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  • Lots of library activities and storytimes – check the Library link over there in the right sidebar!
  • Mother Nature Reads: Kids will hear a story, make a craft to take home, and get to see a wildlife interpretation. This fun event takes place 10am every Saturday at Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132. Contact: Debby Barker, folnc@crn.org, 816-513-8960.
  • Tadpole Tales at SEA LIFE: Attention all toddlers! Join SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City for its newest program, Tadpole Tales. This program is designed exclusively for children ages 2-5 years old and they can participate in the program for one low price! Kids will get hands-on story time with a SEA LIFE Educator, make a sea creature craft, and have access to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City, all for one ticket! Guests can book their visit through our special Parent + Toddler ticket, where one adult and one toddler (ages 3-5) can enter the attraction for $21. The Tadpole Tales program will be at 10:30 and 11:30 am every Monday-Thursday. Click here to book your ticket today!
  • Dinosaurs Invade Powell Gardens! Travel back millions of years to explore the lost world of dinosaurs and prehistoric plant life during Jurassic Garden: A Prehistoric Adventure, open May 21-October 3. Encounter incredibly realistic dinosaur replicas, using fossilized bones and other materials, throughout the park. The lifelike dinosaurs include a 32-foot T Rex, 30-foot Hypsibema—Missouri’s state dinosaur, and many more!
  • The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® at Crown Center is an exciting hands-on traveling exhibit, which features the much-loved silly character, who becomes an explorer, scientist, and adventurer with a change of his “parts.” In addition to building a variety of essential academic skills, the exhibit encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think about all they can be and do, and to always respect themselves and others. No admission fee; open May 28-Sept. 5
  • Madagascar A Musical Adventure at The Coterie: It’s the musical premiere of the madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar for Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and hilarious, plotting penguins. Get ready to go wild with King Julien. These crack-a-lackin’ friends are outta the zoo and ready to MOVE IT MOVE IT. For all ages; June 14-August 7
  • Jack and the Beanstalk: Theatre for Young America brings a new twist on an old favorite in this premier production of a new musical play. Set in the Ozark Mountains and featuring folk melodies from the British Isles, this original musical focuses on the dreams that rise from impoverished lives and the hope that sustains the adventurous young. June 7-24, 2016; $10/person at H&R Block City Stage at Union Station.
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: For its 24th season, the Festival will present Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Shakespeare’s hilarious romantic comedy. Production dates are June 14 – July 3, 2016, Tuesday – Sunday at 8pm. Festival admission is donation only.
  • Sing Along the Road Again: Paul Mesner Puppets gives you and your kids the chance to join traveler John Paul George and his singing dog Ringo on an interactive, musical road trip! Audiences are encouraged to sing, clap, and stomp along as John and Ringo sing fan favorites! June 21-30, at the Paul Mesner Studio; click here for times and ticket prices

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Celebrate Father’s Day Week at Paradise Park: All week long, kids can make special art projects for Dad!
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • JoHo Storyteller: Get wrapped up in JoHo’s tales about being a good sport at this special session at Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS. 10am; $2/person
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.
  • Animal Tales Story Time: Visit the Nature Center for stories, songs, and surprises geared to preschool children. Come listen and learn. Meet a special animal friend every time. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. For ages 2-6; 10:30-11am; $2 per person including adults. Ernie Miller Nature Park, 909 KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061

Thursday, June 16, 2016

  • Sunset Music Fest at Town Center Plaza: Enjoy free music and delicious food every Thursday evening in June with a lineup of national recording artists and local bands. Tonight’s concert features Sister Hazel; event begins at 6pm, music starts at 7pm; free activities for kids. Bring your blankets & chairs!
  • Celebrate Father’s Day Week at Paradise Park: All week long, kids can make special art projects for Dad!
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.
  • Sensory Time at Johnson County Museum: Developed in partnership with Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, Sensory Time at the Museum is a free opportunity for these children with developmental challenges and their families to experience the museum at their own pace before the museum opens to the public. Special activities have been added to the KidScape exhibit to support pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities. 9-10am, free, registration not required, space is limited to 20 children. Please call (913) 715-2575 to register or 913-715-2550 for availability. Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS

Friday, June 17, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Celebrate Father’s Day Week at Paradise Park: All week long, kids can make special art projects for Dad!
  • Fiesta Kansas City: Celebrate Hispanic culture at this 16th annual event, which features great music, food, dancing and exhibits. Sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. At Crown Center; festival hours are 5-11pm, June 17; 10am-11pm, June 18. Go to FiestaKansasCity.com for ticket prices and additional information.
  • Belton Community Days: The annual Belton Community Days in Missouri is a four-day summer celebration that brings the community together and is open to all. Highlights of the event include a parade, carnival rides and attractions, a main street parade, dance troupes, live musical performances, and a fireworks display. June 17-20, 2016
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Summer Concert in Olathe: Free music brought to you by Olathe Parks & Rec throughout the summer! 7pm at Frontier Park Pool, 15909 W. 127th St, Olathe
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Hyde Park Film Festival: Bring a blanket or lawn chair to this fun, free evening in the park for the entire city. Featuring great movies, stunning entertainment, neat prizes and fantastic refreshments! Come out and enjoy the vibe! Concert, 7:30pm, movie, 8:30pm, Hyde Park, 36th and Gillham, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Storytime at Wonderscope, followed by a special craft afterwards! 10:30am & 11:15am
  • SoJo Summerfest: Jazz in the Woods is now SoJo Summerfest! The festival includes a weekend filled with local music and food to benefit local charities! June 17 & 18 at Corporate Woods, 8717 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS 66210; check link for concert times.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

  • Olathe Fishing Derby: Registered participants receive a free T-shirt, goodie bag, and worms (while supplies last). A hot dog lunch with chips and a beverage is provided for everyone in attendance. Five trophies are awarded to participants in various age ranges and gender categories. Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd. (south of 151st Street on Lone Elm Road) from 7:30am-noon.
  • Touch a Truck: Every wonder how the trash truck works or what it is like to sit behind the wheel of a gravel truck? Want to take a look back at transportation 1860s style? Join the City of Olathe for Touch-A-Truck, etc. at 10:30am at Cedar Lake, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum: Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations required, 10am–3pm; free, good for all ages.
  • Belton Community Days: The annual Belton Community Days in Missouri is a four-day summer celebration that brings the community together and is open to all. Highlights of the event include a parade, carnival rides and attractions, a main street parade, dance troupes, live musical performances, and a fireworks display. June 17-20, 2016
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Fiesta Kansas City: Celebrate Hispanic culture at this 16th annual event, which features great music, food, dancing and exhibits. Sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. At Crown Center; festival hours are 5-11pm, June 17; 10am-11pm, June 18. Go to FiestaKansasCity.com for ticket prices and additional information.
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pm at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • SoJo Summerfest: Jazz in the Woods is now SoJo Summerfest! The festival includes a weekend filled with local music and food to benefit local charities! June 17 & 18 at Corporate Woods, 8717 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS 66210; check link for concert times.
  • Saturday Special Swim: It’s fun in the sun time at Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center for swimmers with a disability. Meet and join other families and swimmers at this exclusive two-hour swim session before the pool opens to the general public. Admission fee is $6 for Overland Park residents; $7 for non-residents. A caretaker for each swimmer gets in free, and lifeguards are on duty. 9-11am at Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center, 11950 Lowell Ave, Overland Park, KS 66213
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! 12:30-2pm, $6/person
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.
  • Nature Nuts Storytime In this walk-in storytime for ages 3–8, volunteer naturalists will take your children on a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.
    10am, 11am and 1pm at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
  • Insects of the Prairie: A prairie is home to thousands of different insect species. They play an important role in pollination, decomposition and in food chains. Join us as we investigate the bountiful prairie insects that can be found in the soil, on plants and in the air. We’ll practice our identification skills and you’ll create insect art to take home with you. 10am-2:30pm at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center; walk-in program for all ages.
  • Bugs Extravaganza: How do bugs see? What noises do they make? See, hear, touch and experience lots of cool things at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., 10am-2pm
  • Science Saturday at Wonderscope: Science Saturday is back with States of Matter. Solids, liquids, gases and plasma. Visitors will get to see them all! Learn how things freeze, melt, evaporate, condense, sublimate and ionize! We’ll pull water out of the air, reshape solid plastic and mix up ice cream. Play with water to see how liquids behave, build with blocks to see how solids work – you can even handle a ball of plasma! 10-11am at Wonderscope, free with admission
  • Hike with a Naturalist at Swope Park: Hike away with a naturalist at Swope Park! All hikes are free and open to the public. They also have early out opportunities if you want to be done before noon. These trails are not good for strollers due to rocky terrain. 10am at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd.
  • Firefly Experience: Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects. Then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies. 7:30-9:30pm at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center; Registration required by calling 816-228-3766 (all ages); For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov; reserve by June 16

