Soakin’ up Summer

Specific activities, events, places are must-dos this break



-Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair: April 30-May 1

-The Color Run: May 7*

-GO Project Family 5K: May 7

-B&B Theatres Retro Night: May 12**

*The Color Run is an annual highly-anticipated race, named the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet.’ The race takes place in a multitude of locations across North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Asia. Runners are battered with flying paint during the race, easily making it a unique 5K for all. Tickets are on sale now.

**B&B Theatres hosts a monthly retro night, showing a movie for only $5 a ticket. For the month of May, B&B is featuring the movie “The Sandlot.”


-Old Shawnee Days: June 2-5

-Prairie Village Art Show: June 3-5*

-Lee’s Summit Downtown Days: June 3-5

-Deanna Rose’s Farmstead Dairy Days: June 13

-Busker Festival at City Market: June 16

-Outpace Poverty Race: June 18

-Fiesta Kansas City: June 19-21

-Great Lenexa BBQ Battle: June 24-25**

*The Prairie Village Art Show hosts more than 90 tents and booths full of art including digital media, ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture. Foods stands and trucks make for a fun treat, and the event is free to attend if simply browsing.

**Originally started in 1982, the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle is a two-day statewide barbecue competition with more than 190 contestants and 245 judges. This is perfect for families to enjoy great barbecue, children’s games, live music and entertainment.


-Flags for Freedom: July 2

-KC Riverfest: July 4

-Cass County Fair: July 12-17

-Buzz Beach Ball: July 16-17

-Johnson County Fair: July 17-23

-Chipotle’s Cultivate Kansas City: July 23*

*Chipotle’s Cultivate Kansas City is a free music festival touring around the United States. Enjoy fresh food, drinks and additional games and entertainment at Penn Valley Park from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Ways to make money:

During the summer, with more time in the day, it is generally easier for students to find odd jobs. Here are some non-traditional ways to make extra cash.

-Have a bake sale

-Walk dogs

-Sell items on eBay/Craigslist

-Flip Garage Sales


-Tutor neighboring children


There are plenty of organizations in need of volunteers, especially during the summer. If you’re over 16, the availability of a car is best to travel out of your neighborhood and into the community.

-Deanna Rose: petting zoo assistant

-Wayside Waifs

-Elderly Assistance: Kansas Hospice Care

-Assist Elderly with Grocery Shopping: Metro Lutheran Ministry

Summer Restaurants:

-The Mixx: This restaurant has a full salad bar where you can make a personalized salad with a variety of ingredients. If salads aren’t for you, there are soups, wraps and sandwiches on a separate menu that you can enjoy in the clean, light ambiance of the eatery.

-t. Loft: This place is perfect for summer with healthy choices for clean eating. The menu includes salads, bowls, protein balls and appetizers. Juices, smoothies, shakes and teas are also available.

-Café Gratitude: This is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant and bakery that offers salads, numerous appetizers, wraps, entrées such as lasagna and eggplant parmesan and drinks such as smoothies, shakes and caffeinated drinks. You order by saying “I am…” with options like “vivacious,” “energized” and “charismatic.”

-Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop: located in the Crossroads downtown and in Westwood, Kansas, this restaurant offers small plates, noodle dishes, rice bowls, curries, sandwiches, salads and soups. The menu hosts gluten free and vegetarian options.

-Sheridan’s Unforked: Unforked’s menu includes tacos, quesadillas and sides such as chips and guacamole and signature fries. Drinks like frozen lemonade and several smoothies are also available.