Guide to Science City: A Must See for Kansas City Kids

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Located in the heart of our hometown, under the lights of our beloved cityscape, Science City provides a tremendous resource for local children. Built to challenge the largest of imaginations, the attraction is equipped with something for every type of scientist, engineer, nature lover, maker and explorer.

With spring breaks and summer vacations right around the corner, Science City is the perfect place to head for a day of hands-on learning and discovering. Spend a few hours or make a day of it, either way, kids of all ages will be entertained! I can attest, as I recently spent a Saturday afternoon with two very curious, science thirsty kids, as they wound through the nearly 100,000 square feet of space. The hardest part was trying to keep up with a small baby strapped to my chest as they ran between the exhibits! 

The majority of the conversations that take place in our home involve some sort of dinosaur trivia or space exploration fact, so our first stop at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium dome was an exciting one. We watched The Magic Tree House, a 35-minute educational film that answers six questions about space. The content of the short film would be appropriate for really any age of child. It kept all of us still in our seats, which was a win for this mom.

My dinosaur loving boys were thrilled to thrash and roar about at our next stop in the Dino Lab. We read every single fact and picture, came face to face with a life-like one and pretended to be paleontologists as they dug for fossils. Once I finally pulled them from their dig site, it was off to the races again.

The attraction’s newest exhibit is The Amazing Brain, and it was by far the most popular. People of all ages were excited to try out every single hands-on stop along the way. My boys, with their potty humor intact, especially loved “The Nose Knows” display as they tried to figure out what smell they would be guessing next. Mindball and Lie Detector stops were also big hits. They loved the learning of new facts, and I loved that it was inspired by local students at Grandview CAIR Focus!

As we wound our way around Science City, we were increasingly impressed with all it had to offer. Science and learning was all around us, but in a fun and accessible way. We cloned ourselves, watched tornadoes during water play, manipulated simple machines, and learned about the human body. We spent four hours simply playing, and didn’t even make it to things like the Maker Lab, the KC Rail Experience or the Demo Lab. They will be our first priorities the next time we visit.

Our visit fell on the first spring-like day of March, and we were not the only ones feeling the need to get out of the house and shake the winter blues away. Kansas City parents and kids were out in full force! Luckily, the new outdoor play structures were the perfect way for us all to enjoy the sunshine. Let me tell you, this is no ordinary playground! It is perfect for a multitude of ages, in an enclosed area, where parents can feel safe sitting back and letting their little ones run wild.  

Science City is the perfect family-friendly outing for parents and children who appreciate hands-on discovery and play. As Kansas City residents, we should be immensely proud of this kid-focused destination. Visit soon, and I know you will be as thoroughly impressed as we were!  

Tips for parents:

  • Science City is a great exhibit for all ages. Small toddlers were running about having a great time, and moody pre-teens seemed truly entertained!
  • The exhibit is stroller friendly, with an elevator located in the middle of the building.
  • The KinderLab is an attraction perfect for seven and under. There are safe play structures, and hands-on learning to keep them enthralled for a long time.
  • The Arvin Gottleib Planetarium shows begin at certain times, so ask when purchasing tickets at the front desk to plan accordingly.
  • Parking is simple, just head to the parking garage on the south side of Union Station.
  • Don’t forget the KC streetcar stop is right outside Union Station. Hop on for a quick lunch in the Crossroads or River Market, and head back for more exploring afterward!

Let us know your experience, and any additional tips you discover when  you visit this one-of-a-kind attraction! 

Kristin R.
Kristin is a Lee’s Summit suburb transplant, after living in the Brookside and Plaza areas for over eight years. Raising three young boys with her husband, Jake, has helped her to embrace the messy, wild side of life where love is expressed in bear hugs and body slams. Professionally, she can be found teaching classes as an adjunct professor in the areas of Business, Marketing and PR. She is able to provide her students with applicable, real-life knowledge as she draws from several years working in the corporate sector. “Free time” (ha!, what's that again?) is spent on an occasional date night to favorite local restaurants, reading blogs on everything from home design to politics, riding her sweet beach cruiser bike and thinking of ways to convince her husband to do yet another home improvement project.