Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Science & Nature Museum
Science City Description
Kids are immediately surrounded by several fun exhibits upon entering Science City's open-air warehouse environment that's designed to mimic a city. Let kids lead the way through the museum's two levels of hands-on, science-themed exhibits, including a Dino Lab, a Nature Center with live animals, a hotel filled with optical illusions at every turn, and a Train Spotter's Roost overlooking Union Station's busy train tracks. That's only a sampling of the things to do here, and nearly every exhibit is such a blast, kids won't even notice that they're learning a thing or two.
Toddlers & Pre-K: In addition to the Half-Pint Science Exhibit that's limited to kids ages 3 to 6, little kids splash their way while building their own rivers on the water table. Music Park on the second level is a noisy hit, complete with foot-powered piano keys.
School-Age Kids: Kids can watch scientists clean and preserve dinosaur bones and then dig for fossils in real sand in the Dino Lab. The sewer pipe slide in the Public Works section on the main floor is another favorite with this age group.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids accompanying younger siblings just might find themselves having a great time while learning something. The Mister E Hotel's optical illusions, including illustrations by M.C. Escher, are popular with teens.
- Free parking for shorter visits. The first three hours at the Union Station parking garage are free, and after that it's $1 per half hour, up to a $10 maximum fee.
- Stroller rentals. Rent a stroller at the ticket counter; $3 for two hours or $5 for all day.
- No outside food or drink allowed. If you're planning on having a snack, grab one upstairs in Union Station.
- Combine attractions and save.Union Station offers deals where families can purchase tickets to multiple attractions, including 3-D movies, Science City, and the KC Rail Experience museum.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-5:30 p.m.; closed Mon.
Fees: Less than $10
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours