I love taking my kids to shows – theater, dance, sports, music… even Monster Jam. But sometimes navigating Sprint Center with little ones can feel overwhelming. But with a little research and planning, you really can give your kids some fun experiences and maybe have a little fun yourself, too!
In most cases, our family has been able to successfully find parking on the streets surrounding Sprint Center but this definitely depends on the time, day and popularity of your event. Parking garages usually have event rates so plan accordingly. Paying for parking that is close and convenient for little legs is something I build into the cost of our experience when budgeting. There is nothing that starts off a show on the wrong foot like paying more than you anticipated for a spot super far away.
While Sprint Center doesn’t own or operate lots near the venue, you can find a list of parking garages and lots here. Important note: Grand Avenue is closed to traffic prior to events for guest safety.
You can also check out the street car for an even easier (and fun!) experience.
Though we’d always recommend baby wearing at large events when possible, strollers are fair game at Sprint Center. However, guests are asked to check strollers at Guest Services located at Sections 103 or 205.
Kid Bribes (Food & Drink)
Your diaper bag is allowed as long as it falls within the 12x6x12 size requirement but it can’t be packed with kid snacks or drinks. The good news is that during family events, concessions offers kid friendly options like a veggie cup and hummus, Fruita cups, mac n cheese, chicken tenders and fries. To see a list of all food and beverages offered, see the concession menus.
Good news! Sprint Center offerings a lactation suite located on the Main Concourse between sections 120 and 121. Go to Guest Services in section 103 to request that the room be unlocked when you arrive.
Time to Go Potty
If you’re kids are like mine, navigating the large public restrooms can be overwhelming. If family restrooms are easier for your crew, you can find them in sections 104, 114, 213, and 220 as well as on the Suite Levels near B19 and A19. Sometimes the closer restroom might have the longest line. Head on down the concourse and you might discover a shorter line.
Mom tip: Bring masking tape in your purse to cover up the automatic flush sensor for an easier toddler potty experience 🙂
It can happen because, kids. You’ll find the first aid locations on the main concourse at Section 105 and the upper concourse at Section 219. If you have to leave Sprint Center for any reason, reentry is not allowed for any event due to security concerns.
With a little planning, you can have an awesome family experience in downtown Kansas City! Check out these upcoming shows at Sprint Center, which make for GREAT holiday gifts that won’t overload your playroom!
Monster Jam (Jan. 11-13) (Ages 2 & up require a ticket)
Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party (April 4-7) (Ages 2 & up require a ticket)
U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2019 (Aug. 8-11) (Ages 2 & up require a ticket)