Best of June in Kansas City



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June! School's Out! Summer is here! Kick off summer fun at Kansas City's attractions... with fabulous festivals, live concerts, great shows, living history, and more - there is something for everyone!

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are open for the season - enjoy BOTH parks for the price of one ticket! This season, Worlds of Fun also introduces a new restaurant, Cotton Blossom BBQ, located in Americana. The theming pays homage to the park’s history and is inspired by the three iconic boats that were centerpieces of the park when it opened in 1973. The dining area accommodates up to 316 guests. Led by executive chef Wesley Boston, the menu features an array of fresh selections, including authentic Kansas City barbecue, roastery chicken, home-style sides and desserts, as well as healthier options like salads and fresh vegetables. WorldsOfFun.com

Adventures of Clifford the Big Red Dog

When you spend the day exploring the Crown Center district, one of the top picks for families with young children is the free exhibits on Level I. This year, enjoy Adventures of Clifford the Big Red Dog: June 8-Sept. 22.  Transport yourself to the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all the residents of Birdwell Island in this exciting, interactive and FREE exhibit. Climb aboard the ferry, explore Clifford’s dog house, work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl and be greeted by a colossal 9-foot-high Clifford with a tail to slide down.  He won't follow you home, but the memories will!

Snow Queen - A Frozen Dance Adventure

Snow Queen - A Frozen Dance Adventure June 7 & 8 at Carlsen Center at JCCC (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS).. Snow Queen—A Frozen Dance Adventure is based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. Follow Anna as she tries to find her sister, Elsa, who has isolated herself in an ice palace on a frozen mountain. Along the journey, Anna meets many fascinating characters, some of which are trying to prevent her from finding her sister. In the end, thanks to her self-sacrificial love, Anna finds Elsa and true love melts away the frozen heart. (This is the end-of-the-year dance production for The Culture House Conservatory of Dance.) Tickets: $18 Orchestra, $15 Tier and Terrace, $21.50 at the door.

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play"

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are In A Play" June 11 - August 4 at The Coterie Theatre (2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO). One of the most popular and beloved shows The Coterie has ever done returns to the stage! Gerald the Elephant is cautious and Piggie is not. Along with the three nutty Squirrelles, these “bestus” friends might get invited to a swimmy fancy costume dancey pool party or decide to spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats.  This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade. Tickets: Adult $17.00 Children/Senior $13.00 Group Rates $5.00-$10.00

Johnson County Parks & Rec Summer Family Fun

Johnson County Parks & Rec (JCPRD) is offering a variety of summer fun events for the entire family!

Our Favorite June Events with JCPRD (you'll find more on their calendar). Note, fees may apply for events. Register with JCPRD in advance.:

  • June 1-2 - Free Fishing, Boating & Archery Weekend @ JCPRD Parks: Take advantage of this annual permit-free weekend for fishing, boating (Shawnee Mission, Heritage, Kill Creek and Lexington Lake parks only), and archery (Shawnee Mission Park only). This coincides with the State of Kansas’ “Free Fishing and Park Entrance Days” at state parks whereby state fishing permits are also waived. Fishing, boating, and archery permits will be waived in the designated JCPRD parks on these days only. JCPRD trout permits are still required if fishing for trout at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek Park lakes. For more information call (913) 888-4713. Park Locations: Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66219; Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS 66202; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, KS 66062; Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto, KS 66018; Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, KS 66061; Streamway Park, locations vary.
  • June 1 from 10am-6:30pm - A Day in the Park - Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks: Join us for this free, day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks and recreational spaces. Take advantage of free admission to the beaches at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks from noon to 6 pm. Enjoy free half-hour pedal boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals at the marinas in Shawnee Mission Park from 10 am to 7 pm and free half-hour pedal boat, canoe, and kayak rentals at the marina in Kill Creek Park from 1 pm to 5 pm. Concessions will be available at Shelter #3 in Shawnee Mission Park from 10:30 am to 2 pm. The event is being held in conjunction with National Trails Day and coincides with JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and District fishing and boating permits are waived. For specific details on all the day’s activities and fun, visit jcprd.com/175/A-Day-in-the-Park.
  • June 7 - 9, 12-15 - “Annie” Rated G at the Theatre in the Park: Little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Bring the family and a blanket or chair and enjoy live musical theater performances under the stars in beautiful Shawnee Mission Park! Visit www.theatreinthepark.org for more details. Tickets are $8 (plus tax) for general admission, $6 (plus tax) for youth (Ages 4-10) Children 3 & under are FREE (but require a ticket) The box office opens at 6:30 pm, gates open at 7 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm. Buy tickets onsite or online.
  • June 11 from 10-11:30am - Preschool Bug Hunt @ Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse: Scavenge the sidewalks, dig in the dirt, and peer into the pond to find amazing insects. Create a bug box and explore with us. This creepy-crawly event is just $6 per child, $7 nonresidents.
  • June 15-16 - The Great American Family Campout: Come join us for the 12th Annual Great American Family Campout. Whether you are an experienced camper or just looking for an activity to share with your family, this is your opportunity to sleep under the stars in the safety of the largest park in Johnson County. The package includes passes for one pedal boat rental, admission to the beach, and tickets to the Theatre in the Park's production of "Annie." Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) Saturday evening dinner is NOT provided. Bagels, juice, and milk will be provided Sunday morning. This family-friendly event is just $30 for a family of up to 4, $10 for individuals, and three and under are free. Register today at www.jcprd.com, click on the “Register for Activities” button and do a barcode search for 19354 for a family, 19355 for individuals, and 19356 for kids three and under.
  • June 21 from 6-8pm - Super Sneaky Family Scavenger Hunt @ Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse: Test your spy skills! Enjoy dinner in the clubhouse, and then scour Meadowbrook Park for clues that complete a secret puzzle. This sleuth-y event is $10 for individuals, $11 nonresidents; $30 for a family up to 4 people, $33 nonresidents; or $40 for a family up to 7 people, $44 nonresidents.
  • June 22 from 9am-2pm - Meadowbrook Park Grand Opening: Join us for engaging family activities, explore the Treeline Adventure destination playground and The Grove's musical playground. Participate in yoga on the Grand Lawn, enjoy pickleball and outdoor fitness equipment demos, and more! The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 am.
  • June 21 - 23, 26-29 - “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Rated PG at Theatre in the Park: Take a fantastic musical adventure with an amazing car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Bring the family and a blanket or chair and enjoy live musical theater performances under the stars in beautiful Shawnee Mission Park! Visit www.theatreinthepark.org for more details. Tickets are $8 (plus tax) for general admission, $6 (plus tax) for youth (Ages 4-10) Children 3 & under are FREE (but require a ticket) The box office opens at 6:30 pm, gates open at 7 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm. Buy tickets onsite or online.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop's Days Out with Frank & Ella AND Family Fun Nights

