Out And About, February 2015

We’re trying out a new feature this month. In the past, we’ve posted a lot of different events around the Kansas City area that we think may be of interested to AHG families.

The good news/bad news of this is that we have *so many* cool things available to do, the newsfeed quickly becomes overwhelmed with activities!

So, here we’ve collected a lot of ideas into one grand post. Hopefully, that will be easier to peruse and digest.

(Please note that where we have listed applicable badges, it is only our best guess. We have no way to be certain that the program in question will meet specific badge requirements. Use your own best judgment — and have fun with it!)

Please let us know what you think!

February 1

Sunday Nature Program: The Good, The Bad, and The Smelly at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Take a different look at some of the not-so-glamorous animals around such as spiders, snakes, and skunks. These critters may not be loveable to all, but learn why they are important to our lifestyles and environment. Live snakes and spider will be displayed. $3/person, 2 and under free. No registration required, fee paid onsite. Nature and Wildlife. 2-3pm.

February 3-14

Starring Abe Lincoln by Theater for Young America, Kansas City MO. A born performer and fan of live theatre, President Abraham Lincoln takes the stage of the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C. With his signature humor, he recounts and re-enacts his life story, including his historic relationship with Frederick Douglass, who was the leading Civil Rights activist of his time and a factor in Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. All ages. $10/person, tickets required. Our Heritage, may also touch on Freedom Seekers. Various show times.

February 6

Jazz Storytelling at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City MO. A monthly event that introduced children to new music and cultures. Free. All ages, no registration. Consider Music Appreciation. 10-11am.

February 7

Are They Asleep? Hibernators at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. Learn strategies that animals use to survive the cold winter months. Free. All ages, no registration. Nature and Wildlife. 10-11am.

Scout Day at the Discovery Center on the Plaza, Kansas City MO. An annual program that assists boys and girls from a variety of scouting-style programs with outdoor skills and badge requirements. While they don’t specifically address AHG (yet!), we have found many activities that apply — plus, it’s a whole lot of fun! Free. All ages, no registration. Various badge activities. 10am-2:30pm.

Laura’s Legacy at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Celebrate the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. You’ll get to make a rag doll, experience an 1800s school, and hear music and stories from the time period. Free. Ages 5 and up. Register online. Our Heritage. 10am.

Bird Banding at Burroughs Nature Center, Fleming Park, Blue Springs MO. See resident winter songbirds up close and personal! Birders Dana and Ethan will band and release birds for population studies and answer questions about their current research projects. Free. All ages, no registration. Our Feathered Friends. (Note: If weather is inclement, banding will be held on Sunday, February 8). 10am-1pm.

February 8

Sunday Nature Program: Wildlife Who’s Who at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Meet an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Learn about these animals and discover their similarities and differences. $3/person, 2 and under free. No registration required, fee paid onsite. Nature and Wildlife. 2-3pm.

February 10

Conservation Kids Club: Bluebird House at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. Learn more about the eastern bluebird and build your own bluebird house to take home. Free. Ages 7-13. Register at 816-228-3766. Our Feathered Friends, Home Care and Repair. 6:30-8pm.

February 12

A Sharp Knife at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. Learn how to care fore and sharpen your own knife. Fee. Ages 11-16. Register at 816-228-3766. 6:30-7:30pm.

February 13

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO. A wide variety of activities are available for families, including viewing Chinese acrobats, a Lion Dance team and other dance groups, a choral performance of traditional and folk Chinese music and several Chinese musical instruments, exhibitions of tai chi, Chinese drumming, Chinese yo-yo, board games, tea tastings, art demonstrations and activities, plus Chinese food to eat. Space for some performances and activities is limited, so please plan accordingly. Off-site parking and shuttle service available at Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., from 3 until 10 p.m. Free. All ages, no registration required. World Heritage and several badges from the Arts Frontier are possibilities. 5-9pm.

February 14

Prehistoric Kansas at Schlagle Library, Kansas City KS. Ammonites, trilobites, fusilinids, and more! Come learn about the animals that used to roam the ocean in the same spot that Kansas is now! You will get the opportunity to examine and hold many different real fossils found in Kansas. For a $1 cost recovery fee, anyone who wants to can also create a fossil replica to take home with you! All ages. Registration required. Geology. 1-2:30pm.

Saturdays by the Stove at Grinter Place, Kansas City KS. Learn about Kansas City area history and stay for lunch prepared on the wood stove. $5 adults, $3 children age 12 and younger. All ages, no registration required. Our Heritage. 11am-1pm.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Sweetheart Picture Holder, various locations. Monthly clinics held where children can make simple projects from precut wood — perfect for Home Care & Repair. free. All ages. Registration opens February 2. 10-11am.

