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Missouri: Kansas City, Summer Family Vacations and the Latest Family Fun Combo.LEGOLAND Kansas City Missouri Take advantage of pre-opening discounted ticket offers and make plans now to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium - family fun made easy. 

Here’s the scoop. Summer is looking pretty swell in Kansas City with the opening of two terrific spots for family fun to add to the array of family activities and attractions including the Kansas City Zoo' in Swope Park, shopping in Country Club Plaza district, Starlight Theater summer performances, and the refreshing Crown Center Fountains. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center. This new kid on the block is described as the place to step into one of the biggest boxes of LEGO bricks in the world. Like its sister properties in Texas, Florida, and California, it is meant to entertain and inspire young minds with creative play. The $15 million, 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction will feature a MINILAND® exhibit which recreates landmark buildings in Kansas City out of LEGO® bricks, hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, LEGO rides, and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations. This highly interactive and educational 2-3 hour indoor experience is ideal for families with children between the ages of 3-10.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center will open in May 2012. Here’s the deal. LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Crown Center in Kansas City has launched a pre-opening online special where folks can purchase tickets for $12.50, $6.50 off the original ticket price. Season passes are also available with prices listed online. To purchase tickets, visit their website at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium. SEALIFE Center Kansas City MissouriShare in the fun, learn and be awed without getting wet. The new aquarium will take visitors on an enthralling 2-3 hour journey from the fresh waters of the Missouri River, into the mighty Mississippi River then out into the warm blue coral strewn waters of the Caribbean Sea, ending in the deep dark abyss of the Atlantic Ocean. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. Bonus points: A stunning centerpiece will be a huge tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel. SEA LIFE Aquarium will open in April 2012. Here’s the deal. SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is running their own pre-opening online special where guests can purchase adult tickets for $14 and a child ticket for $10 both $5 off the original ticket price. Season passes are also available with prices listed online at www.visitsealife.com

Why a family vacation in Kansas City? The city offers a comfortable, beautiful urban space for a city adventure with kids. It isn’t overwhelming as perhaps New York or LA could be yet, it offers a rich mix of cultural choices to inspire, entertain, and educate. Without blinking I can think of three things worth the trip. I love the Coterie Theatre because they have defined entertaining youngsters and sharing excellence with children is always a joy. Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is living history at its best with the added bonus of an old-fashioned general store as well as an ice cream parlor. And perhaps the crowning glory of the city – Union Station home to Science City’s Dino Lab, the KC Rail Experience, and extreme screen 3D movie theater.  I guess that’s actually six. Bonus points:  If water park time is essential the city delivers at Worlds of Fun, Adventure Oasis, and Summit Waves.
 
Kansas City for Less. One of the best places to view additional summer family vacation deals and specials including vacation packages and 2-for–1coupons is at Visit Kansas City.

Content and images provided by LEGOLAND & SEA LIFE. Comments Nancy Nelson-Duac, Editor FTF. Copyright 2012.

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