As I peruse the various Branson vacation related Facebook groups, one of the top questions I notice from visitors is, “What are some fun things to do for kids?”
Well into a dramatic transformation that includes a much greater focus on kids and family, many still presume Branson to be mostly for the older generation. While Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa have a myriad of exciting choices in entertainment, Branson is also overflowing with fun things to do for the kiddos!
Silver Dollar City
Those who ask if Silver Dollar City is good for kids have never been to Silver Dollar City. Entire sections of the park have been designed with children in mind. You'll find theming and attractions that are a huge draw for toddlers, teenagers and everyone in between. Both Firemans Landing and the Grand Exposition have several fun rides for the youngsters.
In addition to these kid-focused areas of the nation's number one theme park, riding toddler and kid friendly mainstream rides like Tom and Huck's River Blast, The Flooded Mine and the Frisco Silver Dollar Line ensure the entire family will have a full day of fun. Of course, the older kids will be all about Mystic River Falls, Outlaw Run and the many other coasters and thrill rides. Silver Dollar City is a must do on your next Branson vacation.
Every child regardless of age loves a water park, and Branson has both indoor and outdoor varieties. Whether it's Silver Dollar City's White Water, Splash Country Water Park or the lesser known local favorite Branson RecPlex you'll find a way to stay cool as you splash and float with the kids.
The shallow pools for toddlers, the giant buckets and water playgrounds along with all of the more daring adventures will satisfy everyone in your family.
After the recent opening of Copperhead Mountain Coaster at the Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park, Branson is now home to three thrilling mountain coasters. In a double capacity coaster, a child can ride with mom or dad (or an older brother or sister) and enjoy the twists and turns through the trees. A splendid feature of mountain coasters is the ability to choose how fast or slow you go. If zipping through the mountainside is a bit too extreme for the younger ones, pull on the breaks and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the ultra-smooth rails. Not only will a slower ride make your experience longer, but you'll enjoy some extra quality time together on one of Branson's truly unique experiences.
A visit to the free fish hatchery at the base of Table Rock Dam along the shores of Lake Taneycomo is a must do for families with kids. Mom and Dad will appreciate the beauty and wonder of this part of Branson but the kids will have a blast watching thousands of hungry trout battle for the fish food they toss into the water.
Mesmerized is the right word to describe the reaction your entire family will have as butterflies flutter all around. Be sure to bring your camera as this is a prime spot for capturing some epic memories.
While kids of any age can experience many escape rooms (some have age limits, so be sure to check before booking), kids over five or six will have an especially amazing time. Of course, some themes may be less appealing to some kids, but many are perfect for people of all ages. Stepping into dramatic, mysterious and exciting themed environments that are filled with wonder is sure to be something the entire family talks about well after the experience is complete.
It would seem axe throwing would not be an obvious choice for a kid-friendly attraction, but you'd be quite surprised at how much the older ones love it! Depending on the requirements at your local axe venue, kids who are at least eight to ten or so have the time of their lives hitting bullseyes along with your entire family.
Little one's eyes light up at everything they can do at The Track Family Fun Parks. You'll find go-carts, rides and other attractions designed for various ages. Bumper cars, bumper boats, the giant Ferris Wheel and other options will keep you going all day (until mom and dad decide it's time for a nap)!
Buckets N Boards
The extreme energy, musical wizardry and incredible rhythms will capture even the most distracted kid's attention at Buckets N Boards. This show was designed with kiddos in mind all while keeping your entire group at the edge of their seats.
Other shows the younger ones will enjoy include Hamners' Unbelieveable Family Variety Shows, the Amazing Pets Show at Grand Country and Reza.
Table Rock Lake
Whether you splash around on a beach or rent a pontoon boat for the day, kids young and old will have an incredible time. From swimming to fishing to tubing, Table Rock Lake provides loads of fun for all! Plan on spending the entire day on the lake or just a few hours. A picnic lunch works great or head out on your boat to one of the lakeside restaurants.
Dolly Parton's Stampede
Watch your kid's eyes light up as they jump up and point at the beautiful horses as they are ridden across the arena, through a right of fire and around obstacles. Other animals also make an appearance as does hilarious comedy and a delicious meal!
