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Y SUMMER DAY CAMPS Day camps offer adventures for kids ages 5 through 12. Our camps include: • A wide variety of experiences including field trips, swimming, arts and more!

IS YOUR TEEN LOOKING FOR A SUMMER EXPERIENCE? Teen/Tween Options:

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• Adventure Camp offers outdoor challenges and activities for ages 12-15.

Locations throughout the Kansas City metro:

• Youth Volunteer Corps Summer of Service allows ages 11-18 to get hands-on experiences serving our community.

• School Districts — Blue Valley, Center, Olathe, Platte County, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill. • Additional locations — North Kansas City YMCA and Camp Naish near Bonner Springs.

OUR MISSION The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being. A UNITED WAY AGENCY

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When you need to take care of it – or can it wait? To go to a dentist or an orthodontist? Are all orthodontists the same? To get Invisalign® or a lower cost alternative? Who can you trust for advice?

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’m still surprised I have two children who LOVE to go away to summer camp. As a child, I was a homebody. I enjoyed the occasional sleepover but never wanted to be far away from home for very long. One summer, my mom sent my cousin, Mary, and me to Florida to visit a great aunt. We traveled by car with a family friend and spent several days in Florida, near the beach, without our parents—and I was miserable. I just wanted to get back home. My brothers and sisters were the same way. Another summer, my sister was sent to Girl Scout horseback riding camp. Sounds great, right? Wrong. We still have the letters she sent home, telling us how miserable she was and that she missed all of us so much, even Joe (the brother who tormented her). Kids can learn so many life lessons at camp, and I am glad that each summer my girls have the opportunity to attend. We are fortunate to have so many great options for camps right here in Kansas City. Some terrific overnight camps are not far from here, as well as tons of day camp options for those, like me, who prefer to sleep in their own beds. Our March Camp Guide is filled to the brim with camps for every interest and every age. In addition, check out our virtual Camp Guide at KCParent.com for photos, videos and more. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love when March rolls around. I feel like we are moving farther away from winter and closer to spring. And daylight saving time arrives! In addition, I celebrate my birthday in March. I’m always thankful for another year I’ve gotten to take around the sun and see it as a time to reflect. I love the saying, “Do not regret getting older, it is a privilege denied to many.”

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Best for: Ages 4-8 Friendship has its ups and downs. Horowitz explores how a simple misunderstanding can turn into a big falling out between even the best of friends. Beatrice raises bees. Abel grows apples. They do everything together and love it. Then one spring, Abel gets stung by a bee and a misunderstanding leads to a fight. It’s not until another incident occurs that Beatrice and Abel discover how to make up and say they are sorry. Horowitz creates a believable friendship that helps children learn to overcome disagreements. She has fun entertaining readers with tame but creative insults and onomatopoeic words. The illustrations offer a nice complement to the text, creating a warm approachable world for Beatrice, Abel and young readers.

What’s good: Warm and inviting illustrations.

What would you do if you found a magic watch that made you invisible? All Reuben Pedley wants is a better life for himself and his mom. So when he finds a watch that gives him the power of invisibility, he thinks his dreams are about to come true. Then he realizes that with the watch come a lot of questions, a nefarious baddie who also wants it, new friends and a big, dangerous mystery. Like Stewart’s Benedict Society series, The Secret Keepers is full of twists, turns and magic.

What’s good: Interesting mystery that keeps you guessing.

What’s bad: The pacing is uneven, with the beginning being very slow.

Do you and your friends always enjoy the same stuff? Probably not. Michelle Lee explores how two friends with different ideas of playing come together in the end for a perfect playtime. Pip is a high-energy pig that likes to pretend, play tag and jump rope. Nico likes to play his cello. When Pip invites Nico to play, there is a little confusion about what to play, and Pip gets angry. Not to worry. Once Nico understands that Pip is not having fun, he comes up with the perfect way for them to play together. With an economy of words and simple watercolor illustrations, Lee creates two wonderful personalities and allows readers to invest quickly in the characters and their playtime.

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You probably have most of the items needed to make a wreath on hand, so grab the kids and go make one today!

Materials Needed:

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• Scissors • Tape • Ribbon

Step One: Cut a circle out of the center of the paper plate so that you have a wreath form. Tape the ends of the plate together if needed.

cupcake liner wreath Add some color to your day by making a rainbow wreath using cupcake liners! These wreaths are so pretty and easy to create. Kids can get creative by choosing the colors and patterns of their wreaths and even adding different elements such as jewels, feathers and ribbons to dress them up even more! You probably have most of the items needed to make a wreath on hand, so grab the kids and go make one today!

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Step Two: Begin by folding a cupcake liner in half and placing it on the paper plate using glue.

Step Three: Layer another liner on top of the first one, using more glue. Keep adding cupcake liners until the entire paper plate is covered. Step Four: Once the glue is dry, add ribbon to hang and more embellishments if desired.


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benefit. Most importantly, make sure your child is pursuing his or her own goals, not yours.

Tips for Keeping Competition in Perspective If your child is very competitive in sports or at school, find ways to spend time together at home that focus on non-competitive activities (i.e., maybe Monopoly isn’t the best board game choice for your family). Check out some of these cooperative board games: Pandemic, Forbidden Island or Flash Point: Fire Rescue. n

n Acknowledge his feelings but help him put them in proportion. Of course it is okay to be disappointed with a setback, but this is not the end of the world. n Replace a very competitive activity or add one that is less competitive. Activities like martial arts, volunteering, drama club, exercise and lessons can be just as enriching as playing on a team where winning is the primary goal. Ask older children to talk to your child about things they enjoy doing now. Show them that joy and relaxation can be found in a number of pursuits, regardless of whether winning is involved.

n Share with your child accounts of successful people who have lost competitions or faced setbacks. One loss won’t stop someone who is determined to succeed. Even professional sports players can strike out or miss a shot. n Teach your children the reality that in the world there will ALWAYS be someone faster/stronger/smarter than they are, just like there will always be someone slower/ weaker/less intelligent. Everyone has his own special talents. Make sure you remind your children of theirs. If they are suffering from a perceived loss, ask them to come up with some things they are good at.

