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Missouri Is For the Kids

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These kid-friendly stops add adventure to your Show-Me State getaway
Author: Stephen Foutes
You’ve figured out the timing and packed the appropriate number of games and movies to keep the kids entertained while you travel to Missouri.

Now you’re here. What’s next? Kid-friendly attractions, of course!

From theme parks and zoos to museums and attractions, there are loads of places for kids to have a blast in the Show-Me State. Among them are:

City Museum, St. Louis – Don’t let the name fool you. This place is all about tunnels, slides, ball pits, a rooftop Ferris wheel and more. It’s a must-see.

Elephant Rocks State Park, Belleview – Got explorers? They’ll have a ball at this expansive park, whose massive granite boulders are perfect for climbing.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Kansas City – Play with Legos, see Master Builders at work, watch Lego-themed movies … sounds perfect!

Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach – Enjoy fun in the sun on the lake itself, then try out activities such as golf, mini-golf, go karts, parasailing, sightseeing cruises and the kid-focused  Miner Mike's and Buster's.

Branson Ferris Wheel, Branson – Pick a gondola and tell the kids get ready to go up (way up!) as the Ferris Wheel reaches its apex at 150 feet.

Missouri’s Campgrounds, multiple locations – Whether you enjoy tents, cabins or campers/RVs, camping is always fun at privately-owned campgrounds and state-managed facilities.

Shatto Milk Company, Osborn – Call ahead to plan a tour at this dairy farm and sweeten the pot by telling the kids Shatto has cotton-candy-flavored milk.

Discovery Center of Springfield – Don’t tell the kids, but they might learn a thing or two about chemistry and physics while playing with the interactive exhibits here.

Lost Valley Fish Hatchery, Warsaw – See fish in the Visitor Center’s 12,700-gallon aquarium and try the kids’ fishing pond, open to visitors ages 15 and younger.

Mark Twain Cave, Hannibal – Explore this labyrinth-style cave (passages form crisscross patterns) that the namesake author featured in five of his novels.

Bollinger County Museum of Natural History, Marble Hill – See dinosaur fossils from around the world, plus a model of the “Missouri Dinosaur.”

Theme, Amusement and Water Parks, multiple locations – Thrill rides and fabulous food are part of the fun at places like Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City and Silver Dollar City in Branson.

This list should keep you busy for a while, and it’s just a sampling of the fun kids find in Missouri. Learn more as you continue exploring VisitMO.com



  City Museum
Housed in the 600,000 square foot former International Shoe Company, City Museum offers MonstroCity, ...

  Elephant Rocks State Park
At this park, giant, billion-year-old granite boulders stand end-to-end, like a train of red circus ...

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

  Shatto Milk Company
Shatto Milk Company is a small, family-owned dairy farm. Visitors may look around and visit our country ...

  Discovery Center of Springfield
This is an interactive science center for all ages. Imagine, create, have fun and learn with hundreds ...

  Lost Valley Fish Hatchery
This is the largest, state owned, warm-water hatchery in Missouri; one of the largest in the nation. ...

  Mark Twain Cave Complex
This is the cave author Mark Twain described in five of his books. The cave was first shown in 1886. ...

  Bollinger County Museum of Natural History
The "Home of the Missouri Dinosaur." Our exhibits include a life-size model of the Hypsibema ...

  The Branson Ferris Wheel
The Branson Ferris Wheel was formerly Chicago's iconic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, ridden by nearly 17 million ...