Thursday, August 22, 2013

Things to Do with Kids in Kansas City

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Portions of this post were sponsored by LEGOLAND & The Sea Life Aquarium.

My husband recently got back from a 6 month deployment.  While he was gone, we kept in touch via Skype and Facebook messaging.  When he got back home, we wanted to take a trip to celebrate the reuniting of our family and to give us some time to bond.  We decided to venture over to Kansas City, KS/MO to explore LEGOLAND, the Sealife Aquarium, and more...
Our first stop in Kansas City, MO was LEGOLAND.  I was not expecting anything even remotely close to what it was.  There was a Lego factory where visitors can see how Legos are made, a Lego ride where you save the princess, and a carousel-type ride that went higher up into the air.  Both of the kiddos, Bear {4.5} and Pip {17} loved the Lego Racers Build & Test area.  I'd say that we spent 75% of our time at LEGOLAND in this portion of it.  After they finished their wheeled creations, there were several places where they could test them out.
I was most amazed by the LEGOLAND mini-city that was built out of over 1 million Legos.  It featured all of the major places in the KCMO area like downtown, the Chiefs stadium, and the Kansas Speedway.  The Speedway had a racing feature that allowed the kids to actually "drive" Lego racecars around the track using controllers.  The part I was most in awe of was the lighting.  When we first went it, the lights were fully up.  They slowly began to fade until it was dark as night.  The streetlights came on in the city, a rock band played with lights on stage.  There was even a projected fireworks display on the wall!
As you can see below, there was also a Wizard of Oz display that featured Munchkin Land, Emerald City, and the Wicked Witch of the West's castle.  Words cannot even describe how cool it all was.
We wanted to get a souvenir from LEGOLAND in addition to the photos we had taken when we entered.  We found a custom Lego figure area in the gift shop that allowed us to make our own personalized Lego people.  This was another highlight of the visit. 

Attached to LEGOLAND is the Sea Life Aquarium.  First off, I love how they stagger visitor's entrance into the aquarium. so that there isn't a rush of people inside, but instead a nice flow that allowed us to take our time and explore at our own pace.  It is a very family-friendly aquarium with plenty of areas to explore.  Bear and Pip were given scratch off scavenger hunt cards to complete as we went through the aquarium.  Various facts relating to the sea life in the particular areas were on the walls.  Each section had a question box with multiple choice answers.  There were tunnels  that Bear could crawl through and bubble windows he could go into.

My favorite part was the Manta Ray display.  they were visible from almost every angle.  You could stand straight in front of the tank and look in or go up to an overlooking display.  There was even a see through portion of the floor.  That. Was. Thee. Coolest!

We stayed at The Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, KS.  We had loads of fun.  The waterpark alone was amazing with an zero depth indoor/outdoor pool area, a giant kid's play structure, and 4 huge waterslides.  Bear also got to help stuff his own Wolfie.  As an added treat, we decided to have dessert for breakfast. 

I have to thank my dear friend Jacquie at for all of her help in planning this trip!  You can find information on things to do with kids in Kansas City and much more at her blog, on Facebook, and on Pinterest.

We also got some suggestions from friends to visit the Moon Marble Company, the T-Rex CafĂ©, and the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, but we ran out of time, but they're on our agenda for next time!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received  free admission for 4 to LEGOLAND and the Sea Life Aquarium. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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