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43 Fun Summer Activities for Kids in Kansas City (& Things to Do)

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.

help. 

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:

43 Fun Summer Activities & Things to do in KC:

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We found things to do…

ScreenPLAY at B&B Theatres:

Screen play theater

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 Other Kansas City Parks)

Sprint Family Fun Series: Capes & Crowns- May 12th

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.

Create a Masterpiece at Ceramic Cafe

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.

Code Ninjas Parents Night Out

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!

Recommended for Ages: 7-14

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.

 

College Basketball Experience

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 😉

Summer Shows at Ironwoods Park

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

Popsicles in the Park

This summer event series will visit 8 different Independence, MO parks with free popsicles throughout the summer. Check it out to find a park near you!

There is usually live music as well from different performers like Dino O’dell. 

Oxford Schoolhouse

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

Thursdays

  • 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.

Sundays

  • 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!

GymboreeGymboree Summer Activities for Kids

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

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.

FREE Kids Night Out at Mahaffie Stage Coach

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.

Open year-round

Weekdays 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This activity is included in The POGO Pass Kansas City 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykcThis is a steal. 

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.

This activity is included in The POGO Pass Kansas City 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykcThis is a steal. 

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, they can create with you…a FREE paw print tile!

come paint with your pets!

Reservations are required for pets, so please call ahead. (913) 661-2529

Kick It Foos- Human Foosball

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.)

Learning 2 Fly

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 🙂

Spend the day at Paradise Park

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.

Check out our current issue for latest Paradise Park COUPON, or bookmark this page for our exclusive monthly offers from Paradise Park: HERE

Paradise Park is also included in The POGO Pass Kansas City 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykcThis is a steal. 

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!

This activity is included in The POGO Pass Kansas City 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykcThis is a steal. 

Kids Bowl for FREE!

Kids can bowl all summer long…for free. There are options throughout KC!

Find options in free bowling in Kansas; Olathe Mission Bowl; KC Bowl in Kansas City, KS; Park Lanes Family Fun in Shawnee, Crown Lanes in Leavenworth, AND 2 options in Topeka. 

Missouri bowling includes Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit, Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Gladstone Bowl, Sterling Bowl in Sugar Creek, and Retro Bowl in Liberty, MO.

Pro tip: Sign-up for 2 FREE games of bowling this summer NOW!

Ride the Trails with Horses at Sunset Trails

Find the Best  Swimming Pool Near You

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!

TasteBuds Kitchen Cooking Classes

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.

SUMMER HOURS-

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!

World’s of Fun/Oceans of Fun

Take Family Pictures

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.

Watch a Drive-In Movie

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.

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