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Your group is going to really enjoy this 3-day adventure through Kansas City, with opportunities for fun and shopping at Crown Center, learning at Old Missouri Town, and outdoor experiences in Kansas!
If you enjoy shopping and fine dining, Crown Center has you covered. From home furnishings, flowers, and decor to children’s apparel, toys, books, adult apparel, and more, Crown Center has it all. For the young ones, check out the Crayola Kansas City store where you can find every kind of crayon imaginable as well as a number of other fun art supplies for the ultimate craft day. Also, look into the world’s only Crayola Cafe located here at the Crown Center and try out their kid and adult-friendly menu of American classics. If you prefer something a little fancier, try out the Milano Italian Dining restaurant which celebrates Old World recipes and delicious Italian plates.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
While each individual Discovery Center is different, they all have a common theme, set up, and attraction offering. Here are the attractions you can expect at each Discovery Center:
- Miniland - A miniature version of the host city, typically, made entirely out of LEGOS (typically over 1.5 million bricks total!).
- 4D Theater - All the great LEGO movies with the additional thrill of wind, rain, and snow effects.
- Kingdom Quest - A fun interactive ride in which you will get to help rescue the Princess!
- Merlin's Apprentice - Another fun ride where the faster you pedal your cart, the faster you get to conjure up spells to help Merlin!
- Factory Tour/Master Builder Academy - LEGO utilizes a fun interactive game to teach you how LEGOs are made as you mix, heat, mold, and decorate the bricks yourself.
SEA LIFE Aquarium
Visit all sorts of animals including sharks, jellyfish, giant Pacific octopi, green moray eels, freshwater turtles, barracudas, and more! Conservation programs and behind the scenes tours are available for guests who want a more involved experience, as well. School groups, homeschool groups, and other group styles are welcome to participate in customized workshops and programs or download activity packets for the students to complete. Workshops are led by professional staff members and can be based on a number of subjects.
Old Missouri Town 1855
Student groups pining for an ”old-time” Heartland experience will truly enjoy a visit to Missouri Town, 1855. This wonderfully recreated progressive farming community in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, established on 30 green, sloping acres is an assemblage of more than 25 original buildings, dating from 1820 to 1860; of-the-day equipment and furnishings lend an air of authenticity to the careful depiction of a 19th-century rural lifestyle, with historians in period dress treating visitors to “a day in country life” in 1855 Missouri – replete with a church, mercantile, schoolhouse, lawyer’s office, blacksmith, graveyard, homes and authentic field and farm crops as well as examples of rare livestock breeds that would have been commonplace in coops, barnyards, and pastures almost 160 years ago.
Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo is considered to be the most useful and accessible resource in the region for bringing urban and suburban families in touch with diverse habitats, cultures, and animals of the natural world, each visit taking you on an animalistic journey around the world. See such animals as the African Crested Porcupine, Gentoo Penguin, Masai Giraffe, Saki Monkey, and Yellow Backed Duiker while here. You can head to the penguin house or ride the train around the park, there is even an African Sky Safari that will take you soaring above the park giving you the best views of the animals possible. If you have an ample amount of time to spend here you may want to check out the various camps, overnight stays, special events, and tours happening during your visit, you can even opt-in to be a ‘Keeper for a Day’.
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
If your group is looking for an outdoor learning adventure while in the Kansas City area you should consider a stop at the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, the learning farm that takes you back to the days of frontier farm living and westward expansion. This farmstead holds farm animals, birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, nature trails, and several educational building replicas. Your group will learn about the over 250 animals and birds on site, the growing flowers and vegetables, experience a Kanza Indian encampment, and even be able to take a stroll down the main street to the fishing pond.
Cider Hill Family Orchard
'In the business of creating family memories and providing healthy home-grown food', Cider Hill Family Orchard is an excellent place to take your group to allow them to experience picking their own food, as well as learning about the process behind planting, growing, and harvesting it. The orchard is open for apple season from late July to late October, a fun stretch of months in which you can come pick, enjoy yummy treats, take a hayride, relax by the fire, or simply enjoy the fresh country air! Speaking of yummy treats, Cider Hill Family Orchard offers guests fresh cider donuts, kettle corn, apple cider slushes, smoked cheese, apple crisp, apple butter, honey, bbq lunch onsite, and so much more within the onsite cottage store!