KC Summer Guide: Storytimes, Activities and Day Camps

Storytimes, Day Camps, Kansas City Summer Guide

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

Storytime in the Village

The Summer of Classics is the theme at the Prairie Village Shops clocktower this year! Save the date for Storytime in the Village featuring fan-favorite children’s books read by familiar faces.

Stories include: “Giraffes Can’t Dance” featuring The Little Gym (11 a.m. 5/8),  “Love You Forever” including a Mother’s Day craft (9 a.m. 5/11), “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” featuring Dolce Bakery (11 a.m. 6/5), “Maddie Visits the Pharmacist” featuring Hen House Pharmacy (11 a.m. 6/19), “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” featuring Scoobie (11 a.m. 7/10), “Chicka, Chikca, Boom, Boom” featuring TCBY (11 a.m. 8/14), and “Clifford the Big Red Dog” featuring On the Ball (9 a.m. 8/17).

Summer Learning Programs at Mid-Continent Library 

The Mid-Continent Library has an impressive line up of summer programs for ages 0-18 for every interest! Sign up for the summer reading program and you can earn points by reading and attending the programs, doing activities at home, and more!

Walk and Read Stories at Erfurt Park (May 11-12)

Take a stroll around the lake at Erfurt Park, and read stories at the same time. The Walk & Read presents two kids’ stories posted on stations along the path. All ages can enjoy Beekle by Dan Satat and The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surrat and Donna Lukas. During the event kickoff on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. – noon, there will be characters from popular stories for you to meet at the event on Saturday. 

Storytime in the Park

Join KC Parks and the Mid-Continent Library for fun in the fresh air from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.! Playtime songs and games, stories, and crafts. Open to any age child and their caregiver.

Barry Road Park (5/28, 7/24), Hidden Valley Park (6/5, 6/11), Chouteau Park (6/19, 7/16), Frank Vaydik Park (6/25), Penguin Park (7/9, 7/17),  

Summer Reading Program Kickoff (May 31)

Help kick off the Kansas City Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, Dare to Discover, a celebration of reading about space, science, exploration, and discovery in places near and far at 6:30 p.m. on May 31 at the Plaza Branch. Enjoy games, crafts, music, and a special presentation by Mad Science of Greater Kansas City about the first manned moon landing—50 years ago this summer. Find out details about the summer reading programs for both kids and adults.


Activities and Classes

Adventure Time – Paradise Park

Paradise Park ‘s Discovery Play area offers a weekly themed Adventure Time at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily (no noon time on Sundays). Staff read a story, lead children through an interactive activity, guide them through an art project and facilitates a tasty cooking project they get to eat when finished.

Stay and play both indoor and outdoor discovery areas, or bring the whole family and try miniature golf, go-carts, batting cages and 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.

Summer Camp – French and Music House

Week-long camps for all types of students with classes in French, Spanish and World Music.

Critter Club – Kansas City Zoo

This weekly preschool (ages 3-5) science hour meets at 11 a.m. in the Zoo Learning Center Sunroom. Each week, they highlight an animal related topic with songs, stories, crafts, animal encounter, and a brief science/animal lesson. Plus every session includes a carousel ride (weather permitting). Adults are free, children are $7.


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 For The Love of Pets, Harry Pottery Week, Christmas in July and Dinosaur Week.“Creative Kids” is our camp for younger artists ages 5-7yrs. They run in the mornings from 9:30-11 a.m. and are three days long. Kids signed up will have an opportunity to paint a special project, create with glass, and work with clay. “Aspiring Artist” camps are for our older artists ages 8+. These camps run from 1-3:30pm and are four days long. Artists signed up will have an opportunity to paint a specialty project, work with glass, build with clay, and one additional mini-project.

Creative Story Time is also offered every Tuesday and Friday featuring a story, related pottery project and snack for $12/child.

Kreeayt Art Studio

Kreeayt is an all ages art studio offering Summer Camps and Mini Summer Camps for ages 3-17 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, Super Hero, Ocean Wonders, Movie Mania, and Fortnite. Sign up for a full session or mix and match classes (morning, afternoon or full day) to fit your schedule. Ages 6-16.

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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!