Jazz Storytelling, Sept. 6

Providing free educational access to over 3,000 children in Kansas City annually, Jazz Storytelling meets educational standards, introduces children to new music & cultures.

Note: RSVP not necessary, but welcomed. Please contact the American Jazz Museum Education Department at 816-474-8463.

Friday, September 6, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Jazz Museum
1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
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An opportunity to address Music Appreciation from a uniquely Kansas City point of view.


Travel Around the World, Aug. 31

Experience exciting, far-away places right here in the Museum, then create your own painted souvenir or travel journal inspired by your adventure. This program is best suited for families with children ages 5-8. No registration necessary. The Spencer hosts a family activity the last Saturday of every month.

Saturday, August 31, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Admission is free

Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi, Lawrence KS

For more information, visit the museum website

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks, Aug. 25

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

Archaeology Day – “Digging the Past” at Fort Osage, Aug. 17

Professional archaeologists will present an overview of over 60 years of investigations which have enabled historians to establish both the historic and pre-historic history of this nationally recognized historic site. With ongoing surveys, the Fort is still revealing its secrets!

Location: Fort Osage
Time: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $7; Youth $4; Seniors $3
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org


Union Station Family Workshops, Aug. 17

Saturday Family Workshops
An experiment in family fun.

Engineerium Robotic Adventure
Engineerium Robotic Adventure

Explore the world of LEGO Mindstorm robotics, as you design, build, and program a robot for a challenging mission. Experience LEGOs in an amazing new way!

Science City‘s Educators will guide your family through a one-of-a-kind experience. Each of these workshops are sure to succeed as you and your kids have fun together – so much fun, in fact, that the kids will never suspect it’s an educational activity.

Each workshop will be held twice, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Workshops last about 1 hour & 45 minutes. After arriving please meet at the entrance of Science City then you will be escorted to workshop location as they may vary each week.

Admission to the workshops is $16 for members (one adult and one child), plus $5 for each additional person, or $30 for non-members (one adult and one child), plus $10 for each additional person. Children must have completed 1st grade to participate in the workshop.

Program Times: 11 am & 2 pm. Workshop lasts 1 hour & 45 minutes

For more information or to make a reservation at a workshop, call Union Station at (816) 460-2020.


Englewood Art Walk, Aug. 16

The Englewood Station Arts District of Western Independence, Missouri is alive with art, street performers, music, food, fashion and fun each 3rd Friday! Multiple galleries and businesses that feature art are within an easy stroll of one another along Winner Road from Sterling to Ralston Avenues. Opening our doors for a free 3rd Friday Art Walk event each month, a rotating collection of over four dozen local and regional artists display their creativity for sale here, and are regularly on-site for meet and greet. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss a single Englewood Art Walk!

Friday, August 16,  5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Englewood Shopping District
Winner and Sterling Roads, Independence, MO
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Visiting artists and their galleries is a part of Artastic.