This is mostly a summer bucket list that I want to do with my kiddos, all free, some events starting Saturday June 1 (2019). It’s broken down by months and anytime activities as well as an updated list of spray parks. Enjoy and we just might see you out and about!
Levee Fest – June 1
555 River Park Drive
Kansas City, KS 66105
Join Levee Fest and the Rock Island Bridge crew for ongoing tours of the Rock Island Bridge. Re-imagine what this historical structure could become.
Enjoy Levee Fest before and after your tour!
JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD TRUCKS, & FAMILY ACTIVITIES ON THE ARMOURDALE LEVEE TRAIL, PLUS RIBBON CUTTING WITH MAYOR ALVEY CELEBRATING THE TRAIL EXTENSION!!
Sign up for a boat tour, bring your bike or skateboard, and bring a friend! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/levee-fest-2019-free-boat-and-bridge-tours-tickets-60437913426
KC Watersports Free Fest
THE LINE UP
9:30 am VIP Boat & Bridge Tour #1
10:00 am Festival Opens with Vendors & Activities*
10:15 am VIP Boat & Bridge Tour #2
10:45 am Open Shuttle to Boat & Bridge Tour (every ½ hour)
11:30 am Ribbon Cutting for Levee Trail Phase 2 with Mayor Alvey
Noon – 2 pm
No-Drop Bike Tour of Levee Trail & KCK Bike Infrastructure
Out and Back Guided History/Ecology Hikes (2 or 6 Miles)
Get Moving with Zumba/Pound/Salsa/Kickboxing
Ironwoods Park is one of our favorite hidden places. There’s a Nature center, lake trails and events!
Free cultural events are provided by the City of Leawoodall Summer long! Check out the Kids Summer Programs every Tuesday in June at 9:30 am at Ironwoods Amphitheater or Lodge, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS
▪ June 5 Funky Mama Concert
▪ June 12 “Mr. Stinky Feet” Concert
▪ June 19StoneLion Puppet Show
▪ June 26 Juggler Brian Wendling
Coder Dojo KC
KC STEM Alliance
4825 Troost Ave #124
Kansas City, MO 64110
June 8th, 20198:45 AM –12:00 PM
Kids, Water, Bugs, Fish 2019
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lakeside Nature Center
Did you get your lure? What do Fish Eat?
Little Blue River Watershed Coalition and Heart of America Fly Fishers invite you to bring your children and learn all about the bugs in our streams, the fish that eat them and what they can tell us about the quality of the water. Learn from the Heart of America Fly Fishers as they tie flys of those bugs. Build a craft and get a tattoo. Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sesame Street Festival
Sesame Street is hosting a free, family festival in Kansas City on July 13th!
Join your Sesame Street friends for a fun, interactive family festival and stage show, a giant maze, a treasure dig, photo opportunities, sweepstakes, a cookies-and-milk snack station, and more!
Sat, July 13, 2019
Frank A. Theis Park
Kansas City, MO 64110
Kemper Museum’s fifth annual block party!
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Sat, August 24, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:30 PM CDT
Join us to celebrate the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary with featured music, food trucks, exhibition tours, family activities, a Museum Shop trunk show, and outdoor movie screening on the museum lawn to close the evening.
Kansas City is home to many wonderful Spraygrounds! Spraygrounds are water playgrounds where children can run and play through sprinklers and sprays on a safe surface. This is a fantastic, fun, FREE way to cool off on a hot Summer Day. Spraygrounds are open Memorial Day - Labor Day across the Metro! Note: As a rule, spraygrounds only operate on days that are 75 degrees or warmer, and they will not be operating during thunder or lightning storms. Check the weather before you plan your outing.
Blue Springs, Missouri Sprayground:
• NEW! Burrus Old Mill Park: 112 NW Woods Chapel Rd, Blue Springs, MO (featured photo)
Kansas City Missouri Spraygrounds: (Open 11am-7pm)
• Dagg Park: 701 E 21st Ave
• Harmony Park: E. 10th St & Agnes Ave. Kansas City, MO
• Jacob L. Loose Park: W. 52nd Terrace & Summit Ave. Kansas City, MO (Closed Wednesdays.)
