I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine are getting VERY excited about winter break. The one thing I know for sure though: after two days of relaxing, I will be hit with a chorus of “I’m bored! What can we do now?”
- Crown Center: There are so many things to do at Crown Center during the holidays, it’s hard to pick just one! I like to start with an early (to beat the crowds) lunch at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, followed by a Coterie show, a visit to SEA LIFE Aquarium or LEGOLAND Discovery Center, or the Ice Terrace. If time is running short, you can opt in for a trip to Kaleidoscope and the lesser-known Hallmark Visitor’s Center, situated right next door to Kaleidoscope. End the afternoon with a visit to Sheridan’s Custard, and everyone is smiling on the ride home! By the way, A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at the Coterie through January 3.
- The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures: The recently re-done museum will have you and the kids marveling at the sheer number of miniatures and toys on display. Right now, they have rare and vintage Star Wars toys on display. Then head over to Brookside for a sweet treat at Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard, or Baskin-Robbins/Topsy’s. Delish!
- The Kansas City Public Library: If you’re looking for a little more unusual (and free!) outing, check out the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown branch at 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO. It’s hard to believe a visit to the library will get the kids moving, but the building is so large, there is a lot of walking involved. In addition to checking out the crazy parking garage, which looks like giant books, you can enjoy movies in the old bank’s vault (the building used to be a bank), see unusual traveling exhibits, and enjoy lunch at the café. If the weather is nice, get out on the library’s roof to play a life-sized game of chess! The children’s library is a special experience too, with the huge number of books on file.
- College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center: In addition to the Hall of Fame, there are tons of interactive exhibits to keep you and the kids moving! I love it because it’s an easy way to explore downtown with the KC Power & Light District right across the street. There’s plenty of parking, and it’s an easy walk from Chipotle, The Mixx, MeMa’s Bakery, and many other restaurants.
If you’re still on the lookout for fun ideas, check out our KC Kids Fun Events Calendar for upcoming events, or our extensive list of Indoor Activities. And be sure to comment below with your favorite winter break activities with the family!
Photos courtesy of Crown Center Ice Terrace and College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center.