Splash into fun with Clay!

Enjoy the summer at some of Clay’s swimming destinations and water parks!


Hours and admission fees vary depending on the location, so make sure to visit them online to learn more!


1. Oceans of Fun Water Park (Worlds of Fun)
Splash into fun with this park’s many water attractions, from extreme slides to the relaxing lazy river—there are plenty of fun ways to cool off at Oceans of Fun!

2. Smithville Lake
With two swim beaches, Camp Branch Beach and Little Platte Beach, Smithville Lake is the perfect place to plan a lake day in Clay!

3. Gladstone Community Center
With a public indoor and outdoor pool, the Gladstone Community Center offers plenty of fun ways to cool off during the summer!

4. Excelsior Springs Community Center
The swimming facility at Excelsior Springs Community Center offers a zero-entry family pool, a 3 story water slide, a three-lane swimming pool, and more!

5. North Kansas City YMCA
The YMCA’s indoor swimming facility offers a three-lane swimming pool and a kid’s swimming pool complete with a playground!

Summer With Clay!

Exciting summer events and activities are right around the corner in Clay! Here are just a few of the of the summer events you can look forward to in the upcoming months!

May 18th: Popcorn in the Park—Stocksdale Park, Liberty

Enjoy the first of this summer’s Popcorn in the Park tonight with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! This movie night is free, Liberty Parks and Recreation will provide popcorn and water; guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks, chairs, and blankets! Learn more at: historicdowntownliberty.org/events1/ 


Spring-Summer: Linden Square Events—Gladstone

There are tons of events planned for Linden Square this summer! From Culture Festivals to outdoor concerts, there’s plenty to do! Check out their full schedule at: lindensquare.info

June 1-2: Summertime Bluesfest—Oak Grove Park, Gladstone

Coming up at the

beginning of next month, the Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest is a local blues festival you won’t want to miss! Learn more at: gladstonechamber.com/bluesfest

June 8-9: Arts in the Park—Macken Park, North Kansas City

Enjoy this showcase of fine artists and makers, live music, food trucks, entertainers, and street performers in the beautiful Macken Park! Learn more at: nkc.org/departments/parks_and_recreation/arts_in_the_park/

June 16th: Wine Festival—Excelsior Springs

The 12th Annual Wine Festival in Excelsior Springs is the perfect opportunity to savor delicious Missouri wines while strolling along scenic Lover’s Lane in East Valley Park. Learn more at: visitexcelsior.com/index.php/annual-events/wine-festival/

June 16th: Movies in the Park – Lions Park, Downtown Kearney

Enjoy a free movie night in Downtown Kearney! The fun kicks off with Zootopia on June 16th! Learn more at: kearneyfirehouse.org/events

Saturdays in August: Hot Summer Nights – Downtown Smithville

Enjoy delicious food and family friendly entertainment in Historic Downtown Smithville! Learn more at: smithvillechamber.org/pview.aspx?id=1457&catID=4


Happy National Bike Month!


Did you know May is National Bike Month?

With it finally starting to feel like spring outside, there’s no better time to get out and enjoy the trails around Clay County!

Here’s a list of the top six places to ride your bike in Clay:

  1. Bonebender Trail System, Smithville Lake: This system consists of Bonebender Trail (6.0 miles) and Campground Trail (2.9 miles). Both trails are paved and meander through the scenic Camp Branch Beach and Campground.
  2. Watkins Woolen Mill, Kearney: Looping around the Williams Creek Lake, this 3.75 mile trail is paved and meanders through scenic park views.
  3. Jesse James Park, Kearney: Enjoy a scenic bike ride along this 1.5 mile trail though scenic Jesse James Park!
  4. Happy Rock Park, Gladstone: Happy Rock Park’s 1.3 mile paved fitness trail is perfect for a ride through the park!
  5. Downtown Excelsior Springs Trail System, Excelsior Springs: Approximately 2 miles long, this system winds through five parks in Excelsior Springs: Paul Craig Park, Fishing River Linear Park, Isley Park Woods, East Valley Park and Siloam Mountain Park.
  6. Wheel Park, North Kansas City: Home to a half mile paved circuit dedicated to bicyclists and roller skaters! 


Get ready to celebrate with Clay as Independence Day swiftly approaches!

There’s tons of red, white, and blue fun to be had throughout Clay. See where you can celebrate this year in our 2017 list of July 4th Fireworks and Festivals in Clay County.

  1. Liberty 4th Fest (July 3rd):

    Head to the Fountain Bluffs Sports Complex on Monday, July 3rd, for early Independence Day celebrations! From 5:30 to 8:30 you can enjoy free family fun activities. Enjoy inflatables, face painting, caricatures, and more! You can also try your hand at fishing in the park’s stocked ponds — fishing is completely free and includes poles and bait! A beer garden and food trucks will be available from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. From 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm live music will be performed by American Floyd, a Pink Floyd cover band. The fireworks display will begin at 10:00 pm!

    More Info on Liberty’s 4th Fest

  2. Gladstone Independence Day Celebration (July 4th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm):

    Gladstone’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at Oak Grove Park. Enjoy live music performed by the Tony Gates Ensemble, followed by a concert by the North Star Community Band. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy this exciting event with family and friends! The fireworks display will begin at dusk.

