Spark your child’s interest in science early at Science City’s Kinderlab.Photo courtesy Union Station.
Bundles of joy are also bundles of endless energy. Every parent needs to have go-to activities and places to take their little sprouts so they can work off some of that energy, so when your wiggle worms need to move, plan an outing to these best bets for babies and toddlers in Kansas City:
Junior Jaunts Stroller Tour at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sometimes parents want to have a sophisticated day out but that can be difficult with a baby or toddler. Fear not — The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers baby- and toddler-friendly stroller tours from 10:15 to 11 a.m. the third Friday of the month. Meet near the coat check-in and tour a few exhibits with fellow parents and littles. Admission is free. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located at 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO, 64111.
Kinderlab at Science City, Union Station Kinderlab in Science City is perfect for cruisers and new walkers. This interactive exhibit enables little ones to explore and play with hands-on exhibits that are geared to children ages 1 through 6. While playing, young ones can engage in scientific concepts. After an afternoon of fun and learning, treat your little one (and yourself) to something sweet from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which is also located inside Union Station. Admission to Science City is $13.25 (free for children ages 2 and younger). Science City at Union Station is located at 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO, 64108.
Small Wonders, Wonderscope Children’s Museum Wonderscope provides a variety of interactive exhibits for children. While children of all ages will likely enjoy the whole museum, the Small Wonders exhibit is perfect for infants and toddlers. The exhibit uses different textures and grades to appeal to crawlers and walkers. Wonderscope is closed on Mondays. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $8 for ages 3 to 63. Ages 64 and older are $7 and children 2 and younger are free. Wonderscope is located at 5700 King St., Shawnee, KS, 66203.
SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, Crown Center If your little one loves the aquarium at the doctor’s office, he’ll have the time of his life at SEA LIFE. The aquarium is a great outing for the baby carrier or stroller. With more than 5,000 creatures and 30 different exhibits, SEA LIFE will keep mom and dad entertained as well. Tickets are $16.75 for adults, $13.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children age 2 and younger if purchased online at www.visitsealife.com. The aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is located on the south side of Crown Center at 2475 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64108.
Penguin Park Babies and toddlers typically love animals, but you don’t have to go to the zoo, or even see live animals, for you little one to get their animal fix. Penguin Park has statues of a variety of animals sure to capture the interest of your baby or toddler, as well as a toddler play area and baby swings. Tables located inside a shelter provide the perfect spot for a picnic. Penguin Park is located at the corner of North Vivian Road and North Norton Avenue in Kansas City, MO, 64119.
Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens For little ones who enjoy stroller time, a trip to the arboretum makes for the perfect outing. The 300-acre arboretum has preservation land, botanical gardens and trails. Numerous trails of varying lengths ensure there’s something for every family. The arboretum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 10 to Sept. 30, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to April 9. Admission to the arboretum is $3 for ages 13 and older, $1 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Center is located at 8909 W. 179 St., Overland Park, KS, 66013.
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead Visitors can see and even pet more than 100 animals on this 1900s farmstead, including goats, sheep and other farm animals. Pony rides are available for older children. Deanna Rose is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 to Oct. 31 and until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Labor Day. Admission is $2; children 2 and younger are free. It is free to all visitors after 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is located at 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS, 66221.
Arley Hoskin has lived in the Kansas City area for 15 years. She enjoys taking her toddler to area parks and book stores. Hoskin currently resides in Raytown with her energetic and outgoing 2-year-old daughter.
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