Top 5 Things in Kansas City Your Kids Will Enjoy the Most

kansas city, missouri

Situated on the western border of Missouri, Kansas City serves as the gateway to the state. From history to culture, from music to sports, Kansas City has manifold sides to explore. The city has so much on its platter that you may get confused as to what to see and what not on your first visit. Sometimes, while traveling with kids, parents find it difficult to choose the places where their kids can have the best time. Following is a list of top five things in Kansas City that your kids will enjoy the most.

Kansas City, Missouri

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Encounter the Wild at Kansas City Zoo

Kids of all ages can enjoy an entire day at the city’s zoological park. The zoo is home to a variety of animals, including kangaroos, rhinos, chimpanzees, and tigers. You’ll find zebras and giraffes grazing in the secluded areas resembling the African wetlands. A Sky Safari can take you closer to the relaxing herbivores on the field. The zoo remains open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have time after all this, the kids can enjoy a few fun rides, too.

Discover the Creative Genius in Your Little One at Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is one of the must-do, free activities for kids in Kansas City. With an array of engaging art-and-craft and do-it-yourself activities, you can discover the artistic genius in your little ones at the art sessions at Kaleidoscope, which opens at 9:30 in the morning. Since the ticket is free, it is better to book your spot in advance.

Let Loose the Child in You at Loose Park

There are many pools and spray grounds dotting the Kansas City metropolitan landscape that offer free access to visitors. Loose Park, at 52nd Terrace and Summit Street, is a place with several fountains and shaded picnic tables placed amid a huge landscaped garden. You can book a table for up to 10 people for $25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the park.

Learn New Things at Science City at Union Station

Science City at Union Station is a great place for kids to discover the wonders of science and learn more about scientific discoveries and the latest technologies in a fun way.  From exploring the exhibits, to joining the demo of science in our daily life activities, to exciting sky-bike rides, kids can choose to do whatever they like. Your chance to explore the grand architecture of the Union Station is a bonus.

Enjoy Movies Under the stars

After a day full of fun and activities, it is time to make the nights special in Kansas City. Instead of spending the evening in the hotel room, take your kids out to the Crown Center, Kearney Amphitheater, or Theater in the Park, where they can watch movies while sitting right under the stars. From the classic fairytale, Cinderella, to the latest science fiction, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, your little ones can choose from a range of movie showings at these open-air theaters.

Accommodations in Kansas City

Just as you pick the tourist attractions selectively for your kids, you are extra careful about where to stay in Kansas City  while traveling with kids. Although there is no dearth of accommodations in Kansas City for every budget, Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza, and InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza are some of the family friendly hotels where your little ones would enjoy their stay.

 

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12 Secret Travel Spots that Even College Students Can Afford

Bucharest, Romania, secret vacation spot

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on February 14th.

If you’re a college student, you should know that traveling abroad is good for you. It’s been shown to improve learning outcomes and may even be a predictor for better grades and higher incomes later in life. It also teaches valuable life and professional skills such as adaptability, independence, communication, and cross-cultural understanding.

The only downside? All those benefits come with a price tag. And if you’re a college student, odds are good that you’re not exactly rolling in the dough. The good news it that it’s still possible to travel on a tight budget— you just have to know where to go. Here are 12 cheap, lesser-known, and wonderful destinations to get you started. No matter which locale you choose, expect to pay well under $50 a night for the privilege of staying there.

bucharest, romania

1. Bucharest, Romania

Gorgeous architecture, historical attractions, and European sophistication distinguish Bucharest as a must-see city. Don’t miss the National Art Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Parliament Palace, or Calea Victoriei, a popular street packed with traditional cafes, bars, and restaurants. Visit in the summer for the best rates and mild weather.

2. Chennai, India

Located on the Bay of Bengal, Chennai offers visitors beautiful scenery, historical attractions, and a rich cultural heritage. Because it’s not a particularly well-known tourist destination, Chennai boasts budget-friendly accommodations year-round. Visit between November and February for great weather—highs are typically around 70 degrees. January is one of the most popular months because it features Chennai Pongal, a four-day celebration of the end of winter.

