Kid-Friendly Overland Park
Pack the bags, air up the stroller tires, and get the snack cups filled because there is plenty of kid-friendly fun waiting for you in Overland Park! Overland Park loves kids and kids love Overland Park. Explore all the fun, kid-friendly places that Overland Park has to offer. After a day of fun with the family, be sure to stop by one of our favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurants.
Museum at Prairiefire | Deanna Rose | Indian Creek Trail | Build A Bear | Parks | Scheels | Arboretum & Botanical Gardens | iFly | TopGolf | Dave & Busters | Pinstripes | Urban Air | KidScape | Pools and Splashpads | Pickleball | Paint Glaze & Fire | Ceramic Cafe
Got a dino-lover? The Museum at Prairiefire is a kid-centric museum that welcomes you inside with a full-scale Tyrannosaurus Rex which was formerly featured in the NYC Museum of Natural History. The kids will enjoy the Discovery Room with hands-on activities such as holding a hissing cockroach, smelling the moon (intriguing, we know), and digging for dinosaur bones. Make sure to take some pictures in front of the building, too! Also located within the Prairiefire district, you'll find Fat Brain Toys and Chicken N Pickle, AMC Movie Theater and shopping boutiques.
From April to October, bring the kids to must-see Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a travel back in time to experience life on a turn-of-the-century Kansas farm. It's home to nearly 200 animals (including livestock and birds of prey), vegetable and flower gardens, a Blacksmith Shop, Mining Camp, a Kanza Village, and a fishing pond. It's also home to Overland Park's baby goats! The kids can feed the baby goats or pet a calf in the dairy barn.
Overland Park lives up to its name when you explore Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail. If you're a family that loves the outdoors this is one spot you want to park the car at a trailhead and just go. The streets of Overland Park are well known but the real adventure is in the trails that weave in and out of Overland Park. Go under streets, over creeks, and through waterfalls. Feel free to bring your (leashed) dog too!
Nested inside Oak Park Mall, bring a bear to life at Build-A-Bear Workshop! With a wide variety of furry friends updated regularly with popular looks and fun movie favorites, and hundreds of outfits and accessories to choose from, each Build-A-Bear experience is a new one. Your child's creation is genuinely one-of-a-kind — right down to a recorded Build-A-Sound special message. After Build-A-Bear be sure to stop by other areas inside Oak Park Mall such as the carousel and large indoor play area. Don't forget to stop by a the food court to grab a cookie from Mrs. Fields too!
Overland Park is home to over 80 parks and this one is a don't-miss. Located on the main drag of Downtown Overland Park, the park features two open-air shelters, restrooms, grills and picnic areas, outdoor working space with wi-fi, a play ground area, including a crawl tunnel, climbing structure, spinner, swings, and water play. You can't miss it -- there's also a performance stage in the park that looks like a giant paper airplane.
Welcome to the newly-renovated Strang Park — Overland Park’s first inclusive playground! Strang Park features a 30-foot tower and slide, a sensory tunnel, climbing cargo nets, and in-ground trampolines. You’ll also find a separate toddler playground featuring a Farmers’ Market-themed play area, a gaming promenade with cornhole, checkerboard tables and oversized lawn chess. Located at 88th and Farley.
Scheels is a mega-sports store in Overland Park’s Corbin Park. There much more to do than shopping. The kids will have fun playing on the sports simulators, selfie stations, and fully animated talking Presidents. It's also home to a 65-foot Ferris Wheel. The rides are cheap (only $1!) and every Ferris Wheels car gives you a birds-eye view of Scheels. If you're lucky, you can watch one of the Scheels' employees scuba dive into the 16,000 overhead aquarium to feed the exotic fish. Is it snack time yet? You'll find Ginna's Cafe in the back with coffee, gelato, snacks, and fudge.
The Arboretum is nearly five miles of a picturesque arboretum and gardens. To kids, it's a 300-acre playground. Let the kids loose on a real railroad caboose and a full-size railroad crossing gate. Model trains run through miniature mountains, bluffs, streams, and a model of Downtown Overland Park. Then bring the kids to visit the frog pond, climb the top of a spiraling walkway, explore a shrinking tunnel, and study fossil and animal footprints.
iFly is freefalling without the freefall. iFLY is Overland Park's indoor skydiving experience. The instructors help first time flyers maximize the fun as you feel the sensation of free fall in the two story wind tunnel. No butterflies in your stomach, we promise! Flyers can be between the ages of three and 103.
TopGolf is an outdoor, three-tiered golf range where the weather is always perfect for a round of golf, even in the rain and snow. Kids can play with the adults and there's even a virtual "Angry Birds" game that will get the whole family cheering. TopGolf is also a full-service restaurant. We recommend the injectable donuts holes for the kids!
Burn off some pent-up energy racing around one of the region's largest arcades. Whether your kids prefer 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!
Bring the kids to a day of classic bowling at one of Pinstripes eight bowling lanes. Then head upstairs to the rooftop to play a little bocce. Bring the kids hungry! Pinstripes has a full menu and will deliver to where you're playing. The menu is extensive and always changing. The chef always has some sort of sweet treat on the menu for kids too!
It's the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family! It's more than a trampoline park -- Urban Air Adventure Park has been voted Best Gym In America for Kids by Shape Magazine. If the weather isn't the best -- or even if it is -- Urban Air is the place to let the kids bounce off energy.
Learn Through Play! KidScape is a fully immersive, interactive history experience where kids time travel to different periods and communities from the region's past. Work on the farm, perform at the theater, teach in the school, deliver the mail, drive the trolley, care for patients at the hospital, or fry up some burgers at the diner. There's 3,500 square feet to explore and learn while having fun!
Summer means sunshine, hot weather, sunscreen and time to splash around... so check out our swimming pools in Overland Park to cool off & have some fun! If you have little water babies with you, they will be at home with the zero entry pools, cooling fountains and whale slides. Those bigger kids (or kid-at-heart adults) can take to the diving boards or 31-foot-tall water slide that dares guests to take the plunge!
Pickleball has swarmed the nation as the fastest growing sport. It is a combination of the elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong all in one sport. With its rule being so similar to ping-pong, the game is open to all age levels, easy social activity and almost anyone can learn. In Overland Park it has taken us by storm the past few years with the recent additions of two dedicated indoor and outdoor pickleball facilities, Chicken N Pickle (2021) and SERV (2023) – both recreational and restaurant mixed use concepts. During the winter months, Chicken N Pickle turns the center lawn area into an ice skating rink.
Rainy Day? Snow day? Just a day for creativity? Paint Glaze & Fire has pottery to paint, glass fusion, canvas painting, and raw clay projects. Be sure to have a coffee, smoothie, chai tea, or latte while you and the kids relax and create! Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome.
Ceramic Cafe is a paint-your-own-pottery and glass fusing studio serving the Kansas City area. Their stellar Creative Assistants will guide you through the creative process; showing how supplies and techniques can help the inspired and help those who need an extra boost of inspiration to create a masterpiece they are proud to call their own!
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