Summer Fun in Kansas City

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Ride the Streetcar

RideKC Streetcar


If you need an excuse to ride the streetcar (it’s free), then head downtown for the Sprint Family Fun series. on the second Saturday of each month, Sprint provides family activities in the Power and Light District. June’s theme is Carnival Circus. July’s theme is Capes and Crowns and you can finish out the summer with a Pirate Party in August. Admission is free.

Take a Great Family Portrait

Take a Family Portrait at Your Local Park


Local photographers say these are their favorite spots for the best summer family pics. Powell Gardens (Kingsville), grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Unity Village (Lee’s Summit), Rotary Park (Blue Springs), Loose Park (Kansas City), Country Club Plaza, South Lake Park (Overland Park), Prairefire Museum (Overland Park) and English Landing Park (Parkville).

Get Your Big Screen Bragging Rights On

Bigger is better when you can enjoy a movie on the largest movie screen in the metro at the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre. blockbusters will play here all summer along with two more educational flicks — “national parks adventure in 3d” and “extreme weather.” ticket prices vary.

Go to a June Bug Ball

June Bug Ball at Deanna Rose Farmstead


Who says balls are just for grown-ups? The Deanna Rose Farmstead in overland park will be holding a June Bug Ball on June 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.Kids are encouraged to come in “cute-as-a-bug” costumes while they learn about bugs of the world in the dairy barn, play buggy games and eat buggy snacks. There will also be a bug petting zoo and dancing with the princess bugs. admission is free.

Try a Water Game

Hot Summer Days at the Overland Park Arboretum


At the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, you can get all wet at their “Hot Summer Days” water game extravaganza on June 8, July 13 and August 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. From sponge relays to ice art, it’s all about the H2O. Cost is $3.

Hit the Beach

Longview Lake Beach


The Longview Lake Beach and Blue Springs Lake Beach both have sand that’s nice enough to convince you that you’re oceanfront adjacent. So, go ahead and build a sand castle. 

Enjoy a Free Children’s Concert

Children's Concert at Deanna Rose Farmstead


The Deanna Rose Farmstead will be having three free children’s concerts this summer on June 7, July 5 and August 2. You and your kids can sing and dance to lively music from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. then celebrate your musical artistry by going out for ice cream.

Go on a Pool Date With Your Fur Baby

K-9s at the Cove at the Shawnee Pool


 “K-9’s at the Cove” on August 18 is where you can take your pet to the pool. The “Splash Cove” at the Jim Allen Aquatic Center will be turned into a Water Dogtopia as man’s best friend gets wet and wild. admission is $6 per dog.

Learn How to Throw a Cream Pie

Komedy Kidstitute at Martin City Melodrama and Vaudeville Company


Just what your kids need to learn: how to throw a perfect cream pie in someone’s face and do a triple spit take, right? But if you’ve got a budding comedian in your house, check out the Komedy Kidstitute at the Martin City Melodrama and Vaudeville