Summer Activity Guide 2018: An array of fun and affordable options for Shawnee Mission families

Summer is here — and that means Shawnee Mission parents are looking for things to entertain and educate their kids while school is out.

Luckily, Shawnee Mission and the surrounding communities have lots of great options for kids this summer. Take a look:

Alexander Majors and John Wornall House Day Camp

Each day of camp takes place from 9AM-4PM at either the Alexander Majors House or the John Wornall House. Camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through age 12. Children who are 13 and older can participate in camp as a junior volunteer. Junior volunteers help younger campers with activities and assist with set up and clean up. Camp themes include: Life on the Frontier, Toys & Games, Traveling Across the Wild West, Arts and Crafts and more! More info here.

Camp Shakespeare

Children ages 5-18 can learn stage combat, acting, dance & stage craft from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Camp Shakespeare is a fun and unique summer arts experience your kids will never forget! Taught by professional theatre actors with years of experience performing & teaching Shakespeare in a neighborhood near you. Camps run in June and July. Call 816-531-7728 or click here for more info.

Ceramic Cafe

Ceramic Cafe has a variety of summer camp themes, including Under the Sea, Place in Space, Around the World and Movie Madness. Camps may be divided into “Aspiring Artist” for ages 8+ and “Creative Kids” for ages 5-7. Check our Facebook page for more details, including prices, dates and times. We will also be hosting a special after hours party on July 31 to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, with special pottery choices for the evening as well as numerous fun/easy pottery samples for you to recreate, one-of-a-kind ceramic wands for each wizard to paint that night and, of course, plenty of wizard snacks! Entry fee for the event is $20. Each camp requires you to call ahead at 913-383-0222 to save your spot and get more information.

City of Leawood Parks and Rec Camps

Campers let their creativity come alive at Wee Create.

Leawood offers a variety of summer camps and classes designed to help each participant engage in fun activities that create lasting memories. Get into summer by registering your child for a new adventure through creative activities, wilderness exploration, skill development & learning. Click here for more information about what the City offers.

Johnson County Parks and Rec.

With nearly 100 separate camp programs this year, offerings include fine & performing arts, nature, science, leadership, and more. Among these, you’ll find more than 25 new camp offerings this year. We’re confident everyone will find something to their taste. Most full-day camps offer sessions beginning weekly from June 4 to July 30. Other camps start throughout the summer. Camps are offered throughout the county, and we have programs for ages three through 18. Visit to see all our awesome offerings!

Kiddos have many options at JCCC, from science to art to sports. Photo credit: JCCC.

Johnson County Community College

JCCC provides a variety of youth programs for whatever your child might need. Summer Youth Enrichment Programs are designed to enhance your child’s knowledge and personal growth, this program features classes, labs and experiences customized for kids grades six through 12. Classes include art, design, science, engineering, language and more. View the course catalog and register online today. Art Museum Youth Classes: On weekdays during the summer, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art offers a popular series of studio classes for children. Students explore and discuss selected works of art, developing their critical thinking skills and expanding their cultural awareness. Sports Camps and Clinics provide sports camps and clinics that sharpen skills, encourages sportsmanship and – most importantly – promote fun!

Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Entertaining, enriching, and challenging, Lyric Opera Summer Camp provides an introduction to the many facets of opera and helps young people in grades 3-7 and 8-12 develop as singer/actors. We’ll all dive into West Side Story, celebrating its music, dance and social impact. Younger campers will perform in The Coyotes and the Rabbits and have their own group scenes, songs and field trip, and older campers will work with opera professionals as they prepare and perform new solo repertoire and an opera scene. Get more info and register at or by calling (816) 471-7344 today.

The Mesner Puppet Theater

Kids always have a blast at Mesner Puppet Theater camps.

The esteemed Mesner Puppet Theater provides camps for youth of all ages through June and July, including The Fairy-Tale-A-Vision Show, Finger Fun!, Where the Wild Things Are: Environmental Storytelling with Puppetry, From Found to Fun: Turning Everyday Objects into Puppets, The Kitchen Sink Show, Puppet Creature Double Feature, Mask and Movement, YouTube and YOU!, and STEAMpunk Puppetry. Preschool puppet story times are also available for the younger crowd. Learn more here.

Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House

Presenting, Camp ARTrageous! Summer camp has never been so much fun with ! No two classes are alike ALL summer long. Choose from pottery painting, canvas painting, clay hand-building and glass fusion projects. Mix and match class days and times to fit your schedule. Morning and afternoon sessions are available on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Campers may bring a sack lunch and drink and stay for both sessions. Classes fill up fast. Space limited to 16 campers per session. For ages 6-12. Register ONLINE.

St. Teresa’s Academy

Registration is now open for athletic and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Summer Camps at St. Teresa’s Academy (STA). From coding to clay, soccer to softball, or art to theatre — there is a camp for every girl’s interest. Check the STA website for specific dates, times, locations, and recommended ages. Register online at

Sion Summer Spectacular

At Sion’s Summer Spectacular, students can participate in engaging, innovative, and age-appropriate enrichment opportunities for boys and girls in the arts, STEM, world languages, wellness & fitness led by our outstanding faculty and renowned industry partners. Our camps are open for all students in PreK-Grade 8 and have been designed to accommodate your family’s schedule, offering weekly camps, as well as morning and afternoon extended day care options. Whether students take center stage with Camellot Academy, get into superhero shape, use their super powers to engineer solutions, test tactics and scout the city, or participate in any of our weekly camps, led by Sion faculty and industry partners, Sion Summer Spectacular will make their inner superhero shine! Join us and get ready to be extraordinary!


Join the fun at one of our SoPro Gaming Summer Camps that include constructive gaming or computer related classes as well as entertaining team building gaming activities. Summer camps run in weekly sessions in June and July, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Mornings are filled with constructive technology related learning topics, the we break for lunch at noon, and after lunch is filled with fun gaming activities and free for all game play on age appropriate games. Learn more here.

Sporting KC Summer Camps

Soccer fans can’t lose at Sporting KC soccer camps.

Sporting KC offers a variety of camps this summer in various locations around KC. Camps are available for boys and girls, 5-14 years old. All campers will receive an official Adidas climacool Sporting KC Camp t-shirt with registration. Join us this June & July as we help develop your soccer skills and have a ton of fun! Please visit our website to learn more about locations and times of our camps. For more information, please contact Brennan Williams at

Theatre of the Imagination

Act! Sing! Dance! Moviemaking! K-8th, no auditions, no leads, equal sized roles for all. Free shows & free costumes. Fun and flexible 1 & 2-week camps at 127th & Nall.  We take partials & pro-rate. Pick your schedule. Themes include: “Pink Fluffy Unicorns”, “Space Warriors: The Last French Fry”, “Stranger Happenings”, “Jurassic Fail” & many more! Mention Shawnee Mission Post and get $20 off. Call 816-561-2787. No online registration because we actually like to talk to people, but click here for more info.

Wee Create Summer Camps

Wee Create Studio, a neighborhood art space designed for kids and their families is offering a full schedule of wonderful Art Camps this summer. Join Wee Create for theme-planned art experiences, such as ‘Sweet Treats’, ‘Doll House’, and ‘Artful Animals’. Each week the camp teacher provides a defined theme and various planned projects which thoughtfully guide the campers, showing them examples and techniques. The “Wee” artists then explore these activities using their own choices of art mediums, tools and their own creative minds! Learn more here.