Free KC Fun

In Kansas City, there are lots of free events and activities that will have you believing the old adage that the best things in life are free. 

Kids riding the streetcar

Ride the Streetcar

From the River Market to Crown Center, there is no better way to see the city than the KC Streetcar. With easy hop on, hop off service up and down Main Street, the Streetcar is a hassle-free way to explore everything from the Steamboat Arabia to Science City.

Kids at Kaleidoscope


Kaleidoscope is a magical art studio where children can be creative and feel good about their own special ideas. Creating with bows, cardboard, jazzy junk, making puzzles and painting with melted crayons are just a few of the fun things to do. Independent art sessions for children ages 5-12 and family art Sessions for children of all ages!

Deanna Rose Children

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

With nearly 200 animals and birds of prey, vegetable and flower gardens, a one-room schoolhouse, an old-time fishing pond, pony rides and much more, the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a 12 acre educational farm environment filled with fun and adventure. Admission is free after 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; otherwise $2 per person.

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Money Museum; a billion dollar experience! The Money Museum offers guests the opportunity to watch millions of dollars in currency be processed, lift a gold bar worth nearly $400,000 and enjoy fun, interactive exhibits while learning about the economy. Plus, you can leave with a free bag of (shredded) money!

Penguin Park

Penguin Park

This iconic Northland park is the perfect place to let children explore their wild side. The park features both a 26-foot kangaroo slide and 23-foot playable penguin that are perfect for an afternoon adventure in the park.

Owl at Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center, located in Swope Park, allows visitors to explore local wildlife and contribute to community conservation projects. The Nature Center is also one of Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities. Special events include nature story time, guided hikes and educational programs.

Legler Barn Museum

Legler Barn Museum

Originally built in 1864 along the Santa Fe Trail at the corner of 95th and Quivira in Lenexa, this stone barn now resides in Sar-Ko-Par Trail Park as a testament to Lenexa’s history. The exhibit features many artifacts from the early prairie days to the expansion of Lenexa in the 20th century.

People on the lawn at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Home to more than 34,500 pieces of art, from ancient Chinese ceramics to modern art in the Bloch Building, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a world-class treasure located right in the heart of Kansas City. The ever-expanding collection makes The Nelson unique each time visitors explore. Be sure to enjoy the shuttlecocks at the Sculpture Park on the south lawn.

The Mill at Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Nestled in Hodge Park, this 80-acre museum reflects life in a typical 19th century village. The village includes 17 authentic log cabins and homes. Be sure to visit during special events, as the village comes to life with re-enactors.