Aquarium at the Boardwalk
I don't know if I've met a child who doesn't love aquariums, and Branson's offering is absolutely stunning. You can also upgraded to their FIVE'R ticket and enjoy the Hollywood Wax Museum, Castle of Chaos, Hannah's Maze of Mirrors and Shoot For The Stars Mini-Golf. This will give you a full day of big fun for all of the kids and adults in your group.
What kid wouldn't love to venture into a massive upside-down house? Wonderworks offers hours of fun and education in this science-oriented adventure.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of things to do for kids in Branson. (Speaking of an iceberg, don't forget to check out the Titanic Museum too!)
Depending on their age you could also consider summer snow tubing at the Snowflex at Wolfe Mountain, ziplining, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Bigfoot on the Strip and other exciting attractions. The list seems quite endless. Whatever you choose to do with the kids on your trip, it's sure to be a vacation filled with wonderful family memories!
A Day In The Life Of A Business Owner
John goes vlog style and shares a day in his and Amy's life, focusing on their escape room, axe throwing and mystery businesses. He also shares his heart about their many years of exciting ministry.
Discover the crazy life of a Branson, Missouri escape room owner (and an axe throwing business owner…and a murder mystery owner!) and what a typical day looks like. (Hint: there are no typical days)
John also shares the thrills of spending over 25 years in prophetic, revival focused ministry in Manitou Springs, Colorado and Detroit, Michigan.
He shares the miracles, healings and wonders that they experienced. Many of these stories are in the ten books John has written and in the articles he writes for Charisma Magazine and The Stream.
Fun In Branson, Missouri | Behind the Scenes Escape Room Tour
John takes you on a BEHIND THE SCENES tour of one of America's BEST escape rooms, Escape Code in Branson, Missouri!
Watch Amy run a game, head into the control room, peek inside the game rooms and learn about the fun and adventure of escape rooms!
WATCH HERE! https://youtu.be/IAOWGrovpPg
2019 NEW MYSTERY attraction coming to BRANSON, MISSOURI! Sagas, Escape Code and The Axe Game
The summer of 2019 there's a BRAND NEW ATTRACTION coming to Branson, Missouri!
Sagas is a unique compilation of mystery theater and escape room entertainment. Whether you are looking for a fun team-building activity or you just want a little after-dinner entertainment, Sagas will prove to be an event to remember. The affair begins with hot drinks and wrapped sweets as you prepare for a time of mystery solving. Then grab a flashlight, hunt for clues, discover secrets and solve puzzles as you rush to solve the mystery! Interact with actors as you move from room to room, but trust no one. There is a killer among you!
Our first saga, The Windsor Heir, commences as you and your team are called in to investigate the murder of Charles Windsor, the wealthy beneficiary of the family fortune. Charles Windsor had countless enemies, but who would want him dead? With no wife or children, who served to benefit from his demise? It’s up to you to determine the motive, discover the murder weapon and hopefully catch a killer!
Sagas is the perfect event for groups, birthday parties for adults and older children (aged 8 and over), school and church groups, corporate groups and anybody looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Specifically designed for groups of 2 to 40 players, you will interact with live actors, enjoy coffee, tea and treats and spend approximately two hours solving the mystery.
Also, Amy takes you on a tour of The Axe Game and Escape Code, which, along with Sagas, make up three exciting attractions for the entire family that can't be missed!
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Branson vacations are perfect for families and the kids! Discover some of the top things to do with kids in Branson, Missouri!
At Escape Code we are often asked if our escape rooms are a good activity for kids. Our response? Escape Code is an amazing attraction for kids of all ages to experience! Without question, Escape Code is among the top things to do with kids in Branson, Missouri!
Solving mysteries whether you are young or not so young is thrilling, and the experience at Escape Code is sure to be memorable!
Since we are so convinced that children are an important and wonderful part of Branson tourism, we just have to share some of our other favorite family attractions in Branson!
- Silver Dollar City
- The Track & Branson Ferris Wheel
- Sight and Sound Theater
- Table Rock Lake
- Showboat Branson Belle
- Dixie Stampede
- Branson Landing
- Fritz’s Adventure
- IMAX Theater
- Shepherd of the Hills
- Titanic Museum