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.
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:
If you are looking for summer camps to fill your summer schedule, check out the best summer camps for kids in Kansas City!
43 Fun Summer Activities for Kids in Kansas City (& Fun Things to do):
Play at Loose Park (or Other Kansas City Parks)
There is also Meadowbrook Park, which features a giant playground. The park is brand new!
Explore the full guide to Kansas City Parks to find a fun outdoor play area near you.
Pick your own Berries at U-pick farms
Find a U-pick farm near you for a fun summer activity with snacking involved…yum.
Summer Reading Programs at Local Libraries
There are TONS of summer activities & summer reading programs 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!
Family camping trip! Check out Places to Camp Near Kansas City. There are fun places to camp all around Kansas City – 27 places to be exact.
Bike Ride with Your Family
There are 13 family-friendly bike trails around Kansas City. Grab your bikes and get active together!
Head Out to Fun Fishing Spots
Find places to fish in Kansas & Missouri – no matter where you are there’s a fun spot close by!
Explore a Cave: Cave Springs
There is a small cave at this park in Raytown, in addition to some other fun features. Check out the nature & learn more about the park!
Visit Science City
** Only members will be allowed from June 10th – 14th. Starting on June 17th the public will be able to enjoy.
There are so many fun summer activities for kids at Science City & now it is back open to the public! 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!
Explore the WW1 Museum – Open!
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.
There are in-studio options and take-home options available!
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.
Paint 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!
Reservations are required for pets, so please call ahead. (913) 661-2529
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!
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!
There are too many cooking classes to choose from. You’ll have to take them all!
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.
Have a Staycation in Kansas City!
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.|
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!)
Bring the Kids to Deanna Rose Farmstead
** Will open July 1st.
The farmstead has playgrounds, petting zoos, farm animals, fun summer activities for kids and more!
Teach your Kid Swim Lessons
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.
You can also get your kiddos familiar with water the bathtub!
Cancelled or Closed Things to Do This Summer:
Nelson-Atkins Museum or Take a Summer Art Class
** Museum closed until further notice.
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!
Come Create Artistic Masterpieces at Kaleidoscope
** Closed until further notice.
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. 🙂
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
Hold a Successful Garage Sale or Lemonade Stand!
This may not be the best activity right now…but you can always have a lemonade stand for your family!
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
Closed for the 2020 season.
Swim for $7 a day or $75 for a full summer season pass.
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
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
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 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.
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
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?
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. 🙂
For more ways to save money while having fun, check out the Deals, Discount Codes & Money Saving Tips in KC.
We found things to do…
- Purchase a The POGO Pass Kansas City 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.
- 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
- 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
- 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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From our family to yours, iFamilyKC