Discuss what realistic goals look like. Is it realistic that you will come in first every time? Probably not. Is it realistic that you will improve? Probably—if you stick with it. Reinforce that improvement does not always happen in a straight line or even in ways that can be measured. Many video games offer experience points. You get experience points in life for having tried something, whether you won or lost. n

n Praise the effort, not the end result. Instead of saying, “Wow, you got an A,” say, “I am really proud of how hard you worked


on that project!” If you are picking her up after a competition, first ask, “Did you have fun?” rather than “Did you win?” n Praise the by-products of competition. You got some good exercise! You got to hang out and have fun with your friends! You got the chance to practice! n Help your child protect his or her free time. Let your kids pursue those activities they are passionate about, but help them say no to some of the multitude of possible uses of their time that will come their way. n Try not to compare your child’s performance to that of others, especially siblings or longterm classmates. Teach him to compete against himself or a measurable number. n Set a good example. Naturally, you want to brag to your friends about your kid’s successes. (Competitive parenting, anyone?) Sharing happy news with others is fine, but try to do it in a way that doesn’t make your child feel as though he has let you down if he didn’t win first prize. Let your child hear you compliment his competitors on a job well done too.

Laura Miller McEachen is a part-time attorney and full-time mommy.

How do I tell whether my child is OVERLY competitive? 1. He is acting like a little egomaniac. He brags to his friends or siblings about how awesome he is. He is losing friends because of this attitude. 2. She cheats or changes the rules in her favor. Many kids will push boundaries and cheat at little things to see what they can get away with. This is a normal part of development; however, if the cheating becomes frequent this can be a red flag. 3. She is consistently a poor sport. Small children have to learn good sportsmanship, and this can take time. Older children should not throw tantrums or be extremely angry or sad because of one bad grade or a lost match. If your child cannot be respectful of her classmates or competitors, perhaps she should not be allowed to participate. 4. He gets down on himself and engages in negative, absolute thought patterns, like “I’m never going to get it right” or “Our team lost the game because I missed that one shot.”

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agnesium’s importance often is overlooked, but this nutrient is so important in the health and development of adults and kids alike. Studies are showing the benefits of magnesium intake in developing bone density in children, according to AAP.org. Calcium is usually looked at when we think about the health of bones, but magnesium may play an equally important role. In addition to bone development and support, magnesium plays a part in keeping the heart rhythm steady, while also supporting the immune system and helping with muscle and nerve development, according to BabyCenter.com. Meeting the exact requirements for magnesium every single day isn’t necessary. Instead, focus on hitting a good average over the course of a few days or a week. For kids ages 1-3, 80 mg daily is sufficient.

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For ages 4-8, 130 mg is the recommended daily average, according to BabyCenter.com. Fortunately, magnesium is found in a lot of foods, most commonly in nuts, beans, seeds and leafy green vegetables. Adding one serving of nuts during the day or adding beans to your salad or burritos will go a long way toward making sure your family reaches recommended levels. Some people prefer to take supplements to ensure they reach their desired amount of magnesium. While ingesting too much magnesium in its natural state is almost impossible, consuming too much through supplementation can happen. Typically, an over-the-counter multivitamin doesn’t contain the full dosage of magnesium needed per day. However, when a person combines a multivitamin with a balanced diet, she often can reach the appropriate level. Spotting magnesium deficiency in a child isn’t always easy. The child may have

difficulty verbalizing what he feels. Muscle weakness and cramping are the most common symptoms. If the deficiency goes on long enough, it can affect heart health, cause anxiety and increase blood pressure. As with avoiding many ailments, a well-balanced diet is the key! If you have any questions or concerns about any symptoms your child is experiencing, call your health care provider. Olathe mom Jessica Heine is a labor and delivery nurse. As always, please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns.


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ACT. SING. DANCE. LIVE! CYT Kansas City offers a variety of fantastic summer theatre camps all across the KC metro area. Day camp themes include “Disney Around the World” and “Disney on Broadway” for half-day (ages 4-5 & 5-7) and full-day (ages 7-12) campers. Non-musical Xtreme camps (ages 10-16) include “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Comic Books.” An all-new High School Master Drama Camp features “The Crucible.” Overnight camps include “High School Musical Jr” (ages 12-14) and “Big Fish” (ages 14-19), with full-length performances. Visit www.CYTKC.org or call 913.681.3318. See display ad on pg. 30.

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The Coterie offers camps for kids entering grades K-12 at five sites: Liberty (Liberty CC), Lee’s Summit (MCC Longview), Overland Park (Miller-Marley), The Plaza (Pembroke Hill) and the Northland (MCC Maple Woods). Half-day and full-day camps include creative drama, acting and audition skills. Performance Camps include Shrek the Musical Jr. and Sweeney Todd. See display ad on pg. 4. Visit www.TheCoterie.org.

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Camp teaches your child to “move it, move it�— Camp provides children the opportunity to try new things and participate in human powered activities. An estimated 22 million of the world’s children under the age of 5 are already considered obese. According to research conducted by ACA, 63 percent of children who learn new activities at camp tend to continue engaging in these activities after they return home. This leads to continued physical exercise that lasts a lifetime.

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Camp keeps all that hard work from going to waste — Camps understand the critical role they play in helping young people learn and grow. Many offer programs that help reduce summer learning loss, bolster academic enrichment and socialization, provide opportunities for leadership development, and ensure that campers achieve their full potential.

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Camp allows kids to take a deep breath and feel the nature — Camp is a great way for your child to unplug from electronics and plug into the world around them. According to a study by two Cornell University environmental psychologists, being close to nature can help boost a child’s attention span. In some instances, camp may be the only time a child is in contact with the natural world.

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Camp is fun — It’s true; kids do sing silly songs and play funny games at camp. Children are allowed to play in a safe and nurturing environment and are allowed to just be kids. Play is a powerful form of learning that contributes mightily to the child’s healthy physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. According to an American Academy of Pediatrics report, creative free play protects a child’s emotional development and reduces a child’s risk of stress, anxiety and depression. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association; American Camping Association, Inc. kcparent.com march 2017

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CAMPGUIDE J Camp J Camp is Summer! Open to everyone, Jewish Community Center offers the best day Camp experience in Greater KC for ages 2-13. For youth entering 1st through 8th grade, you’ll find 11 Premiere and Specialty Camps that provide variety all summer long. The Child Development Center (CDC) Camp offers unique activities for children ages 2 – 5 years. Conveniently located at 117th and Nall, our unparalleled facilities include an on-site pool. Campers learn new skills with structured recreational and educational activities while enjoying art, sports, swimming, archery + more. Enroll at www.JCamp.org. See display ad on pg. 27.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District From Outdoor Discovery to Just for Fun, we offer over 75 different and well-supervised camp programs conveniently located throughout Johnson County. Dedicated to

providing activities that promote emotional, intellectual and physical health, our summer fun choices include nature and science, preschool enrichment, art, sports, computers, leadership development, and music, theatre, and dance. The options include both indoor and outdoor programs, and full- and partial-day schedules are available. For details, call 913.831.3359 or visit www.jcprd.com/activities/camps.cfm. See display ad on pg. 21.

