Winter Fun for Families in Kansas City

Winter doesn't have to be boring! We have great ideas for every budget this winter Kansas City:

FREE Winter Fun in Kansas City

  1. Create a masterpiece at Kaleidoscopethe FREE hands-on art center for kids. Then, head next door and tour the FREE Hallmark Visitors Center.
  2. Explore the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Artadmission is free. There is a nominal fee for parking.
  3. Get free money on a visit to the always-free-admission Money Museum.
  4. Take a tour of the Kansas City, MO, City Hall and go to the roof for amazing views of downtown.
  5. Watch model trains at the FREE KC Rail Experience at Union Station.
  6. Photograph friends in front of one of Kansas City’s 200 fountains.
  7. Watch fish in the aquariums at Cabela’s (10300 Cabela Dr., KCKS, 913.328.0322) or Bass Pro (Olathe: 12051 Bass Pro Dr., 913.254.5200 and Independence: 18001 Bass Pro Dr., 816.795.4300). 
  8. Take a FREE tour of The Roasterie and learn about coffee.
  9. Ride the KC Streetcar and participate in our Streetcar Scavenger Hunt on
  10. Appreciate art at FREE first Fridays in the Crossroads
  11. Weather permitting - take the family sledding! Click here for a list of Sledding Hills in Kansas City! 
  12. Visit the animals inside at the FREE Lakeside Nature Center.
  13. Marvel at modern art at the Nerman Museum, where admission is free.
  14. Walk the Country Club Plaza and admire the lights on display through mid-January.
  15. Take a winter hike at Ernie Miller Nature Center.
  16. Feed apples and carrots to bison and elk at the Native Hooved Animal Enclosure.
  17. Watch as marbles are made at Moon Marble.
  18. Visit the free National Archives of Kansas City and explore their free exhibits.
  19. Explore the Overland Park Arboretum on Tuesdays, when admission is free.
  20. Build a free project at Home Depot during a free workshop on select Saturdays.
  21. Discover a masterpiece at the free Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
  22. Learn about nature at the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.
  23. Explore the Central Branch of the Kansas City Library, because any library with a parking garage painted with classic books has to be cool.
  24. Take a free class at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center.
  25. Check out the views from the Town of Kansas Observation Deck (East end of Main Street, Kansas City, MO, from the end of Main Street follow the Riverfront Heritage Trail toward the Missouri River). The entire trail is 15 miles long, the observatory is less than a 5-minute walk from this starting point. This outlook is a great place to enjoy a view of the Missouri River, and you might even see some birds on the river.
  26. And remember to search Free Events on our Kansas City calendar, where there are free (and cheap) things to enjoy every day.

AFFORDABLE Winter Fun in Kansas City

  1. Ice Skate at Crown Center Ice Terrace on 2-for-1 Tuesday! Or, Ice Skate indoors at Silverstein Arena in Independence. Discover more local rinks with our guide to Winter Sports in KC.
  2. Visit the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Kids love to explore each room to discover toys their parents and grandparents enjoyed. Admission is just $5/ea.
  3. Visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop (especially fun on snowy Saturdays when horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered - weather permitting)!]
  4. Zoo visits are great on a cold winter's day. Attendance is lower and you can enjoy the penguin, polar bear, stingray, Tropics, and Discovery Barn exhibits of the Kansas City Zoo.
  5. Tour the Truman home in Independence, admission is $5/ea. those 15 and under are free.
  6. Share a Skyscraper at Winstead’s.
  7. Enjoy a movie at the Union Station Extreme Screen for $3-5.
  8. Discover Kansas’ most famous residents through the artwork at Legends Outlets.
  9. Imagine and play at KidScape at the Johnson County Museum.
  10. Visit the Lee’s Summit Railroad Museum and explore Downtown Lee’s Summit.
  11. Nose-to-nose views of historical U.S. aircraft include the first Lockheed Constellation ever restored, a Martin 404, a DC-3 and a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar at the Airline History Museum.
  12. Swim at the indoor pool at Blue Valley Rec's Aquatics Center where open swim is $5/person.
  13. Go Roller Skating (most local rinks offer a discounted family night).
  14. Create your own custom donut at Donutology in Westport.
  15. Spend a Saturday in the West Bottoms is the perfect excursion to get creative juices flowing and exercise your decorating instincts. With antique shops, boutiques and retailers selling repurposed and refinished furniture and home décor, model trains and clothing, the shopping district has rightfully earned its place on the map for locals looking for that one-of-a-kind finishing touch for the perfect room, outfit or collection.
  16. Eat out at a local restaurant using our Kids Eat Free Guide.

SPLURGE Winter Fun in Kansas City

  1. Fly through the air at iFly, an indoor sky diving adventure where instructors will give you the adventure of a lifetime.
  2. Catch a show! This winter The Sound of Music is coming to KC Jan. 15-20! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy® Award-winning Best Score! THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. Jan. 22-Feb. 10 Coterie presents Secret Soldiers: Heroines In Disguise, true accounts of four women who, for different reasons, served as men in the Civil War. Woven into this unique and interactive play: early suffrage movement as well as the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the first African American regiment in U.S. history) and Harriet Tubman. 
  3. Watch the Harlem Globetrotters as they come to KC Feb. 9-10! Experience the all-new Fan Powered World Tour! Interact with Globetrotters stars more than ever before, both on and off the court.  New this year, you can download the Globetrotters’ interactive mobile application with exclusive features, including an augmented reality (AR) basketball toss game and custom photo filters. The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment.
  4. Build an “earthquake proof” Lego tower at Legoland Discovery Center, where you can play with the world’s biggest box of Legos, watch a film in the Lego Studios 4D cinema, enjoy rides and explore a miniature Kansas City in Lego Miniland.
  5. Dine at Fritz’s restaurant (multiple locations across the metro), where trains deliver food straight to your table.
  6. Jump to new heights through the Warrior Obstacle Course or Slam Dunk Zone at Urban Air, Overland Park’s ultimate indoor trampoline park.
  7. Oscar-winning films, holiday classics, current and retro films are shown at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where your movie-watching experience is unforgettable. Catch a movie party where favorite films are celebrated with games, delicious food and drink and fun.
  8. Enjoy a family-friendly escape room at Paradise Park. The venue offers 45-minute escape experiences where you unravel the mystery of Sasquatch or solve a puzzle as a cyber sleuth.
  9. Cheer for KC Mavericks and Chiefs as a fan of our city’s sports teams.

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