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Crown Center, Kansas City

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Shop until you drop at Crown Center, one of the city's largest retail centers featuring a variety of big-name stores and restaurants. Wander the mall's network of both indoor and outdoor halls, passing through its landscaped squares featuring several fountain areas in the "City of Fountains." Grab a bite to eat at one of the many on-site dining establishments, ranging from burger joints to gourmet eateries. You can even stop in for a live show at the theater, or view the world headquarters of the famous Hallmark Card Company, which offers a free visitor center. Families with kids won't want to miss Kaleidoscope, a creative wonderland where kids can paint, draw, make puzzles, and more--also for free. Those with little ones can also visit the SeaLife aquarium and Legoland Center here. Check the shopping center website to see what family-friendly events are in store for your visit. Use our Kansas City day trip planning site to arrange your visit to Crown Center and other attractions in Kansas City.
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  • We would have enjoyed this mall and other activities like Legoland and the Crayola store had we had young children. Chip's Chocolate Factory on the second floor has some great fudge though.  more »
  • This center is attractive and has shops and restaurants and attractions. There is Legoland and an aquarium. Is was nice to walk around in and is attached to the Westin and Sheraton hotels and Union St...  more »
  • This is a nice shopping center and has some great stuff to do. We even got free parking. This was a cool place to just hang out with the family.  more »
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  • Have been here for multiple visits for the free children's exhibit. We've visited the Story Time, Mr Potato Head and Thomas the Train. Kids had a blast although the amount of kids and parents not watching them can be overwhelming for kids around 2 or 3. Also have visited all the shops each time. Love this place, great family place to experience.
  • Lots of cool things near by and in mall. Hallmark museum next to kaleidoscope (which kids loved!) Was actually really cool lol they have a Emmy that you can hold and a bow making machine that actually gives you a free bow at the end. There was also a temporary Thomas the train engine exhibit which was really cool. Sea world had some neat stuff too. Store were cool but lots of overpriced stuff. I just looked and that was still fun
  • We went for the Thomas the train exhibit. It wasn't very impressive. It was a small space with a few things for the kids to interact with. But, better than nothing. The space is nice and the overall atmosphere is very pleasant. Lots of places to eat and some unique things for the family to get into. I think it warrants a few more visits in the near future.
  • Lots of sweet shops. My 3 year old lost his mind over Fritz's but my favorite was The Missing Piece hat store. The guy was pure class and all about customer service. Hands down best money I spent all weekend.
  • An exceptional location for lunch on a weekday. Plenty of seating in a fascinating setting with spectacular views for a food court, it was easy to find a place to sit, even at 12:15. The restaurant choices are hardly thrilling, but it's got all the bases covered, and the food is usually good and reasonably priced. Service isn't going to win any awards, but they do the key jobs very well, like getting your order quickly and correctly, and keeping the place nice and clean. This is a great place to wander around if you've got extra time, so treat yourself to some dessert and enjoy it.

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