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6 Fun and Free Things to do in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to so many amazing events and activities I couldn’t possibly include them all in a single article. The following six activities are a few of my favorites but I know I skipped over a lot so feel free to let me know your favorites in the comments.

So, if you are new to Kansas City or just looking for activities you can do on a budget then you are in luck.

Here are six fun and free things to do in Kansas City:

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art has traveling exhibitions throughout the year as well as its own 35,000 works of art. The Nelson does have two restaurants, a gift shop, and they also offer free audio-guided tours.

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The City Market

The City Market is an open-air market that offers shopping, entertainment, and attractions. You can purchase specialty grocery items and gifts. It also plays host to various concerts, festivals, and outdoor events.

On October 28th the City Market is hosting a Health and Wellness Day. Guests can get free screenings and information about how to live a healthier life.

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Image Via The City Market Kansas City Facebook Page

Crown Center

The Crown Center shops have shopping, dining, and kids activities. They offer free interactive exhibits for kids throughout the year, like this free Halloween event at the end of the month. And if your kids get bored with the shops, you can head over to Kaleidoscope for more free entertainment.

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The Kansas City Streetcar

This two-mile route begins in River Market and ends at Union Station. Along the way, you will get to see Power & Light, Crown Center, and numerous Kansas City restaurants and businesses. And bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers are all welcome.


Image Via KC Streetcar Facebook Page

First Fridays at the Crossroads District

Didn’t get your art fix after visiting the Nelson? Then you will love First Fridays where thousands of residents and visitors fill the streets to view the wide variety of local art.

Art is featured from local artists, galleries, studios, and businesses. And if you stick around until 5 PM you can enjoy live entertainment. Be sure to check out the Empty Bowls event coming up in November.

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank

This walk-in exhibit teaches guests about the role the Federal Reserve plays in the economy. Visitors can learn how to spot counterfeit money, lift a 27-pound gold bar, and view President Truman’s collection of over 500 coins.

When you are done you’ll even leave with a souvenir — a bag of shredded money. Guided tours are available with advance registration.

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