Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Apr. 22-26

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

  • April 22-26 – National Park Week

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

Parent Information Meetings — April 20/21

We will offer a series of informational meetings for parents interested in hearing more about American Heritage Girls.

Saturday, April 20, 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Grace Church, 8500 W 159th St, Overland Park KS

These will be held during Grace’s regular weekend services, so there will be children’s classes available from nursery through 5th grade, for your convenience. Please allow yourself 15 minutes to get the children settled before our meeting starts. Of course, older girls are welcome to join our meeting as well, to see for themselves what AHG is all about.

For more information, please contact our South Overland Park Troop.

Kids’ Club 2013 Kickoff at Powell Gardens, April 13

Powell Gardens’ Kids’ Club hosts fun activities for children 5-12 spring through the fall. Monthly programs will feature guided walks and behind-the-scenes tours with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the plants and bugs that inhabit the Gardens’ natural world.

The Kids’ Club will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday from April through October. Parents must accompany children ages 7 and under. New Kids’ Club members will receive a T-shirt. All members receive a great program, a kid’s e-newsletter and discounts in the gift shop on meeting days.

April 13: Buzz about Bees
Join our special guest, the Midwestern Bee Keepers group, for a special program on one of our favortie insects, the Honey Bee! Learn about bees and how important they are in the garden. Plus you’ll get a chance to taste some local honey.

May 11: Wild Edibles Hike
Back by popular demand! Join us for a guided hike on the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. We will look for native wild edibles and talk about their uses.

June 8: Nature Connects
Take a guided walk through the Nature Connects exhibit.

July 13: Staying Cool
July is hot so we are going to staying cool with an ice cream social. We will pick fresh berries from the garden and use them to top our ‘baggie’ ice cream. Come prepared to play in the fountain too!

August 10: Butterfly Express
Take advantage of your exclusive club membership with VIP treatment during the Festival of Butterflies. Show your club card and get an express pass into the Butterfly Conservatory and get a special tour of the butterflies.

September 14: Insect-o-mania
September is a great month to study and collect insects. We will learn about these incredible animals and the head into the gardens to catch some!

October 5: Fall for Color
This one will be the FIRST Saturday in October.
Plants and animals alike are preparing for winter. We will take a look at how plants prepare for the winter months. Plus, we will make a colorful fall craft to take home.

$70/year for non-Members,
$35/year for Members

Coterie Theatre Dramatic Story Time, April 14

Coterie Theatre Dramatic Story TimeChildren and parents are invited to be part of monthly interactive story times presented by the Coterie Theatre. Coterie Theatre artists read from favorite children’s books while audience members enjoy an opportunity to “jump into the story” and then participate in an improvised story of their own making.

April’s event features The Rain Came Down by David Shannon.

Free admission

Sunday, April 14, 2013
1:30 pm until 3:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library- Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
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