Crown Center District in Kansas City Review: A Kid Friendly Weekend of Family Fun

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Our favorite place to visit in the Kansas City area on a Spring Break trips is the Crown Center District! Easily split up in a two day weekend, it’s the perfect destination for any family with young kids! Also perfect on rainy days, you’ll want to visit Crown Center District in Kansas City for a kid friendly weekend of family fun!

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Visit Crown Center District in Kansas City for a Kid Friendly Weekend of Family Fun

In this guide you’ll find some great information about all there is to see in the Crown Center District including cost and travel tips!

Places to see inside this guide:

  • Legoland Discovery Center
  • SEA Life Aquarium
  • Fritz Railroad Restuarant
  • Crown Center Showroom
  • Hallmark Kaleidoscope
  • Union Station
  • Science City

Legoland Discover Center – Kansas

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Definitely a favorite among kids under 10 years old, you can easily spent anywhere from 2 to 5 hours in this place! It may be small but there’s plenty to do!

Legoland Discovery Centers are perfect for younger kids to better engage them and give them their own area to explore the amazing-ness of LEGOs we all love, but never want to step on bare foot, building blocks!

COST $$$$

Adults $30
Child (3-12) $25
Child (0-2) FREE

If you order your tickets online, you save $5 on each ticket. Plus there are combo ticket packages for SEA Life Aquarium located next door ($35 online)

Coupons! There’s plenty of coupons for Legoland online. In fact, both times we came to Legoland one year apart, I used the same coupon code and got BOGO (buy one get one) Adult ticket with Free child ticket. Well worth checking it!

I’m planning on writing a full review of Legoland Kansas and when that’s live, I’ll update this post with a link. In the mean time…

Inside you’ll find an imagination center where you can draw your idea and bring it to life with LEGOs. This year the new exhibit we saw at Legoland was the LEGO Ninjago Training area! Super fun, interactive activities to help you become an Ninjago! There’s also a large display of Kansas City’s landmarks that make you awe in the time and dedication it took to build with such detail! There are two fun rides that you can get on as many times as you want!

They put in a new VR area but it’s an extra $6 and my kids were too young to play. The 4D cinema is a must showing 15 minute mini episodes your kids will love! There’s also a giant play structure that my kids went inside and I didn’t see them for 30 minutes!

Plus a build-your-own race car and track area, a duplo building blocks with small slide area and a small cafe to get some snacks and drinks!

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SEA LIFE Aquarium

Make a day trip out of checking out Legoland by visiting the SEA Life Aquarium located right next door in the same building! Often you’ll find BOGO passes for Legoland and the aquarium and the first time we came to visit Legoland, they actually gave us a BOGO 50% admission to Sea Life next door.

COST $$$

Adults $22
Child (3-12) $18
Child (0-2) FREE

Just like Legoland, booking online saves you $5 each on tickets.

Sea Life Aquarium isn’t that big but you’ll still spend at least 30 minutes to an hour at all the exhibits.

Afterwards check out the water fountain show to music in the Crown Center Square outside of Legoland and Sea Life! Is it Winter time? The Crown Center Square is transformed to a huge ice terrace for some ice skating fun every year during the months of November to mid March!

Walk across the street for some delicious food and shopping inside the Crown Center as well as a theaters and two free children’s exhibits at the Crown Center Showplace and Hallmark Kaleidoscope!

Crown center district in Kansas

Crown Center Showplace

The Crown Center Showplace is an exhibit that changes every year but each interactive exhibit is geared towards children! It’s completely FREE and open every day! Located on the first floor next to the Coterie Theatre, you’ll make a left once you enter the Crown Center main entrance and make your way all the way down the hall. Check out their website here to find the latest exhibit information.

Fritz Railroad Restaurant


Burgers and Milkshakes Galore!
If you have young kids, you’ll want to eat at Fritz Railroad Restaurant!

If your kids love trains, this will be a fun treat for them!

Call your order in at the booth and have your food delivered to you by train in the overhead railroad track! Fun to see, my boys had a great time and the food wasn’t bad either!

Hallmark Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is located on the first floor of the Crown Center, just turn right from the main entrance! It is a FREE event for children to create to their heart’s desire with Hallmark’s left over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing process. They have sessions throughout the day Monday-Saturday, they are closed on Sundays! You’ll want to get there early as there’s always a line because free tickets are limited and given upon first come first serve! Learn more about Kaleidoscope and their hour session times here!

Afterwards, take The Link to visit Union Station and Science City!

The Link is an 880 foot Link provides an elevated pedestrian walkway access to various hotels, office buildings, and the Crown Center Shops that was built in 1988.

Another walkway was added in 2000 that connects Westin Kansas City Hotel to Union Station and inside, Science City!

The walkway is open 5:30AM – 7:30 PM Monday-Friday, 6:00AM – 1:00PM Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.

Science City @ Union Station

Walk over to Union Station and check out this beautiful building and afterwards, head over to Science City for hours of educational fun for the family!

The 100 year old Union Station is a hub of culture, education, and entertainment. Visit traveling national exhibits, 3D movies on the Extreme Screen, or explore our world in Science City, or enjoy a cup of coffee or a special meal in this beautiful, historic building. Union Station has something for everyone in the family.

About Us Union Station

COST $$$

Union Station (FREE)
Science City $13.25 + tax

Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-5PM
Sunday 12PM-5PM
CLOSED Mondays

Science City is located inside Union Station. From the main entrance, head straight back past the gift shop to the information center to get your ticket. Inside Science City is also the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium and that is open daily with Science City but it does require a separate ticket at $7 each.

Crown center district in Kansas

My kids LOVE going to Science City because there is so much to see and do! We have memberships at our local children’s museum, Explora!, and that membership gets us in FREE to Science City so it was definitely on our top bucket list to check out!

This place is HUGE with plenty of exhibits to check out and the outdoor play area is a favorite! From a large water table, optical illusions, dinosaur dig, block play, and so much more; expect to spend few hours here to get the full experience!

(Check out my Explora! Review here)

Also located in the Crown Center District are theaters and museums including the World War I Museum and Memorial! These are definitely places to check out as well and is on our family’s bucket list for our next trip to Kansas City!

Have you been to the Crown Center District in Kansas City? I would love to hear from you! What did we miss? What is your favorite?

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