Summer Fun in Kansas City



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ARTS

Be a Ballerina

April Berry Teaching Kanas City Ballet Summer Intensive - photo by Elizabeth Stehling

It’s never too late to make that childhood dream come true. The Kansas City Ballet is offering adult ballet classes all summer long. Not only will you get to learn ballet, but you get to take your classes where the professional ballerinas train, at the Todd Bolender Center. Class prices vary. kcballet.org


Experience Broadway Outdoors

Cinderella at Starlight Theatre

Dirty Dancing,” “The King and I,” “Cinderella”— they’re all coming to Starlight Theatre where you can see the Best of Broadway in a beautiful outdoor setting. kcstarlight.com


Get Animated

2D Animation Class at Kansas City Art Institute

 

If you’ve ever been intrigued about how movies like the “Fantastic Mr. Fox” or “Wallace and Gromit” were made, spend a week this July taking a 2d stop-motion animation class at the Kansas City Art Institute. From clay figures to people, you’ll learn the scoop on how to tell a story one picture at a time. The class fee is $219. kcai.edu


Encourage Your Young Artist

Art Class at Nelson-Atkins Museum

 

Every single weekend from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Nelson-Atkins Museum has free activities for families that range from creating art based on a current exhibit to “Draw What You Wish.” Admission is free. nelson-atkins.org


 Be a Boss at Ballroom Dancing

Dance Lessons at Allegro Ballroom

 

On Friday evening this summer you can take swing dance lessons at the Allegro Ballroom. Beginners are welcome and after class, there’s “open swing dancing” till midnight. The cost is $10 for drop-ins. allegroballroomkc.com


See Your Neighbors Dance and Sing

West Side Story Produced by the Leawood Stage Company

 

The Leawood Stage Company will be showcasing local talent with their production of “Westside Story” at Ironwoods Park beginning July 13. Bring a lawn chair and settle in for a cool evening of theater under the stars. Admission is free. leawoodstagecompany.com


Let Your Summer Go to the Dogs

Go, Dog. Go! by the Mesner Puppeteers at MTH Crown Center

 

Big dogs, little dogs, yellow dogs, blue dogs. P.D. Eastman’s beloved book, Go, Dog. Go!  comes to life with puppets at the Music Theater Heritage at the Crown Center. Performances are June 26 – July 15. tickets can be purchased online at mesnerpuppets.org


Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

 

It’s half art education and half detective work as you hone your deductive reasoning skills tracking down clues to different works of art at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The scavenger hunts take place on the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and each participant gets a take-home, art-making activity kit. Admission is free, but we encourage you to enjoy the yummy offerings of Café Sebastian located inside the museum. kemperart.org


Get Nostalgic

Happy Together Tour

 

Longing for music from the good old days (and of course, we mean the '60s and '70s)? Hit up the “Happy Together” tour August 19th at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders), and the Cowsills will all be belting out the classics. Tickets are $49 - $89. kauffmancenter.org


Unleash Your Creative Juices

Kaleidoscope Art Session

 

On a mission to inspire self-expression, Hallmark invites all kids to come to a creative art session at Kaleidoscope in the Crown Center Complex. The sessions last 50 minutes and involve children designing works of art from leftover material at Hallmark. Admission is free. hallmarkkaleidoscope.com


Watch a Broadway Hit Under the Stars

Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park

 

Theatre in the Park (tucked into the Shawnee Mission Park system) is the largest outdoor community Theater in the country. Auditions bring hundreds of aspiring dancers, singers and actors seeking a part and the result is outstanding musicals that you get to enjoy while perched in your favorite lawn chair. On the schedule for this summer: “The Little Mermaid,” “South Pacific”and “High School Musical.” Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 10. Children under 4 are free. theatreinthepark.org


See Legos as Works of Art 

Lego Sculpture of a Swimmer

 

One hundred works of art made from millions of Legos — can you say yes, please? The Art of the Brick exhibit will blow your mind. tickets are $11.95 for children 12 and under and $15.95 for adults. unionstation.org