Trash or Treasure? The Curious Items and Strange Artifacts of Just Colcord

Colcord explores the streets of Kansas City for discarded treasure to transform into characters with elaborate stories—a robot, a wizard with a miniature lair, a heist team of eight. A gear here, a spring there, trash transformed into art. Colcord believes that art is something you engage with, something that you play with. Explore his experimental worlds and stop motion films on view at the Toy and Miniature Museum.

Wednesday – Saturday through June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free exhibit with the cost of admission

The Toy and Miniature Museum
5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

For more information, visit the Museum website

This exhibit should be good for Artastic #2. While you’re at the Museum, take a look around and see what you can do for Toys and Games as well!

Polar Bear PJ Parties, July – October

Enjoy a sleepover with all your friends in the brand new Polar Bear Passage viewing building. Everything your family wants in a Zoo overnight at the right price. Discover the Zoo’s newest animals, Nikita and Berlin the Polar Bears and explore Arctic animals’ adaptations to extreme weather. You may even get to explore the Zoo after hours and see what the animals do at night (weather permitting).

Overnight includes:

  • Themed activities
  • Animal Encounter with some of our education animal ambassadors
  • Night hike
  • Exclusive tour
  • Tons of fun!

Sleepovers are held in the Polar Bear Passage viewing building and Zoo Learning Center on weekends, and run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. One adult chaperone per 10 children under 18 is required. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning.

July 20, August 17, September 21, or October 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Cost $40 ($25 for FOTZ members) + Zoo admission

These parties typically fill up very quickly, so register soon!

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO

Find more information and registration instructions on the KC Zoo website

Try this for a fun way to talk about Nature and Wildlife!

Prairie Village Art Fair, May 31

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

71st Street and Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS

For more information, visit the Prairie Village Shops website.

Community art fairs such as this one are almost always good sources of information and activities for the Artastic badge — as well as a lot of fun!

Festa Italiana, May 31

One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals, Festa Italiana, the unique celebration of Italian traditions and Italian-American culture, will be hosted once again at Zona Rosa this year! This longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond. This popular family event has free admission and showcases Italian food booths, a beer garden, vendors, live Italian music, dancers, a kids play area and much more!

Friday, May 31 – 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.

Town Square and the Streets of Zona Rosa, Kansas City, MO

Find more information, including a schedule of events, on the events page.

World Heritage requires girls to investigate many aspects of other countries — cultural festivals such as Festa Italiana are a great, interactive way to get them interested.

Liberty Arts Squared Festival, May 31 and June 1

The 4th Annual Liberty Arts Squared Festival features fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, arts activities for children, and a beer and wine garden on Friday evening.

The visual arts area incorporates two- and three-dimensional fine arts and fine crafts. Media will be juried and displayed in two separate categories: Fine Arts and Crafts. Examples of art that are eligible for the juried selection are:

  • wet media (oils/acrylic/watercolors)
  • dry media (pencils, charcoal, pastels)
  • sculpture (wire, glass, metal, wood, fired clay, other)
  • photography
  • mixed media
  • hand-built and wheel thrown pottery and ceramics
  • fine jewelry
  • fibers, basketry, and weaving

This is a great opportunity for the Artastic or Creative Crafts badges.

On Friday evening, from 4-9 pm, we will present Jeff Porter, and the great band The Crayons! On Saturday, we will present the Liberty Jazz Ensemble, Jeff Porter, Edge Town, and The Rick Bacus Trio! Consider this for Music Appreciation.

Liberty Arts Squared will have book and poetry readings, and singer/songwriters featured throughout the day on Saturday at the Corbin Theater on the square. Come in to cool off, bring in your lunch or snack, have a seat and enjoy the literary arts and song. Check out the schedule of the day for your favorite or new performing literary artists. This might help with Book Adventurer or Creative Writing.

The Children’s art area of the festival will feature interactive arts activities in the visual arts, literature, musical arts and music-making and performance. The following organizations will be providing children’s art activities:  Martha Lafitte Nature Sanctuary, Oddball Kids, Red Star Studios (clay), Liberty Symphony Orchestra, the Liberty School District will present Dr. Vibrations (the musical petting zoo), and face painting. The activities are set up so that children can become engaged with producing art and viewing demonstrations throughout the children’s area. Activities will be available for all age groups from very young through teen-aged. This will help with Artastic, as well as just be fun!

Friday, May 31, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Historic Liberty Square, Liberty, Missouri

For more information, visit the Liberty Arts Squared website

BioBlitz, June 15

Scientists, teachers, students and the public will gather to participate in this one day biological inventory, attempting to identify and record the many species of living organisms at the Arboretum. We will have experts on birds, bats, flowers, mushrooms, and, of course, game calling. Participants will be scouting insects, birds, snakes, spiders, plants, mushrooms, landsnails, trees and more.

BioBlitzes are conducted to learn more about an area’s biodiversity, distribution and abundance. They are a blend of science, education, community and loads of fun.  Spend a day with experts identifying birds, insects, flowers, reptiles and even spiders. And there’s lots more!

No experience required. This fun day is just right for ages 14 and older.

Visit to preregister.

$28/person (non-member)
$18/students with I.D.
$25/$15 for FOTA members

See the BioBlitz flyer for class information.

Oh my, what an opportunity for Pioneers and Patriots! Look the class list over carefully — many of them match up with badges in the Science and Technology and/or Outdoor Skills Frontiers.