Guide to a Socially Distanced Summer in Kansas City

Summer Guide, Kansas City

Summer isn’t the same this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t make memories. We’re updating this page with ideas for making the most of whatever summer throws our way!

Summer Things to Buy

10 Summer Sanity Savers to Buy

Sometimes it’s just nice to save sanity by having options that you can buy for your kid. Here’s my list of 10 sanity savers for you to buy your kids. Bonus: They are all on Amazon and mostly educational.

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Family Friendly Hiking in Kansas City

It takes effort to walk a family of five through several miles of trees, rocks, streams, and mud, but we’ve found that hiking allows us to breathe. It enables conversation. It is good for our bodies. It brings laughter. It heals.

kids reading books

Summer Reading Programs

The Kansas City area libraries are partnering with the theme of “Imagine Your Story” for their 2020 summer reading programs. Below is a list of the details for various branches across the Metro.

Quirk by Boulevard
Science City Early Learning

Science City: A Place for Early Learners

Did you know there is a new early childhood learning space open at Science City? I was so excited to have the opportunity to check it out before it opened to the public! This 13,000 square-foot area is just what we needed as a family with young kids. There are three new spaces for younger kids: Let’s Play, Creative Corner, and All Aboard.

Day Trips From Kansas City

COVID-Conscious Day Trips from Kansas City

We live in Kansas City, smack in the middle of the country, so none of my suggestions are going to compare to the serenity of the ocean or to breath-taking mountain vistas, but these Midwest destinations all offer beauty in their own right and quite-frankly, at least it is a place to be and a new experience to devour!

Dinosaur Road Trip, Union Station

Take A Cross Country Road Trip (with Dinosaurs)… Without Leaving KC

This fun, all ages exhibit walks you through some of America’s favorite landmarks along Route 66 from Seattle to New York. Throw in a couple dozen life-size animatronic dinosaurs that called North America home and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing way to spend a couple hours!

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Kansas City Berry Picking Guide

Berry picking will probably look a little different this year due to COVID-19. Area farms are still opening, many with special precautions in place.

pic of toddler playing with DIY watertable

Low-Budget Backyard Park

For our family, we don’t have the money, space, or time to build a fancy swing set. Instead, I’ve had to get creative with how to keep my little one active in our backyard within a modest budget.


In the Garden

Gardening as a family provides more than just health benefits. Gardening together can create stronger bonds and opens the doors to communication. 

Fling canned cocktails by Boulevard
Kansas City Summer Camp Guide

UPDATED: Summer Camp Guide

Registrations are open for summer camps and activities are filling up fast! Check out some of our favorite camps for kids of all ages and interests. Not only do they continue learning and having fun, but you get a little, well-deserved break.

Birthday Party Drive-By

How to Throw a Drive-by Birthday Party

You might have already heard about or participated in one of the new ways we have come to celebrate birthdays since COVID-19 and social distancing swept the country: the drive-by birthday party.


Stop Squabbling Siblings While Staying at Home

The idea to separate the sisters has not been a magic bullet that has ended the fighting. But it has made us more aware that our kids, like us, just need some dang space every once in awhile.

Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!