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father’s Day!

  • Dads Get in FREE at the KC Zoo: In honor of their special day, dads get free admission and a free hot dog at the KC Zoo this Father’s Day.
  • Dads ride FREE at the Belton, Grandview & KC Railroad (with paid admission). 2pm
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • The Dinosaur Show: Paul Mesner Puppets takes part in the Jurassic fun at Powell Gardens with The Dinosaur Show puppet experience at Powell Gardens. A great way to celebrate Father’s Day! 2pm at Powell Gardens.
  • Belton Community Days: The annual Belton Community Days in Missouri is a four-day summer celebration that brings the community together and is open to all. Highlights of the event include a parade, carnival rides and attractions, a main street parade, dance troupes, live musical performances, and a fireworks display. June 17-20, 2016
  • Music in the Park: Bring your family. Bring a picnic. Bring a chair or blanket. But leave your wallet behind while you enjoy free Music in the Park concerts at the Santa Fe Commons Park. Featuring the music of the Overland Park Civic Band; the KC Concession Food Truck serves dinner starting at 6pm. Concert runs 7-8:30pm at the Santa Fe Commons Park, 8045 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204
  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pm
  • Lenexa Concert Series: Enjoy free concerts on Sunday evenings at the new Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of music. 6pm at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lions Shelter

Monday, June 20, 2016

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Mad Science Monday at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Join Deanna Rose Farmstead this summer for Mad Science Monday in the great outdoors! Campers will explore topics such as plants, fish, bugs, birds, and of course, farm animals. Mini Camps are for children ages 7-12 and Young Scientist Camps for ages 4-6. A $5 early bird discount is available for Farmstead sessions at registration. Group sizes are limited to 20 campers, so register today to hold your spot. 9am-noon at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Grinnin’ & Groovin’ Concert Series: Enjoy fun times with StoneLion Puppets today, in this 4-part series at Leawood’s Ironwoods Park, Mission & Ironwoods Court (just north of 148th Street); Tuesdays at 9:30am.
  • Tots on Tuesday: Kemper Museum invites children ages 3-5 to visit with a museum educator and Kansas City librarian to participate in discussion, songs, stories, and art-making inspired by the works of art featured each month. Third Tuesday of each month; Session 1: 10–11am; Session 2: 11am–noon; Drop-in, no registration required
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Movies in the Park: Watch Cinderella (the movie) under the stars at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park. $1/person; gates open at 7:30pm, movie begins 8:30-8:45, depending upon sunset time

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.
  • Storytime in the Park: Join KC Parks and the Mid-Continent Library for fun in the fresh air! Playtime songs and games, stories, and crafts. Open to any age child and their caregiver, 10am, Chouteau Greenway Park Shelter, N.E. 42nd St. & Chouteau Trfwy.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