The KCYA Community School of the Arts Kansas City Young Audiences offers children performing and visual arts classes, camps and private instruction at their new creative space on Main Street. Spring Break Camps will be held March 13-17. Summer Camps begin in June. Scholarships are available. 816.531.4022. See display ad on pg. 32. www.KCYA.org

KampOut-Kanakuk KampOut! brings the fun of one of the largest Christian summer camps in the nation, Kanakuk, to your hometown. Kanakuk professional staff leads this highenergy traveling day camp through five days of guided sports and activity times, Bible study, worship and small-group time for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. To learn more about your local KampOut! visit: www.Kanakuk.com/kampout. See display ad on pg. 34.

Kanakuk Camps Kanakuk is a premier summer camp experience for boys and girls age 6–18 located in Branson and Lampe, MO. Our 5 Overnight Kids camps provide children with age-appropriate, fun, safe and professional outdoor youth camping experiences that grow them spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Kids

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Lemonade Stand: The old tried and true way to raise money was a big hit. We hosted a stand and used everything we earned to help fund our activities throughout the week. It took an entire day but was extremely successful. And, with social media, we were able to spread the word to friends and family members.


Another option for raising money is a toy sale. Monies raised from either a lemonade stand or a toy sale can be used to purchase supplies or can be directly donated to a charity of your choice.

School Supply Drive: We decided to collect school supplies to donate to Catholic Charities, which gives to families that aren’t able to afford school supplies. We printed up flyers, attached them to grocery sacks and then went door to door through a few neighborhoods leaving the note and bags. On the notes, we said we’d be back around later in the week to collect the supplies. I did not anticipate the amount of supplies we’d collect—it took us an entire day to pick them all up and sort them! Prepare and Serve Dinner: We used the money we raised at our lemonade stand to plan, purchase, prep and serve a meal to the residents at Shalom House, a homeless men’s shelter that

provides shelter and hospitality to men who need a safe place to stay. Because it was summer, we decided on a barbecuethemed dinner and prepared hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, baked beans, chips, watermelon, cole slaw, brownies and cookies. We prepared the food at home and then transferred to the shelter. We set up and then served the meal. After we were finished serving, we sat down and ate with the guests of Shalom House. This was one of my favorite activities. The men we encountered were so grateful for what we had done, and I know the kids enjoyed getting to see the fruits of their labor in action.

Pack a Snack: We visited Harvesters and learned about their BackSnack program, which provides a backpack with nutritious food for school children to take home over the weekend. The girls were able to practice packaging the snacks. It’s quite a process, and they sure

have it down to a science! They also enjoyed learning about all of the kids all over the metro that are helped through this program. Each place we visited was so appreciative of our help. And several people I spoke with mentioned that if you aren’t able to give your time, monetary donations are always appreciated. It was a busy week, but it was time well spent with many life lessons learned. KC Parent editor Margaret Sarver loves finding ways to give back with her girls.

Is your teen looking to volunteer this summer? Youth Volunteer Corps Summer of Service allows ages 11-18 to get handson experiences serving our community. Details at YVCKC.org.

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have fun with friends participating in more than 70 activities, sports and amazing themed parties. Our full-time and summer staff are committed to our mission to develop dynamic Christian leaders. Learn more about customizing your child’s summer camp experience at www.GoKanakuk.com. See display ad on pg. 23.

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Now Enrolling! Experience the excitement of our Summer Adventure Club where imaginations are free to run wild. Get ready for engineering design challenges, discoveries, outdoor exploration and more. It’s going to be one epic summer. Fun for ages 5 – 10.* Learn more at PrimroseSummer.com. Flexible Schedules • Exciting Adventures Space is Limited – Call Today! Primrose School of North Olathe PrimroseNorthOlathe.com • 913.764.0018

Kansas City Ballet School Summer Programs include once-a-week classes and four-day ballet camps for children ages 2-7. Camp themes include Beauty and the Beast and Island Adventures. Additional courses and workshops available for ages 8-18. Classes begin June 5th. Enroll today to guarantee your child’s spot. Two convenient locations: Downtown and Johnson County. See display ad on pg. 22. For more information visit www.KCBallet.org or call 816.931.2299.

Each Primrose School is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools is a trademark of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2017 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. *Ages for Summer Adventure Club programs vary by location.

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Make your summer a little wilder with Zoofari Adventures Summer Camp. Camp runs May 30 through August 11. Your animal enthusiasts will get the inside scoop on the Zoo’s creatures. A typical camp week includes exclusive zoo tours, animal encounters and shows, science experiments, games, and crafts. Topics vary each week. Half day camps are available for ages 4-5, full day for ages 5-15. COST: ½ Day: $110, Full Day: $250, Before care-$10 (7:30am -8:30 am)Aftercare-$15 (3:30pm-5:30pm). 10% discount for FOTZ members. See display ad on pg. 27. www.KansasCityZoo.org/education

KU Edwards Campus Have your kids dreamed of working at Google or building the latest, greatest app? Do they aim to be an MVP on the cover of Sports Illustrated? The KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park is hosting a variety of summer camps for kids interested in science, technology engineering, math and sports/fitness. Learn more at www.EdwardsCampus.KU.edu/SummerCamps. See display ad on pg. 33.


Mesner Puppet Theater Mesner Puppet Theater camps let you explore favorite children’s stories, songs and rhymes through a range of puppet activities. The camps are designed for children pre-K through sixth grades and offer a variety of exciting titles such as Outer Space Adventures, Superheroes, and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The weeklong camps will keep kids excited and engaged and create memories they won’t soon forget. All camps are held at the MPT studio, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd. in Kansas City’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood. See display ad on pg. 31. MesnerPuppets.org

& Safari Day Campsthe Zoo! Summer Camps at For kids ages 4–15

Join us for Zoo-mazing fun and animal adventures on your days off from school and during the summer too!

