Zoos in KANSAS CITY with kids

It’s animal time in Kansas City, Missouri and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Kansas City because this The Show Me State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Kansas City Zoo

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    (7 miles) Kansas City

    Kansas City Zoo - Looking for wild family fun? See our tigers roar, cheetahs run, and polar bears flip. Each day is a new adventure. Marvel at more than 1,000 exotic animals featured in indoor and ...

  • Topeka Zoo

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    (62 miles) Topeka

    Start your adventure in our wonderful Zoo and enjoy the best family place in Topeka. As you enter the zoo your passport to adventure will take you on a journey to innovate animal exhibits such as ...

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  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

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    (1 miles) Kansas city

    LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City is a LEGO® based, indoor family attraction, based in Kansas City’s Crown Center shopping and entertainment mal. The attraction is best suited to children ...

  • Air Zone

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    (9 miles) Kansas City

    Kids ages 2 - 12 will go wild for four awesome inflatables including a giant slide, two obstacle courses and jousting coliseum. They will have an unforgettable time running, jumping, sliding and ...

  • Little Monkey Bizness KS

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    (10 miles) Shawnee Mission

    Exciting physical adventure play with a multi storey structure and modern versions of all the classic from slick slides to deep ball pools.

  • Emerald City

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    (12 miles) Overland park

    Gymnastics, Open Play, Indoor Rock Climbing, Birthday Parties, Private Events, and more!

  • Park Lanes Family Fun Center

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    (13 miles) Shawnee

    Indoor bowling center and funzone.

  • Paradise Park

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    (16 miles) Lee s Summit

    Paradise Park is a family entertainment center that offers a unique mix of attractions: go karts, jr. go karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper cars, rock climbing, game room and foam factory.

  • Incredibowl

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    (18 miles) Stanley

    INCRED-A-BOWL is a one-of-a-kind, 65,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment center. Its definitely not your typical bowling alley. Above all, it is truly a family fun center, just the way ...

  • I49 Fun Center

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    (19 miles) Belton

    A fun and bouncy indoor inflatable playground in the Belton/Raymore area, with bounce houses, inflatable slides and inflatable obstacle courses, as well a toddler area!

  • Aarons Family Fun Center

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    (20 miles) Belton

    Aaron's Family Fun Center is a great place for the whole family.

  • Aarons Westchester 1

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    (20 miles) Belton

    Bowling, arcade, outdoor go karting, volleyball and mini golf.

  • Going Bonkers

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    (63 miles) Topeka

    Kids can climb, jump, bounce, slide, and weave their way through an amazing five levels of fun exercise and play, with a separate toddler area for the little ones and more than 50 arcade games!

  • Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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    (21 miles) Overland Park

    The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. A leader of environmentally sound community development, the ...

  • Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge

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    (92 miles) Hartford

    Wetlands, grasslands and marshlands for kids to explore, which provide a diverse habitat for mammals, reptiles and birds which they can learn about. An animal haven!

  • Schlitterbahn Vacation Village

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    (12 miles) Kansas City

    Astounding water park with vast range of epic level fun from thrill rides and to kiddie zones, plus the tallest water slide in the world open here soon!

  • Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center

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    (14 miles) Overland Park

    The city's largest overall pool facility. Visitors can enjoy a long slide, small water slides, zero depth, fountains and shade structures.

  • Kaleidoscope

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    (1 miles) Kansas City

    Family art sessions for children of all ages and their adults!! Children and their families explore exciting environments while they use art supplies and recycled materials to make their own amazing ...

  • Cool Crest Family Fun Center

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    (7 miles) Independence

    With over 50 years of entertaining behind us Cool Crest has become Kansas City's premier entertainment facility. Perfect for any outing, Cool Crest is sure to please! One of the many fun family ...

  • PowerPlay

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    (10 miles) Shawnee

    Features include go karts, laser tag, bumper cars, whirlyball, ropes course, carnival swing, cosmic bowling and a 3 level adventure playground with bounce house and train.

  • Moon Marble Company

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    (16 miles) Bonner Springs

    An unusual museum featuring all things marble, with traditional demonstrations of marble making available, plus a gem and fountain room, and a huge variety of them to look over.

  • Blue Valley Recreation

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    (18 miles) Overland Park

    At the Activity Center families can swim, play, dance, get fit, do gymnastics, make crafts, and enjoy performing arts.

  • Game Zone and Skate Zone

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    (21 miles) Olathe

    Enormous video and redemption game arcade, complete with the latest in dance machines and alley bowlers. Also on site a family specialised skating facility for young kids with a soft floor and ...

  • Worlds of Fun

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    (7 miles) Kansas City

    Theme park AND water park fun with the one ticket in Kansas City, Missouri!

  • Arabia Steamboat Museum

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    (1 miles) Kansas City

    The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. Discovery the history behind the Stemaboat Arabia. Today, the remains of the Arabia can be viewed at the ...

  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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    (1 miles) Kansas City

    Through the inspiration of Horace M. Peterson III (1945-1992), founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, a group of local historians, business leaders, and former baseball players came together ...

  • American Jazz Museum

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    (1 miles) Kansas City

    The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. Includes interactive exhibits and films, educational ...

  • Science City

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    (1 miles) Kansas City

    Imaginations can run wild at Science City at Union Station, where kids can learn and explore in all things science through fun exhibits, including one of the largest planetariums in the Midwest!

  • Kansas City Museum

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    (1 miles) Kansas City

    Field trips to the Kansas City Museum are real attention-grabbers designed to fully engage the kids in your group. We provide a genuine learning experience that simply can't be duplicated for ...

  • The American Royal Museum

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    (2 miles) Kansas City

    Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents.Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits.Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City\'s rich and ...

  • Airline History Museum

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    (2 miles) Kansas City

    The Airline History Museum is located at the Historic Downtown Airport, in Kansas City, Missouri. To walk through it is to truly step back in time, to a different and more graceful age of air ...

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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    (4 miles) Kansas City

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best ...

  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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    (5 miles) Kansas City

    Get whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. A magical journey through the evolution of childhood in Kansas City!

  • Childrens Peace Pavilion

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    (8 miles) Independence

    The Children's Peace Pavilion was established in 1995 as a gift to all children from the Community of Christ. In January of that year the doors of the Children's Peace Pavilion opened to an ...

  • National Frontier Trails Museum

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    (9 miles) Independence

    Welcome to the National Frontier Trails Museum! The National Frontier Trails Museum is a museum, interpretive center, and research library dedicated to telling the rich history of America's ...