jump City (8020 E 171st St, Belton, MO). At Jump City, your kids will have a blast with a variety of games and activities. Jump City features giant themed inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, interactive games, a toddler play area, and much more. So whether the weather’s too harsh to head outdoors, or you’re looking for an awesome indoor party destination, visit Jump City to enjoy all the joys of being outside in one fun-filled location.

Paint, Glaze & Fire (12683 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS). Paint, Glaze & Fire is a great place to spend quality time and make memories with your friends, family, or just about anyone! Paint your own ceramics or try your hand at glass fusing at this creative studio. Tip: 1/2 price studio fees Tues-Fri. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome. To make a reservation call us at (913) 661-CLAY. Bonus: Paint Me A Story March 17, 10:30am – 11:30am. Paint a special pottery project that goes along with a favorite children's book. A wonderful time for parents (grandparents or nanny) and children to listen to a story and paint together! $15/child, $13/sibling.

Kansas Cosmosphere (1100 N Plum St, Hutchinson, KS). Discover a place where curiosity has no limits, where excitement knows no bounds, where one small step in learning becomes a giant leap of understanding. Explore the rich history of those who came before us and find your inspiration as you look to the future. Over Spring Break, the Cosmosphere science education center and space museum in Hutchinson will be holding free engineering themed activities for children of all ages during the Spring Break weeks (March 17- April 1). From scavenger hunts through our world-famous museum to learning how to program robots and taking a behind-the-scenes tours of the Cosmosphere camp area, visitors will get an opportunity to participate in hands-on science while having lots of fun. For a complete list of daily activities, visit cosmo.org or call 620.662.2305.

Spring Fling Fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center Mar, 13-17 at Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS. 10:30 am to 11:15 am. $3 per person, including adults. 9137647759. Come enjoy spring with a trip to Ernie Miller Nature Park. Visitors are welcome to view the aquarium and hike the trails all week. Park staff will entertain guests with a special program each day. Every program will feature live animals. One 45 minute session is just $3 per person, including adults. For more information call (913) 764-7759. Themes for the week:

  • Monday - Animal Tales: Kick off spring break hearing stories and seeing live animals.
  • Tuesday - Birds of Prey: The amazing feats of these flying feathered raptors will be the highlight of this program.
  • Wednesday - Surprising Snakes: Discover and learn to identify some local reptiles.
  • Thursday - Wildlife Webs: Live animals tell the story of survival on the prairie, in the forest and in the streams.
  • Friday - Heritage Celebration: Wear your green and hear Celtic stories.

Curious George production by Theatre for Young America at Union Station, H&R Block City Stage Level B, 30 W. Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO. $11 for individual; $5.50 per for groups of 15 or more. The series of books by H. A. and Margret Ray starring the loveable monkey Curious George first appeared in America in the 1940s. His popularity continues today. This comical dramatization is based on several of the early Curious George books, including the very first one in which The Man With the Yellow Hat captures George and takes him to a big city to live in a zoo. George promptly escapes and launches a series of adventures that include getting a job, going into outer space in a rocket ship, a stay in a hospital, and a hilarious encounter with spaghetti. 

CONSERVATION KIDS CLUB: EXPEDITION BURR OAK WOODS Mar. 14 at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Registration required beginning Mar 1 by calling 816-228-3766 (Ages 7-13) Many people hike on our six public trails here at Burr Oak Woods, but did you know that there are other places to hike as well? The foresters of Burr Oak Woods have been working hard to open up new areas for exploration throughout our 1,071 acres. Join us on an adventure through the forest on one of these new trails. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. Reserve by Mar 10, 2017

Spring Break Living History Mar. 16-18, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS.  $7/ adults; $5/ children ages 5-11. Take a stagecoach ride, see horse powered plowing demonstrations, see whats cooking on the cookstove, and visit the Mahaffie House. 

Ceramic Cafe (9425 Mission Road, Leawood, KS). Ceramic Cafe is a paint-your-own-pottery and glass fusing studio serving the Kansas City area. All ages are welcome. Paint your pottery piece or create a beautiful work of glass in our vibrant Leawood, Kansas, studio. The process to paint, glaze and fire your masterpiece takes about a week.Bonus: Check out their Creative Story Time on 3/14 and 3/17.Theme: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Iza Trapani, paint a star bankable. Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story and paint time every Tuesday and Friday. We read a book, then the kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. What a deal and a fun way to share a creative activity with a little one.  We start at 10:30 on Tuesdaysand Fridays. No reservations needed unless you want to come with a large group.  $12 per child + tax.

Spring Break Programming at Mid-Continent Public Libraries Area branches are hosting special events including science classes, craft workshops, puppet shows, story times, concerts, magic shows and demonstrations. Check out their calendar of events for programming near you! 

Spring Break Programming at Johnson County Public Libraries Area branches are hosting special events including Teen Tech Week, Spring Break Scavenger Hunts, special story times, classes and demonstrations. Check their calendar of events for a program near you!