Nerman Museum Early Explorations classes (ages 5-7) and Contemporary Creations classes (ages 8-11) are interactive art learning experiences. Students learn directly from JCCC’s diverse permanent collection and temporary exhibitions in the Nerman Museum. After exploring selected works of art, students create original works of art in the studio classroom. Classes are offered Tues.-Fri., June 9-July 31, with individual sessions from 10AM-noon or 2PM-4PM. Register at JCCC.edu/youth or call 913.469.2323. See display ad on pg. 32.

Visit kansascityzoo.org/camp for more details! OPEN DAILY | kansascityzoo.org | 816.595.1234

The Kansas City Zoo, a private, non-profit organization is operated in agreement with the Kansas City, MO Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, partially funded by the Zoological District in Jackson and Clay Counties in MO, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Notre Dame de Sion School Join us and get ready to be extraordinary! At Sion Summer Spectacular students can participate in engaging, innovative, and ageappropriate enrichment camps for PreK-8 boys and girls in the arts, STEM, wellness, and fitness led by our outstanding faculty and renowned industry partners. Our program is designed to accommodate your family’s schedule, offering weekly camps, as well as morning and afternoon extended day care options. Whether students take center stage with Camellot Academy, or participate in our weekly classes with our expert instructors and global partners, Sion Summer Spectacular will make their inner superhero shine! To enroll please visit

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10 benefits of In a distracting digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus.

enhances self-confidence. According to an extensive study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents report their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Whether they work through homesickness or tackle an activity that pushes them outside of their comfort zone, kids walk away feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and selfreliance. “We use our activities and facilities as platforms to encourage kids in who they are and equip them to grow in confidence in who God has created them to be,” Perkins says. “With this newfound perspective, they become influencers in their own communities.”

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nurtures social skills. Camp is a community away from home and school where kids learn to work with each other and adult mentors, build relationships and manage conflict. “You learn to navigate through group dynamics, to barter, to keep one another happy, to be sensitive and support a friend who’s sad,” says James Spearin, senior vice president of youth development, YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “These skills transfer and build adults with strong character and leadership.” models healthy living. According

to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled and in teens has quadrupled in the last 30 years. Thanks to the many activities camp offers, kids stay busy and physically active. More camps also are working to offer healthier food choices for their campers. According to a 2014 study in the American Journal of Health Behavior, camps that offer

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wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers who eat more fruits and veggies. Many resident and day camps now offer cooking and gardening tracks where kids learn how to prepare nutritious meals.

eases the summer slide. You know

that old saying: “If you snooze, you lose.” In the absence of regular enrichment over summer break, research finds that kids typically lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in math. Reading comprehension and spelling skills also take a hit during the summer. To help curb summer learning loss, many specialized camps offer educational opportunities in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) that make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive. Also look for camps geared toward reading, writing and the arts.

provides a sense of achievement. From rock climbing

to whitewater rafting and horseback riding, summer camp gives kids a chance to try activities they wouldn’t ordinarily get to try. “Trying new things in an encouraging environment creates a greenhouse for growing young leaders,” says Garret Perkins, director of Camp Kanakuk, a faith-based camp that offers overnight, day and family camps.

digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus. “At Kanakuk, we remove the distraction technology offers and give campers the chance to plug into the great outdoors, try new sports and activities, make friends through shared experiences instead of shared social media platforms—and we see them come alive,” Perkins says.

builds friendships. Away from the

pressures, labels and social structure of school, kids benefit from one of the best parts of camp: the opportunity to make new friends. “Some of the biggest benefits we saw from sending our children to Kanakuk were their new friendships, spiritual growth and just the opportunity for them to spend time in the beautiful Ozark setting with like-minded people away from worldly distractions,” says Dianne Shadwick, Overland Park, whose three, now-grown children began attending Camp Kanakuk at age 9.

What Campers Say: •96 percent say camp helped them make new friends. • 92 percent say people at camp make them feel good about themselves. • 74 percent did something they were afraid to do at first. Source: ACACamps.org


reintroduces them to nature.

encourages personal growth.

According to a nationwide poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy, only about 10 percent of children spend time outdoors every day. Why? Kids say they aren’t interested, they lack access and are uncomfortable outside. In the meantime, they’re growing more and more attached to life in cyberspace and further detached from the natural world. “To connect with our woods and forests, our wildlife, our lakes and streams and oceans, our stars in complete darkness, all while depending on other campers and adults to keep one another safe, is an experience unlike most others in life,” Spearin says.

While camp may seem simply like a quintessential summer pastime for kids where they might learn to swim, sleep in a cabin and sing around a campfire, camp actually rewards youngsters with personal development skills that will help them in the classroom, in their relationships and, eventually, the board room—or whatever their calling. “Those tangible experiences lead to building the foundations of stronger children who can lead others, show empathy, navigate through difficult group dynamics, value the differences in everyone and give of themselves for the benefit of others,” Spearin says. “These are skills that the best in our society show throughout life.”

fosters teamwork. Camp facilitates an

environment where kids learn that to succeed they must work together with their peers and their camp leaders. Whether they’re working to build a campfire together, playing a game or preparing a meal, campers learn to problemsolve to accomplish their goals. Through teamwork, kids learn they are each an integral part of the camp community where they feel a sense of acceptance and belonging.

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is an Olathe mom of two sons who love to attend camps each summer. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

Choosing an Overnight Camp Maturity. Most kids are ready by age 9 or 10, but consider your child’s physical and emotional maturity first. Plan ahead. Check out websites, talk to friends and family for recommendations and visit prospective camps. Size of camp. Decide whether your child would do better in a large or small setting. Location. Because of their geographical locations, some camps offer better outdoor or adventure activities than others and may be more likely to have access to experienced adventure specialists. Meet the director. A meeting will help you get a sense of his or her personality, trustworthiness and compatibility. Source: EverythingSummer.com

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ummer camp? Already? It’ll be here before you know it, and believe it or not, it’s not too soon to begin researching what overnight camp(s) your child may want to participate in this year. It’s not as easy as just signing up, though. At least, it shouldn’t be. As a parent, you’ll want to make sure your child will be happy and well cared for in someone else’s charge. In order for this to happen, be sure to do your research ahead of time and ask questions before you hand over your money—or child. Here are some important things to ask to ensure you find the perfect camp.

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• Is my child ready for overnight camp?

