100+ Fun Things to Do This Summer in Kansas City

Your complete entertainment guide for the next three months.

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Union Station Kansas City Mo

Union Station


   When the temperature rises, sometimes the only sensible thing is to cool off in the water. KC Parks and Recreation’s website lists the nearly 50 public swimming pools and spray parks, including Brush Creek Community Center pool and Swope Park Spray Ground, on the Missouri side. Overland Park has five outdoor pools, Leawood has an aquatic center, and many other watering holes are scattered throughout Johnson County. Check your city’s official website for public pool listings. $3 to $35, kcparks.org; $5 to $165, opkansas.org

   Take your aquatic adventures to the next level at KC’s waterparks, like Oceans of Fun, which is jam-packed with attractions like Hurricane Falls, Surf City Wave Pool and Sharks’ Revenge. The Bay Waterpark has a little something for everyone: the leisure pool with a giant lazy river, the play pool for swimming laps, the family play pool with a huge dumping bucket, and the area’s only surf simulator (the Bayrider). $39.99, worldsoffun.com; $3 to $5, thebaykc.com

   Brace yourselves for the wettest and wildest party of the summer; the Blacklight Slide is coming to town July 29 at Arrowhead Stadium. Slip down the giant slides slicked with glow-in-the-dark water while top-notch DJs spin electronic dance music! Each ticket includes unlimited trips down the slides, a glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoo and a Blacklight Slide special edition towel. A portion of the proceeds benefits Childhood Cancer Awareness. $50, blacklightslide.com


Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center


   School’s out for summer, yes, but that doesn't mean you can’t still learn a thing or two. Escape the suffocating heat and enjoy KC’s world-class (and air-conditioned) museums. Science City at Union Station recently unveiled its upgraded state-of-the-art projection system that makes the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium one of the largest and highest resolution planetariums in the Midwest. Union Station’s Bank of America Gallery will host Mummies of the World: The Exhibition starting June 20. The exhibit explores the both natural and intentional practices of mummification through 3-D animation, state-of-the-art multimedia and interactive stations. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has several exhibits debuting this summer, including Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers (June 23), Rediscovering Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Bouts (June 30), Pollock and Motherwell (July 8) and Nature Morte/ Still Life (Aug. 2). Other museums of note: the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which preserves the rich history of African-Americans in baseball with multimedia displays, photographs and artifacts dating from the late 1800s through the 1960s; the American Jazz Museum, which showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibitions and films, multimedia visual arts and live music at the Blue Room Jazz Club; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College; and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which recently settled in its new home at 87th street and Metcalf Avenue and offers engaging programs and exhibits about the history of the community. $2.50 to $24.95, unionstation.org; Free to $12, nelson-atkins.org; Free to $10, nlbm.com; Free to $15, americanjazzmuseum.org; Free, nermanmuseum.org; Free to $5, jocogov.org


Nelson Atkins Museum Kansas City 435 Magazine

Nelson Atkins Museum 


   Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new skill or hobby by taking a class. Feeling artsy? KC Clay Guild offers hand-building and wheel-throwing classes. The Kansas City Art Institute offers classes in every medium from animation and art history to photography and woodworking. Work up a sweat and move your feet at Viva Social Dance Studio’s salsa and bachata lessons — the music alone is enough to keep you coming back for more. Look for Viva’s brand-new studio at 5722 Nieman Road, where it will open in early July. Hone your culinary skills with cooking classes. The Culinary Center of Kansas City offers interactive cooking parties like Cake Combat and Mystery Box Cook-Off, plus classes that cover everything from sushi and sauce-making to pizza and even craft cocktails. Jyoti Mukharji, the chef featured in this issue, teaches traditional Indian cooking classes hosted in her Prairie Village kitchen. $135 to $170, kcclayguild.wildapricot.org; $29 to $319, kcai.edu; $50 to $1,125, kcculinary.com; $20 to $55, kcsalsa.com; $65 to $70, Jmukharji@gmail.com



   Treat yourself to a scoop or two of ice cream, because we said so. A few of our favorite spots include Betty Rae’s Ice Cream for its unique flavors, Glacé Artisan Ice Cream for its all-natural and locally sourced ingredients, Sylas and Maddy’s for its five-flavor sampler, Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard for its concretes, and Westport Ice Cream Bakery for its shalolly and sorbetto. 7140 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 237-1168, bettyraes.com; 4960 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 561-1117, glaceicecream.com; 11925 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe, Kan., (913) 393-3500, sylasandmaddysicecream.com; two area locations, foosfabulousfrozencustard.com; 4120 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 14, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 214-8887, icecreamkc.com

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