Living close to Kansas City definitely has its perks - there is always something to do! There are museums, parks, play places, nature centers, shopping centers and more!
I am not sure how often I will get out to travel with being a mom of two under two, but I thought I would share some things I have found that are either free or pretty cheap for young and some older children. Some of these places we have been to, and others we have not.
Paradise Park (Lee's Summit) - Every Monday Mom's get in for free! Destin loves this place!
Gymboree (Lee's Summit & other locations) - They offer a free class to new members
Xtreme Gymnatics (or any gymnastics place in the area) - Most of them provide a free trial class just to see if your little one is interested. All you have to do is call and try it out!
Wonderscope (Shawnee, KS): I came here a few years ago with my mom & little brother (before Destin). Here are the prices: Ages 3-63 - $7; Ages 64 and up - $6; 1 and 2 year olds - $4 ; Infants under 1 year/members are FREE
Tunnel Voyage (Lee's Summit) - This place closed 9/30/10...we only got to go one time :(
Johnson County Museum - This place is FREE. We have never been here but would love to check it out!
Jumping Jax (Overland Park, KS) - I would like to check this place out...Prices: Under 2 is $4.00; Age 2 and up is $8.00 for your first child,$5.00 each additional child. Parents are always FREE
Monkey Bizness (Shawnee Mission and Olathe, KS) - We have never been here but the prices aren't too bad, $7.50 for children over 1; $5.00 for crawlers; parents/infants are free.
Chuck E. Cheese (Independence)
Midcontinent Public Library
Paul Messner Puppet Shows
Build A Bear Workshop (at the Indep Center)
Dave & Busters (at the Legends shopping center in KS) - This place is FREE, but of course you have to pay money to play the games and/or eat there!
T Rex Cafe (at the Legends as well) - Fun place eat, and lots to look at!
Matt Ross Community Center Indoor Playground (Overland Park, KS) - This place is FREE
Zonkers (at the Great Mall & Oak Park Mall) - some type of playplace with video games...we have never been before.
Deanna Rose Farmstead (see previous post on blog)
The Kansas City Zoo - We love it there! We have a family pass & go all the time!
Nature Centers (Burr Oak Woods, Lakeside Nature Center, ...)
Local Parks in your area
Pumpkin Patches/Farms - there are too many to list!
Festivals in the Fall/Spring/Summer - we usually go to all of the ones in Lee's Summit
Most of these places I found just by driving by, or I found them at http://www.kcparent.com/. This website (which is also a magazine) provides hundreds, if not thousands of places to go, events, contests and more for the local KC parent.