K.C. For Free

Travel doesn’t have to be expensive – we rounded up free activities in Kansas City for you to enjoy!

K.C. For Free

Free activities mean more money to enjoy the local culinary scene, but they definitely don’t mean less fun!

Crown Center

The Crown Center is a local shopping center, but there’s plenty to do, even on a budget.  From outdoor movies to local festivals, there’s almost always some event going on.  Right now, they’re hosting the Trivial Pursuit: 50 State Adventure, with activities representing every state so participants can learn as they compete.

The Money Museum

Located in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, the Money Museum provides guests with an inside look into how money is made, as well as the national banking system.  It also has old money on display so you can see how bills and coins have evolved.  At the end of the tour, they’ll even give you money to take home – it’s shredded, but still, it’s a great souvenir!

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

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We always have a wonderful time when we get to visit the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center. In fact I have to remind myself to stay connected to the community and events that take place there. There's also an amazing gallery inside that features incredible works of art. I've been thinking about some of the things I've experienced that were a pivotal part of a black childhood that Lily probably won't ever experience. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church. The all day church services, the loud theatrical pastor, people catching the holy ghost. Lily has yet to go to a traditional cookout with all her down south aunties, uncles, cousins, grandpas and grandmas. She's never even seen a good game of dominoes or spades. Not to mention my parenting is very different from what I knew as a child. Sometimes I wonder if she's losing out on having the experiences that are deeply rooted in the culture of being a black person. Every time I hear a black person share their story of childhood and it's something I can relate to I worry that Lily won't have that. How do you parents navigate raising children with ties to their heritage and culture in this modern age? #citygirlstravel

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This building tells the fascinating history of African-American contributions to the development of Kansas City over the years.  Learn about black pioneers during the Westward Expansion, K.C.’s role in the Civil War, and Bruce R. Watkins himself, the first African-American to become Mayor of Kansas City.

The Roasterie

You can even get your coffee for free – at least on Wednesdays.  The Roasterie hosts “cuppings”, where they allow you to sample a variety of their different brews from around the world while discussing how to really appreciate coffee.  It’s fun, and a great way to get a caffeine boost so you can continue exploring the city.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

This village serves as a live re-enactment of life in 1800s.  From farm chores to battle demonstrations, it’s very interesting to see how far society and technology have come compared to when America first started to stray towards the Western territory.

Enjoy Kansas City for free at these places and have fun seeing all this town has to offer!