Things to do in Columbia, MO with kids
Meet Me In St. Louis?….How about take the family to Missouri!? Let the Midwestern hospitality welcome you with an incredibly variety of things to do with kids..you won’t want to leave!
Did you know that The Show Me State has 5,500 recorded caves? Fancy visiting some? Of course you do! There are plenty to choose from, including Talking Rocks Cavern and Mark Twain Cave (He was born in here!)
Missouri has an incredibly rich history too, which kids can feel like they are a part of with attractions such as the Lewis and Clark Boat House, and Fort Osage.
Museums where kids can TOUCH things? You bet! Places like Science City and The Discovery Center of Springfield let kids create, play and learn by experimentation!
Of course, Missouri has incredible nature to get lost in, so make sure trips to places like Katy Trail State Park and Missouri Botanical Garden are on your list!
So why not visit the land where iced tea, BBQ and the ice cream cone were invented. Sounds like the perfect land for families! (Here’s a hint - it is!)
Papa's Cat Café gives you the chance to pet cats, play with cats, and enjoy delicious food & coffee too!
The Museum of Art and Archaeology is free & open to the public, with a host of treasures covering history, culture & art!
Amazing indoor fun in a HUGE play structure, with an arcade too, perfect for toddlers, right through to the grandparents! Everyone can play!
Great fun for active kids in Missouri with bowling, laser tag, and an arcade. Who is up for the challenge?
Explore one of the longest rail-to-trails in the entire USA in this Missouri state park. Some of the sections are even part of the history Lewis & Clark Historic Trail!
Fall fun in Callaway County, Missouri on this working farm that loves to have kids enjoy their corn maze, hayrides, campfires and more!
The Backer Collection of vintage Automobiles consists of over 120 vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles dating from 1903 to 1993. 84 of these vehicles are displayed at Auto World; sitting amongst historic settings and exhibits of memorabilia remi....
An insight into the life and times of one of the world's most memorable political leaders in an accessible way for kids. Fascinating day of history in Missouri.
35,000 sq ft of family fun with rides, games and simulators, PLUS 12,000 sq ft of high-tech playground for kids to enjoy!
Painless, mess-less action combat game, with blacklight, fog, flashing lights and heart pumping music! Perfect for those active kids over 5.
The biggest, fastest, funnest, safest, cleanest, number one-en-est family fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! For any age, for anybody, Big Surf Waterpark has a variety of rides and attractions! The only thing missing is you!
Guided tours around one of the most scenic caves in the country, with the Bridal Cave in Missouri. With trails, lakes, and picnic areas too!
The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than twenty years. We strive to offer visitors and residents of Hannibal a uniquely authentic riverboat experience on the "Mighty Mississippi".
Fascinating 55 minute tours into the Mark Twain Caves, as well as fun activities like special seasonal tours and Mark Twain shows.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties includes eight buildings; six historically significant buildings and two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings. A self-guided tour of the Mar....
Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, a Bounce House and much more at this Missouri family fun park!
The Zone is not just roller skating, but a ton of other fun activities for kids to spend the day! Laser Tag, Laser Maze, and a play area bouncers, as well as an arcade!
Natural wonders to explore in Meramec Valley, with cave tours for the whole family - and handicap accessible!
Six Flags St. Louis has it all - with those screaming coasters to those charming kiddie rides! With water rides too, get ready to enjoy this family classic theme park!
A family friendly water park in St. Charles with water slides, swimming pool, water activities and tasty concessions for the whole family!
A fun community style aquatic facility in St. Charles, with family nights, water slides, kids area and concessions!
A beautiful and educational day out in Missouri, where kids can enjoy time surrounded by colorful creatures in the Butterfly House!
The Blanchette Aquatic Center is complete with two waterslides, an otter slide, a children's water playground, lily pad walk, diving area, lap swimming, and more!
Near the Missouri River is this historical attraction featuring exhibits all about that famous Lewis & Clark expedition!
Take the family back in time! Fort Osage takes you to a time when Missouri was part of the wilderness in the Old West, and experience life for both the military and civilians.
Zip, swing and climb through the ONLY treetop adventure course in Missouri! Great fun for active kids!
