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 2018 (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.
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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 (price varies by establishment), 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.
Cheap Theatre: The Theatre in the Park has outdoor shows throughout the summer that are rated G or PG (in Shawnee Mission Park). Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for kids (4-10). P.S., this was one of my very favorite things to do as a child/young teen growing up in Kansas City!
- Alamo Drafthouse is holding an annual Kids Camp with movies from $1 to $5.
- B&B Theatres is running a Summer Kids Series with $3 movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays .
- Blue Springs 8 has a Kid Show Summer Series with $2 movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse will allow you to see 10 kid-friendly movies for $5 (or you can pay $1 per show).
- On Fridays, July 6-August 3, Crown Center holds a FREE Weekender Event that includes a movie.
- Every Saturday, June 9-July 21 (except for June 30), Briarcliff Village is showing FREE outdoor movies.
- On Thursday nights, June 14-August 9, you can watch FREE Moonlight Movies on Independence Square.
- On select Tuesday nights, June 12-August 7, 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.
- On select Fridays June 22-September 15, there will be FREE Movies in the Park at Macken Park.
- There will be FREE movies in Hyde Park Friday nights June 1-22 at 8:30 p.m., as part of the Hyde Park Children’s Film Festival.
FREE County Fairs: There are several country fairs (plus the Missouri State Fair) this summer with livestock shows, rodeos, carnivals, contests, demolition derbies, live entertainment, and more:
- Wyandotte County Fair: July 10-14
- Cass County Fair: July 10-15
- Johnson County Fair: July 29-August 4
- Missouri State Fair: August 9-19
FREE Airplane Rides: Kids can get FREE airplane rides from volunteer pilots in the Young Eagles program.
FREE Summer Camps:
- Kansas City area Apple stores are holding some FREE Apple Camps, where kids can learn how to make movies, compose musical stories, code games and robots, and more.
- Bass Pro Shops is holding a FREE Family Summer Camp that includes craft activities, FREE workshops, a catch & release pond, kids’ games, and a FREE family photo. [2018 details pending].
Trivial Pursuit: A 50-State Adventure Exhibit: From May 26-September 3, Crown Center will have a new FREE interactive exhibit that features an activity for every state and the District of Columbia.
- Barnes & Noble: Kids who read eight books and submit a Summer Reading Journal can get a FREE book.
- Cass County Public Library: Kids can earn a FREE book by reading a certain number of books (varies by age).
- Half Price Books: The bookstore is offering “Bookworm Bucks to kids who read for 15 minutes a day.
- Johnson County Library: Kids get a FREE book just for registering for the program.
- Kansas City, Kansas Public Library: Kids who register for the KCK program can earn prizes by logging the books they read.
- Kansas City Public Library: The Kansas City Public Library is holding a Youth Summer Reading Program with a “Rock & Read” theme.
- Mid-Continent Public Library: Mid-Continent is holding a Summer Learning Program this year. Kids can earn FREE books and win great prizes.
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