  • Sunset Music Fest at Town Center Plaza: Enjoy free music and delicious food every Thursday evening in June with a lineup of national recording artists and local bands. Tonight’s concert features Candlebox; event begins at 6pm, music starts at 7pm; free activities for kids. Bring your blankets & chairs!
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.
  • GeoKids: Hey kids! Are you ready for a treasure hunt at the Overland Park Arboretum? GeoKids is a fun-filled activity consisting of a brief classroom presentation on maps, directions and how to use a compass, geared for young participants. Kids then head out into our learning Arboretum on a compass-based treasure hunt for prizes, with educational stops along the way. Ages 7 to 11 (adult presence required). Arboretum entrance fee included in pricing. Note: Non member Adults – admission fee required at door; 10am-noon

Friday, June 24, 2016

  • Fourth Friday Concert Series: Great local bands, free hot dog dinner and lots of kid fun, including face painting! This month features Moon City Big Band; 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Park, Roe Ave. & Somerset Drive in Prairie Village, KS.
  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle: Come for great BBQ, music and other entertainment June 24 & 25 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
    87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road; June 24 – 4:30-11pm (admission $5/person); June 25 – 9am-3pm (free admission); Parking at City Hall and 95th & Lackman and free shuttle service
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Hyde Park Film Festival: Bring a blanket or lawn chair to this fun, free evening in the park for the entire city. Featuring great movies, stunning entertainment, neat prizes and fantastic refreshments! Come out and enjoy the vibe! Concert, 7:30pm, movie, 8:30pm, Hyde Park, 36th and Gillham, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Preschool Storytime and Dance Party: Kids love stories and music. Enjoy them both during our Preschool Storytime & Dance Party! Fun stories and music to get you moving – expect shaker eggs, movement scarves and a few surprises! Go to jocolibrary.org for a list of all Storytime and Dance Party times, dates and locations across the Johnson County Libraries! 9:30-11:30am at Cedar Roe Library
  • Storytime at Wonderscope, followed by a special craft afterwards! 10:30am & 11:15am
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.
  • Fourth Fridays in Olathe: Enjoy music, KidZone activities, food trucks and more 5-7pm at Johnson County Square, 100 W. Park Street in downtown Olathe (at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets, next to the county courthouse).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Click here for 4th of July Fireworks, beginning today!

  • Paradise Park’s Backyard Bash is Back for another fun summer! Paradise Park brings in the bands and movies and lays out the backyard for everyone to enjoy. The party happens in their back yard so you can let the kids have fun playing games while you enjoy a nice evening under the stars with great music, great friends and lots of fun for everyone. 7-10pm at Paradise Park, featuring the music of Beatles Cover Band: Liverpool
  • Maker Faire Kansas City at Union Station: Celebrate all things that people create themselves…from new technology to urban farming and “slow” foods. Take the kids to learn how things are made and what new items are being invented. Leave inspired with a few ideas of your own! June 25, 10am-6pm; June 26, 10am-5pm; a variety of individual and family ticket options available.
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre in the Park: Catch the silly side and old-fashioned movie stunts of Jazz Age shows, set in the 1920s. Full of dazzling fantasy that will uplift for anyone’s spirits. Rated G; June 17-19 & 22-25 at 8:30pm.
  • Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle: Come for great BBQ, music and other entertainment June 24 & 25 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
    87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road; June 24 – 4:30-11pm (admission $5/person); June 25 – 9am-3pm (free admission); Parking at City Hall and 95th & Lackman and free shuttle service
  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead FREE Weekend! No admission charge this weekend!
  • Farmstead Fishing Tournament: From 8-10:45am at Deanna Rose Farmstead, child/adult teams will fish to their heart’s content at the 11th annual Fishing Tournament. Teams will fish with old-fashioned cane poles and a bucket of worms provided by the Farmstead. Two fishing sessions are available: 8am and 9am. Each team will receive two gift bags, including a child-size tackle box and a souvenir t-shirt. $25/team early worm rate; $30/team after June 11
  • Monarchs in the Park: Explore and learn about native plants and monarchs in the new Loose Park Monarch Garden, 5200 Pennsylvania, KCMO, 1-4pm
  • Saturday Special Swim: It’s fun in the sun time at Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center for swimmers with a disability. Meet and join other families and swimmers at this exclusive two-hour swim session before the pool opens to the general public. Admission fee is $6 for Overland Park residents; $7 for non-residents. A caretaker for each swimmer gets in free, and lifeguards are on duty. 9-11am at Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center, 11950 Lowell Ave, Overland Park, KS 66213
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! 12:30-2pm, $6/person
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.
  • Create a Fossil at Powell Gardens: Join the Jurassic Garden at Powell Gardens to view tons of life-like dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes! This weekend’s Discovery Station focuses on creating your own fossil. 11am-2pm, June 25-26
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pm at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

  • Maker Faire Kansas City at Union Station: Celebrate all things that people create themselves…from new technology to urban farming and “slow” foods. Take the kids to learn how things are made and what new items are being invented. Leave inspired with a few ideas of your own! June 25, 10am-6pm; June 26, 10am-5pm; a variety of individual and family ticket options available.
  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead FREE Weekend! No admission charge this weekend!
  • Future Stages Festival: Celebrate the Arts in KC at the Kauffman Center! Future Stages Festival invites all ages to experience the arts and introduce young audiences to the Kauffman Center. Showcasing a diverse array of performances along with interactive arts activities; 11am-4pm
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Create a Fossil at Powell Gardens: Join the Jurassic Garden at Powell Gardens to view tons of life-like dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes! This weekend’s Discovery Station focuses on creating your own fossil. 11am-2pm, June 25-26
  • Music in the Park: Bring your family. Bring a picnic. Bring a chair or blanket. But leave your wallet behind while you enjoy free Music in the Park concerts at the Santa Fe Commons Park. Featuring the music of the Overland Park Civic Band; the KC Concession Food Truck serves dinner starting at 6pm. Concert runs 7-8:30pm at the Santa Fe Commons Park, 8045 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204
  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pm

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Mad Science Monday at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Join Deanna Rose Farmstead this summer for Mad Science Monday in the great outdoors! Campers will explore topics such as plants, fish, bugs, birds, and of course, farm animals. Mini Camps are for children ages 7-12 and Young Scientist Camps for ages 4-6. A $5 early bird discount is available for Farmstead sessions at registration. Group sizes are limited to 20 campers, so register today to hold your spot. 9am-noon at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Grinnin’ & Groovin’ Concert Series: Enjoy an incredible time with the Wings of Love Bird Show today, in this 4-part series at Leawood’s Ironwoods Park, Mission & Ironwoods Court (just north of 148th Street); Tuesdays at 9:30am
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Preschool Storytime and Dance Party: Kids love stories and music. Enjoy them both during our Preschool Storytime & Dance Party! Fun stories and music to get you moving – expect shaker eggs, movement scarves and a few surprises! Go to jocolibrary.org for a list of all Storytime and Dance Party times, dates and locations across the Johnson County Libraries! 10-11am at Leawood Pioneer Library
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Click here for a 4th of July Fireworks listing for today through July 4!

  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Click here for a 4th of July Fireworks listing for today through July 4!

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Click here for a 4th of July Fireworks listing for today through July 4!

  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pm at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Shoal Creek First Saturdays: Re-enactors bring things to life at Shoal Creek Living History Museum; food and craft vendors, family activities and demonstrations, admission is free; 7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
  • Red, White & Zoo: In honor of our Independence Day, active and retired military individuals receive FREE admission to the Kansas City Zoo July 2, 3 & 4. Families of active and retired military individuals will receive $1 off regular Kansas City Zoo admission.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Click here for a 4th of July Fireworks listing for today through July 4!

