Museums the Kids Will Enjoy

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Interactive fun awaits at these Missouri museums and activity centers
Author: Stephen Foutes
Did you know there are dozens of kid-friendly museums in Missouri?

It's true, and at these museums and activity centers, exhibits pique kids’ curiosity and get their creative juices flowing. If they accidentally learn something, that’s okay, too.


The Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden focuses on fun and education, with exhibits that include math and science skills, plus experiences such as making music on pipes and a trip to Mars.
Whether they want to play in the construction zone, "work" at the bank or grocery store, or follow the Lewis and Clark Trail, the kids will find plenty of fun at the Bootheel Youth Museum.

In St. Louis, City Museum is a unique way for kids to connect to the city’s past. Everything inside City Museum, from slides to climbing structures to decorative pieces, is made from recycled or reclaimed materials found in the area. Kids can spend hours exploring the tunnels and hidden passages that make this one of the best kid friendly museums in Missouri. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for grown-ups to have fun here, too.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Crown Center in Kansas City offers 30,000 square feet of Lego-induced fun and more than 2 million Lego bricks. Spend two to three hours building virtually anything you can think of inside this center for creative expression. It’s ideally suited for those ages 3-10. After you visit this LEGOLAND in Missouri, visit the nearby Sea Life Aquarium to make it a daylong outing.


The Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph shows visitors of all ages what life was like for the brave Pony Express riders who crossed the country, from Missouri to California, to relay mail in the early 1860s. Pay special attention to the large diorama that depicts the riders’ route to the west, and then take a walk out back to the Pony School to learn more about America’s early educational systems.


At the World’s Largest Toy Museum in Branson, you don’t necessarily get to play with the displays, but both you and the kids will be wowed by the sheer volume of toys. The museum boasts a collection of more than 1 million toys, ranging from original Barbie dolls to modern action figures. Toy planes, tractors and classic cars are part of the fun.
While it's not a museum, the kids also find hands-on fun waiting for them at Fritz's Adventure, a new activity center in Branson. Climbing walls, rope bridges, tunnels and ziplines are part of the experience.

About 45 minutes north of Branson, the Discovery Center of Springfield offers hours of interactive fun, thanks to exhibits such as the High Wire Bike, Bodyworks, Discovery Town and WaterWorks. Discovery Center is as educational as it is fun, with concepts focusing on physics, chemistry and health.


Other museums the kids will enjoy are the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, where visitors can make their own tune; the Magic House St. Louis Children's Museum in Kirkwood, which has tons of interactive exhibits for kids to enjoy; and Hallmark Kaleidoscope in Kansas City, where young visitors find ample materials to spark their creativity and let their imaginations run wild.


The kids will love these museums, and many more found in Missouri. Keep exploring VisitMO.com to find the museum that’s sure to be a hit with your family … and then get going!





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