Guide to August in Kansas City

Sunflowers in August in Kansas
Summer is winding down, and we’re here to help you make the most of it! You can always consult our Ultimate Guide to a Kansas City Summer for a full list but here are some of our favorites in August.

Sponge Bob Comes to Theatre in the Park (thru Aug. 6)

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The show runs July 29 – Aug. 6. SpongeBob the Musical runs approximately 2.5 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

Explore SEA LIFE with Peppa (thru Aug. 7)SeaLife Kansas City

It’s your little piglet’s chance to explore SEA LIFE with Peppa on her Aquarium Adventure starting June 30th through August 7! Meet Peppa, make some amazing animal friends, touch creatures in the rock pools, and have lots of fun! Join her as she greets the sticky starfish and splashes her way through “muddy puddles” to see the speedy sharks! Get tickets here!

Chiefs Training Camp (thru August 18)

Located in St. Joseph, Missouri, Chiefs training camp is a free, family friendly event for any and all Chiefs enthusiasts. It might not feel like football weather outside, but that won’t stop us from cheering on our home team. So grab those Mahomes jerseys, load up the car, and head north because this is a free event you will not want to miss!

The Coterie Theatre’s Alice’s Wonderland
(thru Aug. 7)

This world premiere show is a hip hop version of the classic fairy tale. Alice is a teenage video game designer who dreams of changing the world with her new video game, Wonderland. When Rabbit suddenly emerges from the screen and offers her an escape from reality, Alice takes the leap – and lands in an elusive world that challenges her to find her inner strength. The Coterie delivers with a high energy musical with a diverse cast and fun interpretation that will appeal to elementary and pre-teen kids. Find showtimes and tickets.

Grand Carnivale at Worlds of Fun (July 23 – Aug. 7)Grand Carnivale at Worlds of Fun

King Carl Nivale, Queen Cara Nivale, and their Royal Court are your hosts on a worldwide expedition. Enjoy AMAZING high-energy live music, delicious international food, lively games and unique crafts! Take in the extravagant sights and sounds of our nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade, a glittering sensory spectacular of lavish floats, interactive street performers and pulsing rhythms. As the parade concludes, thunderous music builds to a crescendo and our King and Queen kick off a high-energy block party filled with animated entertainers, spirited dancing, scrumptious eats and so much more. Find out more.

Enroll in Extracurriculars

It’s time to enroll in kid activities including athletics, art, music, swimming and more! There are so many options for kid activities in Kansas City beyond the school day. Check out our guide to activities around the metro of kids of all ages and interests.


Expand Your Horizons with the Ethnic Enrichment Festival  (Aug. 19-21)

One of the best local festivals of the year — three days of amazing entertainment, delicious food, entertainment and great shopping! This event features more than 60 different cultures. Held August 19-21 in Swope Park.

Great Balloon Glow (Aug. 20)

Rows of tethered hot air balloons will fire up their burners to create a magnificent, colorful display on Saturday, Aug. 20. Beginning at 5 p.m., the public is invited to gather on the WWI Museum grounds to listen to live music, go on a tethered balloon ride and grab a bite to eat from among 20 local food trucks and picnic. Learn more.

A KC Favorite: Parkville Days! (Aug. 19-21)

One of downtown Parkville’s biggest festivals, the annual Parkville Days offers great family entertainment and fun in historic downtown Parkville, August 19-21. Admission is free and you’ll spend the day enjoying a carnival, arts and crafts, family entertainment, food, live music, beer garden and a great parade! Bring lawn chairs to enjoy a relaxing day at English Landing Park!

Sarah grew 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, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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