KC Summer Guide: Storytimes, Activities and Day Camps

Storytimes, Day Camps, Kansas City Summer Guide

Summer Reading at Johnson County Library (June 5 – July 31)

Johnson County Library SummerReadingThe virtual launch party on Saturday, June 5, features events that will entertain and educate all ages. The day includes New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, a fun trivia party hosted by Eco Elvis, Master Gardeners from the Johnson County Extension Service and National Geographic wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. Throughout the summer we’ll have book clubs for kids and tweens, writing, sticker and photography contests, trivia and weekly national presenters for all ages connected to the theme, Tails and Tales. This summer’s programming will include appearances by Charlie Mylie, Young Rembrandts, KSDS Assistance Dogs, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, The Barn Sanctuary and Topeka Zoo. As the pace of summer activities begin to wind down, the grand finale of Summer Reading takes place Saturday, July 31 with a celebration of contest winners and popular programs. You won’t want to miss a special feature  Storytime  with Sparkle the unicorn and friends.

To pick up your reading log, stop by the nearest Johnson County Library starting May 24, or download one from our website. Books will be distributed via school giveaways and community partners. Keep an eye on @jocolibrary on social media or subscribe to our Summer Reading newsletter for locations and times, which will vary during the summer. All the Summer Reading details can be discovered at jocolibrary.org/summerreading.



Kids not old enough for traditional camp can still experience the benefits at these mini camps, storytimes, workshops and classes featuring art, science, cooking and music. Be sure to check out our comprehensive summer camp guide!

Storytimes and Reading Programs

Virtual Storytimes at Mid-Continent Library 

Join library staff for Virtual Storytimes for your littles (and maybe for you too)! We will have stories and songs, brought directly to your home!

Walk and Read Stories at Antioch Park (May 7-16)

Take a stroll around Antioch, and read stories at the same time. The Walk & Read presents two kids’ stories posted on stations along the path.

KCPL Summer Reading Program Kickoff (June 1)

Help kick off the Kansas City Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program on June 1. Find out details about the summer reading programs for both kids and adults.

KCKPL Summer Reading Kickoff at Boulevard Drive-In (June 7)

Representative Sharice Davids will be answering questions about her new book Sharice’s Big Voicein a video at the Summer Reading Kickoff Party! Kids are invited to submit a video of themselves asking their question by Wed., May 12th for the chance to be included in the video interview. Each car will get a signed copy. A free movie starts at 9:15 p.m.

Activities and Classes

Pop-Up Programs + Pre-K Learning at Wonderscope

Enjoy ½ acre of outdoor adventure and 30,000 square feet of indoor exploration, plus programs and pop-up activities free with admission. Also available: summer camp; birthday parties; and a free Pre-K program. Unlimited, walk-in admission for members. Non-members must purchase tickets online in advance. Learn more at wonderscope.org



Under the Sea Adventure at Crown Center (May 29-Sept. 26)

Under the Sea at the Crown CenterPlunge into a fun, creative environment in this free exhibit that will delight kids who love to explore the deep blue sea. Discover buried treasure in a sunken pirate ship, ride a dolphin and seahorses, paddle your way to the mermaid’s house, explore in the submarine, and many more aquatic adventures. It’s fathoms of fun, and it’s totally free! Learn more.

Kids in the Kitchen – The Culinary Center of Kansas City

Classes are offered for kids as young as age 5 and cover topics like cooking fundamentals, baking, ethnic cuisines, BBQ and more.

Taste Buds Kitchen

Camps are offered for day sessions or week long for kids as young as 4. Family classes are also available for toddler through teens and their families.


Art Camps/Classes – Wee Create Studio

Wee Create Studio is a neighborhood art space for kids and their families in Prairie Village. Children’s art classes focus on process-based art exploration and learning. The Wee Create Studio way for kids to develop artistically encourages children to experiment and create art in their own way. Summer programs include camps (preschool and elementary ages), musically artistic classes and more.

Summer Programs – Ceramic Café

Camp themes this year include Fantasy Fun, Olympics and Zoo Animals.Camp for younger artists, ages 5-7yrs, run for three days. Camps are for our older artists ages 8+ and run 1, 2, and 3 day sessions. Choose the days and times that work for your schedule. Mix and match your days and themes.

Kreeayt Art Studio

Kreeayt is an all ages art studio offering Summer Camps and Mini Summer Camps for ages 5-17 out of two studio locations in Blue Springs. 

Summer Art Classes – Orange Easel

Summer is about exploration, creativity, mess-making, freedom and invention. Orange Easel has classes for every age and artistic ability!

Camp ARTrageous – Paint, Glaze & Fire

Camp ARTrageous is big-time fun for kids and big-time convenience for parents. Five camp sessions available with six 90-minute classes per session. Themes include Love KC, You’re An Animal, America, Sweet Tooth, Harry Potter, and Spring Into Art. Sign up for a full session or mix and match classes (morning, afternoon or full day) to fit your schedule. Ages 6-18.

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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!


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