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Out And About, March 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!

March 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.

March 7

Family Fun Orienteering Run/Walk at Shoal Creek Living History Museum.  An adventure run with a twist! Orienteering is a sport which uses a detailed topographical map and maybe a compass to find specific locations in the woods. It can be an adventure run, or a walk in the park. Five different levels of difficulty will be available. The white course, suitable for beginners will be free, all others will be $10 (plus $2 for E-Punch rental).  All ages, though strollers will not be practical. Outdoor Skills. 10am-12pm.

March 8

Day in the Life: Soldiers of the War – The Other Fronts in 1915 at the National WWI Museum (Liberty Memorial), Kansas City MO. Living History volunteers will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will discuss what life was like for soldiers serving outside of the Western Front in 1915 with an emphasis on Gallipoli. Admission includes a two-day pass, and is free for museum members. $14/adults, $8/youth. All ages. Freedom’s Heroes. 10am-5pm.

March 14

StarLab Plantarium at Schlagle Library, Kansas City KS. Would you like to see and learn about the sun, moon and stars during the day? No telescope or darkness needed! Bring the whole family to our StarLab program which is a large inflatable planetarium. We will talk about stars and constellations and learn some fun Greek and Roman mythology as well. For visitors with physical limitations, just a heads-up that we will be sitting on the floor for over an hour.  Free; registration required (This program is popular and fills quickly, so sign-up soon!) Ages 6 and up. Space Exploration. 10am-12pm.

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.

Guided Bird Hike at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. The early bird gets the worm and we plan to be there to see it! Join us this Saturday morning for a guided spring bird hike with our Bird Nerd Naturalists. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from the nature center. No birding experience required. All ages; no registration required. Our Feathered Friends. 7–8 am.

March 16

Birding Adventure for Children at the Overland Park Arboretum. Would you like to learn about our feathered friends? Observe them through binoculars at our bird yar and native habitat. Learn how they survive. Adult presence/particpation required. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the outdoors. Ages 9-12; register online. Admission for non-members is $3/adults, $6/children (members free/adults, $5/children). Our Feathered Friends. 10-11am.

March 18

Home Tweet Home at the Overland Park Arboretum. Put a bird in it! Kids will enjoy building their own Wren house designated for the suburban yard. Our volunteers will lead this fun and interactive class. Additionally, we will make use of good old-fashioned hammer and nails. By the end of class, you will have build a house for the birds that you will take home. One adult participant is required for each student for no extra fee (other than admission for non-members). Ages 8 and up; register online. Class fee is $15 for materials; admission to the Arboretum is also required. Our Feathered Friends or Home Care and Repair. 1-3pm.
Beginning Archery at Lake City Shooting Range, Buckner MO. Archery is becoming very popular with young people today. Many competitions are held between school archery teams. Learn more about the fundamentals of shooting archery such as proper stance, draw technique, equipment and follow through. Free. Ages 12-17; registration required by March 14 (call 816-249-3194). Archery. 9-11:30am.

March 19

GeoArboretum at the Overland Park Arboretum. Bring the entire family out for a fun-filled adventure at the Arboretum! Find out why over 5 million people throughout the world hunt for containers, called geocaches, using hand-held GPS devices. Brief classroom presentation followed by a search for two geocaches. Adult presence required for ages 13 and under. Advance registration and payment required (Members: Adults and Children (7-11) $5.00; Non-Members: Adults $8.00, Children (7-11) $6.00). Outdoor Skills. 10am-12pm.

March 20

GeoKids at the Overland Park Arboretum.  Hey kids! Are you ready for a treasure hunt at the Arboretum? GeoKids is a fun-filled activity consisting of a brief classroom presentation on maps, directions and how to use a compass, geared for young participants. Kids then head out into our learning Arboretum on a compass-based treasure hunt for prizes, with educational stops along the way. Ages 7 to 11 (adult presence required). Advance registration and payment required (Members: Adults Free; Children (7-11) $5.00; Non-Members: Adults $3.00, Children (7-11) $6.00). Outdoor skills. 10am-12pm.

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.

March 21

Fort Osage at Night, Sibley, MO.  Experience an evening at Fort Osage as our staff and period-attired interpreters demonstrate how the occupants of this remote outpost on the American Frontier existed after dark. Admission $7/adults, $4/youth. No registration, all ages. Our Heritage.  6-8pm. 

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.

Kids’ Gardening Club: Tabletop Birdfeeder and Make a Terrarium 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! We’ll also explore terrariums, learning how to grow and take care of plants plus plant a terrarium to take home! Register by March 18. $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, Gardening and Plant Science. 1-2pm.

Hike Swope Park With A Naturalist, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City Mo. Join a Lakeside Nature Center Naturalist to explore the trails around the center. Dress appropriately for the weather of the day and bring along a water bottle.  The trailhead for the hike will be determined based on weather forecasts and the condition of trail options. Free. No registration required. All ages welcome, but strollers will not be suitable. Hiking. 10am.

