Spring break is here and summer break is just around the horizon. Whether it’s vacation time from your 9 to 5, or a weekend slotted off for rest, a staycation is a wonderful alternative to packing up and heading across the country.

For a staycation, the concept is that people stay home rather than head out of the area for their vacation time. Staycations, if planned right, come with the perks of a traditional vacation.

Instead of spending money on overnight stays at hotels and long distance travel, you get to save money and spend more time exploring your area.

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So many people find themselves living and working in a location with its own places to explore. The day to day grind might cause one to take their own backyard for granted. There’s much to do and see that tourists may take advantage of, but which a local person may not have even visited or tried.

The world is a place of adventure — even in your own town.

7 Family-friendly spring break staycations in and around Kansas City

Here is the target of today’s article — staycation ideas for those who live in and around Kansas City. We’re thrilled to say our area is teeming with opportunities for families to relax and try something new during their staycation.

1 – Wonderscope Children’s Museum — Shawnee, KS

In Shawnee, KS, you’ll find the Wonderscope Children’s Museum. As of the writing of this article, they have ten exhibits. Their exhibits and programs leverage art, science, and literature to provide an educational play opportunity for kids 8 years old and under.

For visitors, Wonderscope is a “dynamic, relevant interactive” experience. General admission is $8; ages 64 and up, $7; and children under 2 are free.

2 – Black Dog Coffeehouse — Lenexa, KS

If catching up with one-on-one interactions is something that interests you, a visit to the Black Dog Coffeehouse might be the setting for you. Coffee cultivates community, some may argue. Lunch and coffee at Black Dog may be just what the doctor ordered. Family conversation over a meal can be therapeutic — especially if you don’t have to clean up afterward.

3 – Gezer Park in Leawood, KS

Are you ready to stretch your legs during your staycation time? Gezer Park may be just the thing for you. It’s a nice place to walk the dogs, ride your bike or let the kids burn their energy.

There are bathrooms, gazebos, picnic tables, sidewalks, and a water fountain available to visitors. A spring runs through the park.

According to one reviewer on TripAdvisor, “Leawood is a sister city with the Gezer region of Israel … (the) design of the park is meant to reflect the look and feel of Gezer.”

4 – Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm in Olathe, KS

To step onto the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm in Olathe is to step into the past. And by the past, we mean the 1860s to be exact.

The farm operates as it would have in the 1860s — complete with oxen and horses, to name a few livestock critters. The farm allows visitors to try their hand at some of the activities that would have been part of the day to day life of 1860s families.

5 – Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Overland, KS

There is something refreshing about a stroll through a garden. The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens provides visitors with 300 acres of recreational space. On the property, visitors can explore 13 gardens. Over 1,700 species of plants have made their home in the Arboretum. It’s open year-round.

6 – Missouri Mud Co. — Raymore, MO

At Missouri Mud Co., you’ll find a quaint family-owned restaurant. This Greek deli and coffee house carries its own bit of character in its offerings. Missouri Mud Co. sells food, coffee, and also serves as a gift shop.

7 – Paradise Park: Family, Fun, Adventure — Lee’s Summit, MO

For some fun for all ages, a visit to Paradise Park is in order. At Paradise Park, you’ll find mini golf, laser tag, gem mining, go-carts, a rock wall and much more. Ample walking room and even a restaurant are on the premise, making it a one-stop shop for a day of fun.

Have fun and stop and smell the roses

As you can see, the list above provides a variety of options for staycation activities. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey as you travel from point to point. We hope you and your family have a relaxing time of making good memories and finding rest!

While you’re out and about, think about bringing home some house cleaning plants! Just because you’re on a staycation doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on bringing something home to help you remember the good time you had.

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