Destinations for Kids of All Ages

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Outdoor Adventure , outdoors , family entertainment , Family Fun , family activities , Cave / Caverns
Missouri has fun parks for kids and options for kid friendly vacations. Make your family’s vacation special in the Show-Me-State.
Author: VisitMO Editor

Kid Friendly Vacations in Missouri

When you plan a Missouri vacation, the only difficult thing is deciding what to not do. Planning kid-friendly vacations in the Show-Me State is easy, with hundreds of destinations and fun-filled activities that make Missouri a stellar place for the family. No matter what interests you and your family, Missouri offers it.

Seeking the perfect destination for the budding scientist in your life? Look no further than the fantastic Saint Louis Science Center. Acclaimed as one of the top 10 science centers in the nation, this fascinating place offers hours of fun and educational activities. Reveal your inner paleontologist in the Fossil Lab, featuring real dinosaur bones. Watch a great movie (such as Space Station and Flight of the Butterflies) in the OMNIMAX® Theater. See the stars, in the famous James S. McDonnell Planetarium. In Forest Park, you can rent a Segway from Glide St. Louis, for a guided tour of the area. (Yes, they’ll teach you how to ride it).  

Not Just for Adults: Kid Friendly Vacations in the Ozarks

For decades, a wide range of fun activities in The Lake of the Ozarks area have delighted families. Facebook user Jackie G. recalls her uncle’s cabin near the lake and posts that it was: “such great fun to go there.” Create your own traditions – and encourage a little friendly competition – at Putt'n Stuff Family Fun Center in Osage Beach. In addition to two 18-hole miniature-golf courses, Putt'n Stuff offers video games, skee-ball, go-cart racing, a merry-go-round and bumper cars. Plus, when the weather is good, the lake area is the perfect place for boating, swimming, water skiing, tubing, fishing and a bunch of other outdoor activities.

Kid Friendly Vacations in KC

In Kansas City, witness aquatic majesty at the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium. Explore the depths of the ocean at this remarkable destination. Marvel at the up-close-and-personal views of all manner of sea life, including starfish, sharks and rays. More than 5,000 creatures inhabit this aquarium. Watch them dive, swim and float through 260,000 gallons of water. Learn about the aquarium’s fascinating residents via educational displays, an interactive touch pool and daily shows. The aquarium and the Legoland Discovery Center, one of the magically fun activity centers for kids in Missouri, are located in the Crown Center Complex.

Take an Adventure

Turn your Midwest kid’s vacation into a family adventure with one of our VistMO.com trip ideas. Discover new places and meet new people as you travel along one of America’s most legendary roads: Historic Route 66 – the Mother Road. This fabled roadway stretches across 280 miles of Missouri; there are plenty of places to stop along your journey.

Start your trek 13 miles north of downtown St. Louis, at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, one of the world’s longest
(5,353 feet) "pedestrian and bicycle only" bridges. A walk on the Chain of Rocks Bridge offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and St. Louis. After you explore the bridge, treat the family to a St. Louis tradition: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, eight miles southwest of downtown. From there, it's just 14 miles to the Museum of Transportation, where you learn about all kinds of vehicles. The museum boasts a massive collection of all things that zoom and varoom.

As you travel westward along the Route 66 corridor, spend some peaceful moments at one of Missouri’s most fun parks for kids: Route 66 State Park in Eureka. Relax in the beauty of nature and check out the many displays that feature thhe rich history of Route 66.

From there, take your adventure underground at Meramec Caverns, three miles south of Stanton. The world famous cave echoes with adventure and intrigue. The cave (the largest commercial cave in Missouri) served as a hideout for the outlaw Jesse James and his gang. On the property, zoom through the trees and across the river at the Caveman Zipline. All of that exploration and excitement tends to work up an appetite, so enjoy soup, a sandwich and a snack at Meramec Caverns Restaurant.


Following your cavern adventure, head southwest to Cuba, named “Route 66 Mural City” by the Missouri legislature. The town’s stunning murals depict a broad swath of Missouri life, from key Civil War battles to simple, pastoral scenes like apple-picking. Also in Cuba, make your Midwest kids vacation complete by checking out the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, located approximately four miles west of town. This modern marvel stands more than 42 feet high. Spend the night at the Wagon Wheel Motel, a classic Route 66 stop since 1934 (yes, it has been completely restored).


 The Saint Louis Science Center
The mission of the Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology ...

 Forest Park – St. Louis
One of the largest urban parks in the United States; at 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger ...

 The Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s ...

 Putt'n Stuff Family Fun Center
One-stop fun for the family. Two 18-hole mini-golf courses with waterfalls, caves and fans to keep you ...

 Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium
Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium transports you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with ...

 Legoland Discovery Center
One step inside the 30,000-square-foot Legoland Discovery Center and you'll feel as though you've just ...

 Crown Center Complex
Three-story, indoor shopping complex with more than 60 shops and restaurants; two hotels; two live theaters; ...

 Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Please note, there is no secure parking on the Missouri side of this bridge. The parking lot on the ...

 Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Since 1929
A St. Louis tradition on Old Route 66 since 1929. Known for specialty “concrete” shakes, ...

 Museum of Transportation
This museum features more than 300 pieces, including, among other items: steam, diesel and electric ...

 Route 66 State Park
This day-use park features a small section of old Route 66 and a visitor center with Route 66 and Times ...

 Meramec Caverns
Go on a guided tour of this seven-level natural wonder, the possibly the oldest stop along historic ...

 Meramec Caverns Restaurant
Home-style cooking, soups and sandwiches, served Memorial Day-Labor Day. Snack bar, with 28 flavors ...

 Caveman Zipline at Meramec Caverns
Soar through the treetops and across the Meramec River on the adventure of a lifetime. Trained instructors ...

 World's Largest Rocking Chair
September, 2008, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Dan and Carolyn Sanazaro's 42'1" steel rocker ...

 Wagon Wheel Motel
The Wagon Wheel Motel, located on historic Route 66, opened in 1934. The motel has been completely restored. ...