The Big Idea: Amaze Your Brain in Missouri

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family activities , Family Fun , Museums , museums , children's activities , Sedalia , Bonne Terre , St. Louis , Springfield , Cape Girardeau
Opportunities for Exploration are Endless
Author: Charles Scott

From the instant you step outdoors, Missouri's natural beauty becomes apparent. We have it all; from lakes and mountains to forests and marshes to rushing streams and tranquil trails. But in the Show-Me State, we're more than just our good looks – Missouri boasts a rich history and a bright future, where opportunities for exploration are endless.

Satisfy your spirit for adventure by experiencing a major part of American history at the Katy Depot and Railroad Heritage Museum in downtown Sedalia. Journey back many decades, to an era when train travel was king. That important time comes to life at the impeccably restored Katy Depot. Learn about passenger train travel at the “All Aboard” exhibit; take home a special item from the gift shop; step outside for an excellent photo opportunity in the art garden.

Wonder how folks lived in the way back when? Take a trip to Missouri Town 1855, where interpreters dressed in period attire demonstrate how folks lived in the 1800s. This circa 1820-1860 living-history village and museum includes 25 original structures, complete with furnishings and equipment. The fascinating village is in Fleming Park, located in Lee's Summit.

Travel from yesteryear to the new frontier at The Space Museum in Bonne Terre. Using amazing artifacts, ranging from space suits to space rocks, this gem of a museum allows visitors an up-close-and-personal look at space exploration. Insightful, informative audio tours take you beyond well-known space lore.

In St. Louis, take a trip to the depths of the sea by visiting World Aquarium, located inside the City Museum. City Museum is not you average "high brow" museum; it is a great attraction for kids. Meet an amazing array of creatures, including stingrays and sharks. In addition to the phenomenal residents from the sea, glimpse remarkable land-dwellers such as sloths, turtles and snakes.

Uncover all human ingenuity has to offer at Discovery Center of Springfield. There, science turns into fun when you and the family explore the wonders of physics, chemistry and energy—all within the confines of a totally “green” building. Exhibits include: Flight; Discovery Town; Watershed; and the BodyWorks Theatre.

Speaking of family fun; in Cape Girardeau, be sure to experience Discovery Playhouse–A Children's Museum, where kids of all ages are welcomed. This interactive center sparks children's imaginations, as they become residents of their very own town; they can shop in the grocery store, get behind the wheel of a fire truck, become a dentist, and visit a bank to learn how money works. Other great exhibits include Kim's Secret Water Garden, where children float boats and learn about dams and pipes. Cap off your visit with a stroll through their on-site Downtown Toy Store, offering plenty of educational and entertaining toys.

Hit the roads and discover Missouri – enjoy the show.


  Katy Depot and Railroad Heritage Museum
Journey through an "excursion destination" like no other. Learn the story behind this beautifully ...

  The Space Museum
With more than 600 world-class artifacts, the Space Museum outlines the exciting history of humankind's ...

  World Aquarium
More than 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at the World Aquarium; also, ...

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

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

  Discovery Playhouse - A Children's Museum
Explore the many exciting, interactive exhibits in this children's museum, located in downtown Cape ...

  Missouri Town 1855
This circa 1820-1860 living history village and museum includes 25 original structures. Interpreters ...