Spring Break Cookie Decorating Mar. 15 & 16 Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park, Olathe, KS. For all ages. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Free. Cookies and frosting and sprinkles—oh my! It’s time to decorate cookies. Come to the library and have a sweet treat during Spring Break. All supplies provided. Come and go as you please.‚Äč

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Spring Break Camps in the Kansas City Area

Spring Break Camps fill up fast! Make your reservations today! Camps require pre-registration as slots fill quickly. Some programs offer discounts for residents (through local parks & rec departments) or memberships with attractions.

Kansas City Zoo Spring Break Camp Mar. 15-17 or 22-24 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. Spring Break Camp: Family Ties. For us, family is important; but how important are they to animals? Spend your spring break with us and discover dynamic dads, the makings of magnificent moms and the solidarity of going solo.

Mesner Puppet Camps Mar. 13-17, Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. Looking for something fun for your kids during spring break? Try a puppet camp. Spend a week at Mesner Puppet Theater, make puppets, create art, play games, and make friends. To enroll or to learn more, contact Education Director Alex Espy at  816-756-3500.

SoPro Gaming No School Hang Out Mar. 13-17 SoPro Gaming, 9240 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park. 8+. 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. $25. 9137035183. Looking for activities for No School Days? SoPro Gaming opens early! Join the fun with single day stomping grounds for younger students and parents seeking productive options for their kids. Spring Break – Open Early All Week! Price: $25 / day Lunch: $7 or bring your own

YMCA SPRING BREAK CAMP AT CAMP NAISH Mar. 13-17  Camp Naish is an outdoor environmental camp focused on connecting kids with nature and adventure. Campers will be challenged to utilize what is around them to engineer varying ways to survive in the wilderness; such as building shelters and identifying varying plants and animals. Activities include archery, puzzle solving treks, hiking and more to build teamwork, creativity and new skills.

KCYA CSA Spring Break Camp Mar. 13-17 KC Young Audiences, 3732 Main St, Kansas City . Camps begin at 8:30am daily Monday - Friday. We also offer an extended day program. Spring Break Campers here for the whole day need to bring their own sack lunch. Each camp concludes with a sharing for family and friends. Themes include: 

  • Arts Sampler Camp: Oh the Places You’ll Go!
  • Teaching Artists: Paige Ahlenius, Molly Finnegan, Erdin Schultz-Bever
  • Creative Playground: Theatre
  • Teaching Artist: Erdin Schultz-Bever
  • Let’s Put on a Show: The Goof Who Invented Homework
  • Teaching Artist: Sarah Nickerson
  • Visual Art Camp
  • Teaching Artist: Paige Ahlenius, Jackie Niekamp, Vania Soto, Valerie Bashaw

To enroll call: 816.531.4022

Spring Break Swim Clinic Mar. 13-16 at Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS. 3-14 years.  $39/$35 Olathe Resident. The City of Olathe's Swim Clinic is a week long class that offers swim Levels Preschool A through Learn to Swim Level 5. Times vary based on swim level.

Spring Break Drama Camp Mar. 13-17 at Theatre of the Imagination OP campus, 6100 W. 127th st, Overland Park, KS. K-8th grades. Get the drama out of your house and on a stage this Spring Break! Kids get to act, sing, dance and make movies, (and have a disco party!).No exp. needed, just a desire to be dramatic. Free costumes & free shows. Great shows include "Space Warriors", "Ghoul School" and "Fantabulous Monsters and How To Hide From Them". 10% multi child discount.

YMCA No School Days Mar. 13-17 Metro area YMCA Locations, Kansas City . For those irregular days when school isn’t in session, such as seasonal breaks, conference days and in-service days, the Y offers No School Days at locations throughout the area. FEES: $30 per child per day

Art: Strokes of Brilliance Spring Break Camp Mar. 13-17 Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, KS. Ages 9-13. 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. $150/Residents and $165/Non-Residents. 913-831-3359. Go above and beyond! This camp is for true art lovers. Young artists will be challenged to push themselves and develop new painting, drawing, ceramics, and print-making skills in this advanced art camp. A guest artist will lead hands-on workshops throughout the week. We will also swim at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center on select afternoons. A gallery will be set up for friends and family to enjoy Thursday evening. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle daily. Camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm, and supervision is available from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Call the JCPRD Registration Department at 913-831-3359 to get registered today!

Creative KIDS Art Camp Mar. 10-20 at KC Art Angels, 13416 Santa Fe Trail Dr, Lenexa, KS.  KC Art Angels in Lenexa will be hosting a spring break Art camp for ages 5 to 15. Two sessions available daily. 10am to 12pm & 2pm to 4 pm. Each session is $15. If enrolling in both sessions you can add the 1 hour lunch (must provide sack lunch and drink) for additional $10. Let the artist explore in a variety of media. Each day is a new art project ranging from pop art a picture, basics of drawing, acrylics and comic book hero design. Please call for details and reservations 913-220-2125. 


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