Now that school’s 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 2016 (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.
Cheap Swimming: There are plenty of places to swim “on the cheap” this summer; some days for as little as $1.
Free Spraygrounds: To cool the kids off on a hot day, many Kansas City area parks are offering access to free spraygrounds.
- Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse will allow you to see 10 kid-friendly movies for $5 (or you can pay $1 per show).
- B&B Theatres is running a Summer Kids Series with $3 movies ($2 for Backstage members) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- The Union Station Extreme Screen is showing $3 All Star Classic Movies June 5-18.
- Every Saturday through July 30, Briarcliff Village is showing free outdoor movies.
- On Thursday nights starting June 9, you can watch free Moonlight Movies on Independence Square.
- On select nights throughout the summer, 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.
- Crown Center has free movies on Fridays from July 8 through August 5 as part of its WeekEnder event.
- There are free movies in Hyde Park every Friday during the month of June as part of the Hyde Park Children’s Film Fest.
Summer Reading Program: Kids in grades 1-6 who answer 3 of the 4 questions on the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon Journal can get a free book.
Adventures of Mr. Potato Head Exhibit: Crown Center has a new free interactive exhibit that features Mr. Potato Head, the much-loved silly character, who becomes an explorer, scientist, and adventurer with a change of his parts.
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