March 28

Daring American Women at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. March is Women’s History Month.  Let’s celebrate the rich past of American women and girls. Bring your favorite doll and yourself dressed in your favorite fashion from American history.  Hear of trials and triumphs from women throughout the centuries.  See the fashions of girls during Native American, Revolutionary, Pioneer, Civil War periods and more.   Have tea with your doll and your fellow American women.  For more information call (913) 764-7759. Free. Registration required. All ages. 1pm.

Saturday Art Adventure: IT Figures at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Tour the galleries with SMA instructor Scott Barber and learn about the figure in art. Then create a figurative sculpture from clay. Free. Ages 5-8. No registration required. Artastic. 10:30-11:30am.

Project Blue River Rescue, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City MO. Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day cleanup and help us clean the Blue. Stop by the water testing stations and see concrete results. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed to clean up the Blue River! Dedicated sites are available for groups – consider having your Troop participate! T-shirts, work gloves, tools, and trash bags will be provided. Donuts and coffee will be available at sign-in and volunteers will meet back at Lakeside Nature Center for lunch at noon Call 816-513-8960 for more information. Register by email at folnc@crn.org. All ages are welcome. Nature and Wildlife as well as service hours available. 8am-12pm.

Space Out Saturday at the Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson KS. A variety of kid-friendly, fun, and educational activities await you at this free monthly event (some exhibits require admission). All ages. Space Exploration, Living and Working in Space. 10am-2pm.

March 29

Passport to India Family Cultural Festival at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Travel to India with a celebration of Indian art, culture, music, dance, fashion and food! Collect a “passport” when you arrive, and have it stamped along the way. Free; all ages. World Heritage. 12-4pm.

Saturdays and Sundays in March

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.

Weekend Family Activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Ask a museum guide for the “What’s On” list to discover all the ways you and your family can engage with art. Activities for March include exploring objects from the World War I and the Rise of Modernism exhibition, learning about Marcel Duchamp and the concept of Dadaism, and building and decorating your own mini paper version of this work, inside and out, with images that represent your family. Free; all ages. Artastic and History’s Canvas. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm.

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

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!

Family Fun Nights at Mahaffie, July 11, 18, 25

Bring the family out to enjoy living history activities at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm.

There will be a different theme each week:

  • July 11th-Kansas Cowboys
  • July 18th-Kansas Wheat Harvest
  • July 25th-Fun on the Farm (Due to crop maturity, activities may be switched July 18th & July 25th)

Admission is free, though there may be a small fee for certain activities, and stagecoach rides are $2/person.

Thursdays in June and July, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas.
Get Driving Directions

Mahaffie is always a good source for Our Heritage activities.

Family Fun Nights at Mahaffie, June and July

Bring the family out to enjoy living history activities at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm.

There will be a different theme each week:

  • June 6th-Horse Power
  • June 13th-Civil War
  • June 20th-Hit the Trail!
  • June 27th-Independence Day (19th Century Fireworks and Olathe Civic Band Concert)
  • July 4th — NO Family Fun Night
  • July 11th-Kansas Cowboys
  • July 18th-Kansas Wheat Harvest
  • July 25th-Fun on the Farm (Due to crop maturity, activities may be switched July 18th & July 25th)

Admission is free, though there may be a small fee for certain activities, and stagecoach rides are $2/person.

Thursdays in June and July, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas.
Get Driving Directions

Mahaffie is always a good source for Our Heritage activities.

With A Banjo On My Knee, May 17 – June 23

With A Banjo On My Knee intertwines homespun humor with old-time music – bluegrass, country, folk and gospel! You’ll enjoy banjo and guitar pickin’ and songs that live in your memories – Old Joe Clark, Do Lord, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Oh Susanna, I’ll Fly Away and more! We’re gonna have some FUN with this show! (Rated G)

May 16, 2013 to Jun 23, 2013
Thurs, Fri and Sat shows at 8 pm, Sun matinees at 2 pm
Admission: Adults – $23; Seniors – $20

Chestnut Fine Arts Center
234 N. Chestnut Street, Olathe KS

For more information, visit the Chestnut Fine Arts website.

Living History Weekends, April and May

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe, KS will offer living history activities weekends in April and May. Activities may include see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove, visit the blacksmith and the Mahaffie house and take a stagecoach ride (weather and ground conditions permitting). Other activities may include spring farming activities as weather and ground conditions allow. All activities are included with living history admission, $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Season Pass holders get in free for weekend living history.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site engages visitors with hands on experiences of 1860s farming, frontier life and stagecoach travel while preserving the significant Mahaffie Story. Mahaffie is the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail.  The historic site offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages focusing on 1860s farming, stagecoach operations and westward expansion.

The Heritage Center exhibit, I Knew It Was A Fine Country, tells the stories of the Mahaffie family, early Olathe and Johnson County, the western trails and stagecoach travel. The exhibit includes a 12 minute film offering more of the site’s history. The video “Border War Voices” allows visitors to learn about what settlers went through during the Border War era. The video was co-produced by Wide Awake Films and generously funded through the Kansas Humanities Council. Please park in the Heritage Center parking lot to begin your visit to Mahaffie. GPS users, please enter 1200 Kansas City Road Olathe, KS as your address instead of 1100 Kansas City Road.

A visit to Mahaffie is a good way to approach Our Heritage.