Cool Places to Shop this Summer

Don't lose your cool at sultry outdoor summer events. Chic indoor shopping malls allow you to enjoy great design and free air conditioning!

During the summer the parking lot of Oak Park Mall in Overland Park is packed like it's Christmas. There are a couple of reasons for this. Oak Park Mall is one of the few local malls that is completely enclosed so you can wander from store to store and window shop to your heart's content without having to leave the building.

Oak Park Mall offers a wide selection of different stores to peruse, from major department stores like JC Penney and Nordstrom's, to mall staples like Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works , Payless Shoes and Victoria's Secret. Best of all, the mall has an ice cream vendor in the middle of the mall. What could be better on a summer's day than ice cream?

Crown Center in downtown Kansas City is another popular shopping attraction. There are plenty of shops at Crown Center. Some of the shops, like the gift shops, jewelry stores and toys stores are what you expect to find at a typical shopping mall. Other stores, like the tea shop, a pen shop and the kitchen store Function Junction, bring a unique flavor to Crown Center. Speaking of flavor, Crown Center does have it's own ice cream vendor on the lower level.

Crown Center is connected to Union Station via an enclosed glass skywalk. After getting your fill of shopping and ice cream, walk over to Union Station for some awe inspiring architecture and a variety of family friendly entertainment, including shopping of course!