How does your child do at sleepovers with friends? Is he excited about the idea of going away? If your child has reasonable social skills and relates well with others, she will do well at camp. Once you’re sure your child is ready, look at the basic requirements. Some camps are open to all kids, while others require certain skills or have other admissions criteria. Math, science and technology camps, in particular, may have prerequisites.

• How long has the camp been in operation and what licenses does it have? Be aware that state licensing requirements vary widely, and in many cases are minimal. Great news if the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, but remember that some programs are too new or small to get ACA accreditation. And if the camp isn’t the right match for your child’s personality, even an accredited one can be a thumbs-down.


• What is the camp philosophy?

What kind of experience do you want your child to have? Will your child get to work in a group, collaborate with other kids and/ or learn how to work with a team? Find out how much flexibility the children will have in making their own schedules, how many activities are available and how much unstructured social time there will be. Only you know what your child will need.

• What are the qualifications of the

director and staff and the ratio of staff to children?

Some camps employ high school or college students, while others require college degrees and more experience. Both are fine, but make sure the staff is engaged and interested in interacting with the kids. As for the director, it’s important to know how long that person has been directing the camp and what his or her background is. The leader-to-child ratio varies depending on the type of camp. ACA accreditation requirements range from 1:5 for overnight campers who are 4 and 5 years old, to 1:12 for day campers ages 15 to 17.

• What are their safety procedures?

Make sure the camp does background checks on all employees, has EMTs nearby, staff trained in CPR and first aid and lifeguards if there will be swimming. If transportation is involved, ask about the training and licensing of drivers, how often vehicles are inspected, etc.

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• What is their approach to conflicts that may arise?

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Too much unstructured time can sometimes lead to conflicts between campers. Ask the camp director directly how they deal with situations like this, and make sure you’re comfortable with it.

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• What do others say about the camp? Learn more about the reputation of the camp by checking these three things: its return rate, accreditation status and references. If it’s a good camp, people come back. Ask the director for references. Check out the camp website and online reviews, and you may even visit the physical site.

Happy camping! Gina Klein is a homeschool mom and author who resides with her two daughters and husband in Kansas City.

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CAMPGUIDE www.NDSion.edu/summer. Grade School Campus: 3823 Locust, KC MO. See display ad on pg. 24.

Paint, Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House Camp ARTRAGEOUS! Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House is offering summer camp for its 20th season! Your child will learn new techniques and have fun creating art in our multi-medium camps (ceramics, clay, canvas & glass fusion). Class size is limited—sign up early! Check it out online and find more information as well as a registration form at www.PaintGlazeAndFire.net. For more information on these and many other fun and creative programs, visit the website. See display ad on pg. 21. 913.661.CLAY (2529).

Primrose School of North Olathe Participating in this kind of high-quality, balanced program doesn’t have to stop at

the end of the school year. At the Primrose Summer Adventure Club, children enjoy exploring interesting topics AND continue learning through purposeful play. The Primrose Summer Adventure Club builds Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts® through. In addition to having fun activities and learning we will be taking field trips weekly during the day. Call us to learn more! See display ad on pg. 26. www.PrimroseSummer.com

Quest June 5th-9th.Roller blading, water parks, a visit to the zoo, human foosball, these are just a few of activities that you could experience at QUEST.  Quest is summer day camp for students entering 6th-9th grade. Registration is only $50 and covers all activities and snacks. Registration fills up quickly. For more information and to reserve your spot today, visit www.vcc.church. See display ad on pg. 26.

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Science City Science City Summer Camp 2017 provides a fun, hands-on environment to explore exciting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) topics. Campers ages 6-12 engage in life science, physical science, art and innovation each week! Space is limited! Camp runs June 5-Aug 4, Monday through Friday, 9:00-4:00. FREE early and late care available. $200/ week for Union Station members, $225/ non-members. For more information, visit www.ScienceCity.Com/SummerCamp. See display ad on pg. 35.

Summer at Barstow Give your child a summer adventure filled with lasting memories. Summer at Barstow offers a spectacular experience for children ages 3–14 in academics, sports, arts and enrichment. Imaginations soar and campers stay active with over 400 engaging camp options—including

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visual and performing arts, science and technology. Summer at Barstow 2017 runs Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 4, with extended care options available to all campers. Our catalog is available online at www.barstowschool.org/summer. See display ad on pg. 20.

Summer at Pembroke Hill This summer is going to be wild! Dare to climb your way to the top of a steep incline, embark on a journey as a ninja warrior, or discover the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Designed to accommodate your family’s busy schedule, our program offers flexibility by allowing you to enroll in any of the weeks you choose. Open to the community, students ages 2-18 are able to participate in our comprehensive summer camp. Enroll online today at www.PembrokeHill.org. See display ad on pg. 21.

June 26-30 Vineyard Community Church 8301 Lamar Ave | (913) 381-5577 | vcc.church FOR STUDENTS GOING INTO 1ST - 5TH GRADE FALL OF 2017 Don’t know what to do with those long summer days? VCamp is a week full of fun and safe activities for only $40!

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Vcamp is for kids entering 1st-5th grade and runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. Students bring a sack lunch each day. $40 for the week includes snacks, supplies, and wrap-around care is available at no additional charge. Register online at www.vcc.church. See display ad on pg. 33.

Youthfront Youthfront Camps offer 74 years of camp experience for students of all ages at two great locations. All camp programming holds time for swimming, theme nights, solitude and a amazing attractions like Splash Parks, Nerf Wars, Climbing Walls and more! We provide an authentic community where students grow in their relationship with God and make strong friendships that last a lifetime. Registration is now open at www.Youthfront.com! Contact us at info@youthfront.com to learn more. See display ad on pg. 34.

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s a mom to two girls, I must say (and without sarcasm), “Raising girls is fun!” No, really. When I was a child, I remember always wanting to have a daughter when I grew up. Little did I know that my future would hand me two, and I couldn’t be happier. Don’t get me wrong—I don’t have anything against boys. I think boys are wonderful. However, as a little girl who loved her dolls (and still does), I always knew I’d love mothering girls. And I was right. First of all, there are the adorable clothes, the cute ponytails and braids and the plethora of princess movies. Let’s not forget about the sleepovers, the giggles and all of the drama that comes with girls as they grow into the beautiful teen years. While some days aren’t so sugar-andspicy in our home, I love every minute of it, and I thank the heavens for all of the opportunities life has given us “girl moms” to bond with our girls. As moms, the trick is to take advantage of “girl time” as much as we can before our daughters grow up. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to think of things to do. So here are some wonderful ideas to get you bonding:

good book together. You might even make it a reading tea party or picnic!