Mini golf with a difference where it's all glow in the dark! Fun arcade too for those family days out in St. Louis!
We Rock The Spectrum is a fun, colorful and safe indoor gym for kids up to 12yrs with open play, summer camp & birthday parties.
Hands-on learning experiences in St. Louis that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills for kids!
Indoor AND outdoor fun for the whole family at Paradise Park, with bumper cars, climbing wall, foam factory, go-karts, mini golf, laser tag and SO much more!
High standard indoor karting in St Louis for kids as young as 6 years! Walk-ins available, and electric karts too!
Animal fun and history at Missouri's Grant's Farm, with over 900 animals, a historic cabin, carousel, pony rides and more!
Amazing kids fun in St. Louis with roller coasters, laser tag, tiny town, go-karts, bumper cars, and of course....pizza!
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 30,000 works of art.
St Louis Zoo offers FREE admission, with additional fee-based activities great for kids, including carousel, railroad, 4D theater, Safari Tours and more!
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 principle western trails.
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 enthusiastic crowd and the enthusiasm has continued for ove....
Explore science and learning with your children as they begin to understand the world around them. Families can experience the remarkable natural world together in a nurturing child-friendly environment. The Discovery Room helps children focus on the....
The World Chess Hall of Fame presents world-class exhibitions that explore the connection of chess to art, culture, and history
A premier entertainment center in Kansas City, with mini golf, arcade, go-karts, batting cages and lots of family fun to be had!
Visit the country's OLDEST botanical garden in continuous operation! An oasis in St. Louis, with 79 acres of beautiful displays and gardens.
A trip down memory lane in a beautiful historic building, taking you through the history of the telephone!
The EarthWays Home, a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 at 3617 Grandel Square, was renovated in 1994 to showcase practical demonstrations of energy efficient systems, recycled products and waste reduction practices. Today this handsome e....
Theme park AND water park fun with the one ticket in Kansas City, Missouri!
Bowling fun in Belton where the family can enjoy family bowling, bumper bowling, and even cosmic bowling! With mini golf too
A fun seasonal outdoor water park in Kansas City with family pools, slides and lots of fun water features!
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!
This St. Louis museum is one of the most unusual in the country, with multi-level madness, a rooftop Ferris Wheel and 3 stories of creativity - including caves!
A fascinating museum looking at the life, work and times of children's poet Eugene Field, all set in his childhood home
Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at this St.Louis aquarium, with interactive fun for kids too!
The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is an iconic attraction for kids to experience! They can visit the very top on a super fun tram, and even watch movies! Iconic St. Louis!
Kansas City Zoo features tigers, cheetahs, polar bears & more with over 1,000 exotic animals featured in indoor and outdoor exhibits.
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 to create the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the e....
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!
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 in the country, offering visitors the opportunity ....
Get whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. A magical journey through the evolution of childhood in Kansas City!
FREE 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 art!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City is a indoor LEGO based, fun in Kansas City, perfect for kids 3-12 yrs, with rides, building, art, 4D cinema & more!
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 Steamboat Arabia Museum, in the River Market District i....
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 schools, scouts, church organizations or any other youth g....
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!
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 transportation. The museum contains a collection of pho....
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 storied history.Learn about the beginnings of the Am....
Enjoy a real life wild animal safari and get to experience feeding the animals. Exotic animals will literally eat right out of the palm of your hand!
Fun for active kids in Kansas City with go-karts, zip lines, bowling, coasters, laser tag, bumper cars, a carousel, and SO much more!
Take a walk on the wild side at Dickerson Park Zoo. Llocated in Springfield, Missouri, it's home to more than 500 animals representing 170 species.
4000 square feet of fun lazer tag arena with full arcade, and private party rooms. A great way for active kids to spend the day!
Indoor ice skating, waterfalls, fountains and open play space in Springfield at this fun family park!
An interactive, hands-on museum where kids can discover about the world, science, and how things work!
Over 8,700 square feet of bouncing inflatable fun for those active kids, as well as a baby and toddler center!
A family friendly campsite where you can enjoy not only the on-site activities, like the swimming pool, but also the fun adventures to be had nearby, such as fishing!