3. Ko Samui, Thailand

It’s a wonder this gorgeous island hasn’t been overrun with tourists: Palm-covered beaches, stunning waterfalls, unique geological features, and a relaxed culture make for a perfect island getaway. The island is 88 square miles, so choose accommodations near the beach for easy waterfront access. Rates are very budget-friendly—you can rent a room or a whole home for around $29 a night. If you want to avoid monsoon season, plan to visit between March and May.

kuala lumpur, malaysia

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s capital offers something for every kind of traveler, from jaw-dropping architecture (hello, Petronas Twin Towers) to primo shopping, delicious food, relaxing gardens, distinct neighborhoods, and spiritual exploration in mosques and temples. The city is also close to other attractions such as the Batu Caves and Putrajaya, which is one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.

5. Lapu-Lapu, Philippines

Lapu-Lapu is home to some of the most significant historical sites in the Philippines, making it a great destination for history buffs and anthropology majors. The city is also packed with art, restaurants, nightlife, live entertainment, beachfront scenery, and other cultural attractions. You can enjoy it all on a shoestring budget: Wallet-friendly accommodations start at $16 per night.

6. Lima, Peru

Ancient Incan ruins, ocean views, and a bustling metropolitan culture—Lima is ideal for the traveler who wants to experience big-city energy in a gorgeous setting. The city’s off-season runs from June to October, and this is when you’ll find the best deals on accommodations. The Festival season begins in October and continues through November; expect large crowds and a variety of cultural attractions, including the biggest religious procession in Latin America.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

7. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Coral reefs, palm-covered beaches, and budget-friendly hotels—Montego Bay is thetropical destinations for travelers with limited funds. Visit from October to early December for the best rates, abundant sunshine, and warm temps. Take a tour of the old sugar plantation or the working coffee plantation, practice your swing on the gorgeous fairways, soak up the sun on the white sand beaches, or kick back and enjoy the views of the Catadupa Mountains.

8. Nha Trang, Vietnam

If you love the water, then get yourself to Nha Trang. Scuba diving and beautiful beaches await visitors to the city, which is located on Vietnam’s south-central coast. While airfare will cost a pretty penny, you’ll spend very little once you arrive—rates for budget-friendly hotels start as low as $8 per night, while luxury accommodations can be found for as little as $75 each night.

9. Quito, Ecuador

Located in the Andes Region of Ecuador, Quito is a nature lover’s dream. It’s also packed with colonial architecture, historical attractions, and a vibrant culture that you have to experience to fully appreciate. The city boasts a wide variety of budget hotels with rates starting as low as $20 a night. Before scheduling a trip, be aware that Quito’s winter runs from June to September, while the popular summer months run from December to March.

10. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is an island paradise—think white beaches and tropical rainforests—any time of the year. The winter months (from December through April) promise the best weather, but you’ll find cheaper rates from May through September. If you’re visiting in June, don’t miss the city’s SoFo Culinary Week. If you’re an American citizen, you won’t need a passport to enter San Juan, and you can use U.S. dollars as currency. (That’s because Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth.)

San Juan, Puerto Rico

11. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Despite being the Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo has yet to attract large herds of tourists. And that’s great news for the wallet-conscious traveler, because low-budget accommodations abound (even during spring break!). Enjoy your savings while soaking up rays on the city’s beaches or tearing it up in one of the many salsa/merengue clubs.

12. Ubud, Indonesia

You may know Ubud from a little book called Eat, Pray, Love. Bali’s gorgeousness is on full display here, as are pretty rice paddies, open-air markets, and mystical attractions. Visit between July and September for the best weather. (But do be prepared for larger crowds than you’ll find during the city’s rainy months.) Homestays are popular in Ubud, but you’ll also find plenty of budget-friendly hotels both within and outside of the city’s center.

And there you have it: Even if you’re an impoverished college student, a wide variety of amazing cultural, natural, and historical destinations are within your reach. Save every dollar you can, and soon enough you’ll have enough money to get there.