Experimental Painting Workshop, Jan. 19

With the help of The Foundry Art Centre and local Artist Fran Null, workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn non-traditional painting techniques and create masterpieces of their very own. Fran Null’s approach to inspiring children to make art is to use story books to spark the child’s own original composition.

This program is part of the Arts Collaborative Project where The Magic House is partnering with leaders in the St. Louis art community. The project gives children the opportunity to experience different forms of art creation as well as to introduce our visitors to some of the fine art institutions in St. Louis.
Cost: Free with Museum admission.
Reservations are required.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
9:00 am to Noon



Be Bear Aware, Jan. 15

In the 1950’s it was thought the black bear no longer resided in Missouri. However, following reintroduction efforts in Arkansas, black bears have established themselves in southern Missouri and have been sighted in 93 of the 114 counties of Missouri. Because MDC is responsible to ensure bear populations develop and are maintained, we have initiated a research project to learn more about Missouri’s bear populations. Join us for the first of three special presentations on large Missouri mammals. A member from the Black Bear Project will be here to talk about the experiences they’ve had and what they have
learned about this elusive animal.

A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by the
presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

No registration required (adults; ages 14+ are welcome to attend with an adult )
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Day in the Life, Jan. 13

Living History volunteers will be on-site to bring life to WWI artifacts and topics that inspire thought, dialogue and learning. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial provides an extraordinary experience. The state-of-the-art Museum gives you the chance to explore and discover the nation’s most extensive assembly of artifacts, photography, art and narratives of the Great War ever presented in a single collection. The Museum introduces the war in unprecedented ways – through visual and audio sensory stimulation to mold an unforgettable experience in the minds of all visitors – young and old.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
National World War I Museum at The Liberty Memorial
Visit planning information online

Consider this for a fresh perspective on Freedom’s Heroes

Burr Oak Woods Big Year, Jan. 12

The Big Year 2013:  A Celebration of Birds at Burr Oak Woods!

Whether you are brand new to bird watching or already obsessed, 2013 is going to be a great year to enjoy the beauty and mysteries of the avian world! The Burr Oak Woods Big Year events are inspired by the book, The Big Year by Mark Obmascik, a true story about three birders who traveled the continent, obsessed to spot the most North American Birds. Come and discover what birding is all about! Join us for a kick-off celebration for the year’s events which includes an engaging keynote speaker and videographer from Birdman Productions, Timothy Barksdale, who is the record holder for the Missouri Big Year Competition.

Bird banding demonstrations will let you see songbirds up close and personal. Members of the Burroughs Audubon Society will offer you expertise. Workshops will demonstrate how to attract birds to your yard with feeders and native plants. We will help jump start your Big Year with Birding 101 classes and bird watching hikes throughout the day. The Big Year Celebration includes door prizes and a schedule of birding events and classes for 2013!

Auditorium Presentations:
10:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Timothy Barksdale
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. –Informational session about the Burr Oak Woods Big Year
competition rules, opportunities, and prizes!

Saturday, January 12, 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, Blue Springs MO

This sounds like a strong opportunity to earn Our Feathered Friends!

Second Saturdays By The Grinter Stove, Jan. 12

Join us at 10 a.m. January 12 as we honor the Grinter Place heritage of cooking on the wood stove. Explore traditional recipes through cooking demonstrations and tastings and hear a presentation on local history topics.

Wood stove at Grinter Place State Historic Site, Kansas City

$3 admission fee includes the program and tour of Grinter Place. Explore rooms decorated with period furnishings, the Grinter family Bibles and photos, and a quilt made by Anna Grinter. Take in a view overlooking the Kansas River when you step out onto the second floor balcony. Discover the way of life experienced by families living on the frontier.

A trip to Grinter Place isn’t just a look inside the oldest home in Wyandotte County, it’s a step back to the days of frontier life along the Kansas and Missouri borders. Overlooking the historic Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River, Grinter Place was the home to Annie and Moses Grinter. Annie, a Lenape (Delaware), helped farm, raise poultry and livestock, and plant an apple orchard. Moses operated a ferry and a trading post, where he traded with the Lenape. Learn how life in Kansas changed dramatically through the stories of Annie and Moses when you visit the stately Grinter Place.

10 am – 5 pm

Grinter Place Historic Site
1420 South 78th Street
Kansas City, KS

This event could meet several requirements of Our Heritage, especially #7 (required for Explorers).

Snakes Alive! Jan. 12

No one expects to see a snake outside in winter, but at Burr Oak Woods our exhibit snakes stay warm all year. We’ll examine the fascinating life of this unique group of reptiles and maybe even watch one consume its prey!

Saturday, January 12, 1 – 2 p.m

No registration required (all ages)