Things to do in Kansas with kids
Toto…I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore. Wait a minute, yes we are, and it’s super FUN!
Kansas is classic America, with “home on the range” prairies and that iconic cowboy culture.
It’s also a state infused with American Indian history, and places like Pawnee Indian Village Museum can teach children about this important part of American history (Fun fact - four tribes still live in the state!)
Summers have never been so fun with attractions like Rock River Rapids, and wildlife has never been so diverse with the huge Lee Richardson Zoo and Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and see history come back to life with the unique High Plains Museum and Boot Hill Museum.
This BBQ loving state has prairies to explore, museums to get lost in, and incredible fun for those active kids.
And of course, what would a trip to The Sunflower State be without visiting Dorothys House and Land Of Oz? Click those heels in this replica of that famous house - “There’s no place like Kansas! There’s no place like Kansas!"
And you’d be right. There isn’t!
Sunset Zoo is home to over 250 animal species, offering seasonal keeper chats, conservation talks & feedings!
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 features.
Share your Kansas family day out with the animals! This unique zoo is home to hundreds of Kansas native animals, and exotic animals. With a playground, gardens, picnic areas and events, it makes for a very animal loving experience!
Over 100 animals in this Kansas zoo, plus a 64,000 sq ft museum that takes you on a journey between humans, animals, and the world!
A charming zoo that feels animals belong in their natural habitats, offering zoo tours, photos with animals, and tree house fun!
Over 3,000 animals, and nearly 400 species from all over the world at this Kansas zoo, with boat tours, animal feeding, and a tram tour too!
A family friendly zoo in the heart of Gage Park in Topeka, with beautiful animal exhibits, fun animal events and encounters, and a children's zoo too!
Over 120 animals and birds at this small county zoo in Wright Park, where kids can come face to face with beautiful animals from around the world
It's the most interactive zoo in all of Kansas! You may find yourself face to face with a kangaroo, have a giraffe eating out of your hand, or look up to a ring tailed lemur on your shoulder! Highly interactive encounters with some of natures most ex....
River Rock Rapids is a splashing day out to cool off in those summer days in Kansas!
Parrot Cove is the largest water park in Southwest Kansas, with 36000 square feet of indoor water park fun!
Super fun Western themed Dodge City water park with 4 themed pools featuring slides, diving, a rock wall & a lazy river!
Family-friendly Caribbean themed water park in Salina, open seasonally with slides, wave pools, a floating river & kids' area! Great for the budget
Cool down at the Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia! Open seasonally May to August, kids can splash about and play all day!
The Hays Aquatic Park is a splashingly cool way to enjoy water activities and features!
The city's largest overall pool facility. Visitors can enjoy a long slide, small water slides, zero depth, fountains and shade structures.
Brave the world's TALLEST water slide at this Kansas City water park, with other thrills, spills, and family fun!
Trek through time at the Museum of World Treasures. History comes alive as you delve into the lives of dinosaurs, Ancient Egyptians, past presidents, & more
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.
Why is Reno County a special place to live? Come find out at the Reno County Museum where you will uncover the rich culture and history via their fascinating exhibitions!
A place to learn about greyhounds, the history of racing and meet retired racers themselves, who all have amazing stories to tell.
The historical museum in Kansas that offers a range of exhibits from pioneer days to modern times. There are interactive exhibits, QR codes, and scavenger hunts for kids too!
The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home are a great place to see how one of our Presidents started out and his humble beginnings, and other achievements through out his life. There are 5 buildings to see and many changing exhibits....
Fun, hands-on, imaginative learning is the priority at Wonderscope - a place where kids are encouraged to really embrace their full potential.
A fascinating and historical look into the history of Wichita and its surroundings, all the way back to the mid 1800s.
Kids can learn through play at this fun hands-on discovery museum with dress up areas, play spaces, arts, crafts, and areas to make believe!
Learn all about the historical and present agricultural industry, with fascinating exhibits, train rides and even animals! Historic fun in Kansas!
The Prairie Museum of Art and History serves as a cultural center on the High Plains of Kansas, providing the opportunity for the public to learn about art and history through its collections, in order to make a difference in their lives.
