Okay, I have to say I’m getting a huge kick out of seeing how towns are remaking train stations. We first saw St. Louis’ re-imagining of Union Station. Now we got to see Kansas City’s Union Station. I have to say this one is infinitely cooler, and a fun stop in Missouri.
The station is an amazing work of art just to look at it. There were a lot of little shops that we didn’t get to look at, which was kind of disappointing because they looked to have some unique flair to them.
Hi, Future Ticia 2022 here, I could go through and update every single picture with my new logo, but I know the traffic this post gets, and I don’t want to. So you get to see both my new logo (on that picture up above) and the old logo on most of the pictures in this post.
My tips for a fun visit to Kansas City’s Union Station
- There are several restaurants there, so try out some of the food.
- The Children’s Museum is AMAZING! Allot several hours, continuing on this:
- Older kids will enjoy the crime lab. Kids who can’t read yet won’t get as much out of it, but will still enjoy it.
- The optical illusions portion is AMAZINGLY fun!
- In all honesty, the entire place is fun, plan to spend several hours there.
Our Experience at the Children’s Museum at Kansas City’s Union Station
To get to the kid’s museum you go down an escalator, which my kids still freak out at. Then walk for a long time past all sorts of fun stuff to look at. Then you get inside and it is SO COOL!
To learn about the laws of motion you play mini-golf!
Come to think about it, was probably one of the first times we’ve gone put-putting. That is somewhat shocking all by itself because I love mini-golf. I don’t like real golf, but that’s another story.
My kids are absolutely enthralled by reptiles. I could truthfully expand that out to any small animal. I think in the very near future the fight over pets will become serious.
Heading into the dinosaur dig area, this really freaked Princess out. But, I thought it was pretty cool.
Once in there, you had lots of different paintbrushes to choose from to unbury the dinosaur bones. You could also make rubbings of different dinosaurs. My kids still don’t have the dexterity to really get the rubbings done.
Jeff and I had a lot of fun with this optical illusion area. Here we’re in a room that’s upside down and has all sorts of weird things about it. The kids mainly had fun running from room to room in there.
They were mostly patient waiting in line to drive the helicopter. Isn’t it funny how those are ALWAYS the most popular part of things to ride in the big cars and planes and things they see all the time but can’t go in?
This was especially intriguing to them because we had just narrowly missed a tornado the day before!
So, they had this crime-solving area, which could have been really cool to older kids, but a few of the exhibits weren’t working quite right. You were trying to find the missing cow. After they heard this our kids spent the next 15 minutes running around the museum trying to find the cow. “Mommy, where’s the cow?” “Why can’t I find the cow!?!” That was not the wisest decision on our part, oh well.
This is larger than usual, but it’s so I remember who’s who in the pictures: Princess, Superman, and Batman. I’d been looking at the earlier pictures trying to remember who is who in the pictures.
Again we only left because it was closing time, so we headed over to what was a bit fancier of a restaurant than we intended to go to, but it was REALLY good food and a lot of it. So, it was probably worth it. We got in a couple more hours of driving that night, which meant we only had 3 hours of driving for the next day. So all was good.
More fun field trips around the country
I have lots of fun suggestions for field trips and traveling with kids over on my Travelschooling Board.