Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial first weekend of summer! While many people think of a long weekend full of fun family barbecues & pool openings, it's also important to take a time to honor the military men and women who have died while serving our country.

There are many Memorial Day activities that you can do with family and friends to honor those who served and are still serving our country- everything from visiting a veterans’ cemetery and donating flowers, to visiting some of the local Memorial museums & parks.


See below for a quick list of fun activities that you can do to celebrate the weekend!


  • Celebration at the Station: Honor our veterans & military by attending the free outdoor Kansas City Symphony concert, complete with food trucks, Bayer Family Zone, other musical acts, and even more family activities inside Union Station and at the National World War I Museum & Memorial

  • National WWI Museum & Memorial: During Memorial Day Weekend, Veterans & active-duty military members get in free, and the general public is half off! There will also be special exhibits and displays both outside & inside the Memorial.

  • Oceans of Fun Opening Day: Celebrate the unofficial first weekend of summer with a day at Oceans of Fun waterpark! Opening day is May 24th.

  • Westport Block Party: Starting at 6pm on May 26th, head down to the streets of Westport for the annual block party! Admission is $10, and can be purchased in advance for easy entry.

  • Art Course at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art: Opening on May 24th you & the family can spend the day outside on the Nelson’s beautiful lawn and enjoy a round of miniature golf! The lawn is also the perfect place for picnics, photo ops, and exploration of the Glass Labyrinth, and of course the amazing free art gallery.

  • Stonehenge at Union Station: Starting May 25, Union Station’s newest exhibition where you can learn all there is to know about the prehistoric monument will be open for a limited time.

  • Penguin March at the Kansas City Zoo: On May 25th at 11am, head to the Helzberg Penguin Plaza for an up-close encounter with their Humboldt penguins!

  • Illuminated Waters: Starting at 6pm at Theis Park on My 24th & 25th, check out this free family festival which includes a giant puppet show and low party produced by StoneLion Puppet Theatre. Arts and crafts, music, games, exhibitors, food trucks, giant puppets and illuminated art celebrating our planet.


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