Top 5 Summer Events to Attend with Kids

One of the biggest challenges when planning a trip, is finding fun activities that both the grown-ups and the kids will enjoy. During your visit to Missouri, you will undoubtedly be seeking out some family friendly Kansas City entertainment. To help you with your search, here are the top five events that you should consider attending with your kids this summer.

#1 Festa Italiana (June 1st – June 3rd)

This fun and free festival is a favorite Kansas City entertainment event. The celebration highlights Italian traditions and Italian-American culture. Adults and children alike will enjoy live music, street performers, dancers, and more. Spend the day shopping at the various novelty booths selling Italian wares, and satisfy your taste buds with authentic Italian flavors. When the kids need an extra boost of fun (and you need a breather),  head over to the kids fun area. There is truly something for everyone at this exciting Italian celebration. For details, check out the full event lineup.


#2 Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies (June 3rd)

Music enthusiasts will love this Kansas City entertainment concert event. With a one of the most beloved musical scores and songs of all time, the music from esteemed Disney films like Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast will warm the hearts of kids of all ages.  Put on by the Kansas City Symphony, you can expect beautiful music, talented singers, and video imagery to make this concert especially magical. For more information, visit the KC Symphony website.

#3 Riverfest (July 4th)

Another hallmark event in Kansas City entertainment is the ever-popular independence day festival, Riverfest. You’ll find world-class family fun right along the Missouri River. Spectators of all ages will delight in live music. Whether your preference is good old american country music, or classic jazz, you will get your fix here. The Riverfest Marketplace is a fun way to support local Kansas City vendors featuring arts and crafts, body painting and tatoos, toys, specialty foods, and more. Cap off the day with a spectacular fireworks display that you and your kids will remember for a lifetime. Learn more at the Riverfest webpage.

#4 Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun (Daily May 26 – August 19)

One sure way to have fun in Kansas City is to visit a family-friendly amusement park and water park. Worlds of Fun features rides for those who want to take it a little easy and thrill seekers alike. With plenty of live entertainment and the characters from “Peanuts”, you and your kids will have a memorable day. When it’s time to cool off, head over to Oceans of Fun. With a number of exhilarating water slides, a pirates ship to explore, and much more, you won’t find a more all-inclusive Kansas City entertainment hub. For exact dates and hours, check out the Worlds of Fun Calendar and Oceans of Fun Calendar.

#5 Animation & Imagination Art Show (June 1st – July 27th)

Spark your children’s creativity with this free art show at Buttonwood Art Space.This show was organized to pay tribute to Walt Disney and his roots in the Kansas City area and to preserve Disney’s first art studio. Local artists have come together to bring you incredible works of art which showcase line art, cartoons, and vibrant, colorful masterpieces created in the artist’s imagination. Find more details and samples of the art you will see at the Buttonwood website.

Kids of all ages will delight in the many Kansas City entertainment opportunities you will find on your trip to Missouri. These five family and budget-friendly events are sure to please everyone and make your trip to the Kansas City area special and memorable