Fun

If you're looking for a good time, Kansas City is the place to be! It doesn't matter if you're one or 100; there are activities that are right for you. From professional sports to theme parks, Kansas City will appeal to kids, and the kid in us all.

Activities & Theme Parks
  Boat Cruises on Brush Creek, Brush Creek at Wyandotte, (816) 756-1331. 30-minute narrated cruise on the canal along the Country Club Plaza. Seasonal.

Kansas City Trolley Tours, regularly scheduled to Kansas City's top attractions. Narrated. (816) 221-3399 or 1-888-471-6050.

Crown Center Ice Terrace, (816) 274-8412, Crown Center complex. 25th and Grand in the heart of Kansas City. The city's only public outdoor ice skating rink is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., November through March.

Ice Sports-Kansas City, (913) 441-3033, 19900 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kan. Public indoor ice rink with set skating times. Hockey, figure skating and group classes.

Worlds of Fun, (816) 454-4545, I-435 and Parvin Road (exit #54) northeast of downtown Kansas City. Over 170 rides, shows and attractions on 175 acres, open from mid-April through October, in an internationally themed park. Includes the Timber Wolf, one of the world's top-ranked wooden roller coasters, and the Mamba, one of the world's tallest and fastest steel coasters. Newest addition in 2001 was Camp Snoopy. Closing times vary. Season passes and single-day passports available

Oceans of Fun, (816) 454-4545. Next to Worlds of Fun, off I-435 and Parvin Road, the Midwest's largest tropically themed water park featuring surf, sun and sand activities on more than 60 acres. Among more than 35 attractions are the million-gallon Surf City wave pool, adults-only pool with swim-up refreshment cabana, children's water playgrounds and seven giant water slides. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day with varying closing times. Season passports and single-day tickets available

Woodlands Race Track, (913) 299-9797. Located off I-435 at the Leavenworth Road exit in Kansas City, Kan. Nation's first dual racetrack for greyhounds and horses; simulcast greyhound and horse races year-round. Enclosed grandstands. Races five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday, and great brunch buffet.

Snow Creek Ski Area, (816) 640-2200, north of Weston, Mo. Snow-skiing facility fully equipped with snow-making capability. Includes nine intermediate and two beginner runs, two triple chair lifts and three rope tows. Average season is 87 days. Rentals available. On the Web and www.skipeaks.com

The Kansas City Zoological Park, (816) 513-5701, in Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo. East entrance off I-435 at Gregory Boulevard; west entrance at Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway. Hundreds of animals from around the globe in natural habitats. Open daily year-round except Christmas and New Year's Day. IMAX Theatre, (816) 513-4629.

Powell Gardens, 20 miles east of Lee's Summit on U.S. Highway 50, (816) 697-2600. 915 acres of ever-changing gardens, nature trails, café and gift shop and year-round events and classes.
 
Attractions
  Science City, (816) 460-2222, Union Station, 300 Pershing in Kansas City. The jewel of Union Station, this "hands-on" museum experience features five different neighborhoods, including a theater district. A city within the station, museums, science centers and theaters. Traveling exhibits such as the Titanic treasures and the T-Rex named Sue.

Union Station, (816) 460-2222, 300 Pershing in Kansas City. The renovated Union Station (a $250 million, bistate project completed in 1999) holds seven restaurants, shops and a theater district that features a 440-seat large-format theater with five-story screen; a state-of-the art planetarium and multimedia domed theater; and a live performance theater with shows designed for learning and entertainment.

Springs of Excelsior Springs. Visitors from around the world (in its heyday over 500,000 a year), visited the town north of Kansas City known worldwide for its healing waters. Siloam Springs is still the only natural source of iron-manganese water in the United States; five specific mineral waters are here, more than in any other locale in North America or Europe. The Hall of Waters, (816) 630-0753, built in 1937, holds the longest water bar in the world.
 
Casinos
  Argosy Riverside Casino, (816) 746-3100, 777 N.W. Gateway (I-435 & Highway 9), Riverside Mo.

Isle of Capri, (816) 855-7777, 1800 Front St., Kansas City, Mo.

Harrah's North Kansas City Casino, (816) 472-7777, Highway 210 and Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, Mo.

Ameristar Casino Kansas City, (816) 414-7000, I-435 at E. Highway 210, Kansas City, Mo.
 
Golf
  Since the first course was carved out of a cow pasture at 36th Street and Gillham Road in 1894, Kansas City's golf tradition hasn't stopped growing. Today, the more than 60 public and private courses spread over the hills and valleys of Greater Kansas City account for more than 1 million golf rounds every year. From the early 1900s through the early 2000s, this area has fostered some of the Midwest's premier golf courses designed by some of the game's premier architects.

From the two Paradise Pointe public courses along Smithville Lake up north to The National Golf Club of Kansas City, a private course designed by Kansas City's own Tom Watson in Parkville; from the new Sycamore Ridge public course at the southwest edge of the metro area in Spring Hill, Kan., to the 100+-year-old tradition of the exclusive Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills - this is a town that cherishes its links.

