Here are some great ideas for teaching kids about transportation by letting them explore and experience the many options in the world around them!
PLANES…Visit a local airport.
Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport – The Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport is an important gateway that connects businesses across the country to Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities. You can go sit in the terminal building anytime and watch planes come and go. Or, call the airport in advance to schedule a private tour 816-969-1800.
New Century Air Center in New Century, KS, is just south of Olathe. It’s a former Naval base. There is a large parking lot from which to park and watch planes take off and land.
TRAINS…Visit Union Station or Lee’s Summit station.
The beautiful, historic Kansas City Union Station is the second-busiest train station in Missouri, with ample opportunities for observing trains as well as learning some history, not to mention the additional attractions there.
Lee’s Summit Station is an Amtrak train stop. The station was originally built in 1905 by the Missouri Pacific Railroad. While there is no actual station anymore (the Chamber’s offices are inside the old building now), there is a park and an opportunity to talk about trains and possibly see one pass by. There’s also a cute old red train car in the park! You can even take a train between Lee’s Summit and Union Station for about $10.
AUTOMOBILES… Tour KC Auto Museum.
The Kansas City Automotive Museum showcases some of Kansas City’s rich automotive history. With 28 historical reader boards and interactive displays, the museum features 30 cars that rotate every 4-6 months.
Tour your local fire station.
Call the station before you go to see if visits are possible. Drop in visits are usually not encouraged. Prearranging a tour will give your kids a close up view of the shiny fire trucks! They might even get to sit inside one, and hear the siren sounded! If a tour isn’t possible, ask about the next community open house.
Hop on Kansas City’s new RideKC Street Car Line.
The Kansas City Streetcar is free to ride, which means there is no fare to ride on the streetcar as it travels the 2 miles through the heart of downtown.
Visit a local lake to watch a boat or two.
Lake Jacomo, Blue Springs Lake and Longview Lake are just three local public lakes where you might catch sight of a sailboat or speedboat. Visit Jackson County Parks & Recreation website for info about lake life.
Ride the bus.
Check out this “How to Ride” resource for RideKC bus system!