Guide to Indoor Play in Kansas City

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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LEGOLAND Discovery Center & SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City

Fun for the whole family! Surround yourself with millions of LEGO® bricks and come face-to-fin with thousands of sea creatures with a visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City. Book your tickets online in advance to save time and guarantee entry.

Urban Air

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.

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Rainbow of the Heartland

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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!

Science City at Union Station

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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. With more than 50 hands-on environments, you’ll become part of the action as you discover new things about yourself and the world around you. 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.

Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station

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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 star 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.

Fun Run

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Fun Run specializes in indoor FUN for children ages 1-12 years old. We offer open play 7 days a week and birthday party packages. 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, interactive floor projection games, build your own Pet Shop, and a small arcade. Our Blue Springs location offers inflatables, multi-level skymaze, wooden village, toddler area, interactive floor and wall projection games, build your own pet shop, small arcade and kangaroo jump. Bounce. Run. Play with us!

MY Play Cafe

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Kansas City’s First Play Cafe! Newly expanded to THREE LOCATIONS: Lee’s Summit, MO + Gardner, KS + Northland KC, MO. 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

Inspired Play Cafe

We offer the community a positive, nutritious, and educational indoor play experience for a child-led approach to play-based learning seven days a week. Our environment ensures you have a quiet respite away from the hustle and bustle of life to connect with your child, family, and others in the community all at once. We proudly offer a full cafe food and beverage menu during each play period, wifi, art supplies – relax with any extra (FREE) adults, work, or shop our local vendors. Memberships offer flexibility and savings, punch cards offer a discount on admission, and a day pass to try us out!

Impact Gymnastics at Emerald City

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Impact Gymnastics offers a variety of days and times to let your child play and explore our 20,000 square foot facility that houses trampolines, a rope swing, tunnels, zip line, foam pit and more!

Johnson County Museum

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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!

Pump It Up

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Unleash Family Fun at Pump It Up Overland Park’s Open Jump! Looking for the perfect family outing? Join us for Open Jump sessions, where kids can enjoy endless fun on our massive inflatables while staying active in a safe, climate-controlled environment. Suitable for all ages, it’s a great way to burn off energy while connecting with family and making new friends. Check our Open Jump calendar for details. Don’t miss out on unforgettable birthday parties too – use code KCMC23 for party savings! Embrace the excitement – see you at our Open Jump!

The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

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Come learn, play, and grow with us! 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 $120, are available and offer unlimited admission to the museum and programs for a full year. Birthday party packages are also available. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Rough and Bumble

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Embrace all seasons with Rough & Bumble KC! When the weather outside is frightful or scorching, we’ve got the perfect solution for indoor playtime! While your little ones explore, parents and caregivers can seize the opportunity to kick back, relax, or catch up on tasks with a tasty drink in hand. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere as your children embark on exciting adventures within our play cafe. But that’s not all! Did you know our space is available for rent? Make family gatherings and special events extra special by hosting them at Rough & Bumble. And for the night owls among us, Fridays and Saturdays bring a unique twist – we transform into a board game cafe after hours! Join us for some family-friendly fun, laughter, and friendship. Rough & Bumble KC: where every season is play season!

Matt Ross Community Center Indoor Pools (Overland Park Parks and Recreation)

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Dive into excitement at Matt Ross Community Center indoor pools! With three vibrant pool areas, the options for water-filled fun are endless. The leisure pool is a blast for all ages, boasting an 18-foot water slide that twists and turns, a lazy river for a laid-back drift and water toys like a waterfall table and spinning umbrella fountain for the little ones. With zero-depth entry and a maximum depth of 3.5 feet, it’s the perfect aquatic paradise. Add to that a lap pool and a spa, and there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy. Your aquatic adventures await year-round!

Crown Center

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Don’t miss the chance to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved movies! Journey to Oz, Crown Center’s kid-friendly interactive exhibit, is bringing the magic of the big screen to you! Your little ones can explore the enchanting world of Oz while following Dorothy and friends down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and even sneak into the Wicked Witch’s castle on the way! Let their imaginations soar by embarking on a magical journey they will never forget! Plan your trip to Crown Center today.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game

The Escape Game Kansas City is an escape room located in Kansas City’s favorite shopping center, Country Club Plaza. The Escape Game is America’s premier provider of escape rooms. Each game is multi-room adventure where you and your team will have 60 minutes to follow clues, solve puzzles, and complete your mission! You might escape. You will have fun!

Beat the Heat at SuperKidz Club

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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