Kansas City is a pretty awesome place to raise kids - especially at Christmas. There are so many things to see and do...so many places to visit. We've barely hit a handful of the Christmas-themed spots around town, but we've had so many fun adventures already!
If there's one place you don't want to miss at Christmas around here, it would have to be Crown Center. From the Mayor's Christmas tree to skating at the Ice Terrace to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (playing right now at the Coterie Theatre), there is enough to keep a family entertained for days on end.
My kids thought that the wooden toys on Crown Center Square were pretty awesome, but it was cold outside and we wanted to warm up - so we only spent a few minutes playing there. Our main entertainment for the day was to visit SEA LIFE Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City - and we were so excited!
We've had the chance to visit these attractions several times, and my kids love them.
SEA LIFE Kansas City boasts thousands of sea creatures and one of our favorite ways to see them is in the Interactive Rockpool exhibit. My kids are obsessed with The Octonauts these days (and were excited when they met Captain Barnacles and Kwazii at SEA LIFE back in August), so the study of sea creatures is extremely fascinating to them.
The kids stopped at each tank and attentively pointed out all the creatures they could find. Lincoln was a little rambunctious, but when I got him to pay attention and slow down, he did a great job finding new ocean animals at every turn.
I love being able to take my children on adventures that entertain them while also educating their minds and enhancing their curiosity. SEA LIFE is a perfect mix of those things!
What's your favorite sea creature? Chances are, you'll find it on display here at SEA LIFE.
The aquarium is currently all decked out for the holidays, and seeing the Christmas lights reflecting in the ocean displays is pretty neat!
I pretty much had to drag my kids out of the aquarium to get them to head upstairs to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center next!
We had to make a pit stop at the bathroom when we first arrived, which meant we were right by LEGO® Racers Build & Test when we were ready to start exploring. And that meant that we stayed right in that very spot for quite some time. Lincoln loves many things about LEGOLAND, but building race cars and racing them down huge tracks is definitely a highlight for him.
I have to admit: I need to ramp up my LEGO® building skills, because I was a little bit lost on where to start with constructing a car for Lincoln. That didn't stop him for a minute - he wanted to run wheels down the track by themselves.
After a lot of playtime and energy exertion in the LEGO® City Play Zone, Lincoln and I took a little tour of MINILAND® in all of its holiday glory! Lincoln's favorite part is racing the cars from the Kansas Speedway around and around the track, but he got a kick out of helping with some construction in downtown Kansas City, as well.
I never tire of looking at MINILAND® and if my kids would let me stay in one room for more than ten minutes, I would definitely be checking out every single inch. There were even Christmas lights up on the Plaza - definite attention to Kansas City detail there.
If you have family in town for the holidays and need a warm place for little ones to let off some steam this weekend after your holiday celebrations, head down to Crown Center, soak up some awesome Christmas decor, and visit all the fish and all the LEGO® toys. Because it's all awesome.
Now through January 3, Annual Passes to each of these attractions are on sale for just $35! Annual passes include unlimited admission, priority entrance, special events, a shop discount, and much more.
Follow both attractions for all the latest updates:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center website | Facebook | Twitter
SEA LIFE Kansas City website | Facebook | Twitter
Disclosure: Thank you to SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND for providing my review passes and the giveaway prize! I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.