Zoos in LAWRENCE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Lawrence because this The Sunflower 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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  • Topeka Zoo

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    (27 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 ...

  • Kansas City Zoo

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    (38 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 ...

  • Emporia Zoo

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    (65 miles) Emporia

    Kids will love getting up close with the many species of animals in the Kansas zoo, with a blend of native and exotic birds and animals housed in an area with beautiful landscaping and horticultural ...

  • Sunset Zoo

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    (74 miles) Manhattan

    Home to over 250 animal species. During summer you can drop in on keeper chats, conservation talks and feedings including chimpanzee, sloth bear and otter.

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  • Park Lanes Family Fun Center

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    (25 miles) Shawnee

    Indoor bowling center and funzone.

  • Little Monkey Bizness KS

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    (27 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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    (28 miles) Overland park

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

  • Going Bonkers

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    (28 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!

  • Incredibowl

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    (31 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 ...

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

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    (36 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 ...

  • I49 Fun Center

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    (39 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!

  • Air Zone

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    (40 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 ...

  • Aarons Family Fun Center

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    (41 miles) Belton

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

  • Aarons Westchester 1

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    (41 miles) Belton

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

  • Paradise Park

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    (47 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.

  • Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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    (32 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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    (60 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!

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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    (76 miles) Strong City

    Get out into nature at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills, and enjoy the numerous year round nature trails and summer fun activities.

  • Tallgrass Prairie Park

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    (84 miles) Strong City

    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was honored with being selected as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced the results on January 29, 2008, Kansas Day, at the ...

  • Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery

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    (89 miles) Junction City

    See live animal exhibits, see and touch native animal furs, print your own tracks, watch birds of prey, hike nature trails, and enjoy a super nature themed adventure playground.

  • Schlitterbahn Vacation Village

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    (25 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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    (30 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.

  • Jones Aquatic Center

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    (66 miles) Emporia

    Cool down at the Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia! Open seasonally May to August, kids can splash about and play all day!

  • Moon Marble Company

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    (20 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.

  • Game Zone and Skate Zone

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    (24 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 ...

  • PowerPlay

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    (27 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.

  • Blue Valley Recreation

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    (32 miles) Overland Park

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

  • Kaleidoscope

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    (36 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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    (42 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 ...

  • Flint Hills Lanes

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    (65 miles) Emporia

    Bowling fun for the whole family at Flint Hills Lanes! Also great for leagues and birthday parties!

  • Worlds of Fun

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    (43 miles) Kansas City

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

  • Combat Air Museum

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    (25 miles) Topeka

    The combat Air Museum is an incredible collection of aircraft which also houses a wide variety of military artifacts from the First World War to the present day. Many aircraft engines are also on ...

  • Kansas Childrens Discovery Center

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    (27 miles) Topeka

    The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is a place of discovery and exploration - where kids can learn by enjoying, playing and experimenting in this hands-on environment focused on education.

  • Wonderscope Childrens Museum of Kansas City

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    (28 miles) Shawnee

    Fun, hands-on, imaginative learning is the priority at Wonderscope - a place where kids are encouraged to really embrace their full potential.

  • The American Royal Museum

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    (35 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 ...