KC Summer Guide: Theaters and Shows

From puppet shows to musicals to kid friendly Broadway shows, Kansas City has so many options for families!

Mobile Music Box Concerts by the KC Symphony

Your KC Symphony musicians perform free outdoor Chamber Music concerts across the metro (weather permitting), most with our new Mobile Music Box stage. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket.

Concerts will be performed all around the Metro – check online for one near you!

Dragons Love Tacos

This Coterie Theatre production of Dragons Love Tacos by the 306 Theatre Troupe will be performed outdoors June 30 – August 8. perform outdoors at the Entertainment Pavilion, under the canopy in Crown Center Square. It is a socially distanced event with reserved seating pods, with at least 6 feet of space between groups. Once at Crown Center Square Entertainment Pavilion, we ask that everyone wear masks going to and from your seats. However, once in your seats, if you feel comfortable removing your mask, you may do so.

Show summary: A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when a mind-blowing secret is revealed: Dragons love tacos! Chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, teeny tiny tacos, all kinds of tacos. So, the boy and his dog throw a taco party to end all taco parties for a flock of dragons. But what are the fiery consequences for eating tacos with spicy jalapeño pepper salsa? This hilarious, dance-filled journey into the field of Dragonology is equal parts ridiculous and delicious, and has all the ingredients for a fantastic time!

Grinnin’ and Groovin’ Concert Series – Ironwoods Park in Leawood

Join some of Kansas City’s favorite kid performers for a FREE concert series at the Ironwoods Park Amphitheatre Tuesdays in June at 9:30 a.m. Get there early for the best seats!
Performers include Funky Mama (6/8), Mr. Stinky Feet (6/15), The Doo-Dads (6/22), and Stone Lion Puppet Theatre (6/29).

How to Snag a Sea Monster by Mesner Puppet Theater

This 45-minute show will be performed live at the Coterie Theatre at Crown Center. On Demand performances also available if you want to watch from the safety of home! Show summary: After a monstrous wave washes a creature ashore, the people of a small Cape Cod town hear it wailing. Is it a sea monster in their midst? No, it’s a baby as big as a house! The village adopts the giant baby, whom they name Stormalong — ‘Stormy’ for short. Growing to over 24 feet, Stormy struggles to fit in, and chooses a life at sea aboard a clipper ship to find a place in the world.  Meanwhile, a bullying sea monster, the colossal kraken, torments the village… and only Stormy is big enough to save them all! Find tickets here.

Starlight Theatre

Our favorite kid pick this summer season: Kansas City Ballet at Starlight  (5/21, 5/22)

Kansas City Ballet would like to extend a very special offer to our community in celebration of essential and front-line workers with a FREE performance Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. as our way of thanking them for all their vital work this past year. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling the Starlight Theatre Box Office at (816) 363-7827. FREE parking for the matinee performance is available. Masks, social distancing, and safety protocols will be required at all performances.

Theatre in the Park – Shawnee Mission Park

Our favorite kid friendly shows: Cinderella (7/2-7-10), Disney’s Newsies (7/30 – 8/7)

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs (designated sections) to Shawnee Mission Park; outside food is permitted. Tickets are $10, $6 for kids 4-10; ages 3 and under free. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are valid for ANY outdoor performance.

Theatre in the Park – Gladstone

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs (designated sections) for Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park. Shows begin at 8:30 p.m.

Featured performances: Matilda (7/9-7/11) and Newsies (8/13-8/15)

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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!