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Best of July in Kansas City

July - the heart of summer. Festivals, fireworks, great shows, fresh fruit, long days at the pool, and more. Our top picks for July in Kansas City are here.

Classic Summer Fun: Kansas City Style

Summer…the season of fresh lemonade, fun in the sprinkler and blowing bubbles. This summer, upgrade the fun with special twists on the family classics and super cool ways to enjoy these traditions around Kansas City.

Kansas City's 4th of July Guide

Fireworks, parades, festivals, picnics and music! Kansas City celebrates Independence Day with a bang! Read carefully... our guide includes both events with and without fireworks.

Kansas City’s Favorite French Fries

July 13 is National French Fry Day, so pull up a stool and enjoy America’s favorite side dish at one of these local eateries!

Dairy Days

July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day—celebrate with a dairy-themed tour. Kansas City kids can learn about dairy cows, farming, milk, cheese making, eggs and delicious dairy products at these local attractions.

40 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Enjoy in Kansas City This Summer

This summer embark on fresh adventures with your kids exploring some of Kansas City’s favorite places and best-kept secrets.

KC Summer Festival Guide

It's Summer in Kansas City and that means Festivals! Whether you fancy a good old fashioned county fair, or an ethnic festival with delicious delicacies, or something a bit more out of the ordinary... there is something for everyone!

50 Fun Ideas Under $5 for a Summer of KC Fun

Stretching the family budget while making the most of summer break is every parent’s dream. Celebrate the season with these free and cheap local ideas!

Free (and Cheap) Summer Movies in Kansas City

This summer, enjoy a Free (or Cheap) Movie at local theaters, parks, and EVEN the beach!

KC Water Fun Guide

Summer is the season for watersports. Fortunately, Kansas City has something for everyone! From free spraygrounds for young children, to daring water rides for teens and adults, to classes and programs, pools and waterparks and everything in between. Dive into fun this summer!
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To Do This Week: Family Fun in Kansas City

Celebrate America Week

Fireworks & Festivities across the Kansas City area all week!

Gridiron Glory

thru Sept. 6: Come experience the best of the pro football hall of fame only at Union Station.

King Lear

thru July 5: The KC Shakespeare Festival will produce King Lear, with John Rensenhouse in the title role in Southmoreland Park

A Year with Frog and Toad

thru Aug. 2 at Coterie: Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

1920s Time Travelers

Thursdays & Saturdays at Shawnee Town 1929 where living history comes to life with the family-oriented Time Travelers program

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

thru Sept 7: Discover a love of reading in the exhibit’s immersive environment, designed for children through eight years old.

FREE Waterbabies Orientation

Saturdays at 1:30: One Emler Swim School Waterbabies Orientation class is FREE for parents and babies ages six months to 35 months old.

Teen Chalk Challenge

thru June 30: Come hang with us this summer for a "hero" sidewalk art contest and design your chalk hero. You will have a chance to win the big branch prize.

Belton, Grandview & KC Railroad Train Rides

Saturdays & Sundays: Board our 1920's era passenger coach, or our open-air excursion car and take a ride behind our 1950's diesel locomotive through Old Towne Belton, Missouri and the surrounding area.

Nature Connects 2: LEGO Exhibit at Powell Gardens

May 2 - Sept 7: Inspired by nature and built from more than 300,000 LEGO® bricks, this special exhibit features 25 amazing sculptures set in 12 scenes that represent the complex and amazing network that interconnects all living things on Earth.

Spring Living History Weekends

Sat & Sun: Enjoy spring farming activities, stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cooking demonstrations and exhibits in the Heritage Center.
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Best of July in Kansas City

July - the heart of summer. Festivals, fireworks, great shows, fresh fruit, long days at the pool, and more. Our top picks for July in Kansas City are here.

July Fun Calendar

Celebrate the unique and unusual holidays of July - KC Style!

Classic Summer Fun: Kansas City Style

Summer…the season of fresh lemonade, fun in the sprinkler and blowing bubbles. This summer, upgrade the fun with special twists on the family classics and super cool ways to enjoy these traditions around Kansas City.

Kansas City's 4th of July Guide

Fireworks, parades, festivals, picnics and music! Kansas City celebrates Independence Day with a bang! Read carefully... our guide includes both events with and without fireworks.

Dairy Days

July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day—celebrate with a dairy-themed tour. Kansas City kids can learn about dairy cows, farming, milk, cheese making, eggs and delicious dairy products at these local attractions.
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Best of July in Kansas City

July - the heart of summer. Festivals, fireworks, great shows, fresh fruit, long days at the pool, and more. Our top picks for July in Kansas City are here.

July Fun Calendar

Celebrate the unique and unusual holidays of July - KC Style!

Review: Inside Out

The film is extremely well done and thought-provoking as the emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger, work together to help Riley adjust.

Classic Summer Fun: Kansas City Style

Summer…the season of fresh lemonade, fun in the sprinkler and blowing bubbles. This summer, upgrade the fun with special twists on the family classics and super cool ways to enjoy these traditions around Kansas City.

Kansas City's 4th of July Guide

Fireworks, parades, festivals, picnics and music! Kansas City celebrates Independence Day with a bang! Read carefully... our guide includes both events with and without fireworks.
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Bringing Summer Reading to Life for Little Ones

One of the best gifts a parent can give a child is a lifelong love for books. Reading to infants, toddlers and preschoolers not only helps them develop the building blocks for reading, but also opens their imagination to new worlds. This summer, add to the fun of favorite books with great outings.

Art Appreciation in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to many remarkable art galleries, with three of her finest open to the public for free! The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the largest galleries in the United States, maintains a permanent collection representing art from throughout history and around the world.

Family Favorites in Kansas City

Kansas City is the place to be for the young and the young-at-heart. Lego, one of the most popular children’s toys for generations, is celebrated at Legoland Discovery Center in Crown Center.
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A Festive July 4th Feast

Independence Day only comes once a year, so make it count and invite your favorite guests over for a memorable event. You’ll go out with a bang when you serve up these palate-pleasing dishes at your patriotic party.

Kansas City’s Favorite French Fries

July 13 is National French Fry Day, so pull up a stool and enjoy America’s favorite side dish at one of these local eateries!

Dairy Days

July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day—celebrate with a dairy-themed tour. Kansas City kids can learn about dairy cows, farming, milk, cheese making, eggs and delicious dairy products at these local attractions.

5 Favorite KC Donut Shops

National Donut Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June. The tradition started in 1917, when Salvation Army female volunteers served fresh donuts to WWI soldiers after their service in France. In 1938, the Chicago Salvation Army established the day to raise funds during the Great Depression. Today, the day is still celebrated with donuts, and many donut shops offer special deals and discounts in honor of the day.

It’s Summertime, and the Grilling Is Easy

If the idea of longer, warmer days has you reaching for the tongs, it’s time to get your grilling game on before the season is in full swing.
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Top Five Things You Never Knew About Camp

Here are five of the things you may not have known about the camp experience.

Camping in 1985 and 2015

Summer camp has been a major part of childhood for millions of kids. Some families have second and third generation campers who attend the same camps their parents and grandparents did. These families witness a lot of transformations at the camp over the years, as well as some of the same traditions.

The Camp around the Corner: Day Camp

Experts agree that camp is essential to a child’s development — teaching life lessons such as leadership, teamwork, empathy, and problem-solving.
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