KC Summer Guide: Theaters and Shows

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

Music at the Farmstead

Stay late (6:30-7:15 p.m.) at Deanna Rose Farmstead and enjoy live music and dancing from some of the best KC children’s entertainers. Free admission, and don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair.

Featured entertainers:Jim Cosgrove – Mr. Stinky Feet (6/6), Funky Mama (7/11), Percussions Magic (8/1) 

Elephant and Piggy’s “We are in a Play”

One of the Coterie Theater’s most popular plays reurns June 11 – August 4. Gerald the Elephant is cautious and Piggie is not. Along with the three nutty Squirrelles, these “bestus” friends might get invited to a swimmy fancy costume dancey pool party or decide to spend the day playing ping-pong in silly hats.  This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade.

A Wrinkle in Time at Theatre for Young America

June 18-July 6 at the H&R Block Stage at Union Station.Three eccentric women beckon the children of a famous physicist to rescue their father from his prison on another planet in another solar system. The physicist’s daughter Meg, son Charles, and their best friend Calvin have incredible adventures in space and time travel before landing on a mysterious world called Camazotz.

The Shipwreck Show by Mesner Puppet Theater

June 11-30 at the Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center, 3rd floor. Ahoy, mateys! Set sail for a musical pirate adventure with Cap’n Caboose, the wackiest pirate on the high seas. Cap’n Caboose is shipwrecked on a desert island, but he is far from alone! He keeps his wits about him with the help of a host of outrageous critters.

Starlight Theatre

Our favorite kid pick this summer season: The Wizard of Oz  (6/10-6/16)

Tickets can be found for less than $20; general parking is $7 if purchased in advance. Large fans have been installed to make even the hottest summer nights comfortable!

Theatre in the Park – Shawnee

Our favorite kid-friendly shows: Annie (6/7-6/15), Matilda (7/10-7/27) and Wizard of Oz (8/2-8/10)

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs (designated sections) to Shawnee Mission Park; outside food is permitted. Tickets are $8, $6 for kids 4-10; ages 3 and under free. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Twenty percent off tickets are available on Thrifty Thursdays. 

*TTIP is now offering indoor shows as well as part of their summer academy, which feature many kid friendly options and are performed at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. See the full season calendar, which includes a stage production of Frozen!

Theatre in the Park – Gladstone

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

Featured performances: 42nd Street (7/5-7/7) and Tarzan (8/2-8/4)


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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!