Kansas City is a hopping city located in the Midwest, right on the border of Kansas and Missouri. Best known for messy but delicious barbecue, jazz music and museums, Kansas City is a perfect place to take the entire family on vacation!

Whether it’s spending the day creating masterpieces, touring museums or relaxing in a variety of environments, this city is sure to render great family fun. Even better, the city offers tons of free entertainment!

Pack your bags and save your change for food. There’s no need to bring any cash for the hot spots below!

The Children's Peace Pavilion

This fun hands-on museum was created for kids ages 5-11 years. Play and learn with 25 interactive exhibits, each geared to teach children about peace.

Admission is free. Generally, the Children's Peace Pavilion is closed on Saturday-Monday and holidays. Call ahead to make reservations. You’ll want to allow two hours to complete all exhibits.

Deana Rose Children’s Farmstead

Established 35 years ago, Deana Rose Children’s Farmstead provides activities for children from April 1 through October 31. Activities for the family include watching cows being milked, chicken races and fishing tournaments. You are sure to have a great time if your family loves the outdoors!

Admission is free Monday-Thursday, and $2.00 on weekends. Visit their website for info on special events.

Crown Center

Well known for entertainment and shopping, Crown Center always has something exciting happening! Summer is prime time to visit the center for free concerts and outdoor movies. Check out the “Free Events Calendar” for a list of free upcoming events!

Hallmark Visitors Center

Take a behind-the-scenes look on how Hallmark started out and became one of the world’s largest greeting card companies. At Hallmark, you can take part in creating a star-shaped bow and take your creation home as a souvenir.

The center is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Plan your visit online!

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope was created by Hallmark as a fun, creative workshop for kids! They can tap in to their creative side at the magical art studio by coloring artwork, making puzzles, melting crayons and more!

Kaleidoscope is free for adults and kids of all ages. You must call ahead to book a session time.

First Fridays

The first Friday of every month holds great excitement for the Crossroads Arts District. First Fridays is an electric experience! The excitement comes to life in an area where once vacant buildings are now filled with unique shops, thriving artists, free entertainment and delectable restaurants. This is a Kansas City must-see!

The City Market

If you're visiting Kansas City on the weekend, every Saturday and Sunday morning farmers from all over the Midwest gather for an exquisite farmer's market. Browse through or purchase some of the best produce on the planet. The thriving environment is sure to hold lots of excitement for market lovers!

Penguin Park

Penguin Park is the perfect place to pack a picnic lunch and let kids play! The park is best known for its large animal sculptures created by local artists. The 1.88-mile Lakewood Greenway Trail runs through the park and is perfect for nature walks, hikes or bike rides!