Think back to when you were a kid. Remember the unmatched excitement of seeing something very cool for the first time? Now, imagine a whole trip filled with such sights. Missouri’s family friendly spots provide the perfect place for an afternoon of discovery.
Kids who love the vroom of an engine are enchanted by the Auto World Museum in Fulton. Explore beyond the world of modern cars, trucks and SUVs at this fascinating collection of vehicles ranging from a 1903 Humberette (a snazzy British automobile beloved by collectors) to a 1997 University of Missouri solar race car. Throughout the museum, stop by audio-visual kiosks to learn about the displays.
If you prefer soaring through the clouds rather than zooming along the road, don’t miss the National Airline History Museum. This Kansas City destination boasts a variety of aircraft. Get an up-close look at the fully-restored Lockheed Constellation; a Martin 404; a DC-3; a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar; and other notable aircraft. The museum building itself has its roots in aviation – it is housed in a hanger at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.
Experience the glory of yesteryear, when trains were the way to travel in style. The Railroad Historical Museum, located in Springfield, lets the family explore the rich history of the railroad industry. Kids love the plentiful hands-on exhibits, including: the engineer’s cab of the Frisco 4524 locomotive; a Burlington baggage car; the Chicago Northwestern commuter car; and a Burlington Northern caboose.
Little kids find big fun at Bo’s Hollow in Salem. Travel to a 1930s village, complete with everything needed for a day of adventure. Visit the old-fashioned service station. Feel like an explorer in the Lost Cause Mine. Pump water from a well. Shell and grind corn and feed it to the chickens. When all of this fun makes you build up an appetite, enjoy Big Boy’s barbecue for lunch. You can even ride in a Model A Ford to Ashley Creek to accompany your meal with a lovely view.
Sure, all of our four-legged friends do remarkable things – but just wait until you see Amazing Pets. This Branson show stars a group of super-talented animals. Kids are delighted by the antics of these dogs and housecats, led by ringleader Sean Paul and his trained monkey, Frankie. Best of all, many of the animals in this phenomenal troupe have been rescued from shelters across the country.