Summer Fun in Kansas City

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Become a Minecraft Master Engineer

Lego Camp


Legos aren’t just for stepping on! Have your child put all those bricks to good use as they learn how to build a motorized walking Creeper and Minecart while gaining core engineering skills at the Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec Day Camp at the Gamber Community Center. Class fee is $165.

Get Lost in a Book

Summer Reading Program


All the public libraries have summer reading programs for kids and adults. The Kansas City Public Library is hosting “Rock and Read.” The North Kansas City Public Library is celebrating summer reading with “Libraries Rock.” And, the Johnson County Public Libraries are also rocking reading this summer. You can register online for the summer reading programs and most libraries are giving away free books and prizes.,,

Become Closer to the Celestial Byways

Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium


As one of the largest and highest resolution planetariums in the Midwest, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium is the place to gaze up at the heavens. You can choose from a variety of experiences from the Magic Tree House Space Mission to Sky Station Live and Phantom of the Universe. Tickets are $7.

Embrace Your Inner Child 

Legoland Discovery Center


The Legoland Discovery Center has adult only nights this summer. Yes, you can ditch your kids and enjoy Legos all on your own. Bonus — the nights are themed. This means you can also dress up in costume while you play with Legos. Tickets are $10.

Play Trivial Pursuit 

Interactive Trivial Pursuit at Crown Center


Go on a 50-state adventure without leaving the metro. The Crown Center’s Interactive Trivial Pursuit is a pretend trek across America featuring an activity for every state. Ride a mule in the Grand Canyon. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square and guide your sled dog team on the Iditarod Trail. Admission is free.  

Go to the Ultimate Show & Tell

Maker Faire at Union Station


Maker Faire at Union Station is a next generation Show & Tell. On June 23 & 24 a gathering of some of the city’s most fascinating and curious people will display their creations and inventions. Come to learn, be inspired and shop. (what a combo.) Single day tickets start at $17 for adults and $14 for children.

Keep Your Young Genius Engaged

Science City


Science City is the destination to ensure that young minds don’t turn to mush over the summer break. from the Dinolab to a Test Kitchen to one of the newest exhibits — the outdoor “Simple Machines at Play” — this is the perfect place to boost brain power. It’s not for nothing that Parents Magazine named Science City one of the best science centers in the country. admission is $13.25.

Learn About the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon


Snakes, danger, beauty and again snakes — It’s all in the story an award-winning writer and photographer from National Geographic will share about their journey transecting the length of the Canyon on foot. Tickets to National Geographic Live: Between River and Rim — Hiking the Grand Canyon on June 5 are $24 to $60.