With frigid temperatures gripping Missouri and the rest of the Midwest, you may be looking for something to do with the family indoors. Fortunately, we have boundless museums and attractions to explore in the Show-Me State that are warm and welcoming. Whether you’re searching for a way to wrap up the winter break holiday or need an idea for an outing with family or friends visiting from out of town, here are our Top 10 Stops for Indoor Fun. Note that some of these may be closed Jan. 1, so plan accordingly.
1. Kaleidoscope, powered by the creativity of Hallmark, allows free 50-minute art sessions with reservations. Located in Kansas City’s Crown Center area, the attraction is within walking distance to other fun family attractions that require admissions.
2. National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza neighborhood shows youngsters some of the toys you or even grandparents might have played with. Everyone will be fascinated with the miniatures galleries.
3. Union Station in Kansas City may date to 1914, but all the entertainment options are up-to-date. The big attraction here is Science City, popular with families, but there’s also a planetarium, theater showing current films, and exhibit spaces that now features “Mummies of the World.”
4. Discovery Center in Springfield has four floors of interactive fun that allows kids to experience the world around them. The high-wire bike ride here is always popular.
5. Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is Springfield’s newest (and possibly most expensive) attraction. Just opened in September, the attraction features wildlife galleries of taxidermy animals and a new exhibit of live Gentoo penguins from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska. There’s an aquarium here, too. Tickets to aquarium and galleries is about $40 for adults and $24 for kids.
6. If you want to see the Sophia Sachs Butterfly House at Faust Park in Chesterfield, Mo., you’d better hurry. It closes for repairs Jan. 1 and will reopen Jan. 27. The park’s antique carousel, however, is giving rides (closed on Mondays) for $2.
7. City Museum in downtown St. Louis is a weird, yet highly entertaining, collection of tunnels oddities, and other hands-on activities that can easily fill an entire morning (or afternoon). Remember if you park in the attraction’s lot, it’s $10 cash only.
8. The Magic House in Kirkwood is like visiting the house of your most fun auntie. This sprawling complex of hands-on exhibits is perfect for the under-10 set, and has entertained and educated youngsters since 1979. A LEGO® exhibit continues through Feb. 19.
9. Myseum is tucked into a strip mall in the west St. Louis County suburb of Town and Country. And while it’s not s well known as The Magic House or the City Museum, kids ages 2 to 12 can explore about 30 exhibits here.
10. Saint Louis Science Center is one of the cultural jewels within Forest Park, and is winding up the popular King Tut exhibit (it closes Jan. 7). IMAX movies, the McDonnell Planetarium, and a score of hands-on exhibits all add up for a great family outing.
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