    More Info on Gladstone’s Independence Day Celebration

  3. Celebration America at Worlds of Fun (July 1st-4th)

    Celebrate Independence Day with rides, slides, and coasters with Worlds of Fun’s four day celebration. The theme park will put on a fireworks display at 10:00 pm every night, Saturday through Sunday!

    More Info on Worlds of Fun’s Celebration America

  4. Smithville Lake Fireworks (July 4th at 9:00 pm)

    Enjoy a 4th of July fireworks display over scenic Smithville Lake! The fireworks will be set off at the north end of Smithville Lake Dam. You can enjoy the show from the marina, by boat, or at Smith’s Fork Park. The fireworks display will begin right after dusk.

  5. Kearney Fireworks featuring Switch (July 8th from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm)

    This Independence Day celebration has been rescheduled from July 3rd, and you give you the perfect chance for extra patriotic fun! This event, located at the Kearney Amphitheatre, is full of summer fun! Enjoy a live concert by Switch, a Kansas City rock bank, starting at 7:30 pm. More summer fun, including free inflatable attractions for kids, will be available. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm.

    More Info on Kearney’s Fireworks Celebration

We hope everyone has safe and fun celebrations this 4th of July. Share your Clay celebrations with us by tagging your photos #ClayMOments!

Come Out and Play at “Make Music-Liberty” on June 21, 2017!

Save this date! Make Music Day is June 21, so tune your instruments and get ready to make a joyful noise with us!

You’re invited to take part in the festivities to help show off our local talent and join the public celebration. The event is open to all ages, all genres of music, and all levels of musical ability, so whether you’re in a band, a solo artist, a child, a senior, a saxophonist or a drummer, there’s a spot for you to perform!

Make Music-Liberty invites musicians and host locations such as restaurants or bars to register to participate in the one day event atwww.MakeMusicLiberty.org. Venues and performers can search for and select each other during the registration and “matching” process.

Originating in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now an international event. On June 21, Liberty will join more than 800 cities worldwide, including 33 U.S. cities, as we mark the beginning of summer with Make Music-Liberty, a citywide festival of music. Throughout the day, you may hear music being performed on a sidewalk, a residential porch, in a parking lot, in one of Liberty’s city parks, at a public place of business, or wherever people feel like playing or listening, as the city comes together in a celebration of music and community.

Make Music-Liberty is sponsored and coordinated by the Liberty Arts Commission to encourage and support interest in the musical arts.

For more information about the event, go to www.MakeMusicLiberty.org or e-mail bill.s@MakeMusicLiberty.org.

Today in Clay: November 3rd, 2016

You may be looking from the forecast to your calendar and wondering if we somehow skipped straight to Spring, but technically we’re still in early Fall! Even though the high for today may be in the 70s, it’s still November! It just doesn’t feel like it quite yet…

Believe it or not, the temperatures will start dropping soon, so make sure you get out and enjoy whatever nice days we have left before it gets too chilly!

So go grab a cup of joe at Hammerhand Coffee, a brand new café in Liberty! Or catch some live music at Trezo Mare! Or learn about George Washington at the historic Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum!

Just make sure to get out and have some fun before that pesky snow gets in the way.

October was a “spooktacular” month in Clay!

Excelsior Springs got into the Fall spirit this October with some frightfully fun seasonal events! The living dead roamed downtown Excelsior during their Zombie 5k Walk/Run. After the zombies cleared out, Excelsior celebrated with its annual Pumpkins and Mums Fall Festival!

Worlds of Fun got a little spooky during Halloween Haunt before wrapping up its 2016 season.

Look out for big changes coming to Worlds of Fun in 2017! Their season will be extended as Worlds of Fun introduces its Winterfest. Winterfest will be a six week long celebration that features live entertainment, holiday lights, ice skating, and more! Worlds of Fun will also be introducing two new rides in 2017: Falcon’s Flight and Mustang Runner! Winterfest is scheduled to start November 24th, 2017.

Today in Clay: October 3rd, 2016

It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall here in Clay, and with the cooler weather comes a slew of exciting seasonal activities!

Go pick out a pumpkin or two at Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch, and, while you’re there, try a pumpkin donut! If you’re looking for a fall fright, brave the scares at Words of Fun’s Halloween Haunt.

Clay comes to life with seasonal events and activities throughout the month of October—make sure to check out the list of events below!

September was a busy month in Clay!

October’s a happening month here in Clay!

Today in Clay: September 2nd, 2016

Fall officially begins on the 22nd of this month, which means we have exactly 20 days of summer left! Don’t let your summer slip away without one last hurrah, go soak up some sun with some local outdoor fun!

Hit the courts at Chicken ‘n Pickle in North KC for some pickleball, or dive in the water at Smithville Lake for a refreshing beach day. For some tunes, grab a lawn chair and head to Downtown Gladstone to catch a show in the Sounds on the Square Concert Series!

There are still plenty summer days left in Clay before we need to break out the scarves and pumpkin-spiced lattes, so get out there and play!

August was a fun-filled month in Clay!

There’s lots to look forward to in Clay this September!