The Senior PGA Tour makes a stop each summer in Kansas City, and regular PGA Tour players (and other celebrities) participate each year in Tom Watson's Children's Mercy Golf Classic, which has raised millions for Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital.

Every year of the last decade has seen the completion of either (or both) new upscale public courses or private courses - and more are in the works. For information on golf in Greater Kansas City, contact the Kansas Golf Association at www.kansasgolf.org or (913) 842-4833; the Missouri Golf Association at www.mogolf.org. or (314) 636-8994; or the Kansas City Golf Association, (913) 649-5242.
 
Kids Stuff
  The Deanna Rose Memorial Children's Farmstead at 138th and Switzer in the Overland Park Community Park is an ideal place for children to get a taste of life on the farm firsthand. The Farmstead provides a close-up look at a variety of typical farm animals, including ducks, horses, goats, chickens, pigs and rabbits and some not-so-typical farm animals, such as a peacock and buffalo. Demonstration vegetable gardens, perennial beds and displays of farm artifacts are also part of the farmstead. Two-hour tour packages for 10-40 persons include lunch, a wagon ride and animal feeding and must be scheduled in advance. Call (913) 897-2360.

The Creative Arts Center at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak in Kansas City, offers classes year-round in early childhood, parent-child drawing, painting and sculpture. School groups schedule classes during the school year and individuals can sign up for Saturday classes at (816) 751-1236.

Kaleidoscope, Crown Center, at 2501 McGee, Kansas City, is Hallmark Cards' creative art experience where children ages 5-12 are invited to explore, create and enjoy. Kaleidoscope, outside the third level of Hall's next to the Hallmark Visitors Center, offers four 55-minute public sessions beginning at 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:15 and 2:30 p.m., and it's always free. Tickets are distributed in the lobby on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. until maximum capacity for each session is reached. Reservations are needed for groups of six or more. During the school year, reservations are required at weekday sessions. For summer schedule and up-to-date information, call (816) 274-8300.

Lyric Opera Summer Camp is open to youngsters 8-18. The two-week camp, (816) 471-4933, offers such activities as singing and movement, dramatizing and listening to music from an upcoming opera, field trips and visits from the Lyric Opera artistic staff and singers.

Wonderscope Children's Museum is 13 rooms, each with a different theme, of hands-on, interactive exhibits in arts, science and technology for children, from toddlers to 10, at 5705 Flint in Shawnee. For admission price and schedule call (913) 268-8130.

Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 513-8960. Wildlife education/interpretive programs with live animals, trails and exhibits.

The Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure, in Fleming Park in Jackson County, is open to the public with no admission fee from sunrise to sunset. A safari tour through the enclosure on a hay-filled truck with a close-up look at bison and elk can be arranged by calling (816) 229-8980 for admission price and schedule.

Missouri Town 1855, on the east side of Fleming Park at Lake Jacomo near Blue Springs, is a living history museum composed of over 35 buildings depicting the lifestyles of the mid-19th century. Interpreters are dressed in period costumes. (816) 795-8200, Ext. 1260. Many special events.

Old Shawnee Town at 57th and Cody in Shawnee is a recreated frontier town that includes a log cabin, sod house, blacksmith shop, barbershop, undertaker shop and the first jail in Kansas, built in 1843. Call (913) 248-2360.

Weston Historical Museum, 601 Main St. in Weston, Mo. A preservation of Weston and Platte County history, including prehistoric Indian artifacts, Civil War objects and an exhibit of items focusing on Ben Holladay, the "Stagecoach King." Call (816) 386-2977.

CUBE, 104 W. 9th, in American Institute of Architects, (913) 262-8222. Center for Understanding the Built Environment for kids, includes walking tour.
Story reading happens on a regular basis at many area libraries, which are also good sources for activity brochures from around the metro.
 
Sports
  The Royals, (816) 921-8000. The Kansas City Royals are part of the American League's Western Division and the 1985 World Series Champions. Home games are played at 40,000-seat Kauffman Stadium, one of the most beautiful ballparks in Major League Baseball, Truman Sports Complex off I-70.

The Kansas City Knights, (816) 471-4222, a founding franchise of the ABA basketball major league. Home games in Kemper Arena, from mid-November through mid-April. www.kansascityknights.com.

The Chiefs, (816) 920-9300. The Kansas City Chiefs are in the Western Division of the National Football League's American Conference. Home games are played at the 78,000-seat Arrowhead Stadium, Truman Sports Complex off I-70.

The Comets, (816) 474-2255. The Comets compete in the Major Indoor Soccer League October through March at Kemper Arena.

The Wizards, (816) 920-9300. The Wizards compete in Major League Soccer and play home games April through September at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Explorers, (913) 362-9944. The Kansas City Explorers are part of the World Team Tennis League and host home matches July through September at Hale Arena, south of Kemper Arena.

Kansas Speedway, I-435 and I-70 in Kansas City, Kan. (913) 328-7723; tickets, (913) 328-RACE. Greater Kansas City's newest (opened in 2001) sports attraction brings NASCAR racing to town.