FUN ACTIVITIES FOR A KANSAS CITY SUMMER

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
Just outside the suburbs of Overland Park, give your kids a chance to experience life on the prairie at Deanna Rose. Kids get to bottle-feed baby goats, go fishing, visit a one-room schoolhouse, and try other fun, rustic activities. Find more information here.

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City’s premiere art museum always has something new to offer. Known for its stunning architecture in addition to its art collections, The Nelson Atkins was named the best museum in the country by Yelp in 2015. Plus, admission to the museum is always free. This summer, the Nelson Atkins has planned a variety of visiting exhibitions and events such as youth art workshops for children of all ages—see what’s going on this summer.

Alamo Drafthouse
Kansas City is one of two dozen cities in the nation that boasts an Alamo Drafthouse, which Wired.com called the “Coolest Movie Theater in the World.” A trip to the Alamo is a perfect night out for movie lovers and/or beer lovers. Along with regular movie showings, the Alamo hosts special events like its upcoming JAWS Movie Party—see the whole summer calendar here.

Shakespeare in the park
This summer, the Heart of America Shakespeare festival celebrates its 25th year of producing Shakespeare’s plays completely free to the public. This summer’s production is Hamlet, starring Nathan Darrow of House of Cards fame. The plays are performed in Southmoreland Park across the street from the Nelson Atkins, so your day trip can basically plan itself. This weekend’s performances are your last chances to see the show!

Theatre in the Park
If you didn’t get your theatre fix with Hamlet, or you’re looking for something even more kid-friendly, check out The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park. This summer, the theatre has three shows left: Camp Rock, Back to the 80s, and Beauty and the Beast.

Boulevard Brewing company tour
Ever wonder how Tank 7 got its name? Take a tour of Kansas City’s famous brewery to find out. Tours are free and conclude with free beer samples. Tickets are given out the day of your tour, but they can sell out quickly. For more information on the tour and how to get tickets, visit the Boulevard website.

Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo is internationally acclaimed for its African and Australian exhibits. This summer, the zoo has events planned like a cheetah run and a penguin march. It also offers a number of children’s activities including day camps and overnight birthday parties.

Sprint Family Fun Days
The second Saturday of each month, 14th and Walnut in the Power & Light District turns into a family-friendly block party. Each event has a different theme, from superheroes to pirates.

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