Under the Sea Adventure

A poster advertising the Under the Sea Adventure exhibit at Crown CenterLocation: The bottom floor of Crown Center by the Coterie Theater.  Crown Center is at 2450 Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cost:  Free!  They can validate parking for the parking garage, too.

Web site: http://www.crowncenter.com/Event/Event.asp?Key=760&~=

Crown Center’s Under the Sea Adventure is a brightly-colored play area with an underwater theme.  As you enter the door to the exhibit, you’re greeted by a giant pink octopus.  There’s also a sunken pirate ship, a submarine, a whale, an underwater cave and a variety of other structures for kids to run around on. There are tunnels to crawl through, nooks to climb into and different types of doorways to navigate.

The sunken pirate ship.

The sunken pirate ship. Peanut thunked his head on the tops of the holes in its hull every single time he went through them. The stairs down from the ship's wheel also look really steep.

Unlike some other exhibits held in this space previously (the fairy-tale village comes to mind as a particularly egregious offender), there’s actually enough space that an adult can follow his or her child fairly easily.  There are some tight fits, and there are some areas that I avoided attempting to enter altogether, but all in all, it’s not too difficult to keep an eye on your kiddo. Efrit and I checked out the exhibit on our own on a Saturday, then I came back with Peanut on a Monday evening.  My conclusion?  Skip the exhibit on the weekends if you’ve got a vision-impaired kid:  it’s a MAD HOUSE.  It wasn’t quite as busy on Monday, which made it much easier for both Peanut and me to deal with.

Peanut checks out the seaweed dangling in one of the underwater caves. Kids can walk through that section of cave, too. (Peanut wasn't interested, though.)

Although there are some buttons to push for different sound effects, a variety of surfaces to walk on, and some interesting textures to explore, this is an overwhelmingly visual exhibit.  Virtually everything is painted in bright colors with ‘busy’ images:  there’s sand, fish, plants, etc. making a lot of visual noise.  It might be overwhelming for some kids, especially if you go on a weekend when it’s overflowing with children.

Peanut on the sloped floor of the sunken building in the exhibit.

Peanut checks out the "sunken building" in the exhibit. He loved the sloped floor, although he did stumble a few times on the sloped stairs out the door to the left.

The Under the Sea Adventure exhibit runs through May 1st.  In March, you can meet a “mermaid princess” on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. in the Atrium.  The flyer says that “professional photos [will be] available for a fee, or you may take your own.”  In April, you can join in on the “Pirate Puzzle Treasure Hunt” by picking up an entry form at the Level 1 Showplace or Level 2 Customer Service.  There’s a display with prizes in the exhibit itself; I’m not sure how VI-friendly the treasure hunt itself will be (I believe it’s a scavenger hunt, but don’t quote me on that.)

Exhibit Hours:

Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Closed Easter Sunday, April 24.

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