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Best Neighborhoods in Kansas City for Families

Thinking about moving to Kansas City with your family? With tons of green space, amazing history museums, and top-rated schools, there’s plenty to love about living in the BBQ capital of the world. Here are five family-friendly neighborhoods in Kansas City to consider!

Armour Hills

Tudor cottage in Kansas City neighborhood, Armour Hills. Photo by Instagram user @goodlifekc.

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  • Home Price: $240,700 median purchase price; $852 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 97% of Kansas City neighborhoods

Nestled in South Kansas City lies quaint Armour Hills. Back in the early 1900s, the owner and developer of the neighborhood said that all future houses had to be “unique,” which you can see reflected in Armour Hills’ mix of Colonial, bungalow, and Tudor-style homes. Families like living here because it’s one of the most safe, affordable neighborhoods in KCMO and provides easy access to highly-rated public and private schools like Académie Lafayette International School‘s Oak St campus and University Academy. With an inclusive community atmosphere and plenty of things to do, it’s easy to see why Armour Hills is one of the best neighborhoods for families in Kansas City!

Things to Do in Armour Hills

Get a run in or take a family bike ride on the historic six-mile Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail on the west side of the neighborhood. Take little ones to the pool and playground, or play some tennis at Arbor Villa Park. Participate in group exercise classes and sign up the kids for youth sports programs at Cleaver Family YMCA. Head over to McLain’s Bakery for breakfast dishes like the Smothered Burrito and Chorizo Bowl. Grab signature pastries like a Sour Cream Coffeecake or Strawberry Muffin at The Classic Cookie & Cafe. Take the family out for some Rattlesnake Pasta, an Uncle Paddy Melt, or the Gov’s Baby Back Ribs at Governor Stumpy’s Grill House. Sit down at family-friendly gastropub District Pour House + Kitchen and enjoy some Fish & Chips or an Impossible Burger.

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Brookside

Craftsman bungalow in Kansas City neighborhood, Brookside. Photo by Instagram user @teamblakekc.

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  • Home Price: $255,250 median purchase price; $330 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 61% of Kansas City neighborhoods

With KC’s first suburban shopping area and local events like Brookside Art Annual, Brookside is home to one of the most active communities in Kansas City. Despite all the action, this safe neighborhood provides quiet streets and access to high-quality schools like Brookside Charter School. Families also love Brookside’s historic charm, shown in the century-old Colonial and Tudor-style homes dotted throughout the neighborhood. On top of that, Brookside is only a 15-minute drive to Downtown Kansas City, where there are tons of family-friendly things to do—that is, if Brookside Shops‘ local stores and restaurants don’t keep you busy!

Things to Do in Brookside

Go sledding on one of the best sledding hills in Kansas City in the winter at Brookside Park. Take the kids to Brookside Triangle Park to play on the playground and try some miniature rock-climbing. Treat the kids with some new toys or fun educational gadgets at Brookside Toy & Science. Rent a bike to ride down Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail or around town with RideKC on Brookside Blvd. Participate in community events, eat delicious local food, and shop for clothes, accessories, furniture, and more at Brookside Shops. Head over to Sayachi for a bowl of Ebisu Ramen, Edamame, or sushi. Chow down on a Kickin’ Chicken Sammie or Buffalo Chicken Mac from Charlie Hooper’s Brookside Bar & Grille. Try Mexican street tacos, Jackfruit Enchiladas, or Surf & Turf Kabobs at Brookside Barrio. Treat yourself to flavors like German Chocolate or Nutty Monkey Chow at Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard.

Sunset Hill

  • Home Price: $597,200 median purchase price; $385 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 73% of Kansas City neighborhoods

With a large park in the area and stately homes, Sunset Hill is a great place for families to live in Kansas City! On the east side of the neighborhood lies Jacob L. Loose Park—the site of the Civil War Battle of Westport—which offers plenty of outdoor recreation and scenic views. Beautiful Colonial and Tudor homes on large lots can be found in Sunset Hill, along with great schools like Pembroke Hill School. The neighborhood’s location is also ideal because it has easy access to I-35, is only about ten minutes south of Downtown KCMO, and sits just south of the amazing shops and restaurants of the well-known Country Club Plaza.

