Whether it’s snow, rain or just way too hot, moms need indoor play options in Kansas City all year long. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to get the wiggles out, no matter what age kiddos you have.
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Escape to the magic of the movies! Family-owned B&B Theatres operates incredible movie theater locations all across the Kansas City Metro, offering amazing theatrical amenities like screenPLAY!, a theater auditorium with a playground inside the theater! Kids can enjoy the play equipment and the custom, interactive preshow for 30 minutes (while parents relax in the electric recliners) before settling into their seats for the feature. But screenPLAY! is only the beginning of what B&B has to offer, with Grand Screens, MX4D, ScreenX, extended menus, and (yep!) full bars. Visit www.bbtheatres.com for a full list of amenities, showtimes, locations, and much more.
Looking for the best year-round indoor fun? With new adventures behind every corner, Urban Air Adventure Park is the ultimate indoor playground. Take birthdays to the next level or spend a day of fun with the family and you’ll see why we’re more than just a trampoline park. Urban Air is where fun takes flight. Where kids can make friends, make their mark, make their way. And you can make a day of it. At Urban Air, there’s a surprise inside every box. So, let ‘em try something new, something bold, something challenging. Let ‘em soar, score, chase, race, climb. Let ‘em have an awesome time. Let ‘em go for a spin, go for a slice, go solo, go team, go big, but most of all, let ‘em go for it. Let the kids fly through the park on our sky rider, take on our climbing walls, or reach new heights on all our trampolines. Urban Air. Let ‘em fly.
Rainbow of the Heartland
There are no limits to the grins and giggles at Rainbow. Play sets, trampolines, basketball all in one space! Bring the kids to jump, climb, swing, and play in our massive indoor showroom for just $7.50 per child. Our punch cards make great gifts too! Hosting your playgroup? Call ahead for groups of 6 or more for the best play date ever. Water is always available or parents may bring along their own soft drinks and snacks, store them in our refrigerator, and let the kids enjoy snack time in the party room. Let’s play!
LEGOLAND Discover Center Kansas City
September 30th through October 31st, there’s an awesome LEGO® Brick-or-Treat Monster Party happening this Halloween and you’re on the guest list! Join the Monsters as they take over LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City to celebrate the release of their brand-new Halloween 4D Movie, ‘The Great Monster Chase!’ It’s non-stop Halloween party fun, with spooky Halloween decorations, amazing LEGO® activities, and a screening of the EXCLUSIVE NEW LEGO® 4D Halloween movie. Join in the pumpkin LEGO® build in the Monsters’ Garden, find the LEGO® Monster band mates in MINILAND®. You won’t want to miss the LEGO® party of the season! Come along and bring your best Monster moves with you.
Science City at Union Station
Internationally awarded for “Visitor Experience” by ASTC and regionally awarded “Favorite Family Friendly Attraction” by Visit KC Visitors Choice Awards, Science City powered by Burns & McDonnell is named one of the country’s TOP 25 science centers. It educates and entertains hundreds of thousands of science-thirsty children of all ages, including the very youngest learners in its four new, expansive Early Learning additions. Kansas City’s Science Center is THE place for inquisitive young minds to create, explore, and experiment with the BIG world of science through hands-on learning and non-stop fun.
Get Nerfed is the area’s only Nerf Battle Arena and is the newest attraction designed for family fun and entertainment. From open play to organized birthday parties ,events, Get Nerfed is fun for all ages. Best of all, mom doesn’t have to pick up all the darts! Come check out the Lil Athlete playroom designed for 7 and under! If you’re looking for a unique birthday party experience be sure to check us out and book today!
Fun Run specializes in indoor FUN for children ages 1-12 years old. We offer open play 7 days a week. One price gets you ALL day play at our facilities. No need to leave for lunch when you can grab a pizza or a snack from our Fun Run Cafe. At the Liberty location, you will find inflatables, multi-level skymaze, two story wooden village, toddler area, eye beam, build your own Fun Run Pet Shop, and a small arcade. Our Blue Springs location offers inflatables, multi-level skymaze, wooden village, toddler area, eye beam, build your own Fun Run pet shop, small arcade and kangaroo jump. Bounce. Run. Play with us!
Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station
Combining interactive astronomy education, spectacular public shows, and telescope viewing opportunities, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium is Kansas City’s greatest connection to the night sky and beyond. Come see a guided start tour and learn all about the night sky in Kansas City. Explore the universe, or dive under the ocean in one of our educational documentaries. Don’t forget about our late night laser shows featuring music from your favorite artists, and special events such as telescope viewing events.
Johnson County Museum
Come play at KidScape at the Johnson County Museum! KidScape is a fully-immersive, interactive history experience where kids time travel to different periods and communities from the region’s past. Work on the farm, perform at the theater or the puppet show, teach in the school, deliver the mail, care for patients at the hospital, or fry up some burgers at the diner. There’s 3,500 square feet of fun to explore and learn while having fun! Admission is $6/adults, $4/kids and includes admission to the Museum!
Mission Parks + Recreation
Bring your little ones to a safe indoor playground with ALL BRAND NEW equipment. For kids 6 years & under, we offer a variety of developmental toys, balls and inflatables. Don’t let your little ones miss out on all the fun with Mission Parks + Recreation. Active supervision by parents is required. If you wish to bring more than 3 children, please call 913.722.8200.
The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City
Wonderscope is the region’s only fully accessible, non-profit children’s museum dedicated to providing STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – educational experiences for young children and their families – all with a fun Kansas City theme. Wonderscope features 30,000 square feet of indoor exploration (plus 1/2 acre of year-round outdoor adventure). Daily programs are included with museum admission or membership. Memberships, starting at $100, are available and offer unlimited admission to the museum and programs for a full year. Birthday party packages are also available. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
My Play Cafe
MY Play Café offers a clean, imaginative play-area for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. As well as a barista-staffed café serving gourmet espresso drinks, tea, smoothie and Boba for everyone to enjoy! Our space is large enough for the children to run and play, yet intimate enough for adults and caregivers to relax, have a conversation, or catch up on work. Ages 7 & up are FREE! Ask About the Free Café Helpers Program to earn a Free Café Drink.
Inspired Play Cafe
We offer the community a positive, nutritious, and educational indoor play space for a child-led approach to play-based learning. Our full service cafe and community table space offers a place to eat, relax with any extra (FREE) adults in your party, or get some work done. Children of all sizes and abilities stay engaged in our low stimulus play environment designed to INSPIRE, as we incorporate Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio teachings into our space. Featuring weekly and monthly interactive classes included in play sessions, memberships, community events, private celebration and corporate event rental packages, and a full food and beverage menu. Reserve your spot online!
Beat the Heat at SuperKidz Club
This 9,500 sq ft indoor playground in Mission is owned by a real life mom, which means she’s thought of… well, everything. I usually cringe at the thought of Oliver crawling through germ-infested tunnels, but this place is cleaner than my own home.
Jump for Joy (and for Tired Kids!) at Sky Zone
Sky Zone also offers a dodgeball area, swinging silks into a foam pit, arcade games, party rooms, CLEAN restrooms, water fountains and a pretty great snack bar. We ended our trip with a round of Icees.
The MVPs of Indoor Play Time
Hours of Paw Patrol would be my 3-year-old’s preference for how to spend the hours of her day, but we all suffer with crankiness from too much time in front of the TV, so we try to limit it unless we’re sick. Here are my 5 MVPs of indoor play at the moment. All of these require very little work on my part and keep my kids decently entertained, long enough for me to sit down and do things like write this blog post.
Easy Sensory Bins & Indoor Activities
Cabin fever will set in eventually, and there is a good chance that my five-year-old and two-year-old will mutiny if I don’t keep them busy. To avoid locking myself in the bathroom to hide from their whiney demands, I’ve put together a few cheap, easy, tried-and-true ways to keep them occupied when we can’t go out!
KC’s Magical Places Where Moms Work and Kids Play
Finding time to get together with other mom friends is difficult at best when you consider nap times, music classes, and doctor appointments. Finding a place to chat is even harder when kids want out of the house but mom wants uninterrupted discussion or even more challenging – a place to get work done. There are several magical places in the KC metro where working mama and active kids can co-exist.
Activate Awesome at Urban Air Lenexa
Whether you’re looking to book your kiddo’s next birthday party or for something to do on a chilly afternoon, Urban Air has it all. Seriously. Your kids can jump, climb, sky ride, and slide while you sit and relax in a massage chair, grab lunch, or participate in the fun yourself.