--oh, and while you're at Crown Center you can play in their fountain:
----The kids LOVE Deanna Rose Farm - lots of fun things and animals to see for free - you will have to pay if your kiddos want to ride the horse, etc - there are parks within the farm too, if you need a play break. (the pic of my daugther is when we went in the wintertime - hence the giant coat)
----Take family movie night to a whole new level with the giant outdoor screen at Crown Center. This is obviously a summer activity.
Hours: Sat 10-6; Sunday 12-6
Cost: $.50 per ride
Lakeside Nature Center
Federal Reserve Bank - free, but you'll need to fill out the "request a tour" form.
--if you just need a park around town, Penguin Park is the best - it was there when I was a kid and is still fabulous!
North Vivion Road and North Norton Avenue
Amenities at the 3.42-acre Penguin Park include: one reservable shelter house, restrooms and playgrounds. The 1.88-mile Lakewood Greenway Trail runs through the park. Penguin Park is home to an annual “Santa’s Wonderland” in December.
Hope you think Kansas City is as fun as I do!!