KC's Crown Center Announces Events, June 2012-Aug 2013

Crown Center has announced its schedule of events for June 2012 through August 2013, including events from the Coterie Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, and much more. See details below.

Crown Center's summer season is officially underway with the opening of the Jiggle Jam Family Festival and the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit. Those are just two of the many activities highlighted in its 2012 summer media guide, which is now available for download at CrownCenter.com/Summer2012.

The guide includes information about all of Crown Center's scheduled events, including Friday Night Concerts, theatre performances and festivals. The center also has a summer microsite at Summer.CrownCenter.com.

Located on the southern edge of downtown Kansas City, Crown Center offers fine hotels, entertainment, dining, shopping, offices and residential living. Home to the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the complex attracts more than five million visitors each year.

May 4 - June 17
"As Long As We Both Shall Live"

American Heartland Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. A world premiere. Addison Ashe is smart. Like, insanely smart. She aced the SAT, mastered psychology, quantum and auto mechanics, mixed martial arts, yodeling and more-all in a matter of weeks. Despite all that, she's never had too much luck with guys...until now! She's set to marry the man of her dreams, but mysterious murders threaten to cancel their nuptials. 816-842-9999 or AHTKC.com.

May 26 - September 9
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. Created by the Minnesota Children's Museum, this interactive traveling exhibit transports visitors back in time to when the dinosaurs last roamed the land, 70 million years ago. Encounter realistic, fully touchable dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. At the Big Dig, children unearth fossils and identify them in the Field Research Station. See a smoldering volcano, dinosaur puzzles, an "icy" slide and prehistoric cave. At the photo kiosk, visitors can take a photo with a dinosaur and email a digital postcard to family and friends. The exhibit is open during Crown Center Shops regular shopping hours. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

June 2
Screenland Slams- "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

Screenland Crown Center, Level 3. Sit back and laugh as three comics tear into the 1971 classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." It's like Mystery Science Theater 3000, only live, local and suited for an 18+ crowd. Showtime is 9 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 816-545-8034 or ScreenlandSlams.com.

June 4
Musical Theater Heritage's Musical Monday

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. An impromptu evening of musical theater hosted by Missy Koonce, featuring KC's finest actors and singers. You never know who will show up, and you never know what songs will be sung, but it's a sure to be a great time. Reservations required. 816-221-6987 or MTHKC.com.

June 8 - August 16
Family Fun Summer Movies

Screenland Crown Center, Level 3. Screenland Crown Center offers a great family movie every Thursday through Sunday. The lineup: "Shark Tale" (June 8-21), "How to Train Your Dragon" (June 22-July 5), "Puss in Boots" (July 6-19), "Kung Fu Panda" (July 20-August 2) and "Shrek" (August 3-16). Showtime is 12 p.m. $5 per person. Children 2 and under are FREE. Add a juicebox/popcorn combo for just $2 more. 816-545-8034 or Screenland.com/CrownCenter.

June 9-10
Crown Center Antique Festival

Crown Center Square. The festival's 12th year will feature pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more. More than 100 dealers. Regular festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.

June 14-16
The Smith Project dance company

Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. The Smith Project dance company performs. Call 816-842-9999 for tickets.

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