Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun
There’s tons to do in town now that the weather is warm, but one of my favorite places to take the kids is Worlds of Fun. With Planet Snoopy chock full of rides for your younger kids, the interactive Dinosaurs Alive! park featuring more than 35 life-sized moving dinosaurs, tons of family rides, including my favorite way to cool off – the Viking Voyager, Worlds of Fun still offers a great time for kids of all ages. Not to mention the thrill rides, including the new SteelHawk, Mamba, Fury of the Nile, and RipCord, known for its 189-foot tethered free-fall (yikes!).
As of 2013, your ticket price also allows you into Oceans of Fun, which features Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle water playgrounds for the littlest ones in the family. As for the older kids, there are so many waterslides, rapids and super pools around that it’s hard to pick which one to start with. Since my youngest isn’t a strong swimmer, my favorite ride with him is the Caribbean Cooler – he gets to feel like he’s on an adventure, I get to relax and let the waves take us down the pike!
Tickets start at $39.99 for advance online ticket purchase, but there are a wide variety of ticket discounts and options available. Worlds of Fun is open now through November 30. Click here for hours of operation.
Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium
My parents found Legoland to be a particularly great place to take the kids, since there were plenty of seats where they could rest and still keep an eye on the kids. There are more than 3 million LEGO® bricks to look at and play with, cute Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice rides, and master model builder classes throughout the day to keep the kids busy.
SeaLife Aquarium is also a fun way for your little ones to experience life under the ocean. They will get great views of sharks, starfish and seahorses, to name a few. There are more than 5,000 sea creatures on display, including a touch pool complete with starfish and crabs. Plus, now through June 8, your kids can visit with the Octonauts!
Legoland tickets start at $15.45 for an online saver ticket, and Sea Life tickets start at $11. Want to hit both places in one day? Combination packages are also available for both Legoland and Sea Life.
Photo courtesy of Worlds of Fun.