Get Artsy at Kaleidoscope in Kansas City

Last Updated on December 4, 2016 by Jody Halsted

There is no denying that Kaleidoscope was designed with children in mind. With brilliant colors, sparkling surfaces, glow-in-the-dark painting, and more it inspired our kids and even brought out the kid inside of us adults!

Fountain Creature at Hallmark Kaleidoscope, Kansas City

Entering through the doors- just down from the Hallmark Visitor’s Center– only gives you a taste of what awaits.

The first stop is this incredible wavy table filled with markers, shapes, stickers to design tiny megaphones.

Wavy Creation Table at Hallmark Kaleidoscope, Kansas City

But this is only the beginning.  As you turn and enter the main room you may begin to feel like you have walked into a Dr. Seuss book.

Submarine, Hallmark Kaleidoscope, Kansas CityWhat journeys await you in this magical submarine?  A deep sea dive?  The lost world of Atlantis?  As you spend more time here either seems possible.

The large room is filled with creation stations; each with more incredible elements to create imaginative works of art.  Letters, numbers, bows, paints, sparkles, markers, strings…  The list of malleable media goes on.  If Hallmark uses it – or creates it- you’ll find it here.  You may even find seasonal items!

We created glow in the dark fish, shooting stars, crowns with bows and stickers, hand designed puzzles and more.

Cutting out a puzzle at Hallmark Kaleidoscope, Kansas CityThankfully there are bags scattered around the room to hold your one-of-a-kind creations!

This is a great stop for families- not only is it fun but it’s FREE!

Good to Know:

Kaleidoscope is very popular with visitors and locals.  On weekends, spring break or in-service days you will probably find a wait.  If this happens pick up a ticket for a later time and wander over to Union Station.

During busy times family art sessions last 40 minutes.  When it’s slow, as it was when we visited, we were allowed to remain until we decided to leave.

Independent art sessions are available for children aged 5-12 by reservation.

For more information, hours and special events visit

Reservations are available for groups of 20 or more.

When you’re done creating masterpieces there are small play areas and even a reading room – which even has some book by (you guessed it) Dr Seuss.

Book Nook at Hallmark Kaleidoscope, Kansas City


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  1. This looks like a lot of fun! We’ve been to the world’s largest kaleidoscope in Mt. Tremper, NY. You sit inside of it (it’s in a tall silo), and look up to see the prismatic color show. Very cool, but not as hands-on as this place.

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