Experience living history at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. This summer, you'll love Family Fun Nights (FREE on Thursday nights in June & July), and Days Out with Frank and Ella on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Family Fun Nights:

Family Fun Nights offer historic-themed activities for a new experience every Thursday nights in June and  July. FREE admission! Some activities require an extra fee. Activities subject to change. 

Dates and Themes: 

  • June 6: Hit the Trails
  • June 13: Trains & Mad Scientists - 1860s
  • June 20: Civil War
  • June 27: Music & Arts
  • July 4: No Family Fun Night, visit during Independence Day: 1860s Style! 
  • July 11: Fireworks: 1860s Style!
  • July 18: Happy Birthday Ella!
  • July 25: Public Safety: 1860s Style!

Cost:  $1 for each ticket.

Days Out with Frank and Ella:

Frank and Ella were the youngest Mahaffie children. Days Out with Frank and Ella helps visitors of all ages experience childhood in the 1860s & 1870s. Each week on Wednesdays & Thursdays in June & July features a different history theme. 

Themes:

  • May 29 & 30  Work & Play: 1860s Style!
  • June 5 & 6 Hit the Trails!
  • June 12 & 13 Trains & Mad Scientists: 1860s Style! 
  • June 19 & 20 Civil War
  • June 26 & 27 Music & Arts: 1860s Style!
  • July 3 Independence Day: 1860s Style!
  • July 10 & 11 Wheat Harvest
  • July 17 & 18 Happy Birthday Ella!
  • July 24 & 25 Public Safety: 1860s Style! 
  • July 31 & August 1  Kansas Cowboys

 Costs for Days out with Frank and Ella:

  • Youth: $5/per youth.  Admission includes a stagecoach ride.  Youth under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Adult: One free admission for one paid youth admission.  Optional: $2 cost for a stagecoach ride for each free adult. Additional adults are $5.

Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo Camel

The Kansas City Zoo is open year-round (except Jan. 1). (6800 Zoo Dr., KCMO. 816.513.5800). Pack a picnic and bring it to the zoo!

June's Special Events at the Kansas City Zoo: 

  • June 1 & 2: Hooves & Horns
  • June 7: Jazzoo (21 and over, ticket required for this event)
  • June 8 & 9: World Ocean’s Day Celebration
  • June 15: Sporting KC Day
  • June 16: Dads get FREE Admission
  • June 22 & 23: Humboldt Penguin March
  • June 29 & 30: Red, White & Zoo 

Blueberry Picking

Kansas City Berry Picking Guide

Blueberry picking is a favorite summer tradition in Kansas City. Keep this in mind - blueberry picking season typically begins in June in the Kansas City region. With our famously unpredictable weather, the definite start date varies from year to year, but you’re sure to enjoy a trip to one of these local patches. Call ahead or watch Facebook for picking announcements to enjoy the best berries of the season. Read our guide to U-Pick Farms in Kansas City for info.

Moo-vie Night at the Farmstead

Moo-vie Night at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead June 20 from 7:30-11pm at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead (13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us for our first Moo-vie Night of the season at the Farmstead. In June, we celebrate National Dairy Month with dairy treats and activities. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Moo-vie begins at dusk. Tonight's movie is Tangled, an animated take on the fairy tale Rapunzel. Run time 100 minutes.

Father's Day in Kansas City

Celebrate fathers and grandfathers with special events, activities, crafts, and FREE admission at local attractions with our Father's Day in KC Guide.

Art Course at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Art Course at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: credit Amber Mills

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s lawn is a favorite place to play in Kansas City. The sprawling lawn is perfect for picnics and photo ops, and exploration of the Glass Labyrinth, and beckons visitor’s to explore the free art gallery. This summer, the museum is opening a miniature golf course nestled into the trees and terraces on the south lawn. The nine-hole course will be open from Memorial Day – Labor Day and will present a fresh interpretation of pieces from the museum’s collection. The course will inspire players as they will appreciate sights, sounds, and colors through the creative elements. Tickets for Art Course will be $14 for general adults, $11 for adults who are museum members, and $9 for children 4 to 12. The course is free for children 3 and under.  Nelson-Atkins.org

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