• Sunnyside Park: W. 83rd St. & Summit Ave. Kansas City, MO
• Longview Tract: 7107 Longview Rd. Kansas City, MO
• Golden Oaks Park: N.E. 46th Street & N. Antioch Rd. Kansas City, MO
• Garrison Square: E. 4th St. & Forest Ave. Kansas City, MO
• Central Park: Linwood Blvd & Bales Ave. Kansas City, MO
• Nelson C. Crews Park: E. 27th St & Michigan Ave. Kansas City, MO
• Douglass Playground at Grace Williams Nicholl Park: 2632 Jarboe St. Kansas City, MO
• Zona Rosa: I-29 and Barry Rd. Kansas City MO
• Gillham Park: 3915 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO
Independence Missouri Spraygrounds:
• McCoy Park: 24 Highway & N. Delaware
• Rotary Park: 24th & Hardy
Lee's Summit Missouri Sprayground:
• Miller J. Fields Park: 1301 SE 3rd Terr
• Lea McKeighan: 125 NE Chipman Rd
Grandview Missouri Spraygrounds:
• John Anderson Park: 4701 E. 135th Street (Note: This one features a fun pirate theme! This Sprayground is featured in the photo on the right.)
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
Overland Park Kansas Spraygrounds:
• Roe Park: 10400 Roe Ave
• Sapling Grove Park: 82nd & Grant Ave
Children’s Peace Pavilion
Located in Independence, MO., this hands-on museum is an interactive way to teach children the concepts of peace. More than 25 child-centered learning activities encourage children to implement conflict resolution, communication and stewardship skills into their everyday lives.https://www.thepeacepavilion.org/
Frontier Army Museum
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10-4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all Federal Holidays. Admission is FREE to the public. Donations are welcome.
Address: 100 Reynolds Ave, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027
Hallmark Visitors Center
Hours: 9:30am-4pm Mon.-Sat.
See one of the world's most creative companies come to life. Located in Kansas City's Crown Center complex, the Hallmark Visitors Center celebrates the Hallmark story in a display of remarkable exhibits, from our founder's humble beginning in 1910, to the creation of one of the world's largest greeting card companies. Step inside the Timeline exhibit where you'll view historical artifacts that reflect various eras and trends throughout 20th century America into the new millennium. Marvel at the J.C. Hall Christmas Trees, a collection of 17 unique and imaginative trees. You can even press a button to create a star-shaped bow that you can take home as a souvenir.
While you’re down there, stop by Kalidescope:
Hours: 50-minute creative art sessions start at 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45 and 2:45 Mon.-Sat.
Kaleidoscope nourishes the creative spirit. It is a place where children and their families are invited to be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own special ideas. Provided by Hallmark Cards, Kaleidoscope is FREE! At Kaleidoscope, children use their imaginations to make art with materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. Some materials are cut into shapes, while others are left just as Hallmark sends them. And Hallmark provides different materials so the projects are ever-changing
Hours: Open Tues–Wed 10am-4pm, Thurs–Fri 10am–9pm, Sat–Sun, 10am–4pm. (Mon closed)
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N La Frenz Road, Liberty, MO
Located in Liberty, this nature center includes educational programs, live animal exhibits as well as multiple hiking trails. Try geocaching for an adventurous game during the hike.http://www.naturesanctuary.com/
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Home to more than 34,500 pieces of art, from ancient Chinese ceramics to modern art in the Bloch Building, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a world-class treasure located right in the heart of Kansas City. The ever-expanding collection makes The Nelson unique each time visitors explore. Be sure to enjoy the shuttlecocks at the Sculpture Park on the south lawn.
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Stroll through this 300-acre nature sanctuary for a wilderness retreat featuring eight natural ecosystems. Paved or woodchip pathway, the Arboretum is a picturesque example of Kansas City's beauty. Free on Tuesdays and every day for visitors 5 years old and younger
This fun and playful park has everything from a 26-foot kangaroo slide to a 23-foot penguin to play inside.
N Vivion Rd. & N Norton Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64118
Shoal Creek Living History Museum, which started in 1975, is nestled quietly on 80 acres out of the 1,000 acres that makes up Hodge Park. The museum has twenty-one structures including seventeen authentic log cabins and homes, relocated from surrounding counties, dating from 1807-1885 to create a village setting. The grounds are open daily, dawn until dusk, free of charge except during Special Events. Enjoy self-guided tours by using our Walking Tour Guide
Free Family Fridays
5930 W 61st St
Mission, KS, 66202
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All Ages Adults & kids together