Sunday Shorts: Kansas City Legoland, Worlds of Fun, Sea Life Aquarium

Sunday ShortsWe live in St. Louis Missouri and last weekend we decided to shake things with a little weekend getaway drive to Kansas City, MO.

After about a 3 1/2 hour drive, we arrived! First stop: Kansas City SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Kansas City Sea life aquarium

For our KC trip, we each picked a destination we’d like to visit and this was my husband’s choice. My favorite part of the aquarium was the touching pool that had all sorts of creatures that you could “pet” such as Sea Stars.

Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City(sorry about the pic quality. I was taking them with an iPad)

Immediately after Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City, we went to my pick of destinations: Legoland Discovery Center.  And how convenient?  They are both in in the same building!

Legoland Discovery CenterA Few Highlights (besides all the Lego Displays!):

  • The elevator was painted like we were in an actual Lego Factory.
  • When we first came in, the girls got an official tour of how Legos were made and they even got to participate in a pretend Lego-building process with plenty of buttons to push that made “bloops” and “bleeps”.
  • After the tour, we got to go on a ride through a winding dark tunnel where we shot laser guns at Lego villains.
  • There was a large children’s play area and a little Lego Café. and the children’s lunches were SO cute.  I wish I would’ve taken a pic. Basically, the boxes are in the shape of a large Lego. (no handle). Kids take apart the Lego and fill it with their choice of a piece of fruit, Smuckers uncrustable sandwich, etc. Then they get to take the box home as a souvenir.
  • I found the restrooms to be really adorable (the pic on the right up there is the Ladies’ Room).
  • There were also a couple other Lego-themed indoor rides- and not the kind you stick a quarter in at the mall.  Rides that adults can go on with their kids and enjoy.

Legoland Star WarsMy favorite part of Legoland Discovery Center was the Star Wars section (which is why the above collage is like 10x larger than all the other photos on this post, haha).  There was an entire area set up with intricate Star Wars displays and I’m trying not to nerd out too badly here by posting all the photos I took! Aside from the Lego recreations of movie scenes, there was also a life-sized Lego replica of C-3PO and R2-D2, and a poster of Yoda made out of Legos.  There were also TONS of Star Wars Lego souvenirs in the gift shop. I selected a keychain with a Lego-man Ewok attached.

ewok keychainI was also surprised to see some Battlestar Galactica models, which is one of my favorite shows:

Lego Battlestar Galactica(ignore the reflection of the huge dork taking photos with an iPad)

Legoland Wizard of OzHere was my second favorite display section: The Wizard of Oz recreated with Legos.

Speaking of The Wizard of Oz…  Now, I’ve been to Kansas City numerous times since I live just across Missouri over in St. Louis, however it’s mostly been to visit friends or relatives or see concerts. This time, however, it’s really been my first time doing actual “touristy” stuff. On our trip last weekend, I noticed there was Wizard of Oz memorabilia in all the shops and tourist attractions everywhere.  I asked my husband, “What the heck is the fascination with The Wizard Of Oz?!”  But before he answered, it totally clicked:  Wizard of Oz… Kansas City… Kansas… “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto”.  Doh!

Yeahh… Not my proudest moment.

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The third main event we did that weekend was visit Worlds of Fun.  This was the attraction for the girls, but we all had lots of fun there, as well, even though the weather was slightly chilly for the water rides and I had laryngitis and rode them anyway… Ack! (I am definitely paying for that now! :( )

Worlds of Fun Kansas CityPlanet Snoopy was the area for the kiddos and we spent most of the day in there. I have a rather large soft-spot for Peanuts because it reminds me of my brother and me as kids, so I really enjoyed myself and felt like a big kid myself!

worlds of fun peanuts(this one’s for you, Micah!)

This was my first visit to Worlds of Fun, and what I appreciated the most is that this amusement park is really family friendly. I am a roller-coaster lover myself, and while Worlds of Fun does have a lot that look extremely fun, it’s not over-run with the majority of the rides set to *thrill and chill* for those who need milder rides (like my kids.  Okay, and my husband… lol). There’s a great balance, and they’ve kept a lot of the classic rides that have been around the park for years.  Plus there’s lots of shade, shrubbery and greenery for relaxing.  I am absolutely impressed by this family-friendly park and it definitely won’t be the last time taking my kids there.  Maybe next time, though, I’ll have to bring along a 5th wheel to ride some of the chilling rides with :)

worlds of fun leapfrog and lipglossOh, and totally random…  This little horse at the park and I were shoe twins!

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On the drive home, I became ecstatic as spotted the highlight of my trip from the highway and yelled “PULL OVER”:  A restaurant called “Twin Peaks”, which had red accents around the windows and everything!  I wanted to eat there even though it wasn’t in the plans, but I could tell my family wanted to get home.  NEXT TIME.

twin peaks restaurantUPDATE: Doh!  Read my update about this restaurant right here!

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So these were my Sunday Shorts for this week (and the reason I didn’t post last weekend!) Have you ever visited any of the attractions around the Kansas City area?

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11 Responses to Sunday Shorts: Kansas City Legoland, Worlds of Fun, Sea Life Aquarium

  1. Micah says:

    Thanks, Celeste!! :)

  2. Lisa says:

    Sounds like you all had a fab time! I completely understand the Star Wars obsess and as for Battlestar Galactica I can only assume we’re talking about the original??

    Yep the Kansas / Wizard of Oz thing was definitely a doh moment haha!

    Here in NZ there was a recent episode of Undercover Boss USA – I don’t watch it but it was advertised showing Twin Peaks – totally a double entendre. If you notice my most recent post…

    • Celeste says:

      I just saw your “Twin Peaks” post! 😉 I had to turn off my “comment luv” plug-in temporarily because it was messing up my site, but I clicked over and found it.

      Well… Actually talking about the Battlestar Galactica reboot. I’m a huge fan of that!

  3. Tina says:

    I’m so jealous your LegoLand has Star Wars! Guess we will have to trek to this one someday. The one here in NY has a LEGO replica of NY City though, and it’s awesome! The lights go from “day” to “night” and there are “fireworks” on the wall. I have a ton of pictures and had planned on a blog post but never got to it. I guess I should now :)

    • Celeste says:

      Oh, Tina… I think that sounds awesome! I love NYC and miss traveling there. If you ever get a chance to post about it, make sure you come find me in case I miss it because I’d love to take a look.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Clearly I need to suck it up and watch Star Wars! It looks like you had such an amazing trip and got some awesome pictures to remember it by to boot!

    • Celeste says:

      Carolyn! Are you one of those people who has never seen Star Wars?! I’ve heard they were out there, but thought they were a myth! 😉

  5. It looks like you had a fun-filled time!! I’ve never been to a LEGOLAND, so seeing your pictures provides me a sneak peek of what it’s like, until we can get to one. (And my 5 year old was enjoying them as well, as she peeked over my shoulder). :)

  6. You ladies had a fun filled weekend! Looks like your Legoland looks way better than ours.

    • Celeste says:

      It was a super fun weekend, Lou :) and yes, the KC Legoland was tops! I was sorry to hear that yours left room for desire!