  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pm
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Click here for a 4th of July Fireworks listing for today!

  • Independence Day at the Farmstead: Enjoy a day of patriotism for the whole family at Deanna Rose Farmstead! Enjoy fun games, old-fashioned patriotic crafts, pig calling contest, bike parade and more at the Farmstead. Click here for a schedule of events.
  • Prairie Village VillageFest day time Independence Day celebration
  • Mahaffie Farm Independence Day – Have some old-fashioned Independence Day fun July 4, 6 & 7 at Mahaffie Farm
  • Missouri Town 1855 Independence Day – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – Experience Independence Day from the 1850s with food, music, speeches and a parade
  • Fort Osage – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – 1812-style Independence Day celebration with cannon and musket fire and other activities; Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage Street, Sibley, MO –
  • Community Days Parade, Lenexa, KS – July 4th, beginning at 10am in Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Movies in the Park: Watch Minions under the stars at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park. $1/person; gates open at 7:30pm, movie begins 8:30-8:45, depending upon sunset time
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Animal Tales Story Time: Visit the Nature Center for stories, songs, and surprises geared to preschool children. Come listen and learn. Meet a special animal friend every time. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. For ages 2-6; 10:30-11am; $2 per person including adults. Ernie Miller Nature Park, 909 KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Mahaffie Farm 19th Century Fireworks-Olathe Civic Band Concert – Enjoy an old-fashioned 19th century Independence Day celebration, complete with cannon fire and fireworks! Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy activities on the historic Mahaffie grounds; free admission; festivities begin at 6pm
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.

Friday, July 8, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Hot Summer Days at Overland Park Arboretum: Summer is hot! Keep your temperature down by splashing around at this cool-down activity, with water games, slides and all kinds of water fun! 10am-noon; no pre-registration needed, included with price of Arboretum admission
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

  • Sprint Family Fun Days at KC Power & Light District: It’s a beach party in the city! Sprint Family Fun Days continues with Bubbles & Beach Balls from 11am-3pm on 14th Street between Main & Walnut Streets in the Power & Light District. Kids can have their fun in the sun on the Bahama Bounce, moonwalks, slides and more! Enjoy hula hoopin’, arts & crafts, face painting and more. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities ($5 all-access wristband per child).
  • Celebrate Olathe SummerFest: Music, face painting, food, activities and more await at this celebration of community and music! 2pm at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pm at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! 12:30-2pm, $6/person
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.
  • Zootastik Learning Fest: Koalas & Kangaroos: Join the Kansas City Zoo on second Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the amazing world of animals. All activities, demonstrations and crafts will take place in the main lobby and are included with Zoo admission.
  • Comedy Show with Mr. Puppet: Join the Puppetry Arts Institute for this enjoyable tale…the title tells it all. Featuring ventriloquist Bob Abdou. Showtimes are 11am & 2pm at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are $6 per person, and available at the door, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations, please call 816-833-9777.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pm
  • Zootastik Learning Fest: Koalas & Kangaroos: Join the Kansas City Zoo on second Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the amazing world of animals. All activities, demonstrations and crafts will take place in the main lobby and are included with Zoo admission.
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.

Monday, July 11, 2016

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Mad Science Monday at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Join Deanna Rose Farmstead this summer for Mad Science Monday in the great outdoors! Campers will explore topics such as plants, fish, bugs, birds, and of course, farm animals. Mini Camps are for children ages 7-12 and Young Scientist Camps for ages 4-6. A $5 early bird discount is available for Farmstead sessions at registration. Group sizes are limited to 20 campers, so register today to hold your spot. 9am-noon at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.
  • GeoKids: Hey kids! Are you ready for a treasure hunt at the Overland Park Arboretum? GeoKids is a fun-filled activity consisting of a brief classroom presentation on maps, directions and how to use a compass, geared for young participants. Kids then head out into our learning Arboretum on a compass-based treasure hunt for prizes, with educational stops along the way. Ages 7 to 11 (adult presence required). Arboretum entrance fee included in pricing. Note: Non member Adults – admission fee required at door; 10am-noon