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the lookout for free local performances or coupons for ballets, plays, operas and other events in your town. This is a great opportunity to try new things and talk about them afterwards.

Color pictures. Because coloring books are all the rage right now, take out your crayons or colored pencils, decide on a page to color in the coloring book(s) and color together! When you finish, hang your pictures on a wall for everyone to admire. Go on a nature walk. It doesn’t have to be at a park or in the woods. Simply walking around your neighborhood, down the street or in your own yard will give you the opportunity to look at the nature around you.

Have a dance party. That’s right. Just the two of you. Dress up in your jazziest dancewear and blast some fun music to dance to. Teach your girl some of your moves and let her teach you some of hers! Read a chapter book together. Snuggle up under a blanket on the sofa and read a

Have a spa day. Paint each other’s nails, style each other’s hair and have fun with the makeup! A spa day at home is always the best way to bond and get to know each other better.

Take a field trip. No, it doesn’t need to be educational. It just needs to be fun! Spend a day at the zoo or go to a park or movie.

Moms of ‘Tweens and Teens. Take a class together. Learn yoga or painting. Check out a pottery class or learn a foreign language together.

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Get pampered. Go to a local spa and get massages, have your nails done or get pedicures together. And when the relaxation comes to an end, be sure to pamper your tummy with a good lunch or dinner with her. Help out a cause. Volunteer or fundraise for a cause you both care deeply about, such as a local animal shelter, children’s hospital or soup kitchen. Visit an art museum. Spend the day meandering through walls and rooms of art. Talk about your favorite pieces over brunch or lunch.

Teach her how to cook/bake. Find a yummy recipe and show your daughter how to whip up something amazing. Spending time in the kitchen together is always a delightful way to learn more about each other and form that close bond. Aside from the occasional bumps in the road along the way, raising girls truly is a gift. It’s a blessing unlike any other, and when we devote some of our time to our daughters and truly bond, nothing will ever break it. So get on with your bad selves, moms, and bond with your girls! You won’t regret it.

Kansas City mom and author Gina Klein loves spending quality time with her two girls, baking, playing dolls, talking, dreaming, storytelling and doing arts and crafts.

While some days aren’t so sugar-and-spicy in our home, I love every minute of it, and I thank the heavens for all of the opportunities life has given us “girl moms” to bond with our girls.


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have three sons. No girls. Just boys. With each pregnancy, my intuition told me I was having a daughter (the sonograms always proved my gut wrong, and I spent the remainder of my pregnancies switching gears from thoughts of sugar and spice to snakes and snails). Even though I never expected to be an all-boy mom, I adore it. But you better believe I’ve received lots of comments throughout the years when I take my brood around town.

“So, do you think you’ll try for a girl?” “Wow! All boys. That’s exhausting. Just how do you do it?” “You’re lucky! Girls are all drama.” These comments never have really bothered me. I realize most of the time strangers are just seeking to make friendly conversation (though the whole “girls are drama” spiel doesn’t necessarily move me…I love my sons not because they’re not girls but because they’re a gift, plain and simple). I also look at those moments as opportunities to affirm my boys in front of others. Being a mom of boys is a privilege but one I don’t feel get the credit it deserves. Think about it. The term daddy’s girl produces positive and uplifting connotations, doesn’t it? Churches and community centers host annual daddy daughter dances, acknowledging the special role fathers have with

the little women in their lives. The special relationships dads and daughters have even have been the source material for many a tear-jerking song. Now think of the term “mama’s boy.” What comes to mind is usually more a derogatory term than one of endearment. If a boy is close to his mom, he’s thought to be spineless and self-doubting. And it’s often assumed that Mom is overbearing and fights her son’s battles for him. No one thinks it’s cute or sweet if a young man is a mama’s boy. And let’s face it….the song options for the mother-son dances at weddings leave much to be desired. So, what’s the solution? Here are four of my favorite aspects of being a boy mom.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy I’ve found boys generally to be low maintenance. They don’t fight wearing what you lay out for them or voice strong opinions about every little thing like girls often do. In general, I find boys to be easygoing (don’t mistake easygoing for easy, though!).

Free Fitness Instruction Boys can run circles around the Energizer Bunny any given day. They leap with boundless energy, put the structural integrity of your house to the test, and the only offswitch to this frenetic chaos is called sleep. After my second son was born, I took up long-distance running, not just to prepare for half-marathons but also to build the endurance it took to keep up with my little brood. The good news? Boys give you the benefit of free fitness instruction in house! Endless rounds of chase around the kitchen

table? Endurance training. Throwing your little guy up into the air over and over again? Bicep and squat workout. And all those Superman/planking poses Little Guy does on your feet while you lie on the floor? I can’t think of a better core routine!

Go, Son, Go My boys love when I cheer them on at their basketball games. But they love it just as much when I join them for a game of PIG in the driveway. Boys want to be encouraged in their pursuits, but they appreciate it just as much when you yourself are willing to spend time pursuing the things that interest them. A son wants his mother to be both his cheerleader and his teammate.

First Love The bond that I had with my firstborn was instantaneous from the moment he was placed on my chest. I suppose this is one of the biggest concerns moms-to-be of boys have: How will I connect with a son? It’s natural to want to have a child of your own gender, Nancy Irwin, psychotherapist, affirms within a Disney Babble article titled, “The Joy of Raising Boys.” She says, “Just because you have never been a boy, doesn’t mean you can’t raise a great one. Raise your child to be the most loving person possible, and he will fill in all the other blanks according to his innate personality, environment and social learning.” While a boy looks to his dad to be his best friend, Mom will always be his first love. Lauren Greenlee raises three boys and writes from her Olathe home.

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ealing with whining kids may be one of the most difficult jobs a parent must do. Why does it always seem to be when you are in a rush, grabbing necessary grocery items, waiting in line to check out, that your 3-year-old melts down? She doesn’t want to sit in the cart. She doesn’t want to be here. And, pleeeeeease, can he have candy? Mommy, pleeeeeease?! You know you should say no. But if you say yes, she might cooperate and stop whining. What’s a parent to do?