Things to Do in Sunset Hill

Take the kids to the splash park or wander through the rose garden at 75-acre Jacob L. Loose Park. Become a member at Carriage Club and take the kids swimming, compete in club swimming competitions, and enjoy premier dining. Take a tour of historical sites and see the Civil War Bent & Ward Houses. Start your day with pastries and speciality drinks like the Spicy Hot Chocolate and Aztec Mocha at Hi Hat Coffee. Sink your teeth into good, old-fashioned Kansas City BBQ like Burnt Ends or the Kansas City Combo at Jack Stack Barbecue. Get gourmet entrees like Hanger Steak or Short Rib Tacos while sipping on some drinks from Gram & Dun. Try upscale dining with Parmesan Crusted Calamari, Smoked Akaushi Prime Rib, or a Fritz Burger from Chaz on the Plaza. Or pick up a Five Star Cheese pizza or Cheeseburger pizza for the family at Minsky’s Pizza.

Volker

  • Home Price: $187,420 median purchase price; $804 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 76% of Kansas City neighborhoods

Just south of Downtown Kansas City lies the family-friendly neighborhood of Volker. This KCMO hidden gem is comprised of various housing options from early-20th century brick apartments to elegant Craftsman bungalows. Parents can rest assured they’re sending their kids to quality schools like Allen Village School and Gordon Parks Elementary School in the area. Plus, this walkable neighborhood has everything you could need nearby, with historic shops and restaurants in the Westport District. Volker sits between the KU Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City as well, making it a great neighborhood not only for families, but for those who work in the healthcare industry, too.

Things to Do in Volker

Spend an afternoon wandering the green spaces, playing on the ropes course, or try the full-size zip line at Roanoke Park. Challenge the whole family to an afternoon of rock climbing or take some classes at RoKC Underground Bouldering Gym. Browse the used book collection at Prospero’s Books & Media, or attend a book reading or listen to live music in the event space. Steep yourself in over 150 Premium Loose Leaf tea flavors at Dragonfly Tea Zone. Start your day with some coffee and a delectable vegan pastry like the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie at Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffee. Enjoy a KC Burrito or Baja Shrimp Tacos with a side of Tiki Fries at Tiki Taco. Try some Mediterranean cuisine at Aladdin Cafe with dishes like a Shawarmah Meat Sandwich, Lamb Kabob, or Aladdin’s Gyro Platter. Or stop for sweet treats like Frozen Custard, Shaved Ice, or Smoothies at Miami Ice.

Waldo

  • Home Price: $116,950 median purchase price; $451 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 63% of Kansas City neighborhoods

Settle down in one of the most tight-knit communities in Kansas City—Waldo! Great community-run events like the Trolley Run and Waldo Fall Festival offer the whole family fun things to do in Waldo. This KCMO neighborhood also offers access to quality education of all kinds with private schools like Kansas City Academy, as well as Sherwood Autism Center, which provides adapted educational opportunities and professional assistance. Waldo’s spacious grounds are home to beautiful housing options from small Craftsman and Tudor bungalows to larger Colonial-style homes with large yards that are perfect for young and furry members of the household alike!

Things to Do in Waldo

Cool off at the splash park or spend an afternoon grilling out at Sunnyside Park. Take the kids to play at the ball diamond, or wander through the open green space of South Oak Park. Get some advanced athletic training with private lessons or enroll your kids in junior club sports at Teamwork Sports. Cool off with a snocone, sorbet, or homemade dip cones from Tropical Sno. Sit down for afternoon tea with imported Oolong, White, and Green teas at Emilie’s French Teas. Order kid-friendly meals like Honey Kissed Nuggets or the famous Crispy Chicken Strips at Strip’s Chicken. Fill up on traditional Greek dishes like Pikilla, Moussaka, or a Gyro Plate from family-owned Tasso’s Greek Restaurant. Or have some Thai creations like Boat Noodle Soup or Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumplings at Waldo Thai Place.

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