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Best of KC: Summer Plans

Best of KC / June 28, 2018

School is out, the weather is hot, and it’s time to take full advantage of the warm weather before it gets frigid again and we have to shut ourselves up inside again. Fortunately, there are loads of options around town that are great for individuals and families—anyone seeking adventure, relaxation, and plain old fun. Here are some of the best options for summer fun in Kansas City.

Free Concerts at Deanna Rose

The Deanna Rose Farmstead will host two more free children’s concerts this summer. The music will start at 6:45 and last until the last toddler drops, around 7:30 or so. The dates are July 5th, and August 2nd. And then you can swing around the bend and grab some ice cream on your way out!

Hot Summer Days

And speaking of Overland Park, check out their Hot Summer Days water game extravaganza at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. For a measly $3, you can run in sponge relays or make some ice art from 10am until noon on July 13th, and August 10th.

Outdoor Broadway at Starlight Theatre

One of Kansas City’s shiniest gems, Starlight Theatre has some really great shows this summer! “Dirty Dancing” had a short stint at the beginning of June, followed by “The King and I,” “Cinderella,” and “Hairspray,” about a splendid little town back East called Baltimore. And later in August, comes “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Go, Dog, Go!

And if you’re into shows, Mesner Puppets will be putting on a hilarious adaptation of P.D. Eastman’s book, Go, Dog. Go! from June 26-July 15.

Broadway Under the Stars

Theatre in the Park will be featuring several great shows this summer, including “The Little Mermaid,” “South Pacific,” and perhaps best of all, “High School Musical.” Tickets are $6 for kids, $8 for adults, and free for those theater-buffs 3 and under. The outdoor theater is located just north of I-435 and 87th street. Gates open at 7pm!

Ride the Streetcar

If you haven’t already tried the streetcar, you’re missing out—it’s free! And it gets even better. On the second Saturday of each month, Sprint provides family fun activities—bounce houses, petting zoo, a train and more—in the Power and Light District. Admission is free and each month has a different theme—July is “Capes and Crowns” and August is “Pirate Party.”

KC Rivervest

And if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July, KC Riverfest is a great event on the Berkley Riverfront. Expect a lot of food vendors, live music, activities for the kids, and the best part—one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest. The whole family will have a blast!

Ethnic Enrichment Festival

For something a bit different, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival at Swope Park, from August 17th-19th, is one of the largest in the country featuring more than 60 different cultures. Kids are free, parking is free, and admission for adults is only $5. Check out different native foods, crafts, ethnic music and dances.

Movie night at the pool

On July 14th at the Soetaert Aquatic Center in Shawnee, check out Dive-In Movie Night. You can bring your own float or borrow an inner tube. The movie starts at dusk.

Glow in the dark water

On August 25, the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in Bonner Springs will turn into a glow in the dark water park. Check-in is at 4pm and the event starts at 6pm.


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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh