Sometimes when you live in a city you get in to a daily routine and forget about all the cool things your city has to do. You do not have to be a tourist to them! It hasn’t been that long since Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland opened. I had yet to take my daughter because like I said we get stuck in our regular weekly routines and I thought it might be too expensive. Was I wrong? I wasn’t sure how a 4 year old would do at both of these places so I wanted to share my experiences!
Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium: If she is anything like her mommy, she is going to LOVE seeing the underwater ocean tunnel and more than 5,000 creatures! She is still a little too young for some of the cool events they hold but shouldn’t be too young to see all of the animals!
I love aquariums and this one was great! My entire family was pleasantly surprised. As you walk in you get to take your pictures in front of a green screen. There were SO many fish and creatures to not only look at but they had a petting station. We got to pet Starfish, Crabs, Shrimp, and MORE! My daughter was a little hesitant at first but it wasn’t long before she was putting her hands in the water to meet her new friends! She was trying to catch the fishy but it was too fast. They had tunnels, and quiz questions, and I even noticed the older kids walking around with what looked like a scavenger hunt! There were several parts of the aquariums you can go under and stick your head through a bubble. My daughter felt the need to go in and announce that she was a fishy when she went in them.
- Over 5,000 sea creatures
- 30 incredible displays
- Over 260,000 gallons of water
- Come nose to nose with sharks in our underwater tunnel
- Touchpool experience: Hold a crab and touch a starfish in the interactive Touchpool Experience
- Fun talks and feed shows throughout the day
Legoland: With my daughter recently getting in to playing legos and visiting the Lego Store at the mall, I didn’t know how her reaction would be at Legoland. I was hoping it would be positive! Can I say that it was SO MUCH fun! I had no clue! I thought the entire thing would be just amazing Lego Displays, but this place is totally interactive! They have rides, games, play places, racing tracks, and more! Yes, they have displays too and even those were interactive!
I have to be honest, I had heard that these places were too expensive. I am TOTALLY going to disagree. An annual pass is ONLY $55. This is for an ANNUAL pass not a 3 month pass you would find at your local pool. You can spend hours in Legoland. There are so many play areas and even movies. They show 4 different 4D movies. We watched one and it was so cool. It started snowing IN the theater! I almost felt like I was in Disney World!
Even the play area at Legoland (“Lego City”) has ONLY one entry and exit. So if you are like me trying to follow your kid around in case they sneak out a different exit, you don’t have to worry about it!
Are these two places affordable and worth your time and money?
Legoland: Yes! You even know I love bargains and even I would say this IS a bargain because it is totally worth the money you may spend! Especially if you had an annual pass! It would be way cheaper than a movie and you can spend a lot longer than 2 hours in this place! I even bought a Lego Friends 64 piece set on sale for ONLY $5.00! My daughter is playing with it as I type! My daughter just said, “Legoland was AWESOME!”
Sea Life: Yes! It is so cool that we have an aquarium now! If I had older kids we could have spent a lot more time in there. They have different showings and times for activities too and we didn’t stay for them. My daughter, although she is only 4 years old, she LOVED it too! She would laugh and point at the fish that were funny and want to craw through all of the tunnels and more! To this day I still remember my parents taking me at the Mall of America during our family vacation. I just now realized that it is a Sea Live as well!
Where can you find Sea Life? They have 32 locations open across the world. Right now you can find them in the USA in Arizona, California, Texas, Kansas City, and Minnesota. Go to http://www.visitsealife.com/Kansas-city/ and you can choose other cities toward the bottom of the website if you choose to do so.
Where can you find LegoLand Discovery Centers? Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Westchester, and Manchester. Visit http://www.legoland.com and then select the different Discovery Centers on the right hand side.