A fascinating museum that tells the stories of the people of Western Kansas from the last century. Over 8,000 objects will take the family back through history where kids can discover the rich history of Sherman Country. A historical and educational ....
The Fick Fossil and History Museum in Oakley, Kansas shares a building with the community library. The Fick Museum is free (donations) and has a number of interesting large fossils from the area, many old tools, mineral specimens, and shell & mineral....
A great museum for lovers of cowboys and the Old West! Boot Hill Museum also looks at the history of Dodge City which makes for a gunslinging family day out in Kansas!
The Sternberg Museum features interactive natural science exhibitions, many traveling and temporary exhibitions, an acclaimed Discovery Room, and a Museum Store. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ....
Standing tall on the banks of the Smoky Hill River, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum preserves the early heritage of McPherson County. The museum collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets materials related to this heritage with spe....
The Ottawa County Historical Museum features many outstanding displays. One of the world's premier George Washington Carver exhibits resides within the museum. Also included is an excellent military exhibit one of the best anywhere. There is an i....
The Kaufman museum has: * a tallgrass prairie reconstruction with over 15 species of grasses and more than 100 wildflower species * the award-winning permanent exhibit Of Land and People which tells the story of the coming of the Mennonite....
Offering a theatre, displays, exhibitions and artefacts detailing the thrilling and adventurous lives and achievements of a couple of honest to goodness Explorers.
As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, the Wichita Art Museum houses one of the country's finest collections of American art, spanning three centuries of painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. Masterpieces by Mary Cassat....
The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University acts as a catalyst and cultural center for the art of our time. Offering direct encounters with modern and contemporary art and dynamic public programs, the museum explores questions that shape our....
The importance of the Kansas Aviation Museum building to the glory days of Kansas aviation cannot be overstated. Its grand art-deco style appeals both to the aviation community and to anyone interested in historical preservation.
Through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope you can view such wonders as the planet Saturn and its beautiful rings, and the Moon with its craters and mountains!
In 1967 the city moved it's offices and fire equipment to a modern building and in 1969 the city sold the old building to the Kingman County Historical Society. The society opened the building to the public as a museum in 1970. In 1972 this remarkabl....
Step back in time in this Kansas museum as the whole family can experience the history of the Pawnee Indians, who settled in Republic County as early as 1770.
Experience life in the 1870s in this living history museum, where you can experience midwestern cattle town with wagon rides, blacksmiths, historic buildings and more!
This world-renowned, Smithsonian-Affiliated museum allows visitors to experience the thrill of space exploration. Plus Dr. Goddard's Lab, an explosively fun, rocketry demonstration for kids!
Learn all about the history of Kansas, including the Civil War, Oregon Trail, planes, trails, and more with hands-on galleries too!
History awaits with exhibits on buffalos, Native American culture and pioneers - with a real turn of the century log cabin! Historic fun in Kansas for kids!
Film fans can experience this historic replication of the infamous farmhouse from the film "The Wizard Of Oz", as well as 5,000 square feet of family fun animated entertainment featuring almost all of the characters.
Tour this National Historic Site to learn about the life of one of the world's most influential female aviators. A fascinating day out for kids in Atchison, Kansas.
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!
Indoor play fun for kids up to 8 years with inflatable courses, bouncers, play structures, jungle gyms and more!
Open play for active kids in Kansas, with trampolines, rock wall, foam pit and more, plus great gymnastics classes!
Fun open jump for active kids, as well as family jump time and birthday parties in this indoor fun center in Kansas! Great bouncing fun!
Amazing family fun in Kansas with bowling, laser maze, arcade and go karts! Great fun for active kids!
Great fun in wichita with hide-and-seek tag with a high tech twist on this multi-level arena with specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music!
Great kids fun in Wichita with mini golf, go karts and kiddie karts, climbing wall, super soaker bumper boats, lazer tag, batting cages....and more! Phew!
Open skate sessions, ice hockey, figure skating and even musical sessions for families - great skating fun in Wichita!
