43 Fun Summer Activities for Kids (& Things to Do) in Kansas City
43 Fun Summer Activities & Things to do in KC:
Summer is long and sometimes it’s hard to find fun summer activities for kids. Finding things to do is easy in the beginning. You have tons of activities planned (it seems) and then as summer continues, the motivation seems to fade a tad.
So, we gathered the best & most fun summer activities for kids throughout the summer. Whether you are looking for cheap summer activities, things for toddlers, activities for preschoolers, or a place to drop off your middle schooler for a night of fun, find the perfect things to do with your fam. Check it out:
We even found more things to do…
- Find an Open Gym & Open Play around KC.
- Join a Summer Movie Program or See a Movie in the Park
- Shop Local at Kansas City Farmers Markets
- Plan Family Game Night
- Family camping trip! Check out Places to Camp Near Kansas City
- 4th of July is a highlight of the Summer. Find Fireworks Displays, Parades & More!
- Play on these fun, free educational websites for kids.
- Take a weekend trip from Kansas City with your family, like a roadtrip to St. Louis
- Go out to eat! Kids eat FREE at these places in Kansas City
The Lee’s Summit 16 and Shawnee 18 Theaters are dedicated to helping families with small children feel comfortable at the movie theater. Both locations provide theaters with play gyms inside for your young child to play before the movie!
…It’s genius right?
Theaters have a screen-side play area for toddlers, and a full-size climbing playground for kids. B&B Theaters invites guests to arrive 20 minutes before showtime for fun and play, while music and other entertainment is onscreen. After the twenty minute play block is over, guests will take their seats and the lights will go down for a kid-friendly feature. Younger movie-lovers (recommended age 2-8) can enjoy B&B like never before. 🙂
Play at Loose Park (or any park)
The 2018 Sprint Family Fun Days kicks off with The Capes & Crowns festival, Saturday, May 12 from 11 AM – 3 PM. Come enjoy fun activities with your family at the Kansas City Power & Light District. The kiddos can have photos taken with their favorite super hero or princess during character meet-and-greets, and enjoy a Castle Moon Bounce, Super Hero Bounce House, a trackless train and more fun summer activities for kids! Admission to the event is FREE, but there is a fee for some premium activities.
The Ceramic Cafe studio is open all summer long for your kids to create unique works of art. They always welcome walk-ins and artists of all ages, so all families are welcome to stop in. Their staff will help you choose the perfect ceramic piece, and provide the supplies to help you create a masterpiece of your own. Paint your pottery piece or create a beautiful work of glass in the awesome pottery studio. The process to paint, glaze and fire the piece takes about a week.
Mon. and Tues.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wed.-Fri: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun.: noon-5 p.m.
Drop your kids off at Code Ninjas in Leawood for a night of games, assembling puzzles, building robotics, and more. Once you’ve had a chance to unwind, swing by to pick them up (…please) and hear about all the fun they’ve had!
Find a new Indoor Pool when it’s raining
Or Teach your Kid Swim Lessons at Aqua-Tots
Whether your kids know how to swim already or have never been in water, Aqua-Tots is the perfect place to increase their exposure to water. No matter your child’s experience with swimming, it is important to continue to expose them to water through regular lessons. Water safety is important throughout the year, but extra care must be taken in the summer. To learn more, check out water safety tips from Aqua-Tots.
Come explore the sport of basketball in an interactive museum. The College Basketball Experience is a fun summer activity for kids to learn about the history of basketball. Tickets are a little as $12 and the museum is open weekly, Wednesday to Sunday. Save $2 on a single admission, but you can go pick up a few copies from your local library 😉
Free cultural events are provided by the City of Leawood all Summer long! Check out the Kids Summer Programs every Tuesday in June at 9:30 am at Ironwoods Amphitheater or Lodge, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS
- June 5 Funky Mama Concert
- June 12 “Mr. Stinky Feet” Concert
- June 19 StoneLion Puppet Show
- June 26 Juggler Brian Wendling
You can schedule a fun educational program from kids any day of the week! The fee is $3/child, but include a lot of fun. A costumed teacher will lead the kids in:
- Hands-on experience sitting in old fashioned desks, writing on slates.
- Discussions on life a century ago.
- Using historic material and McGuffey’s readers.
- Playing period-specific games.
- Making a historic craft
Ride the Midland Railway Train
A Day Out with Thomas at Midland Railway runs June 1-3 and June 8-10. The train also runs other dates, which you can check out on their website. For the Thomas the Tank Engine event, use code IFKC2018 to get $2 Off Thomas
Ticket or $3 Off combo ticket for Thomas and Percy ride.
Regular Excursion Schedules
- Baldwin City, KS to Norwood, KS
Depart: 10:30 a.m – Return: 11:30 a.m.
Saturday and Holidays
- Baldwin City, KS to Ottawa, KS
Depart: 11:00 a.m. – Return: 1:00 p.m.
- Baldwin City, KS to Norwood, KS
Depart: 2:00 p.m. – Return: 3:00 p.m.
- Baldwin City, KS to Ottawa, KS
Hold a Successful Garage Sale or Lemonade Stand!
Oxford Schoolhouse at Ironwoods Park
Oxford School is one of the oldest schools in the state of Kansas. The school was moved from its original location at 135th and Mission Road in March 2003 for families to come & explore the history at Ironwoods Park.
Nelson-Atkins Museum or Take a Summer Art Class
Your family can come explore the museum’s artwork or take a summer art class. Check out the many fun summer activities happening at the Nelson- Atkins this summer! Kansas City’s Big Picnic will also be held at The Nelson-Atkins on June 22nd. You definitely don’t want to miss that!
