Travel Tips for Kansas City, KS?

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We are going to Kansas City in Aug and staying at the Great Wolf Lodge. I've already found some info online but was wondering if there's any ThriftyFun members who've been or live there who could give me some ideas for things to do with children.


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By Grandma Margie. (Guest Post)
August 1, 20060 found this helpful

My daughter and her family spent a weekend there early this summer and absolutely LOVED it. Just staying at the lodge was very entertaining. Right next to the lodge is Cabela's, a huge sporting goods store. It is FULL of actual mounted animals and live fish in aquariums. There's a lot to look at in that store for EVERYONE! I also believe there is a children's museum about 5 miles from the Great Wolf Lodge also. We haven't checked that out yet but plan to on our next trip to KC.


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August 2, 20060 found this helpful

You can take them to the Cabela's store. It is a lot of fun without spending money! They have a large aquarium set up and stuffed big game (the elephants are amazing!) They also have some awesome fudge, so I would set aside some money for that!


My DH went there a couple of times with our son who was 3 at the time, when we lived in Wichita. He loved it!

August 2, 20060 found this helpful

Depending on the ages...Nebraska Furniture Mart is right there by Cabellas too. They have EVERYTHING for a home including electronics, furnishings, decor, kitchen. Hubby and I took 3 hours to walk through...and our kids liked looking at everything and "wish listing" and they were only 3 1/2 and 18 months at the time.

August 2, 20060 found this helpful

We live about 45 minutes from Kansas City and have visited frequently since I was in college. Here are our recommendations:

The Kansas City Zoo is also fun for kids, but not necessarily cheap--it costs $30 for me, my husband and 2 kids (2 & 4) and double stroller. There's also an Imax theater there. If you have membership in another zoo, you may be able to get a discount on admission.


A cheap place for entertainment is Great Mall of the Great Plains, just down I-435 in Olathe. It's an outlet mall in a big oval shape with play areas interspersed throughout. It's free, a great place for the kids to play, it's air-conditioned, and the grown-ups can do some shopping too.

If the kids are older, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a neat place. I think admission is free on Fridays. It's just a few blocks off Country Club Plaza--again lots of shopping and large movie theater. The buildings are inspired by Seville, Spain, so the architecture is really nice.

Like everyone else has suggested, Cabela's is really neat, even if you're not into sporting goods. The display of taxidermy is impressive, and the kids love the aquarium.


Also around Great Wolf Lodge is the brand-new Legends shopping center and the home of the T-Bones Baseball team. If you're a Nascar fan, it's also a stone's throw from Kansas Speedway.

Enjoy your trip!


By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
August 2, 20060 found this helpful

The Kansas City Zoo is cheaper on Tuesdays. It's only $5 pp normally $8.50 adult, $5.50 children 3-11. Go to for details and a downloadable map.

August 11, 20060 found this helpful

The nice thing about Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) is that you can get around the Metro Area in roughly 30 mins. or so (pending traffic of course) Here's some stuff you might check out, most are free, all "cheap" to do:


Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead (Free)
$4 Movie and $4 Popcorn/Drink Combo (Select Theatres)
25 cheap or free things to do with your kids this summer in KC (Article)
Wyandotte County KS Things To Do:

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08/08-08/12 Leavenworth County Fair
08/01 - 08/20 Wild and Wacky Weather "JOHNSON COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY
08/16 & 08/17 ~ Kansas City Aviation Expo
08/26/06 Cedar Lake AquaFest
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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And of course ;), take the kids out to eat!: (Kansas City)

Oh, not really "cheap" but definitely cool:

By Guest (Guest Post)
August 19, 20060 found this helpful

Worlds of Fun is inexpensive and a Great Amusement Park for kids and adults.

August 20, 20060 found this helpful

"Worlds of Fun is inexpensive and a Great Amusement Park for kids and adults."

Well... imo I wouldn't call World of Fun inexpensive, but if you are going to go here are some "tips":


You can find discount coupons around Kansas City, I believe Dairy Queen is one such place. Price Chopper is another. (MUCH cheaper than at the gate.)

Call to see if they still honor their $5 off with any Toyota key promotion.

They have .25 cent cotton candy this season (all season long)

Junior and Senior prices are $9.95 I believe, but I think they raised their regular admission to make up for this. 2 and younger are free.

and finally...

August 21-27, 2006

"POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, EMTS, MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. Present your public safety ID at the Main Entrance August 21-27, 2006 for FREE admission to Worlds of Fun or Oceans of Fun!"

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By Lynne (Guest Post)
February 8, 20080 found this helpful

My brother and his family live there - when we visited they took us to the Arabia Steamboat Museum.
It was really interesting to see over 200 tons of recovered artifacts from the sunken 1856 steamboat. You could call (816) 471-4030 for more details


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