Summer is finally here and vacation is calling.  Load up the kids and head to Kansas City, KS for tons of family fun options.  Kansas City is centrally located and literally a tank away from any city in the United States.  And with so many free and budget-friendly attractions, you can do more for less!  See below for a list of free attractions, events and other can’t-miss summer activities to get you started.

Free Attractions:

Take a trip to the moon and learn how to play old fashioned marble games and watch live marble-making demonstrations.  Free demonstrations are given on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year beginning at 10am. www.moonmarble.com

Add a little education to your vacation with a free audio tour and scavenger hunt at Legends Outlets Kansas City and learn about famous Kansans who truly make the state unique. www.legendsshopping.com

Go fish-literally.  Save the card games for a rainy day and put on your own private little fishing derby at the Kid’s Pond located inside Wyandotte County Lake & Park (children ages 15 and under do not require fishing permits).  The kids will love fishing at a place made just for them! www.wycokck.org/parks

Click here to download a full list of free attractions.

Summer Events:

Summer in Kansas City, KS means concerts, fairs and sporting events. Hang out with the MLS 2013 Cup Champions, Sporting KC at Sporting Park.  Or get in the action at a Kansas City T-Bones home game and participate in the fun between-innings.  Race a pig, ride the Ferris wheel and load up on all you favorite carnival foods at the Wyandotte County Fair, July 21 – 25, 2015.

Click here for a complete and up-to-date list of events.

Can’t-Miss:

Be sure to add Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on your to-do list.  The water park features rides and activities for kids of all ages including a hot pool with a swim-up bar for adults.  You’ll want to plan a full day at Schiltterbahn so you can plunge down the world’s tallest waterslide, surf some gnarly waves, zip across the waterpark and relax on the Lazy River. www.schlitterbahn.com

Go on a prehistoric adventure at T-Rex Café.  Dine with dinos, pan for fossils and build your very own dinosaur friend at Build-A-Dino. www.trexcafe.com

Discover the fun and family side of Kansas City, KS.  Start planning your vacation today with our 2015 Visitors Guide and Summer Edition Magazine: 

2015 Kansas City Kansas Visitors Guide

Summer Vacation Magazine