Child looks at money in the Money Museum in Kansas City

The Money Museum in Kansas City

the Visit Neighboring States Series     I have said it before, Kansas City offers more attractions and fun for families with children than in any other major city within a three hour drive from central Iowa! TripAdvisor list 26 museums in KC. The Money Museum was a fun and educational stop. We took a self guided tour and spent…

Narrow footpath along the lake at Wallace State Park is fun and beaitiful! Only minutes off I35 in MO.

Wallace State Park off I35 in Missouri

the Visit Neighboring States Series Wallace State Park is about an hour south of Lamoni, two miles off exit 48 on I35. It’s easy to miss from the interstate but should definitely be a stop on your way to KC! Place/Event: Wallace State Park Location: 10621 MO-121, Cameron, MO 64429 Cost: Free Grade/age range: All ages Group size: unlimited…

Kids playing life size chess on the roof of Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

the Visit Neighboring States Series   A library is not typically on the vacation destination list, however, the Kansas City Public Library is worth a stop! A painted book wall and “book” steps decorate the south side of the parking garage  located west of the main branch library. Place/Event: Kansas City Public Library Location: 14 W…

Science City at Union Station in KC is huge! There is something for every age group!

Science City at Union Station – Kansas City

the Visit Neighboring States Series Don’t think, ‘just another science center’! Science City at Union Station in downtown Kansas City is perfect for all ages. Your family or school group could easily spend a full day of learning and play! Plan for a 4-6 hour visit.     Place/Event: Science City at Union Station Location: 30 West…

sunset on High Trestle Trail Bridge in Madrid Iowa

High Trestle Trail Bridge – Madrid

  Place/Event: High Trestle Trail Bridge Location: Madrid Iowa Cost: Free Grade/age range: All ages Group size: unlimited Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms:  Yes Food: Yes Water: Yes   If your not up for biking from Des Moines, there are two easy ways to access the trail from Madrid. The Johnson Family Trailhead at Dalander Park along Highway 17 is just…

State Historical Museum of Iowa native home

State Historical Museum of Iowa – Des Moines

Place/Event: State Historical Museum of Iowa Location: 600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50319 Cost: Free Grade/age range: All ages Group size: up to 90 for school tours Hands-on: Limited Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: Yes, but not little kid friendly The State Historical Museum of Iowa is a wonderful complement for many different areas of study. Admission to the…