Friday, July 15, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Summer Concert in Olathe: Free music brought to you by Olathe Parks & Rec throughout the summer! 7pm at Frontier Park Pool, 15909 W. 127th St, Olathe
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • No Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series this weekend, but concerts resume next Saturday, July 23!
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Screening at the KC Zoo: They’re screening Kung Fu Panda in the Zoo auditorium; free with Zoo Admission or current FOTZ Membership. Seats are limited and will be first come, first served at all showings. noon-1:30pm; July 16-18
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum: Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations required, 10am–3pm; free, good for all ages.
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! 12:30-2pm, $6/person
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Screening at the KC Zoo: They’re screening Kung Fu Panda in the Zoo auditorium; free with Zoo Admission or current FOTZ Membership. Seats are limited and will be first come, first served at all showings. noon-1:30pm; July 16-18
  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pm

Monday, July 18, 2016

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Screening at the KC Zoo: They’re screening Kung Fu Panda in the Zoo auditorium; free with Zoo Admission or current FOTZ Membership. Seats are limited and will be first come, first served at all showings. noon-1:30pm; July 16-18
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Mad Science Monday at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Join Deanna Rose Farmstead this summer for Mad Science Monday in the great outdoors! Campers will explore topics such as plants, fish, bugs, birds, and of course, farm animals. Mini Camps are for children ages 7-12 and Young Scientist Camps for ages 4-6. A $5 early bird discount is available for Farmstead sessions at registration. Group sizes are limited to 20 campers, so register today to hold your spot. 9am-noon at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Starlight Theatre: Enjoy the beautiful music as the musical tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. Filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song, it’s a win for the entire family. July 13-19, 2016; 8pm showtime
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Movies in the Park: Watch Inside Out under the stars at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park. $1/person; gates open at 7:30pm, movie begins 8:30-8:45, depending upon sunset time
  • Tots on Tuesday: Kemper Museum invites children ages 3-5 to visit with a museum educator and Kansas City librarian to participate in discussion, songs, stories, and art-making inspired by the works of art featured each month. Third Tuesday of each month; Session 1: 10–11am; Session 2: 11am–noon; Drop-in, no registration required
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Animal Tales Story Time: Visit the Nature Center for stories, songs, and surprises geared to preschool children. Come listen and learn. Meet a special animal friend every time. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. For ages 2-6; 10:30-11am; $2 per person including adults. Ernie Miller Nature Park, 909 KS-7, Olathe, KS 66061
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.

Friday, July 22, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Fourth Friday Concert Series: Great local bands, free hot dog dinner and lots of kid fun, including face painting! This month features Hard@Play; 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Park, Roe Ave. & Somerset Drive in Prairie Village, KS.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.
  • Fourth Fridays in Olathe: Beat the Dog Days of Summer this Friday night, 5-7pm, at Johnson County Square, 100 W. Park Street in downtown Olathe (at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets, next to the county courthouse).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

  • Show ‘N Shine Truck and Car Show: Living history demonstrations and train rides at this Ag Hall of Fame make this fun for all ages!
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre in the Park: Watch this family favorite outdoors at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park! 8:30pm, July 15-17 & 20-23
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pm at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! 12:30-2pm, $6/person
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pm