Explore the rich Civil War heritage of the Ozark Mountain Country, at General Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History and adjacent Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Our facility displays artifacts and weapons of the war in the Trans-Mississippi, more....
Come and experience the many exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. Whatever your age, you're sure to be captivated by the stories and images on an era long passed....
An insight into the fascinating history of the county's past, including the rural way of life.
A beautiful sanctuary near Branson, Missouri where kids can get right up close to some incredible tigers and learn all about their environment, and nature as these tigers are protected in a safe, stress free environment.
Since 1988, the Powers Museum has focused on Carthage's history with changing annual exhibits on selected themes. Gift shop, tourist info, and reference library on site. Hands-on activities, geocache, and videos. See website for programs and seasonal....
Travel back in time to an 1880s mining city, with this Missouri theme park that is perfect for family members of all ages!
Branson's Newest and Wildest Animal Adventure is opening this Spring! We will be featuring many fun and exciting exhibits unlike anywhere else! Get up close and personal with your favorite animals from around the world!
Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex has three thrilling choices for Big Screen entertainment where the movies will never be the same for you again!
A "must see" just minutes from Silver Dollar City in Missouri! The whole family will love exploring on your underground adventure, with beautiful caves filled with crystals and amazing scenery.
A fun-filled, action-packed Dinner and Show extravaganza for everyone! It's the perfect place for families, friends and groups to gather for spectacular special effects and amazing stunts by the most talented performers on two legs and four.
Experience Branson sightseeing fun from a duck's eye view on Branson's only duck tour. Travel on land and water in one amazing vehicle. Now Ride The Ducks has 2 fun-filled Branson Adventures. Our Classic Table Rock Lake Sightseeing Adventure and ou....
Amazing karting tracks across four very close locations in Branson, with a Ferris Wheel, bumper boats, mini golf and more!
White Water fun at Branson's only outdoor water park! Kids and their families can spend the day enjoying very cool water rides & attractions!
Experience the landmarks of Hollywood whilst you have a fun game of mini-golf in Missouri! Kids fun with a twist!
Rub shoulders with the stars at this Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson, where you can come face to face with the biggest A-list celebrities!
Experience the combination of a thrilling 5D ride, 3D film and a video game in one scary and fun adventure in Castle of Chaos, Branson!
Transport into a modern day fairytale and work your way through a fun mirror maze to rescue the princess in Branson, Missouri!
An incredible experience aboard this Titanic experience where kids can walk the Grand Staircase, touch a REAL live iceberg, learn to send an SOS message... and much more!
The odd and unusual displays inside this Odditorium are not the only thing that draws visitors to see this place. The building itself is one of the most photographed buildings in the world!
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf is great fun for kids over 3 years, with pirate themed mini golf on award-winning courses!
The perfect RV park and campground for those fishing loving families in Branson, Missouri, with 14 acres of wooded campsites and cabins right on the shores of Lake Taneycomo.
A fun and atmospheric 2 storey lazer tag zone, also popular for birthday parties!
A park dedicated to Carver's life, with hands-on programs to help kids imagine young George's life on the Carver Farm. Many activities here are from the everyday life of the 19th century, like dyeing, washing, and drying laundry the old-fashioned way....
Paintball fun on two top of the line airball fields, as well as bleacher setting AND the largest paintball castle complex in the entire Midwest! Get combat ready at Missouri's LARGEST paintball park!
Africa comes to Missouri with this walk-thru zoo, with over 50 different species from all over the world, with a petting zoo and gemstone mining too!
An amazing drive thru animal park in Missouri, with over 500 animals, tours, feedings and fun!
Family water park and fun centre with lots of different fun slides for the whole family.
The Discovery Playhouse has 2 floors filled with exhibits designed for families to play, learn and discover, with more to come!
Explore what life was once like on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River at the Cape River Heritage Museum is located at the old police & fire station!
Glenn House is a historic home built in 1883, and today is open to the public to experience like in 19th century Missouir!
Crisp Museum is located at the Missouri State University, and features exhibits displaying fine art, and local history
Visit one of the remaining Civil War forts in Cape Girardeau at Fort D Historic Site, via self-guided tours, guided tours & re-enactments!