There’s a Midwestern chill in the air and, as temperatures drop, Cabin Fever rises. We suggest bundling up and venturing to Overland Park where there are enough indoor adventures to cure cooped-up kiddos of any age.
Dave & Buster’s
Burn off some pent-up energy racing around one of the region’s largest arcades. Whether your group prefers classics like Skee-Ball and Pop-A-Shot or new-age games like Star Wars Battle Pod and Candy Crush Saga, there’s an adventure to fit every type of gamer. And plenty of fuel is on hand at the in-house restaurant – we suggest the pepperoni pretzel pull-apart for kids and the Crown Apple Cocktail for Mom & Dad.
While it may be cold outside, your arm will be warmed up after a few indoor games at Pinstripes. Pinstripes has two levels of entertainment offering both bocce AND bowling. Win or lose, refueling is critical so we suggest ordering from their full made-from-scratch lunch and dinner menus. If you time it right, you can take advantage of their popular bottomless-buffet Sunday brunch.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Inject a little culture into your playtime routine with a field trip to this internationally acclaimed modern art museum. Located on the campus of Johnson County Community College, the Nerman boasts an impressive permanent collection, cutting-edge sculptural pieces and a dazzling collection of American Indian works. Did we mention admission is FREE?
Kidscape at the Johnson County Museum
This educational playground features classic staples of Americana come to life. Kids can tend to toy animals and collect eggs in a 19th-century farmhouse, serve burgers and fries at a 1950’s-style diner or teach class in a one-room schoolhouse. Lots of pretend patients need caring for at the town hospital and the secret cave in the park needs exploring, so clear at least a couple hours for this afternoon adventure.
Museum at Prairiefire
Three surefire ways to WOW your kids at this one-of-a-kind museum: 1) Merely stand outside and admire the stunning, colorful dichroic glass exterior that conjures up imagery of a blazing prairie fire. 2) Watch their jaws drop as they marvel at the first complete T-rex ever assembled in the Great Hall. 3) Take them on a VR exploration of the famous Stonehenge monument in the Virtual Theater.
For even more indoor fun and winter-friendly outings, check out this list of Things to Do in Overland Park.