Our summer break starts Friday and before you hear “I’m bored” about a million times. Here’s a list a free stuff to do in Kansas City to pass the time!
Bring your kiddos downtown for the Sprint Family Fun Series the second Saturday of each month, May - October! Admission is FREE!* Be a part of all the fun on social media by connecting with us using #FamilyFunKC! Summer 2017 Schedule and details:
Sprint Family Fun Days events are held on 14th Street and Walnut Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light District.
IN CASE OF RAIN:
The events are moved inside of KC Live, which is covered by a translucent canopy and protected from the rain. If the weather is severe, check our Facebook page, to find the most updated information.
Free Admission for Children and Adults. Enjoy free family entertainment and fun! All-access wristbands are
available for $5 each (one wristband per child please) and include premium activities for that specific month's event.
Parking is available for just $3 in the KC Live!. The KC Live! Garage is located at 13th & Grand Blvd. Bring your voucher to any Power & Light District business for validation. Limited street parking (both free and metered) is available on Main Street, Walnut Street and surrounding the Power & Light District.
Ride KC Streetcar to travel to-and-from KC Beer Fest. Stops at 12th and Main Street as well as 14th and Main Street put you right in the Power & Light District and just steps away from the festival. The best part, it's free to ride KC Streetcar. For details, visit kcstreetcar.org.
Ride the Street Car. You can catch it any of these stops:
Union Station (Pershing & Main)
Crossroads (19th & Main)
Kauffman Center (16th & Main)
Power & Light (14th & Main)
Metro Center (12th & Main)
Library (9th & Main)
North Loop (7th & Main)
City Market (5th & Walnut)
River Market North (3rd & Grand)
River Market West (4th & Delaware)
Cool Off at a Spray Park: Here is a list of spray parks, be sure to check the recommended safety rules for each park before you go.
Kansas City Missouri Spray Parks:
Harmony Park: E. 10th St & Agnes Ave.
Jacob L. Loose Park: W. 52nd Terrace & Summit Ave.(Closed Wednesdays.)
Sunnyside Park: W. 83rd St. & Summit Ave.
Longview Tract: 7107 Longview Rd.
Golden Oaks Park: N.E. 46th Street & N. Antioch Rd.
Garrison Square: E. 4th St. & Forest Ave.
Central Park: Linwood Blvd & Bales Ave.
Nelson C. Crews Park: E. 27th St & Michigan Ave.
Douglass Playground at Grace Williams Nicholl Park: 2632 Jarboe St.
Independence Missouri Spraygrounds:
McCoy Park: 24 Highway & N. Delaware
Rotary Park: 24th & Hardy
Grandview Missouri Spraygrounds:
John Anderson Park: 4701 E. 135th Street
Liberty Missouri Spraygrounds:
City Park: 970 S. Highway 291
Ruth Moore Park: 401 N. Morse
Kansas City Kansas Spraygrounds:
Eisenhower Park: 2901 N. 72nd St.
Heathwood Park: 10th & Parallel Pkwy
Pierson Park: 1800 S. 55th St.
- Marble making demo and Moon Marble Company. The kids can even learn how to shoot marbles and take a few home. Demos are usually given Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 or 10:30.
- Cabela’s Fly Fishing Class
Saturdays from 2-3pm
Cabella's also has Family Outdoor Adventure day, June 6th from 10-2
- Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series ScheduleAll concerts will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain in front of Phoenix Theatres Legends 14 at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111.
June 13: Big Time Grain Company, country and country rock
June 20: Dino O’Dell and The Doo-Dads, children’s music
June 27: The Zeros, new wave ‘80s
July 11: Mikey Needleman Band, pop rock
July 18: Perpetual Change, ‘80s and ‘90s rock (with some hits from the ‘00s)
- It goes without saying that the Nelson-Atkins Museum is a KC treasure and it’s free! It is closed Monday/Tuesday. Wednesday 10-5. Thursday/Friday 10-9 and Saturday/Sunday 10-5.
- Scheels Mega Sports store in Overland Park. 16,000 gallon aquarium, Ferris wheel and games that cost $.25 to play.
- Kidscape at the Johnson County Museum. 6305 Lackman Road. Kids can play dress up, be mayor for the day and see the suburban streetscape design.
- Kalidoscope is always free, but reservations are recommended visit www.hallmarkkaleidoscope.com for times.
- The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank is an experience that even your teen will like. It is also free and open to the public. Here you’ll watch millions of dollars in currency being processed at KC’s Federal Reserve Bank and see an impressive collection of coins. Walk-in and guided tours are available and all guests undergo a security screening. If you are over 18, you’ll need to bring your ID. Call 816-881-2683 for more information.
- The Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center has over 36 acres of wildlife and native plants with walking trails, wildlife habitat, pond and a small cave for kids to explore. Amazingly enough, it’s in the middle of the city. Location: 8701 E. Gregory Blvd. Hours: 9 am to dark every day. The Nature Center is open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday. The Center is free, but small donations are accepted.
- Attend a free family fun night at Mahaffie Stagecoach:
- Family Fun Nights offer historic-themed activities for a new experience every Thursday night during June and July. FREE admission! Some activities require an extra fee. Activities subject to change.
Dates and Themes:
Science: 1860s Style
Fireworks: 1860s Style
Construction: 1860s Style*
Farm to Table
Hit the Trail!
Wheat Harvest: 1860s Style*
* July 20 & July 27
Activity Ticket Policy
Cost: $1 for each ticket.
- Cash purchase at each station.
- Credit card purchase in the Heritage Center. VISA or MasterCard are accepted only.
- Activity tickets are non-refundable.
- They can be used for future Family Fun Night activities or for children's activities at Wild West Days.
- Park at the Heritage Center 1200 Kansas City Road Olathe, KS.
- Pick up your map and enjoy the activities!
- Food is not available for purchase.
- Outside food and drink are welcome.
- Picnic tables are located on the Mahaffie grounds.
- Take a tour of The Roasterie and learn about coffee. This is great for the pre-teen set and I did it on my last birthday and it was fun and I learned a lot about coffee!
- Hike at Ernie Miller Nature Center.
- Visit the free National Archives of Kansas City and explore their free exhibits.
- Build a free project at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Both offer free workshops on select Saturdays.
- Explore the Central Branch of the Kansas City Library, because any library with a parking garage painted with classic books has been named one of the coolest libraries to visit in the country!
- Take a free class at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center.
- Imagine you’re in the Wild West at Antioch Park in Shawnee, Kansas with an old town set up.