Explore the Barbeque Capital of the World with a Kansas City Scavenger Hunt

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Whether you call it the BBQ Capital of the World, the City of Fountains, or Paris of the Plains, see the sights with a Kansas City scavenger hunt.

Dating back to the 1930s, scavenger hunts started as party games. Playing by the original rules, individuals or small groups search for and collect a specific list of items.

In the past few decades, scavengering teams might snap photographs as part of the hunt. When I was a kid, that would have been done with a Polaroid camera or a disposable camera. Today, scavenger hunt photos are snapped and shared instantly on mobile phones. And interactive scavenger hunts can inject tidbits about a location’s history and culture into the experience.

While scavenger hunts are often conducted outdoors, there are also online scavenger hunts. And in Kansas City, art museums and historical sites use scavenger hunts to engage visiting children.

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore in the heart of America, check out one of these fun Kansas City scavenger hunts.

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Explore Kansas City's art district with this scavenger hunt.
This Kansas City scavenger hunt starts at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center at 16th and Broadway.

See why Missouri’s largest city is known as the City of Fountains with this Kansas City scavenger hunt that focuses on gushing fountains, amazing sculptures, and historic buildings. Start your adventure at the clamshell-shaped Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. 

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was added to the Kansas City skyline at the end of 2011. The dramatic concrete and glass building was literally sketched on a napkin by the architect over dinner. This Kansas City scavenger hunt will also take you to the historic Webster House and on to several other fabulous finds in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.

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2. Hunt through History at the National World War I Museum

Cost:  Free with Paid Admission

The World War I Museum in Kansas City is the only museum in America dedicated to the Great War.

When you visit the World War I Museum at the base of the Liberty Memorial, your admission includes several scavenger hunts. Use these free Kansas City scavenger hunts to learn more about The Great War. Discover what red poppies represent, what’s inside a Princess Mary box, and how Scottish Highlanders protect their kilts from mud.

3. Scout from Your Seat with Ride KC’s Scavenger Hunts

Cost:  No Fee to Ride the KC Streetcar, Small Fee to Ride the Main Street MAX

What about a free Kansas City scavenger hunt that lets you explore from the streetcar? Jump on the KC Streetcar and Main Street MAX to complete these scavenger hunts starring Kansas City landmarks including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Country Club Plaza, and Union Station.

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4. Explore Kansas City's Country Club Plaza

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The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza is one of Kansas City's most beloved fountains.

Inspired by the architecture of Seville, Spain the Country Club Plaza was the nation’s first shopping center designed for patrons arriving by car. With shops ranging from Barnes & Noble to Tiffany’s and sprinkled with Kansas City’s amazing sculptures and fountains, it’s no wonder Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza is so popular.

Start your Country Club Plaza scavenger hunt at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Set on acres of green manicured lawns, you can’t miss its four, over-sized badminton shuttlecocks. This scavenger hunt also explores the nearby Country Club Plaza set along Brush Creek and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

5. Nose Around the Nelson-Atkins

Cost:  Free

The over-sized badminton birdies scattered on the green lawn outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum have become Kansas City icons.

Inspired by the annual scavenger hunt at Kansas City’s largest art museum, Richard Pund created this free Kansas City scavenger hunt through the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Explore the works of art that caught his eye during a visit to the Kansas City institution via his online scavenger hunt.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that each of the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s iconic shuttlecocks weighs over 5,000 pounds?

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6. Scavenger Saturday at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Cost:  Free

If you love art, you definitely won’t want to miss this scavenger hunt! On the third Saturday of each month, the Kemper Museum offers a free self-guided scavenger hunt from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to help you explore Kansas City’s contemporary art museum.

Because the museum’s permanent collection is small and its current exhibits change regularly, the experience is unique each month. And once visitors finish the scavenger hunt, they can pick up a take-home activity kit.

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7. Investigate the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Cost:  Free

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Visit the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to explore the free exhibits, view the cash processing and vault area, and complete an interactive iPad scavenger hunt.

Fun Fact:  With 2,079 participants, the town of Provo, Utah currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest scavenger hunt.

Have You Explored the City of Fountains via a KC Scavenger Hunt?

Which Kansas City scavenger hunt did you enjoy most? Are there any missing from this list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Kansas City straddles the states of Missouri and Kansas

 

NOTE:  Kansas City straddles the states of Kansas and Missouri, and the majority of popular things to do in Kansas City are located in Missouri.

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15 thoughts on “Explore the Barbeque Capital of the World with a Kansas City Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Go Learn Thins

    I love scavenger hunts. This is a great list of options. I worked with Urban Adventure Quest on a couple of their hunts in Phoenix and Minneapolis. They don’t currently have one for Kansas City, but they are worth looking up when you are visiting other cities.

  2. Miranda Knudtson

    I really love #3! I’m not big on museums, so I think a scavenger hunt is a really awesome idea! I learn about art/history/ANYthing better when it’s more hands on and active; what a unique idea!

  3. We haven’t yet tried a city scavenger hunt, but these look fun! Plus, we love Kansas City. When we get back, we’ll definitely try one of these!

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