Now that school’s almost out, many parents are probably looking for ways to keep the kids entertained. Here are some ideas for free and cheap summer fun for kids in the Kansas City area in 2017 (click on the links below for more details). I’ll add to the list as I find more, so make sure you check back. Also, if you know of any I missed, please leave a comment below:
FREE Bowling: All summer long, kids can bowl two free games per day at Kansas City area bowling alleys that are participating in a national Kids Bowl Free program. For a one-time payment of $28.95, up to four family members can also bowl two games per person per day.
FREE Roller Skating: Northland Rolladium Skate Center in Liberty and River Roll Skate Center in Riverside are participating in a national Kids Skate Free program for kids ages 10 and under.
FREE or Cheap Swimming: There are plenty of places to swim “on the cheap” this summer; some are even FREE.
FREE Spraygrounds: To cool the kids off on a hot day, many Kansas City area parks are offering access to FREE spraygrounds.
- Alamo Drafthouse is holding an annual Kids Camp with movies from $1 to $3.
- B&B Theatres is running a Summer Kids Series with $3 movies ($2 for Backstage members) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- Blue Springs 8 has a Kid Show Summer Series that will allow you to see 10 movies for $15 (or you can pay $2 per show).
- Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse will allow you to see 10 kid-friendly movies for $5 (or you can pay $1 per show).
- Woods Chapel United Methodist Church is having an Inside Out Movie Night (i.e., showing the movie Inside Out) at all three of its campuses during the month of June. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
- On Fridays, July 7-August 4, Crown Center has a Weekender Event that includes live music by a local band, food trucks, vendors, and a movie. Admission is FREE.
- Every Saturday, June 3-July 22 (except for June 24), Briarcliff Village is showing FREE outdoor movies.
- On Thursday nights, June 15-August 10, you can watch FREE Moonlight Movies on Independence Square.
- On select Tuesday nights, June 6-August 1, The Theatre in the Park will be showing family-friendly movies on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage. Admission is $1 per person.
- There will be FREE movies in Hyde Park on select Friday nights as part of the Hyde Park Children’s Film Festival.
Summer Reading Program: Kids in grades 1-6 who read eight books and submit a Summer Reading Journal can get a FREE book.
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit: Beginning on May 27, Crown Center will have a new FREE interactive exhibit that will allow kids to help Thomas The Tank Engine be a “Really Useful Engine.”
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