Kansas is a wonderful state to visit filled with unique experiences, attractions, and history. Like any state in the Midwest, the weather can be unpredictable at times. That doesn’t mean you need to forget about new experiences because there are lots of things to add to your Kansas bucket list that can be done indoors. We’ve chosen 5 of our favorite places to spend the day indoors in Kansas and shared them below. Rain or shine, put these five places on your Kansas list.
5 Places to Spend a Day Indoors in Kansas
Exploration Place is a science museum located in Wichita. It’s an interactive museum that emphasizes aviation and Kansas geography. It also hosts a number of traveling exhibits that showcase the importance of math and science in the world around us.
Permanent exhibits include: Health Inside Out, Design Build Fly, Drone-Tography, Where Kids Rule, Explore Kansas, Kansas in Miniature, and Kansas Kids Connect.
Visitors can also enjoy the live science show, a soaring 60-foot screen dome theater with 360-degree view, Explore Store, and the outdoor Exploration Park.
The Pennant is the place for delicious burgers, scrumptious salads, and heavenly milkshakes, but you can spend an entire day at The Pennant thanks to their more than 50 vintage arcade games and bowling allies.
Located in historic Downtown, it’s the perfect stop during any visit to Topeka. We’d suggest arriving for lunch and staying well after dinner enjoying the entertainment at The Pennant.
Great Wolf Lodge Kansas
Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City is our first choice in accommodations in Kansas, but it’s also a great place to spend the day even if you are not staying the night.
There is a 38,000 sq. ft. water park with water experiences for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.
If you’d prefer dry-land experiences, there are tons of free events and character appearances throughout the resort. Add in on-site family dining, attractions, and shopping all under one roof, and you have the ultimate indoor experience in Kansas.
Museum at Prairiefire
The Museum at Prairiefire is part of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The heritage area focuses on three main themes: Shaping the Frontier, Kansas/Missouri Border War and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom.
A full-sized Tyrannosaurus rex replica awaits as you walk in the Museum at Prairiefire. Colossal sea creatures can also be found within as was as soaring reptiles from our ancient past.
From live animal encounters and dinosaur digs to missions to Space in a Virtual Reality experience, the Museum at Prairiefire will grab your attention.
Johnson County Museum
Johnson County Museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy day in Kansas with a toddler.
The main exhibit, Becoming Johnson County, features a 1950s All-Electric House, as well as changing special exhibits.
The poplar children’s exhibit, KidScape!, is ideal for toddlers. Kidscape is filled with toddler-friendly toys and experiences including toddler-sized cars, a wagon, puppets, and distinct play areas that combine learning and fun.