100+ Fun Things to Do This Summer in Kansas City

Your complete entertainment guide for the next three months.

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Legoland Discovery Center

LegoLand Discovery Center


   Pack your minivan with plenty of water and sunscreen and head to the Sprint Family Fun Days, a series of themed outdoor events sponsored by Sprint at the Kansas City Power & Light District. Each Family Fun event takes place on the second Saturday of the month through October and features clever themes such as Capes & Crowns, a Pirate Parrrty, Summer Splash and the Ultimate Field Day. Free to $5. powerandlightdistrcit.com

   For hands-on adventures with your little ones, two of the most popular attractions are Crown Center’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium. LEGOLAND’s 30,000-square-foot interactive play area with LEGO-themed rides and a 4-D Cinema featuring The LEGO Movie is a kid favorite. SEA LIFE features more than 5,000 sea creatures, touch pools, and an underwater tunnel that will have Mom and Dad marveling, too. New this year is the exhibit CLAWS! Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed. $15 to $36. 2475 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 471-4386, kansascity.legolanddiscoverycenter.com; Free to $20. 2475 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 471-4386, visitsealife.com/kansas-city/

   Time Magazine named The Coterie Theatre one of the top five venues for young audiences in the nation. This summer the stage comes alive with Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, running June 13-Aug. 6. $12 to $17. 2475 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 474-6552, thecoterie.org

   The College Basketball Experience hosts 77 Days of Summer. Fans of all skill levels and of any age can get their summer b-ball on inside the state-of-the-art hall that adjoins the Sprint Center. From skill challenges to capturing your own call of a historic game at the ESPNU Broadcast desk, you and your family can experience college basketball like never before. Free to $15. 1401 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 949-7900, collegebasketballexperience.com

   When it’s hot out, it’s hard to turn down a free Popsicle. And there are plenty of them at Popsicles in the Park in Independence, Mo. This annual kid-focused event takes place at various locations June through August. Aside from sweet, icy popsicles, the events also feature live music, art, puppets and more. ci.independence.mo.us




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The Legends

   Summer Concerts

   Leawood’s Park Place will host Park Place Unplugged, live acoustic performances every Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. during the months of June and July. Pull up an Adirondack or bring your own blanket to spread across the cool grass of Barkley Square while you enjoy solo artists and small groups showcasing your favorite pop and rock songs. Free. 116th and Ash streets, Leawood, Kan., parkplaceleawood.com

   Town Center Plaza’s Sunset Music Fest kicks off June 8 with a performance by Eddie Money. Followed by the Spin Doctors June 15, 10,000 Maniacs June 22 and Better than Ezra June 29. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 5000 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kan., towncenterplaza.com

   Legends Live summer concert series will be playing nine consecutive concerts on Saturday evenings from June 10 to Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m in the center courtyard. Local acts perform your favorite tunes from the ‘70s to today’s music. Free. 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., (913) 788-3700. legendsshopping.com

   A variety of music genres can be enjoyed at Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Bring your own seating (lawn chair or blanket) and enjoy Friday evening concerts from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Free. Third and Southeast Main streets, Lee’s Summit, Mo., downtownls.org

   Movies in the Park
   This summer Shawnee Mission Park’s Theater in the Park will host Movies in the Park featuring Moana June 6, Sing June 20, Pitch Perfect July 18 and Finding Dory Aug. 1. $1. 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kan., theatreinthepark.org

   Briarcliff Village hosts Saturday night movies June 3 through July 22. The big screen is set across from the Briarcliff Village shops at Mulberry Lake. The show starts at approximately 8:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Guests will enjoy Moana (June 3), Top Gun (June 10), The Jungle Book (June 17), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (July 8), Finding Dory (July 15) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (July 22). 4151 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, Mo., thevillageatbriarcliff.com

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