Summer Theater in Kansas City

From puppet shows to musicals to kid friendly Broadway shows, the KC summer calendar is full! Plan to take in summer theater in Kansas City with shows that work for the whole family.

Mobile Music Box Concerts by the KC Symphony (All Summer Long)

Your KC Symphony musicians perform free outdoor Chamber Music concerts across the metro (weather permitting). Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. Concerts will be performed all around the Metro – check online for one near you!

Alice’s Wonderland at the Coterie

The kid friendly shows at the Coterie Theatre are perfect for a family night out. Alice’s Wonderland runs 60 minutes and is best for families with kids ages 5+ Shows are available during the day and evening. Get your tickets here.

Show summary: Brilliant teen-coder Alice 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 her own virtual world. Adapted from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and featuring an original score inspired by Hip-Hop, Pop, Gospel, and contemporary musical theater, Alice’s Wonderland is a new musical for all ages.

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! Concerts will be moved inside the Lodge if there is inclement weather.
Performers include Dino O’Dell (6/7), StoneLion Puppet Theatre (6/14), Janie Next Door (6/21), Spaghetti Eddie (6/28).

Starlight Theatre

Starlight Theatre is Kansas City’s home for the best Broadway musicals, concerts and unique theatrical shows in an outdoor setting.  Our favorite kid picks this summer season: Blue Man Group (June 24-26), Anastasia (August 9-14).

Blue Man Group: It’s everything you know and love about BLUE MAN GROUP—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

Anastasia, a New Broadway Musical: From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Good for ages 7+

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: Legally Blonde (7/8-7/10), Li’l Abner (8/12-8/14)

Theatre in the Park – Shawnee Mission Park

The Theatre in the Park is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country. Each summer they present a season of Broadway musicals.

Our favorite kid friendly shows: Disney’s The Descendants (6/17-6/25), School of Rock (7/1-7/9) and The SpongeBob Musical (7/29-8/6)

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.

Ella Enchanted at Theatre for Young America – Union Station

The Theatre for Young America performs on the City Stage at Union Station. This summer’s show is Ella Enchanted running June 14- July 2. Tickets are available here.

Show summary: Based on the book by Gail Carson Levine, this exciting new musical fairy tale created by First Stage theatre in Milwaukee follows the strong-willed Ella Frell as she navigates her personal destiny in a world of dramatic and humorous challenges. The music is exciting and extremely clever, and the story is timeless and wise.

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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!