40 Ideas for Free Fun in Kansas City



Kansas City offers fabulous fun for FREE all summer long!

  1. Attend a free family fun night on Thursdays in June and July at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop.
  2. Play at one of the best parks in Kansas City.
  3. Ride the KC Streetcar and participate in our Streetcar Scavenger Hunt on KCParent.com.
  4. Take a tour of the Roasterie and learn about coffee.
  5. Go fishing.
  6. Splash and play at a Kansas City area sprayground.
  7. Stroll through Kauffman Memorial Gardens.
  8. Participate in a summer reading program.
  9. Visit a new library.
  10. Play at Crown Center’s free Thomas the Train exhibit.
  11. Create a masterpiece at Kaleidoscope.
  12. Play “I Spy” at Lakeside Nature Center.
  13. Marvel at modern art at the Nerman Museum, where admission is free.
  14. Pack a picnic and explore one of the city’s best picnic spots.
  15. Feed apples and carrots to bison and elk at the Native Hooved Animal Enclosure.
  16. Watch as marbles are made at Moon Marble.
  17. Stop and smell the roses at Loose Park.
  18. Spend a first Friday in the Crossroads.
  19. Take a tour of the Kansas City, MO, City Hall.
  20. Hike at Ernie Miller Nature Center.
  21. Build a free project at Home Depot on select Saturdays.
  22. Watch model trains at the KC Rail Experience at Union Station.
  23. Photograph friends in front of one of Kansas City’s 200 fountains.
  24. Get free money at the Money Museum.
  25. Attend a Kansas City area summer festival.
  26. Hike Monkey Mountain and other great trails.
  27. Bring binoculars for bird watching at Burroughs Audubon Nature Center.
  28. Visit the Lee’s Summit Railroad Museum and explore Downtown Lee’s Summit.
  29. Learn about the Santa Fe Trail at Cave Springs Nature Center.
  30. Tour the Harley-Davidson Factory, a favorite activity for ages 12 and up.
  31. Discover the waterfall at Parkville Nature Sanctuary.
  32. Bike Trolley Trail.
  33. Attend a free summer concert.
  34. Sample a homemade potato chip at Price Chopper at 151st & Metcalf.
  35. Take a free class at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center.
  36. Stroll near a Kansas City area waterfall.
  37. Enjoy hands-on exhibits at Prairie Park Nature Center.
  38. Discover Kansas’ most famous residents through the artwork at Legends Outlets.
  39. Learn about nature at the Anita Gorman Discovery Center.
  40. Imagine you’re in the Wild West at Antioch Park.

BONUS: 20 more Cheap Ideas

 

  1. Ride the KC Northern Railroad, just 75 cents on Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Step back in time at Shawnee Town 1929.
  3. Explore the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.
  4. Learn about gardening at the Beanstalk Children’s Garden.
  5. Tour the Truman Home in Independence, where admission is $5 and children 15 and under are free.
  6. Visit the Overland Park Arboretum (note: Admission is free on Tuesdays).
  7. Sign up for free bowling with KidsBowlFree.com or free roller skating at KidsSkateFree.com. Shoe and/or skate rental fees still apply.
  8. Explore the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Admission is free; parking is $8/car.
  9. Imagine and play at the all-new KidScape at the Johnson County Museum.
  10. Really hot outside? Treat the kids to a snow cone at Tropical Sno or Kona Ice food trucks at local attractions.
  11. Participate in a stargazing event on Saturdays at Powell Observatory and look at the night sky through the largest telescope in the region.
  12. Learn about the night sky at a show at the Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station.
  13. Root for the Kansas City T-Bones, where tickets are under $10 for bleacher or grass seating.
  14. Pick berries at a local u-pick farm (you set your budget, but you’ll likely spend at least $10), all found on KCParent.com’s Berry Picking Guide.
  15. Learn about Kansas City’s baseball heritage at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
  16. Enjoy a little “winter in the summer” with indoor ice skating at Centerpoint Community Ice.
  17. Visit the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and learn about the 33rd president of the United States.
  18. Rent a pedal boat at Shawnee Mission Park.
  19. Admission to the Kansas City Zoo is less than $10 for Jackson and Clay County residents, and FOTZ members enjoy unlimited admission all year long.
  20. Visit the National World War I Museum and Memorial on Wednesdays when admission is discounted.

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