5 Fun Things to do with the Last Weeks of Summer!

Summer is winding down and it’s almost time to start back to school…and to another awesome GS Year! While we are busy getting ready for the start of a new Girl Scout year, we know families want to get the most out of the few weeks we have left of summer. Here are 5 great things to do across our council with those last days of summer break!

Region: East

Event: Madagascar: The Musical

Location: The Coterie Theatre located in Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

Dates/Times: Now – August 7

Tickets/Cost: $12.00 – $17.00 (group discounts available)

Best for: Ages 5+ (humor for the whole family)


Move it! Move it! Wanting to beat the heat this summer? Take your Girl Scouts to see a world premiere stage musical of a favorite children’s movie: Madagascar! It’s a fun, high energy show that kids may already know, so it’s a wonderful way to introduce young women to theatre. Shows do sell out, so they recommend purchasing tickets in advance online. Taking a whole troop or group of 10+? Call the box office at 816.474.6552 and ask about group pricing.


Region: Central

Event: Brain: The Inside Story

Location: The Museum at PrairieFire (5801 W. 135th Street Overland Park, KS 66223)

Dates/Times: Now – September 5

Tickets/Cost: $8.00 – $14.00

Best for: All ages (variety of exhibits to engage all age groups)


Think about it! Explore the part of the human body that’s more complicated than even the best super computer! The Museum at PrairieFire has a limited time exhibit that’s all about the human brain. From 3D printed models, interactive exhibits, and demonstrations. Explore five ways to look at how the brain functions as it relates to senses (Your Sensing Brain), emotions (Your Emotional Brain), thoughts (Your Thinking Brain), how the brain ages (Your Changing Brain), and how technological advances may change our brains in the future (Your 21st Century Brain). Check website for events, tickets and details!


Region: West

Event: The Urban Slide

Location: 4th & S Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603

Dates/Times: July 30 & 31

Tickets/Cost: $15.00 – $21.00 (varies by number of rides)

Best for: Ages 5+


Grab your fellow Girl Scouts for some real fun in the sun! Summer is all about exhilarating activities and what’s better than sliding down a 1000ft waterslide? One of the world’s longest slip & slides is coming to Topeka, KS for just 2 days. You can get a 3 ride wristband or unlimited wristbands to enjoy the fun for hours. This is a great event for the whole family and talk about a great way to finish off the summer fun. The slide does require an inflatable tube to ride, but you’re welcome to bring your own or buy one at the location ($5 online, $8 at the event).


Region: North

Event: Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp

Location: Northwest Missouri State University (800 University Dr, Maryville, MO 64468)

Dates/Times: July 30, 31; Aug 5,6,7 & 18

Tickets/Cost: Varies (July 30 & Aug 6 are $5.00)

Best for: All ages


Support our hometown team, the Kansas City Chiefs and gear up for football season! Join the Chiefs for the First Practice, “American Family” Fun Day and Military Appreciation Events running between July 30 & August 18th! It’s a fun way to grab your favorite Kansas City gear and cheer on this awesome team. Show them just how much you love KC, spend some time with the family and get ready for fall. The event takes place on the campus of Community Partner, Northwest Missouri State University! Check website for event information and be sure to click the “Maps & Directions” button for some really helpful information!


Region: East

Event: Jurassic Garden: A Prehistoric Adventure

Location: The Powell Gardens (1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061)

Dates/Times: Now – October 3

Tickets/Cost: $4.00-$10.00 (festival admission may apply on certain days, check website for schedule)

Best for: All ages


Take your Girl Scout for an adventure millions of years ago! For a short time the whole family can enjoy the beauty of Powell Gardens AND explore the lost world of dinosaurs and prehistoric plant life! You will encounter incredibly realistic dinosaur replicas, designed by Missouri’s Guy Darrough, a well-known fossil collector, fossil preparation expert and illustrator. From his Lost World Studios in Arnold, Mo., Guy creates realistic models of prehistoric animals using fossilized bones and other materials.  The lifelike dinosaurs, large and small, will be placed throughout the Gardens and include a 32-foot T Rex, 30-foot Hypsibema—Missouri’s state dinosaur, and many more!

BONUS TIP: If you love this exhibit and you love butterflies, check out the 2016 Festival of Butterflies (Aug 5-7 & 12-14). Admission price does increase a few dollars per ticket (some as low as a $1 increase), depending on age, but you’re getting two events for almost the price of one!


Do you have a summer fun tip? Share in the comments below! Don’t forget, you only have until Sept 28th to register and be eligible for the “On Time” t-shirt! Now is a great time to reregister for another awesome year of Girl Scouts!

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