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Summer’s Here – Have some fun!

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It’s hot, muggy (well at least summer is supposed to be.) Are the kid the kids already bored and driving you buggy?  What to do?  We recently asked you for ideas and I’m sharing a few with you here.

Many of you have heard about the Summer Bucket List idea.  Don’t be daunted by it.  Simple ideas can liven up a dreary, long day.  Having the ideas in mind will help you make plans that much easier.  Thank you Gwen Luzader for sharing your family’s list from last summer!


Brianne Cunningham shared a few places and activities her family enjoys:

  • Kaleidoscope’s free 40 min. sessions and then playing at Union Station and the toy store in Crown Center
  • Deanna Rose (information here)
  • OP Arboretum is free on Tuesday’s and is only $1-2 per person on all other days
  • setting up a water park in your own yard with a kid pool, sprinkler, and a slip n slide
  • going the Shawnee Mission Park man-made beach ($7 a person??)
  • free outdoor movies at Crown Center in July (take your own cooler!) (information here)
  • free morning movies at the theater at the Legends (information here)
  • nature/neighborhood scavenger hunts (here’s a link to one)

We all get comfortable with what is nearby, including our parks, but it would be fun to try new ones.  Here are a few that would be fun for kids of all ages:

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Antioch Park (about 69th Street and Antioch Rd)  This park has the neatest little town set up for the kids to play in.  The pond is a great size for walking around.  For the adventurous kids there are large “stepping stones” to cross one area.  There is also a good playground area.

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Black Hoof Park (also known as Lake Lenexa – about 83rd Street and Woodland) This park has a great playground area right by the main entrance that would interest a wide variety of ages.  There are also a couple of other smaller playground areas located near the lake.  The walking trail is long but manageable for the more adventurous.  The walk (if you head north on the trail) doesn’t take too long to reach the dam.  Even my adult children found it interesting to see – especially soon after a rain.

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Valley Park (4000 E. 123rd Terrace, Grandview, Missouri) This park looks amazing and Ms. Kari Guinn highly recommends it!  There are rope climbing structures, tube slides, musical instruments, swinging hammocks and more.  This one seems like it is worth the drive!  You can find out more information about it here.

And finally, thanks Megan Bray for sharing this link to a website full of fun ideas!


One thought on “Summer’s Here – Have some fun!

  1. I saw this web site : and they have a list “50 Fun Ideas Under $5” for summer activities. They also have a list of “Free (& Cheap) Summer Movies.”

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