Fun Kansas roller skating to keep those kids active, as well as birthday parties!
A beautiful family day out of hiking, archery, canoes, fishing and paddle boats in the pristine Kansas countryside
50 Years of Rollin' Fun For Everyone! Family owned and operated since inception, welcoming all for some classic fun.
Now known as Shawnee Mission, the rink offers open skate fun for all ages plus speciality session types include Speed Skating, Gospel Night, learn to skate sessions and adults and youth hockey leagues.
Skating is FUN & HEALTHY family entertainment When is the last time YOUR family did something together? Come and visit Carousel Skate Center!
80,000 sq ft of fun in Kansas City with laser tag, go-karts, cosmic bowling, bumper cars and more!
It's ALL about the bouncing at this indoor trampoline park, with escape rooms too!
Active kids will love this cool alternative to paintball - an indoor dart battlefield! Action packed fun in Wichita!
Offers state of the art exhibition techniques to showcase every dimension of the wetlands experience, plus observation decking, hides and further resources.
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.
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 Arboretum is an educational, recreational and cultura....
Hidden in the western Kansas prairie, Scott State Park is a startling oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, and craggy bluffs. The 1,020-acre park surrounds the 100-acre, springfed Scott State Fishing Lake. The park has 55 utility campsites....
A lovely family day out in nature with over 119 acres of land and lake to enjoy Kansas nature at its best.
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!
Our Goals 1. Provide opportunities to the public to learn about natural resources, especially the wildlife and plant species, of the Great Plains Region. 2. Provide visitors with enjoyable educational experiences that impart the importance of wise ....
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.
An amazing selection of themed gardens in Wichita, including an unforgettable children's garden with musical mazes and monster trees!
Cars, wheels, racing, tracks, and fun! Heartland Park Topeka is a thrilling trip for the family to get out and experience racing live!
Our mission is to be the railroad museum of Kansas, dedicated to recording and exhibiting the importance of railroad transportation in the human, agricultural, commercial and industrial heritage of Wichita, Kansas and the Great Plains.
Take a trip 650 feet below the surface where a fascinating museum awaits to tell you the history of salt!
Sk8away is roller skating fun in Topeka with public skate sessions, Learn To Skate for little ones and birthday parties too!
Explore a 1900s turn of the century farm in Kansas, with 200 animals, gardens, pony rides, and a fishing pond!
The Douglas County Historical Society is responsible for the operation, preservation and development of collections in the Watkins Community Museum of History. The Douglas County Historical Society is a private non-profit organization with a mission ....
Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Wichita for kid....
The Great Plains Theatre is an Abilene non-profit, offering a range of entertainment for the whole family from comedians, to magicians, Broadway hits, chart topping musicians, and so much more!
The Orpheum Theatre is a wonderful nonprofit performing arts center in the heart of downtown Wichita, offering concerts, comedy, live stage shows and films - all in a very family friendly way!
An outdoor family attraction that combines cutting-edge science, with great teachers, and yes, dinosaurs! Great Kansas fun for curious kids!
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 wheeled walkers for learners.
Hours of family fun in Kansas, with Wichita's ONLY amusement park! With mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats, swings and more!
Located in the heart of downtown Parsons Kansas Cosmic Castle is an experience you won't soon forget. Bring the whole family for a day of fun and treats.
Bowling fun for the whole family at Flint Hills Lanes! Also great for leagues and birthday parties!
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.
Lots of fun for whole family including karts, laser tag, mini golf, indoor soft play and more!
A museum all about barbed wire....why not! An unusual museum in Kansas that gives an insight into the history and legend of this invention!
Open bowling, glow bowling, and even a laser maze perfect for families at this Shawnee family entertainment center!
At the Activity Center families can swim, play, dance, get fit, do gymnastics, make crafts, and enjoy performing arts.
Get the family camping among the rolling prairie grass and sunflowers at Mid America Camp Inn in Goodland, Kansas! Located in the far northwest corner of Kansas, this campground welcomes RVs, big rigs, and tent campers.
The largest RV Park Resort & Public Campground in Kansas, and the perfect place to relax with your family out in nature!