—oh, and while you’re at Crown Center you can play in their fountain:
Hours: Sat 10-6; Sunday 12-6
Cost: $.50 per ride
Lakeside Nature Center
At the Lakeside Nature Center–children of all ages are encouraged to explore nature and their surroundings. It’s here that kids will get to explore Missouri wildlife hands-on by touching everything from snakeskin’s to feathers of native wildlife–and much more. Lakeside is Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation center and children will enjoy seeing all the animals–most of which are returned to the wild.Location: 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., (Swope Park) Kansas City, 816-513-8960
—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.