Summer Travel with the Family: Kansas City


Kansas City, Missouri, is a great place to take your family this summer.  There are so many family-friendly options all over the city, but we spent most of our time downtown…mainly in two places. One of the great things about things about the area we stayed in was the air-conditioned tunnel system that connected our hotel, The Westin, to the Crown Center and Union Station.  Although we spent most of our time here, we had plenty to do!

Crown Center

This place is a must with the kids.  It’s filled with an endless array of fun options, including an aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center and the Hallmark Kaleidoscope center. The center also has rotating free exhibits centered on fun activities for kids.  When we visited, Curious George was the focus. The Crown Center also has a ton of fun dining options.  Our favorite was Fritz’s Railroad, where you order is delivered via train! The Crayola Café also looked like a fun option. We spent a couple days perusing the Crown Center because there was so much to do there. Check out everything the Crown Center offers here.

Union Station

This was another great space to spend some time. Since the building was originally a train station, built in 1914, the architecture alone is something to behold. But that’s not all this place has to offer! Inside is Science City, one of the more fun science centers we’ve seen (and if you haven’t noticed from my past posts, we’ve seen a lot!). The exhibits are very unique and offer something for every age. The KC Rail Experience is another fun activity that my little one rally enjoyed. In addition to a detailed model train exhibit, the train museum also has an exhibit on the history of the railway and full-sized engines and train cars to climb in and enjoy. Union Station also has a very nice IMAX theater showing the latest 3D movies. Learn more about Union Station here.


We venture away from the hotel to eat, and every place we went was great!  First was Grinders. Featured on Drive-ins, Diners and Dives, Grinders is a pizza place known for its New-York-style pizzas and authentic Philly cheesesteaks.  We ordered a pizza and it did not disappoint.  A visit to KC isn’t complete without barbeque so we picked Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and it was ah-maz-ing.  And finally, for the little guy, we traveled to Kansas to eat at T-Rex, and he LOVED it.


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