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Now, how to respond? Because we all know that no matter how hard we try to prevent it, this frustrating aspect of parenthood is somewhat inevitable. The number one rule of parenting is not to indulge whining. But that’s easier said than done. The first step is to remain calm in response. Parents.com recommends a completely neutral facial expression. State, without emotion, that you will not hear a whining voice and will only respond when your child speaks in a nicer voice. Also, capitalize on the fact that young children want to feel big, important and valuable. If they are whining about running errands or picking up toys, for instance, make it a job. Kids like being helpers. Ask them to help pick out items at the store or carry bags. Ask them to be leaders and helpers at home with “important jobs.” This sense of purpose and responsibility often will encourage cooperation. Furthermore, whining often rises out of kids’ wanting to gain control and manipulate a situation. If you respond by saying they will have a say in how things go, but only if they speak nicely like

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a big kid, you’ve ended the whining and given them some control. Parents.com emphasizes the importance of modeling examples. We often assume kids know what we want from them, but sometimes they need direction. Model what “asking nicely” and “speaking like a big kid” look and sound like. Then, when they do it properly, praise, praise, praise! Another idea is to distract them. Especially for younger kids, a tickle fight, joke-telling or singing songs may bring a smile to your child’s face and make him forget about why he was whining in the first place. Finally, if whining is a chronic problem related to a specific event or task, it might be time to reevaluate your routine. If something like getting dressed causes discord on a daily basis, try picking out outfits the night before and providing rewards for getting dressed in a timely manner. If your 3-year-old consistently acts up at your older son’s basketball games, try to bring some special snacks or new activities to keep him busy. Consider taking him for a walk half-way through the game to release some energy and help him

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t’s every parent’s worst nightmare. One second your child is by your side, then a momentary distraction, and your child is gone. Our family experienced this in the Legoland Kansas City attraction shortly after it opened. Our group consisted of our 3-year-old quadruplets, three adults and a teenage helper. One of our daughters still managed to wander off and absolutely terrify us for a few brief seconds before we could locate her again. Since then, we have been even more hyper-vigilant to make sure that our kids are safe in a crowd. Here are a few ideas to help you keep track of your most precious possessions:

1. Dress them alike. Many parents coordinate or match their kids’ clothing when going out in public, making them easy to pick out of a crowd and giving a point of reference if someone tries to wander off. Hannah Mendoza, North Kansas City, says, “I have five kids and when going somewhere crowded, I make them all wear the same bright color. Also, I am constantly counting them like a preschool teacher!”

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2. Attach your contact info to their clothes. For younger children who are unable to remember your contact info, make sure you pin a slip of paper to their clothes, tuck your phone number in their pocket or get a shoe tag to tie to their shoelaces. Make sure they know it’s there and that they know how to identify a “safe stranger” who can help them if they get lost. For older kids, ensure they can identify themselves and know their parents’ names, address and cell phone numbers. In our age of technology, we tend to just store everything in our phones; however, making sure your kids have this info stored in their brains (or in their pockets) is far more beneficial.

3. Grab a leash. The idea of using leash backpacks with kids can garner some strong opinions from parents, but at the end of the day, sometimes just knowing your kids can’t get away from you is the easiest way to keep them safe. Amanda Murphy, Chilhowee, says, “I wasn’t sure about the child ‘leashes.’ Now that I have mobile twins, I have used the backpack harnesses a few times and I have to say, they are a lifesaver!”

4. Pick a landmark. When your family gets to an event, choosing a meeting place in case you get separated is a good idea. Pick something like a tall tree, a cross street or the produce department as your meet-up spot. Or do what South Kansas City mom Laura Hall does: “Oftentimes if we are at an outside event, we’ll tie a balloon to the stroller so if they do get separated, they know to look for the balloon.”

5. Take a photo. In a worst case scenario, you might need to describe what your child was wearing to those who are helping. Much better than a description is an actual photo. Before you head to the zoo, one of Kansas City’s festivals or any other crowded event, line your kids up for a quick snapshot. That photo of what they look like today will be the most helpful thing you can provide if you need assistance finding them. Rebecca Ishum lives in Belton with her husband and 6-year-old quadruplets. They often use the divide and conquer technique while repeatedly counting to four when they take their kids out in public. Follow their adventures at ABeautifulRuckus.com.


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Two Metro Locations: 6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park, KS, and 301 SE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, MO, LlywelynsPub.com. Known for their authentic Celtic food and friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Llywelyn’s is an unforgettable experience. The Overland Park restaurant makes its home in a renovated 100-year-old church with live music on weekends. The Downtown Lee’s Summit location features a patio and live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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he NICU experience is made easier through the kindness of others Six years ago when Katie Gonzalez’s son, Matthew, was born at 24 weeks gestation and weighed only 1 pound, 5 ounces, he was the smallest baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He stayed there for 121 days and endured a number of procedures and complications. “It’s extremely overwhelming and frightening, especially if you expected to take home a healthy baby,” Gonzalez says. “You almost go through a period of grieving. You had one expectation for your unborn child, and you are thrown into a completely different world.” Matthew is now a healthy and active boy, and Gonzalez helps support other parents traveling the same journey through the Circle of Hope NICU Foundation. The foundation provides encouragement for parents of babies

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You almost go through a period of grieving. You had one expectation for your unborn child, and you are thrown into a completely different world. at Overland Park Regional Medical Center through care packages, gas cards, parent enrichment materials, meals, developmental toys for the babies, activities for siblings and more. “In the midst of the darkness that envelops you in those early days, it’s easy to get lost as a parent,” she says. Members of the community can help parents find their way during such a time. Gonzalez says she felt incredibly supported when her neighbors brought meals and she was able to connect with other NICU parents.

Jennifer Robinson, a former NICU mom who now works for the March of Dimes, says celebrating and congratulating a family at the birth of a baby is always extremely important—even if the baby is in the NICU. She says while it might not have been the ideal birth experience, a wonderful new addition to the family always should receive much excitement. Robinson suggests simply asking families what they need, which could range from helping with other children in the family or bringing meals, to doing laundry, mowing the lawn and the like. The March of Dimes works in conjunction with Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City in many NICU efforts, including helping connect parents who experienced a NICU journey with parents of babies currently in the hospital. This gives parents an understanding shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen. Rebecca Kunden, also with the March of Dimes, says she is always seeking out


volunteer photographers who are willing to donate their services for NICU families. These families are often not able to have professional photographs of their babies because of their circumstances, and this donated service provides them with a precious keepsake. Volunteering to hold babies in the NICU is another way to serve these families. The individualized attention and touch volunteer “cuddlers” give these babies make a significant impact on their future growth and development. When Amy Kline’s daughter, Jordyn, was born at just 24 weeks gestation and only 1 pound, 10 ounces, she felt fear mixed in with the joyful experience of a child’s birth. Little Jordyn was in the NICU at Saint Luke’s Hospital for seven-and-a-half months, required multiple surgeries and began her life very fragile. If life in the NICU weren’t stressful enough for Kline, she was also a single mom needing to work and also had a busy 2-yearold at home. She could take a breather and rest assured knowing when she couldn’t be at the hospital, several volunteers faithfully came to hold and cuddle Jordyn and give her specialized individual attention.

