15 ways to keep students active this summer

15 ways to keep students active this summer
Posted on 06/08/2021
School's out. Summer is here. The kids are home. We’ve got 15 ways (mostly free) for students to have fun and make new memories right here in Lenexa.
  1. Stay active at the Lenexa Rec Center with a 30-day student pass.

    Have a student that wants to stay active with a fitness routine during summer break? Students with a valid student ID can purchase a 30-day pass. Core Pass: $53 regular rate; $42 resident discount. X Pass: $78 regular rate; $62 resident discount. No cancellation required. Expires one month from date of purchase. Stop by the Rec Center welcome desk to learn more or purchase a pass.
  2. Learn Lenexa history at Legler Barn Museum. 

    Many people, places and events shaped the Lenexa we know and love today. Visit and tour Legler Barn Museum, Lenexa’s history museum and archive, located within Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. Guided tours are provided by trained City staff and Lenexa Historical Society volunteers. On a time crunch? Watch these Lenexa history videos instead.

    Museum hours:
    Wednesday & Saturday: 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Group tours by appointment. 14907 W. 87th Street Pkwy.
  3. Make a splash at an outdoor pool.

    Outdoor pool memberships are available to residents and nonresidents. New pool memberships can be purchased at the Lenexa Rec Center Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. –6 p.m. We also offer day passes for single use.


    Indian Trails Aquatic Center (8801 Greenway Ln. in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park): Open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Aug. 1. Remains open through Sept. 6 with reduced hours.

    Ad Astra Pool (8625 Maurer Rd.) Open Monday –Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday at noon to 6 p.m. Last day is Aug. 1.

    Flat Rock Creek Pool (13120 W. 103rd St.): Opens Saturday, June 12. Open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Aug. 1.

  4. Visit the Lenexa City Center Library. 

    Pick up a summer reading log, visit the kids’ area and enjoy the outdoor balcony and its civic campus views. In a hurry? Try the drive-thru window. Have more time? Combine it with a visit to the Lenexa Farmers Market or Public Market. Library hours and resources.

  5. Pick up produce and products from the Lenexa Farmers Market. 

    Find fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, body care products and more. Make it educational. Ask your kids to name the vegetables they see and even chat with the farmer to learn about their growing practices. The Market frequently features live music and artists.

    Open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon on the Lenexa civic campus, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy.

    Looking for an upcoming date night idea? Enjoy an amazing dinner that unites two culinary gems at our Progressive Dinner on July 18. Lenexa Farmers Market vendors will supply the ingredients, and Lenexa Public Market merchants will prepare those ingredients in a special, one-night-only menu.

  6. Playground Passport. 

    Visit each of the 27 Lenexa playgrounds listed on the Playground Passport, and look for signs that list a letter and a number specific to that park. After your kiddo solves the puzzle and turns in their completed Playground Passport, they will receive a prize and be entered in a drawing to win a $100, $50, or $25 gift card to a sporting goods store.

    This activity ends Oct. 31.

  7. Explore public art. 

    Lenexa has been building a public art collection since the early 1980s. It includes two- and three-dimensional pieces located throughout the city on public property and features artwork created by local, national and international artists. List of public art in Lenexa.

    While you’re at it, check out the Peace Poles display at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

  8. Become an artist. 

    The arts are a valuable part of making our community a culturally vibrant place to live. That’s why we offer a wide range of arts programming and public art exhibits throughout the year. This summer, encourage your students to get involved in making art or visiting sculptures in Lenexa.

    Love Lenexa and art? Create a work of art in any medium, inspired by something you love about Lenexa, for the HeART of Lenexa Contest. This can be anything from your favorite park, school, trail, neighborhood business, location or even your own backyard. Entry categories and contest rules.

    Want to amplify your creative writing strengths? Join our Sunflower Writers Workshop, led by Poet Jen Harris, on Zoom on the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.

  9. Listen to live music outdoors. 

    Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy Lenexa’s Outdoor Concert Series — a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. After the June 13 performance, there is a hiatus until September. Lenexa.com/Concerts

    Want to listen to live music and eat from a tasty food truck? Fridays at the Public Market are for you. Food truck and band lineup.

