100+ Fun Things to Do This Summer in Kansas City

Your complete entertainment guide for the next three months.

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   Can’t make it to the beach this summer? Berkley Riverfront Park has six brand-new sand volleyball courts right on the water, so you can at least pretend you’re in California for an afternoon. High-efficiency LED lights allow for night play, and a kickball field and leisure sports area for games like bocce ball, badminton and cornhole keep the fun going all summer long. Martin City’s Volleyball Beach hosts leagues for three skill levels six nights a week. After the game, stick around to enjoy burgers and beer from the VBB bar and grill. 13105 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 942-2820, volleyballbeach.com; Interstate 29 and Riverfront Road, Kansas City, Mo., berkleyriverfrontparkkc.com

   Looking to try the fastest-growing sport in the world? North Kansas City’s Chicken N Pickle offers pickleball, a game played with two, three or four players wielding wooden paddles to hit a perforated ball across a low-slung net. Children, young adults and seniors alike can play pickleball, which is similar to other racquet sports like badminton and tennis. After the game, curb your hunger at the restaurant, which serves wood-fired chicken, sandwiches, salads and more. Find other pickleball venues at usapa.org. 1761 Burlington, North Kansas City, Mo., (816) 537-1400, chickennpickle.com

   Throw it back to simpler times and lace up some roller skates. Take the whole family, or leave the kids at home for late-night skate sessions at Skate City or Winnwod Skate Center. Either way, it’s sure to be a groovy good time with disco balls, nostalgic music and a slice of pepperoni pizza from the concession stand. Three area locations, skatecitykansas.com; 4426 NE Winn Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 452-1171, winnwoodsk8.com

   When’s the last time you went bowling? Turn a rainy day into an old-fashioned outing to the bowling alley. Ward Parkway Lanes has specials every night of the week, like karaoke bowling, family fun weekends and live DJ sets on Saturday and Sunday nights. Pinstripes, “where sophistication meets fun,” offers game-side food and beverage service, plush seating and bowling for $1 per person per hour Sunday through Thursday after 9 p.m. No Other Pub kept four of the bowling lanes from the space’s Z Strike days. Games are just $4 each during non-peak hours, so be sure to get there early to claim one of the hottest lanes in the heart of downtown KC. 1523 W. 89th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 363-2700, wardparkwaylanes.com; 13500 Nall Ave., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 681-2255, pinstripes.com; 1370 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 541-2300, nootherpubkc.com


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   KC is chock-full of rock climbing facilities to keep you in shape in the comfort of air conditioning. RoKC offers a $15 one-day pass to check out the facility, which includes custom climbing walls, 5,000 square feet of standalone bouldering, a fitness center with yoga and fitness classes, a pro shop and more. The Cave Bouldering Gym, located 10 stories underground, features 3,800 square feet of terrain with more than 80 boulder problems.  New to rock climbing? The Cave offers classes and programs to help you learn the ropes. Ibex Climbing Gym has a 13-foot rope wall and a 33-foot bouldering wall for both beginners and experts alike. Apex Climbing Gym features Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacles, yoga, bouldering, private lessons and more. $15 to $65, climbkc.com; $9 to $450, thecavebouldering.com; $14 to $500, climbibex.com; $9 to $500, apexclimbinggym.com

   Get some air at an indoor trampoline park like Cosmic Jump Entertainment Center, which offers fun for the whole family. Teen Friday Nights is a great alternative to your teen’s typical mall-roaming and movie-going weekend plans. Expect two DJs, black lights, prizes, giveaways and more to keep the party going until 11 p.m. Cosmic Jump also hosts dodgeball leagues, birthday parties and even has escape rooms. Urban Air Trampoline Park is 35,000 square feet of fun. Monkey around on the slam dunk track, soar into the foam pit or take a stab at the warrior course. Sky Zone offers freestyle jumpy, Skyslam basketball, dodgeball, a foam zone and volleyball. Special events like Glow Slam, toddler time and Skyfit are also available. $12 to $16, cosmicjump.com; $5 to $20, urbanairtrampolinepark.com; $8 to $22, skyzone.com

   Just 40 minutes outside the city, in Cleveland, Missouri, Lone Wolf Ranch offers guided trail rides and horse riding lessons. The neatly manicured trails require minimal riding skills and meander through more than 200 acres of pasture and timber land. Looking for a romantic date idea? Book a private wine and cheese ride for you and your sweetheart. $60 to $120, facebook.com/Lone-Wolf-Arena-110009245691165/

   Calling all former high school and college star athletes! Get involved with your beloved pastime and join a recreational sports league. KC Crew offers leagues in everything from softball and flag football to bocce ball and flip cup kickball (play a game of kickball then head to the bar and play flip cup against the other team). Not the athletic type? Join KC Crew’s karaoke league at Offkey in Westport. The leagues also have a bar of the week, where participants get food and drink specials when they wear their official KC Crew T-shirts. Win-win. Kansas City Sport & Social offers soccer, basketball, indoor volleyball and other sports. Join with a team of friends or sign up as a free agent and make new friends. $25 to $52, kc-crew.com; $50 to $60, kcsportandsocial.com

   Nothing says summer quite like enjoying an ice-cold beer with a ballpark hot dog at the K. And you can’t beat Buck Night every Friday night home game, when hot dogs and peanuts are just $1 each. Top it off with Summer Fireworks immediately following the game, and it’s bound to be one of your fondest memories of the season. Let’s go, Royals! kansascity.royals.mlb.com


Kauffman Stadium Summer Fireworks

Summer Fireworks at the Kauffman Stadium

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