Have you ever stood next to an army tank? Or looked through a periscope? You can see them both, along with many other items at the World War I Museum. Kids are able to view uniforms, planes and vehicles used during the war, along with enjoying some hands-on activities.
Before Your Visit:
- Prepare your child by talking to them a little about war. They may see some sad images at the museum, so you'll want to encourage them to ask questions.
- Call the museum to see if the observation tower will be open the day you visit (it is sometimes closed due to weather).
- Check out the museum's website to see what special events taking place.
- Dowload the Museum's full-color Family Guide, with puzzles, map and a scavenger hunt for kids.
Explore the WW I Memorial:
- When you enter the museum, you walk over a glass bridge. Looking below, you will see a lot of red flowers (poppies). There are 9,000 of them and each one represents 1000 people who died in combat during the war; a total of nine million.
- Check out the size of the cannons, guns and other items - things were very large during the first World War.
- There is a great interactive trench exhibit - kids can peek in viewing spaces to see and hear what it was like to live in a trench.
- Many kids will want to try the light tables - they can fly planes, create a poster and see the inside of a gun.
- The museum houses a walk-through crater that shows what happened when a house was struck by a howitzer shell. Ask your kids what they feel like when they stand in the crater.
- There are some interactive exhibits - check out the perioscope they can look through.
- Visit the top of the memorial for a great view of Kansas City.
- Don't forget the scavenger hunt!
Kids of this age may like to read stories about brave animals from World War I.
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