Local Libraries = TONS of Summer Activities
There are TONS of summer activities for kids happening all summer long at Mid-Continent Public Libraries. Check out the full list of events and activities on their website; they update it regularly with new events!
Jump at Giggles N’ Jiggles
Kids can play for $9 every day!
Gymboree offers summer activities for toddlers up to age 5. It is a perfect summer activity centered around young kids. It can be hard to find activities for younger kids, but Gymboree is perfect. There are 2 Kansas City locations in Leawood & Zona Rosa, every family can enjoy it. Get a FREE trial class with their ad. 🙂 (…You’re welcome!)
Jump City features bounce houses, giant inflatable slides, obstacle courses, games, a toddler play area, and more. Open play is offered every day, with different pricing based on length and day. Mondays to Thursdays, kids can play ALL day for only $8!
Come Create Artistic Masterpieces at Kaleidoscope
Hallmark welcomes all families to come create artwork of all kinds for FREE, using their leftover art supplies. Your kids can make wax art, use clay, & so much more during play hours. Check out the website for more details on specific hours. 🙂
Pick your own Berries at U-pick farms
Find a U-pick farm near you for a fun summer activity with snacking involved…yum.
Family Fun Nights offer historic-themed summer activities for kids every Thursday evening in June and July. For activity tickets, you only pay $1. This is a fantastic cheap summer activity for kids to enjoy throughout the summer.
Dates and Themes:
|Jun. 7||Hit the Trails!||Jun. 28||Music & Art||Jul. 19||Food on the Farm|
|Jun. 14||Construction: 1860s Style!||Jul. 5||Fireworks: 1860s Style!||Jul. 26||Mad Scientists: 1860 Style!|
They also offer The Frankie & Ella program on Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July. Visitors of all ages will experience childhood in the 1860s & 1870s. Cool right?
Visit the Animals at the Kansas City Zoo
Come visit animals from polar bears to monkeys to lions! The zoo has fun rides like the Zoo Safari, Train, & Boat too. Buy your tickets before hand so you can skip the ticket lines. Kids 3-5 can join the Critter Club too! Each week the educational group highlights an animal topic with crafts, animal encounter, a brief science/animal lesson, and more fun. Every session includes a carousel ride too.
|Weekdays||9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.|
|Weekends||9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
Go to a T-Bones Game
Your family can enjoy a T-Bones baseball game for as little as $6.50 per ticket. If you are looking for a cheap summer activity your whole family can enjoy- this is perfect. Check out the summer baseball schedule for game details. You can buy your tickets online, by phone, or in-person.
Swim at Summit Waves
Swim for $7 a day or $75 for a full summer season pass.
Create Art at Paint Glaze & Fire
Bring the kids to Paint, Glaze, & Fire Ceramic Studio to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to take home. Your kids can choose a blank ceramic piece to make their own! Save $5 with our ad too.
Pro tip: If you bring your dog, the furry fam can make a FREE paw print tile. Reservations are required for pets, so please call ahead. (913) 661-2529
Come play human foosball with your family at this unique summer activity. Participants can get active while having fun indoors this summer. (The air conditioning is key.)
Enroll your child in aerial fitness classes this summer to keep them active while they have fun. There are classes for all ages and skill levels. Check it out now…it may be your new favorite thing!
Ride the Ferris Wheel at Scheel’s
Rides are only $1 🙂
Your kids can play arcade games, laser tag, and mini golf as well as, climb in tunnels, drive go-karts, and attempt the escape room. There is so much too do, your entire family will find a fun summer activity for them.
Save $5 on a Max Adventure Pass with this ad —>
Bounce at Sky Zone
Get the kids tired and ready for naps after a day full of bouncing at Sky Zone. There are many activities for kids to enjoy like basketball, foam pits, dodgeball, & more! Find Sky Zone trampoline parks in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City!
Bowl at Summit Lanes
Kids can bowl all summer long at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit! Check out their ad for $3 Mommy & Me Bumper Bowling
Pro tip: Sign-up for 2 FREE games of bowling this summer NOW!
Ride the Trails with Horses at Sunset Trails
We found 43 fun swimming pools around the KC metro for your family to cool off at this Summer. There are great pools in every city, so find one near you or explore new pools each week!
There are too many cooking classes to choose from. You’ll have to take them all!
Visit Science City
There are so many fun summer activities for kids at Science City. Kids can ride a bike 30 ft. in the air or dig for dinosaur bones. ring your kids to Science City this Summer for a day full of fun!
Adventure Awaits at Urban Air
Urban Air is the perfect place to entertain kids of all ages. You can bring your entire family here this summer- from preschoolers to highschoolers. Kids can attempt the Warrior Obstacle Course, Free Jump, Slam Dunk Zone, Dodgeball, & more fun activities for kids!
Explore the WW1 Museum
Hands on History is every Saturday at 11am. The kids activity is open to the public to handle REAL World War 1 artifacts. You can also explore the museum daily. Included in museum admission is a ticket to climb the top of Liberty Memorial Tower.
Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bring the Kids to Deanna Rose Farmstead
The farmstead has playgrounds, petting zoos, farm animals, fun summer activities for kids and more!
There are tons of awesome places around Kansas City for a great photo background. Check out the Best 25 Places in KC for Family Photos.
Drive in movies used to be our favorite, now the kids love them too. 🙂
Play on these Free & Fun Educational Websites for Kids
Did you find a fun activity for the kids? We hope we helped make summer a little smoother this year.