Community Open House at the Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson KS. New programs, new technologies and activities for everyone will be showcased. Test out the new Mars Rescue Mission, try your hand at Robotics, or explore the MicroNauts room! Free, though the Dome Theater and naviGATOR Simulator require ticket purchase. All ages, though some activites have age restrictions. Living and Working in Space, Space Exploration. 10am-4pm.

February 15

Sunday Nature Program: Howdy, Sheriff! at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Take a step back in history and meet a Deputy Sheriff from the old west. Learn about law enforcement in the 1870’s as well as what it means to be a Deputy. Afterwards meet the real Johnson County Park Police Officer who explains what it means to be Police Officer in modern times. $3/person, 2 and under free. No registration required, fee paid onsite. Citizenship and Government a possibility. 2-3pm.

February 14-16

President’s Day Weekend at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Republic MO. Admission is free all weekend. Wilson’s Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the scene of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in combat. The bloody Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused greater national attention on the war in Missouri.  The nearly pristine landscape allows visitors to experience one of the best-preserved battlefields in the nation. You can find a self-guided driving tour, as well as several walking and hiking trails of varying lengths. Free. All ages, no registration required. Freedom’s Heroes, Our Heritage are both possibilities. 8am-5pm.

February 16

Play in a Day from Theater of the Imagination, Overland Park KS. A one-day drama event where kids come in the morning and do a show that night. Just bring a sack lunch, no special shoes or clothes required.  And never any previous experience required.  Get the drama out of your house and onto the stage! $45/child (10% multi-child discount). Ages 5-14. Register by calling 816-561-2787. Theater. 10am-5pm.

February 20

Third Friday Art Walk at Englewood Station, Independence MO. A monthly event featuring local and regional artists, galleries, and street performers. Free. All ages, no registration. Artastic. 5:30-9pm.

February 21

Urban Woodsman at the Discovery Center on the Plaza, Kansas City MO. An introduction to some basic skills for an outdoors winter, including knot tying, fire-starting, water purification, compass reading, shelter building, flint knapping, and tapping a maple tree to make sugar. Free. All ages, no registration. Various badge requirements likely. 10am-2:30pm.

Scavenger Saturday for Families at the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art.. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. Free. All ages, no registration required. Artastic. 10am-3pm.

Modern Art Adventures at the Johnson County Museum, Shawnee KS. Join museum educator Justin Border as we create Alexander Calder Mobiles. Learn about balance and co position and make an Alexander Calder inspired hanging mobile. Offered in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, What is Modernism? Visit http://www.calder.org/ for background information on Alexander Calder and view his works which span several art mediums and periods. $3/person, free for museum members. All ages. Reservations not required, but parents must stay with children. Artastic. 10am.

Kids’ Gardening Club: Tabletop Birdfeeder at Powell Gardens, Kingsville MO. Putting out bird feeders is a great way to help our feathered friends get through our cold winters. During this class we will learn about different types of bird feeders, seeds and get to make a tabletop birdfeeder to take home! (Meet in the Visitor Center’s downstairs classroom.) $15/youth, $7/member youth (or buy a year’s pass). Ages 6-12. To register by phone call Linda at 816-697-2600 ext. 209. Our Feathered Friends. 1-2pm.

February 22

Sunday Nature Program: Kansas Rocks! Under the Inland Sea at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Down to the Sea and under the Earth, fossils tell us a fascinating story — what is now prairie was once the sea floor! Explore the ancient oceans of eastern Kansas by studying rocks and meet some of the creatures, large and small, which lived here millions of years ago. $3/person, 2 and under free. No registration required, fee paid onsite. Geology. 2-3pm.

February 28

Saturday Art Adventure: Reverse Glass Painting at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Explore the galleries with SMA Director of Education Kristina Walker and learn how African and European artists used the technique of reverse glass painting to share their histories and cultures. Then create a painting of your own. Free. Ages 5-8. No registration required. Artastic. 10:30-11:30am.

Breakfast With the Beasts, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City MO. Allows children to meet some of the beasts living in our own back yards and learn what they like for breakfast.  Kids can eat with their favorite beast — skunk, Bald Eagle, raccoon, squirrel, bumble bee and more, all portrayed by our volunteers.  Food includes fruit, nuts, seeds, granola bars and even worms (gummy worms, that is).  There will be crafts, tattoos and face painting. $5/child, parents are free. All ages. Call 816-513-8960 to register. Nature and Wildlife. 10am-2pm.

Space Out Saturday at the Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson KS. A monthly event featuring a variety of workshops. Children can explore STEM (science/technology/engineering/math), health, or space exploration topics. Workshops are free, though some require an admission ticket to the Hall of Space. Most workshops recommended for ages 5-10. Many badge opportunities should be available. 10am-3pm.

Saturdays and Sundays in February

Spencer Art Cart at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. A drop-in activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum’s galleries. Free. All ages, no registration required. Artastic. Saturdays 10am-4pm. Sundays noon-4pm.

 Know of an activity we missed? Please share in the comments below!

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