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Summer Activities for Kids

Things to do in Kansas City


Summer Activities for Kids

There are tons of great things to do with the kids this summer – we’ve listed a variety of activities, attractions and fun things to do at home too.   Some attractions are free and some have admission fees (which can be found at the attraction’s website).   

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Summer Activities & Resources

  • Summer Movie listings for area theaters and outdoor movies around Kansas City — more than 100 free & discount shows!
  • National & Local Summer Reading programs for kids ages preschool – middle school with links to all bookstore & library details.




Fun & Learning Ideas at Home


Visit with the Animals

  • Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park, KS)  $2 on wknds/Free during the week Mon – Thurs
    • Open April – October, feed animals, tour a prairie town,  daily programs,  nature trails & playgrounds.  Extra cost for fishing, horse rides, mining & feeding.
  • Ernie Miller Nature Center (K-7, Olathe, KS)  FREE, but admission for special programs
    • Owls, hawks, native animals and lots of hiking trails.  Weds. Storytimes are great for ages 2 – 6. ($3/person)
  • Kansas City Zoo (Swope Park, KC, MO)  Admission 
    • Ride across Africa on the new Skyride, feed the lorikeets, visit the polar bear & much more!
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium (Crown Center, KC, MO) Admission 
    • Visit fish, sharks, stingrays and more at Kansas City’s 1st aquarium!



Explore Science

  • Powell Observatory (Louisburg, KS)  Admission/donation requested
    • Saturday evenings from May – Oct.  View stars & planets thru the largest telescopes in a 5-state area!
  • Science City (Union Station, KC, MO) Admission
    • Ride a bike on a high wire, explore weather on huge interactive sphere, learn about energy, the earth and more!


Create Some Art

  • Kaleidoscope (Crown Center, KC, MO)  FREE
    • Attend ‘family art sessions’  or register kids ages 5+ for individual sessions. 
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum (KC, MO)  FREE
    • Travel thru history in the galleries, enjoy some time at Sculpture Park – use the kids guides to the galleries and visit the interactive exhibits in the Creative Café.
  • Nerman Museum (JCCC Campus, Overland Park, KS)  FREE
    • See contemporary art, photography & sculpture – plus, tour the college campus!



Travel thru History

  • Harry Truman Library  (Independence, MO) Admission
    • Visit a replica of the Oval Office along with many interactive exhibits at the Truman Library. 
  • Toy & Miniature Museum  (UMKC Campus) Admission
    • See a huge collection of toys and games from the last 200 years.  Some interactive exhibits.
  • Wornall House (KC, MO) Admission
    • Tour this historic home and learn about people who lived at the time of the Civil War.
  • WWI Museum/Liberty Memorial (KC, MO) Admission
    • Poke your head into a trench scene; see tanks, guns and planes; movies and interactive exhibits that showcase the events of World War I.



Fun Places to Play & Learn

(these locations recommended for kids ages 3 – 10)

  • Crown Center  – Curious George exhibit in Summer 2013  (KC, MO) FREE
    • Guides will be coming soon.  Exhibit begins Memorial Day Weekend.



Kids Theatre Shows

  • Coterie Theatre (Crown Center, KC, MO) Admission
    • “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” is showing June 18th – August 4th.  Awarded Top 5 Kids Theatre in the Country – great shows for kids.
  • Paul Messner Puppets (KC, MO) Admission
    • See “Puss in Boots” in June and “Go Dog Go” in July/AugustBest for kids 10 and under.
  • Theatre for Young America  (Union Station, KC, MO ) Admission
    • See “The Boxcar Children” from June 11th – 29th based on the kid’s books.  Best for kids 10 and under.



Tours & Fruit Picking

  • Shatto Dairy – Tour of Dairy Farm  (Osborn,MO) Admission
    • Tour a working dairy farm, milk a cow & see how milk goes from farm to store.
  • The Berry Patch (223rd & State Line Rd, MO) Cost for fruit that you pick/buy
    • pick your own blueberries or blackberries
  • T-Rex Cafe  Free tour
    • You can see them turn on the dinos, learn about the fish and check out the shark tank during an early-morning tour of the resturant.  Stay for lunch and to play a little too!