50+ Things for Teens to Do in KC This Winter

Finding new and different outings for teens can be difficult sometimes, as it seems most activities are geared toward toddler and elementary aged children. But, Kansas City actually offers a multitude of entertainment and options for teens and pre-teens.

This guide will help your teen look up from the phone, cure some winter boredom and have fun all at once! Parents might even receive a few cool points for organizing an out-of-the-box mode of entertainment, although don’t expect your teen to admit it out loud.

Entertaining Your Teen During the Winter in Kansas City

Play Games

Book a round of indoor mini golf and dinner at Sinkers Lounge. Kids are welcome!

Spend a few hours at Main Event or Dave & Buster’s to enjoy arcade games, laser tag or bowling. With several locations around the metro, there is sure to be one close enough for a fun afternoon. 

Have a glow in the dark experience during Xtreme Bowl at Summit Lanes.

For only $7 enjoy unlimited classic arcade games at Draftcade in Zona Rosa.

Escape to an alternate reality at Flipswitch VR in the Crossroads. 

Grab a group of teens or organize a family outing for wholesome fun at Game Show Battle Rooms.

Designed with kids in mind, Tick Tock Escape Rooms is the perfect winter activity. Nothing scary, only mysterious puzzles can be found in the multiple rooms available. 

Although outside, the generous heaters at Top Golf make this a year-round destination, especially for teen outings. 

Enjoy a more upscale bowling and bocce experience at Pinstripes.

K1 Speed Go Karts is to be completed in 2023 in Lee’s Summit. There’s even a teen league where racers can fulfill their need for speed! 

Galactic Saber League. Star Wars fans, this will be your new KC headquarters! Offering classes and leagues where teens can participate in choreographed lightsaber classes, duels or take on others in strategic tabletop games, this is a one-of-a-kind destination for teens. 

The Rush Funplex in the Northland provides rock climbing, go carts, pool, bumper cars and a ton of other activities where teens can run wild. 

Similarly, Power Play has many of the same attractions as well as indoor carnival rides, axe throwing and a laser maze. 

Go Outside

YaYa’s Alpaca Farm is the perfect place for animal lovers to see a working agribusiness. 

Spend a day at Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Take a winter hike through Burr Oak Woods on a nice day to connect with nature. Bonus, many areas are pretty enough for the ‘gram (translation for the old folks: Instagram). 

Visit the Ice at Park Place for skating, followed by a little shopping at Pink Antlers and some hot chocolate from Outta the Blue

Get Moving

RoKC Climbing Gym will definitely expend some energy. It has two locations, one in North Kansas City and the other in Olathe. 

The College Basketball Experience is an interactive exhibit where ballers can shoot hoops and learn a little about the history of the game. 

Chicken N Pickle now has two locations and an entire day’s worth of fun, including pickleball, yard games, ping pong tables and great food! The Overland Park location has an ice skating rink during the winter!

Watch them take flight at iFLY, where they will learn gravity defying tricks. 

Sign up for a teen specific aerial acrobatic class at Learning to Fly

Buy tickets to Light up the Night at Sky Zone locations in Shawnee or Lee’s Summit. 

Release some tension and have fun smashing stuff at Rage! KC.

Visit an indoor ice skating rink at Line Creek Community Center.

Get Nerfed in Liberty, Missouri will allow them to battle it out, without mom having to pick up all the darts! 

Book a round of laser tag at Jaeger’s Paintball and Laser Tag

Learn Something

Explore the WWI Museum in the heart of the city. Afterward, ride the streetcar after to Buffalo State Pizza Company for a few slices. 

Visit the Negro League’s Baseball Museum to learn an important part of history. 

Create a custom candle at Embers Candle Bar

Sign up for a “Kids in the Kitchen Class” at the Culinary Center of Kansas City in Overland Park.

Learn to make sushi or decorate beautiful cookies during a class at Taste Buds Kitchen.

Book a tour of Chips Chocolate Factory in Crown Center. It also comes with ample tastings! 

Blow their minds with fascinating optical illusions at the Museum of Illusions.

Learn the sport of curling at the Kansas City Curling Club. 

Buy tickets to a show at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station. 

Take advantage of the equipment in the Johnson County Library’s MakerSpace. Items like 3D printers, laser cutters and sound equipment are just a few of the things open to use for free! 

The Olathe Public Library also has an entire section dedicated to teens where they can game, find age appropriate reading materials and hang out with others their age.  

Enjoy the Arts

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts often plays popular films while the orchestra plays the movie’s score live. Black Panther, Star Wars, Princess Bride and Indian Jones are examples of movies previously shown and performed. 

Walk in to Creative Culture for a workshop, a creative project and most importantly an over-the-top indulgent milkshake. 

Reserve a ticket to browse the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Enjoy modern art at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art with a stop at Cafe Sebastienne for lunch or brunch. 

Give Back

Volunteer at Wayside Waifs or KC Pet Project to make a difference.

Find one of the many Harvester’s or Coldwater volunteer opportunities, and give back to those in need. 

Giving back at Coldwater, in Lee’s Summit.

Organize a group of teens to make “Happy Kits’ for Children’s Mercy patients.

Eat Somewhere Special

Satisfy everyone’s specific palette at Parlor or Strang Hall, then hang in the common areas to enjoy the chef-driven food. 

Donutology in Westport is always a unique spot where their imagination and taste buds can run wild. Take home one of their DIY Donut kids for fun at home afterward! 

Something Only Teens Could Understand

A self-described interactive art location, Selfie Wrld Kansas City, is where Gen Zer’s can pose with friends amongst the coolest of Instagrammable backgrounds. Equipped with a bluetooth remote to help snap those pics, tickets are for one hour, and teens can snap as many photos as their hearts desire. 

Share your favorite places in KC in the comments, and let’s collectively cure the winter boredom for our teens and pre-teens!

Kristin Ruthstrom
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.