Monday, July 25, 2016

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Mad Science Monday at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Join Deanna Rose Farmstead this summer for Mad Science Monday in the great outdoors! Campers will explore topics such as plants, fish, bugs, birds, and of course, farm animals. Mini Camps are for children ages 7-12 and Young Scientist Camps for ages 4-6. A $5 early bird discount is available for Farmstead sessions at registration. Group sizes are limited to 20 campers, so register today to hold your spot. 9am-noon at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Summer Sounds in the Park: Park Place in Leawood offers free summer concerts every Wednesday in June & July from 5-8pm. Features a wide variety of local and regional musicians week, plus the Park Place Play Zone with fun crafts and activities from The Learning Tree along with face painters, balloon artists and more! Barkley Square at Park Place (Corner of 116th Place and Ash Street)
  • Toddle Time: Blending timeless classics, such as an obstacle course and push-carts, with trendy new toys, Toddle Time is a program that will captivate your toddler’s imagination and attention for hours. This indoor open play space is available to for kids 5 and under every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS; 9-11am; $1/member, $2 non-member, no admission fee for parents.
  • Little Monkey Bizness Power Hour: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $6 admission every Monday & Wednesday 1-3pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Baby Bounce Story Time: The KC Public Library Plaza Branch provides stories and activities for children newborn to 18 months of age; 9:30am & 10:30am, 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Gym for Me: Designed to provide children a place to run, ride, and play while exercising, making new friends and having fun! Kids enjoy push toys, riding toys, balls, and inflatables. Most Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11am during the school year; $1/child ages 12 months-5 years; under 12 months free; adult supervision required. Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Mom & Me Bumper Bowling: Summit Lanes offers bumper bowling for moms and their little ones, 9:30-11:30am, every Monday and Wednesday. 803 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
  • Kid’s Gardening Classes: Rosehill Gardens will offer fun gardening classes for kids at Park Place every Wednesday morning in June and July. Kids will learn about and plant herbs, bulbs, seeds, miniature gardens, dirt cakes and more starting at 10am, followed by story time with The Learning Tree. Reservations and advance payment are strongly encouraged as most classes will fill up prior to the event. Limited seating available. Contact Rosehill Gardens at (816) 941-2332 or click here to make your reservations. Recommended for ages 4-10, $8/child, 10-11am.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

  • Backyard Specialists Pay for Play: Looking for some outdoor fun? Plan a play date for your children and their friends at our amazing Olathe location. Featuring many sets to play on, picnic tables to enjoy a treat, and stay as long as you want (during hours of operation. $2/child, year round (weather permitting) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! Noon-1, $5/person
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 9:30am & 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112
  • Music and Movement with Jenny: Drop in for one class or come visit Jenny each Thursday at the Learning Tree, Corinth Square from 10:30-11am! No reservations necessary; $5/class, punch cards are available.

Friday, July 29, 2016

  • Mary Poppins at Theatre in the Park: Enjoy this Supercalifragilistic family show under the stars! 8:30pm, July 29-31 & Aug 3-6, 2016
  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Toddler time is happening at UrbanAir for just $10/child (ages 3&up) and $5/child (ages 2&under) for 3 hours of jump time, 9am-noon, UrbanAir, 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Little Monkey Bizness Family Night: Enjoy all that Little Monkey Bizness has to offer! $7 admission every Friday night, 4-9pm; 12219 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee Mission, KS 66216
  • Preschool Story Time: If you have a little one (18-36 months) join us for a story time; 10:30am at the KC Public Library Plaza Branch; 4801 Main Street; Kansas City, MO 64112

Saturday, July 30, 2016

  • Koala Birthday Party at the KC Zoo: Join these cute creatures as they turn 3 years old! July 30-31
  • Mary Poppins at Theatre in the Park: Enjoy this Supercalifragilistic family show under the stars! 8:30pm, July 29-31 & Aug 3-6, 2016
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pm at Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Georgia’s Chicken Fun Run at Deanna Rose Farmstead: On your mark…get set…go! Lace up those shoes because it’s time for Georgia’s Annual Chicken Fun Run/Walk at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead! First race begins at 8:30am.
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Open Gym: Integrity Gymnastics offers a great opportunity for all children to get familiar with the gym or practice their technique. It is also a great opportunity for children to release all that built up energy! 12:30-2pm, $6/person
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

All calendar items subject to change. Please check the organization hosting the event to ensure event details have not changed.