  10. Pitch a blanket and watch a movie in the park. 

    Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. Dogs welcome. Movies begin at dusk.

    Upcoming movies:
    Friday, June 18: A League of Their Own (1992, Rated PG)
    Friday, July 23: Cool Runnings (1993, Rated PG)
    Friday, Aug. 27: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021, Rated PG)
    Friday, Sept. 17: Soul (2020, Rated PG)

    Movie in the Park locations.

  11. Fun for your furry, four-legged friends. 

    We know pets are part of the family. Consider signing your pup up for two events/programs happening this summer.

    Pawtriotic Pet Parade
    July 3, 9–11 a.m., Lenexa Public Market, 8750 Penrose Ln.
    This festive, pet-friendly celebration features strutting mutts in costumes, pop-up vendors selling pet-related products and treats for humans and dogs alike. No registration required.

    Paws in the Pool
    Aug. 5, 4–8 p.m., Ad Astra Pool, 8265 Maurer Rd.
    Bring your dog for a plunge in Ad Astra Pool. It's the one day a year where dogs can splash and swim at our pool paw-ty! $5–$8 per dog swim. Registration will open June 23 at Lenexa.com/GetActive. 

  12. Eat a tasty donut, sandwich, pizza, burrito and more at the Lenexa Public Market.

    Summer wouldn’t be complete without breakfast, lunch or dinner on the patio at the Lenexa Public Market. Merchants and hours

  13. Toddler activities. 

    We can’t forget about the youngest of kids. Keep your active toddler on the move with drop-in activities and summer classes.

    Splash With Me: Adult supervision required. $2 per person for nonmembers.
    Monday–Friday, 10–11:30 a.m.
    Lenexa Rec Center, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy.
    Flat Rock Creek Pool, 13120 W. 103rd St.
    Ages: 5 & under

    Gym for Me:
    Toys, balls and more provided. Adult supervision required. $2

    Wednesdays at 9 –11 a.m.
    Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak St.

    Thursdays at 9 –11 a.m. (outdoors)
    Lenexa Rec Center, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy.

    Ages: 5 & under

    Music and Movement (ages 2–6)
    June 30–July 21
    Children will learn through play with rhythmic instruments, vocal exercises and musical games.
    Cost: $49

    If you’ve got elementary-school aged kids, there’s a music class for them too.

    Crash, Boom, Bang (second–sixth grade)
    June 30–July 21
    Kids love to make noise! In this percussion class, students will learn to create organized noise in the form of rhythmic music.
    Cost: $55

  14. Host a stream cleanup. 

    Keep Lenexa beautiful. Sign up to host a stream cleanup. We provide the supplies. You and your group walk the length of a stream or river, collect trash and record information about the quantity and types of garbage removed. For more information about stream cleanups, email Ted Semadeni at [email protected].

    Ready to commit to more than one day of volunteering? Learn about Lenexa’s beautification program, Adopt-A-Spot. With our Adopt-A-Spot program, you get to pick a Lenexa spot — park, trail, street or neighborhood — to clean three times a year for two years.

  15. Run, bike and hike around Lenexa.

    Get outdoors and take a stroll through town. We maintain more than 32 miles of trails for biking and hiking. You can enjoy varied scenery through heavily wooded areas, open prairie and along lakes and ponds. Download the free I Like Lenexa App, which includes trail maps and amenities.

    Gather your friends and family and sign up to run, walk or jog in the Lenexa Freedom Run on July 3.

    If you're up for a fun nighttime adventure, sign up for Moonlight Bike Ride scheduled for July 17.

    Need a bike for a casual ride? The City of Lenexa has partnered with BikeWalkKC’s RideKC Bike program to offer electric-assist bikes — also known as e-bikes — for rent. Rent an e-bike from eight City parks and locations:

  • Black Hoof Park (two hubs)
  • Central Green Park
  • Lenexa civic campus
  • Little Mill Creek North Park
  • Old Town Lenexa
  • Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (two hubs)

    Bikes cost $1 to unlock and 10 cents per minute. Frequently asked questions about the e-bikes

Published June 8, 2021