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Get Ready to Play! A Family Trip to the New Mattel Adventure Park in Kansas City


Calling all families! The highly anticipated Mattel Adventure Park is set to open its doors in Bonner Springs, just outside of Kansas City, in 2026. This isn't just any theme park – it's a place where iconic Mattel brands, like Hot Wheels, Barbie, and Thomas & Friends, come to life.


Rendering of Mattel Adventure Park. Photo courtesy of Mattel.


Double the Fun: A Second Mattel Park on the Horizon


Kansas City won't be the only place to experience the magic of Mattel. The first Mattel Adventure Park is slated to open in Glendale, Arizona by the end of this year making it a great option for West Coast families. With two locations on the horizon, Mattel is creating a coast-to-coast playground for families across the US.


Mattel Mayhem: Rides, Shows, and More


While details are still under wraps, the first Mattel Adventure Park currently under construction in Glendale gives us a sneak peek of what to expect in Kansas City:


Thrilling Rides for Hot Wheels Devotees


Gearheads can get their fix with pulse-pounding Hot Wheels-themed roller coasters. The Hot Wheels Bone Shaker promises an "ultimate ride" experience, while the Hot Wheels Twin Mill Racer offers a more family-friendly adventure.


Thomas & Friends


Little engineers will be in for a treat at Thomas & Friends: World of Sodor. This immersive area will feature five exciting experiences for the whole family, along with an indoor play space designed specifically for younger children.


Barbie Beach House


Step into the world of Barbie at the larger-than-life Barbie Beach House. This area boasts the interactive Barbie Dream Closet Experience, where cutting-edge technology lets guests create their own customized Barbie sets. A flying theater and the chic Barbie Rooftop restaurant and bar round out this glamorous zone.


Laser Tag


Masters of the Universe fans can choose a side and fight for Eternia in a massive laser tag arena built to resemble the iconic Castle Grayskull fortress.


Classic Games


Mattel is bringing the fun of their classic games into the park with an 18-hole mini golf course. Each hole will be themed around beloved games like Magic 8 Ball and Pictionary. Additionally, a giant, custom-built UNO climbing structure promises a unique adventure for all ages.


Beyond the Rides


Mattel Adventure Park promises to be more than just a collection of rides. The park will offer a variety of dining options, from themed restaurants to quick-service cafes. Shopping enthusiasts can browse stores filled with Mattel merchandise, while live shows and entertainment will keep the family fun going all day.


With its exciting attractions, themed areas, and focus on family fun, Mattel Adventure Park is poised to become a major tourist destination in Kansas City.



Beyond Mattel: Unveiling the Treasures of Kansas


Kansas may not be the first state that comes to mind for theme park vacations, but don't be fooled! This Midwestern gem boasts a surprising array of attractions that cater to all interests, perfectly complementing your visit to the upcoming Mattel Adventure Park. Here's a glimpse into some of the must-see destinations for families:


Science


Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Ignite your passion for space exploration at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Explore rockets, capsules, and spacesuits used in historic missions. Kids of all ages will love the planetarium and can learn about the pioneering heroes of space travel.


The Topeka Zoo

Get up close and personal with fascinating creatures at the Topeka Zoo. Witness lions, playful penguins, and a variety of species from around the world. Take a ride on the endangered species carousel or enjoy interactive exhibits that educate visitors about wildlife conservation.


Strataca: The Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Embark on a subterranean adventure at Strataca: The Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson. Descend hundreds of feet below the surface to explore a real salt mine. Learn about the history of salt mining, take a ride on a mine shaft elevator, and discover the unique geological formations hidden beneath Kansas.


History


Dodge City

Travel back in time to the Wild West era at Dodge City. Explore the recreated Boot Hill District, where gunfights once echoed through the streets. Take a stagecoach ride or visit the Dodge City Courthouse Museum to delve deeper into the town's fascinating history.


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Immerse yourselves in 19th-century prairie life at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm near Olathe. Tour the meticulously preserved farmstead, witness demonstrations of blacksmithing and other historical crafts, and experience a slice of authentic pioneer life.


Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

History buffs won't want to miss the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene. Dedicated to the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, this museum houses his personal belongings, historical documents, and interactive exhibits that detail his life and presidency.

Nature


Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Escape the hustle and bustle at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Cottonwood Falls. Hike or bike along scenic trails, marvel at the vast expanse of rolling grasslands teeming with diverse wildlife, and experience the beauty of the unspoiled prairie ecosystem.


Cheyenne Bottoms State Park

Birdwatchers, rejoice! Cheyenne Bottoms State Park, near Great Bend, is a haven for migratory birds. Kayak or canoe through the wetlands, observe a plethora of feathered friends, and immerse yourselves in the serene beauty of this unique ecosystem.


Clinton Lake State Recreation Area

For a dose of sun and water fun, head to Clinton Lake State Recreation Area near Lawrence. Go boating, fishing, or swimming in the refreshing waters of Clinton Lake. Hike or bike along scenic trails, have a picnic amidst nature, or simply relax on the sandy shores.


Unique Hidden Gems


Oz Museum in Wamego

Calling all Wizard of Oz fans! Journey to the enchanting Oz Museum in Wamego, dedicated to the beloved children's classic. See original costumes, props, and memorabilia from the movie, and relive the magic of Dorothy's adventures in Oz.


World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City

For a quirky roadside attraction, don't miss the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City. This massive ball, weighing over 17,000 pounds, is a testament to human dedication (and perhaps a little Midwestern eccentricity).


Planning Your Mattel Adventure


The exact opening date for the Kansas City Mattel Adventure Park hasn't been announced yet, but you can sign up for updates on the park's official website. In the meantime, start planning your dream family trip to Kansas!


Here are some considerations to help make your trip a success:


  • Accommodation: With the park's location near Kansas City, you'll find a wide range of hotels and vacation rentals to suit your needs and budget.

  • Travel: Kansas City International Airport offers convenient connections from major cities across the US.

  • Time of Year: Kansas experiences all four seasons, so choose your travel dates based on your preferred weather conditions. Summers can be hot and humid, while spring and fall offer comfortable temperatures.


Bonus Tip: 


While Kansas doesn't currently have any other major theme parks, Worlds of Fun, a Cedar Fair park, is located just across the state line in Missouri. This park offers a variety of rides and attractions for families, making it a great add-on to your Mattel Adventure Park trip.

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