One of our favorite (& inexpensive) things to do in KC each summer is watch a show or two under the stars. We even have some free options listed!
Starlight Theatre: This summer’s family- friendly selections include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway National Tours of The King and I, June 12-17, and Cinderella, June 29-July 1. July 20 brings the sounds of Kidz Bop Live 2018, and let’s admit it, most of us parents can sing along with the songs too! A bit later in the season, Starlight is bringing The Illusionists to town for a magical production featuring 5 world-class illusionists, Sept. 28-30. Starlight shows begin at 8pm, and while it’s late, it is a very special night out for the kids. Plus, Starlight offers complimentary booster seats to help improve your kids’ view from their seats.
Theatre in the Park: Located at Shawnee Mission Park, Theatre in the Park has tons of kid and family favorites this summer: The Little Mermaid, South Pacific, Into the Woods, The Addams Family, and High School Musical 1&2. Plus some fun $1 Movies in the Park throughout the summer. Bring your picnic baskets early to find a good spot or purchase reserved seats. Shows start at 8:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Plus, you can purchase anytime tickets good for any show this season.
Gladstone Theatre in the Park: Another free option, featuring two classics, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, July 6-8, and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, August 3-5 at Oak Grove Park, at the corner of NE 76th Street and N Troost, Gladstone, MO. Shows begin at 8:30pm, and tickets and parking are free, bring your own seats!
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Another free option, this year’s performance is the light and lively Much Ado about Nothing, June 12-July 1 at Southmoreland Park, just east of the Country Club Plaza. Gates open at 6pm, and the show begins at 8pm, so be sure to bring a picnic along. Plus, you’ll be giving the kids a head start on Shakespeare!
Looking for other fun, outdoor ways to enjoy this summer, check out our Events Calendar for tons of ideas!
Images courtesy of Theatre in the Park and Gladstone Theatre in the Park.