Today, “baby” Jordyn is 5-and-a-half years old, in kindergarten and keeping up with all the kids her own age. Looking back, Kline says between the cuddling, reading, blankets and rocking chairs in the NICU, Jordyn felt like she was a baby even if she was in the hospital. “I had a connection with these nurses, and I had a connection with these cuddlers,” Kline says. “It helped me cope.” Support with housing is also important to families with a fragile baby. Many families travel a great distance to a hospital, and these families often seek out the assistance of the Ronald McDonald house for somewhere to stay. Donations of board books and blankets

are always needed as well. And at Halloween and Christmas, many hospitals like to place miniature costumes on the babies to add some festivity to their first holidays. These costumes are often handmade and make for memorable photographs. All these efforts make a lasting difference in the lives of NICU families. Looking back, Gonzalez says the NICU journey was a tough road to travel, but the experience was a fulfilling one. She was supported in many ways, and that is a large part of why she is able to look back and feel that way. Allison Gibeson is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer from Lee’s Summit.

how to get involved

Looking for a service project? Here are some practical ways to support NICU families: • Volunteer to hold NICU babies. • Donate blankets or board books to a hospital. • Consider monetary donations that can be used for various NICU programs. • Bring meals to NICU families or offer to babysit their other children. • Volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House.

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and overuse hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soaps and wipes, shopping cart wipes, etc. With all the illnesses and diseases floating around out there, it’s no wonder! But are we actually doing more harm than good for our children and families? The answer to that is, potentially, yes. While time spent outdoors is on the decline, time spent indoors involved in sedentary activities is increasing, when it should

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be exactly the opposite. According to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation, letting kids play in the dirt not only allows them freely to explore their surroundings, burn off energy, gain strength and gross motor skills, but actually can make children healthier. Say what?! Consider this: When children spend time outdoors playing in the dirt, they are exposed to various bacteria, viruses and microbes that are essential to our bodies and can lead ultimately to a stronger, healthier immune system. While living in an ultraclean environment sounds great and beneficial, it actually can cause your child to develop allergies, asthma and other chronic disorders. In Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein’s new book Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child, she advocates a “lifestyle centered around contact with the microbes present in the soil.” She says, “In one teaspoon of soil there are as many microbes as there are people in the planet. That is an incredibly biodiverse experience for our brains, our immune systems, our guts.” She goes on to boldly state, “Parents today are keeping

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Oklahoma City’s Must-See Attractions for Families: Where to Go for Adventure: • Riversport Adventures in the Oklahoma Boathouse District (800 Riversport Dr., Oklahoma City, OK, 405.552.4040). Our family rates this as one of the coolest attractions we’ve ever experienced. Oklahoma, a neighboring land-locked state, has created a new attraction in their Boathouse District that is a state-of-the-art outdoor adventure. The adventure park is home to amazing whitewater rafting and kayaking courses. They also offer adventure courses, zip lines, slides and playgrounds. The SandRidge Sky Trail is our family’s favorite and is the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world. The structure is 80 feet tall and offers six levels of challenges. Adventurers are harnessed into a seat and climb from one level to the next, daring to try various rope and balance beam challenges. Once you reach the top, you may exit via zip line, a 72-foot Sky Slide or an 80-foot Rumble Drop,

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a free-fall jump experience! The park also features children’s attractions, gigantic slides and climbing walls. Tip: For great tips on planning your trip, visit RiverSportOKC.org/adventures.

Where to Go for Only-in-Oklahoma Experiences: • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK, 405.478.2250). There is no better place to learn about the state’s cowboy history than this museum. The huge complex features Western art galleries, Native American history exhibits and exhibits paying homage to cowboy history and entertainment, including film and rodeo celebrities. Children especially enjoy Prosperity Junction, a replica Old West town that allows families to explore old buildings and listen to dialogue depicting life for early Oklahomans. Plan to spend three to five hours exploring the museum. • Museum of Osteology (10301 S. Sunnylane Rd., Oklahoma City, OK, 405.814.0006). Oklahoma City is home to the only museum of osteology (the study of bones and skeletons) in the world. Displaying more than 350 skeletons of animals from all over the world,

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this museum is fascinating. Visitors are provided with an I Spy or trivia game to play as they go through the exhibit. From the smallest birds and mammals to a 40-foot humpback whale skeleton, exhibits showcase not only the skeletons of various species but also explain the animals’ anatomy and physiology.

Where to Take the Kids: • Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl., Oklahoma City, OK, 405.602.6664). Our family makes it a point to visit hands-on museums whenever we travel, but this science museum was hands-down one of the best we’ve ever seen. The museum features a variety of hands-on exhibits, many of which are truly unique. We started in CurioCity, a 20,000-square-foot exhibit with


various neighborhoods where children learn through play. The girls loved the giant handson playground and whimsical treehouse play area. We spent four hours, and that was not enough! The Science Floor is a huge open gallery with hundreds of hands-on exhibits. My favorite was learning to drive (included with admission) on their Segway Course. From weather exhibits, to the human body, space exploration, to physics, intriguing options let you easily spend hours exploring.

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Where to Take the Kids: • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (3701 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE, 402.733.8400) is reason enough to visit Omaha. Walk on the wild side in the Lied Jungle and marvel at the Scott Aquarium with a 70-foot-long underwater walk-through tunnel with sharks, stingrays and ocean life. Both Bear Canyon, home to four different types of bears, and a butterfly garden thrilled our girls. The aquarium, desert exhibit and prairie dogs are additional favorites. Be sure to catch zookeeper chats and shows to add to your experience. All of the exhibits at the Henry Doorly Zoo are extremely well done. Tip: KC Zoo FOTZ members get 50 percent off admission! You may bring a picnic (no glass bottles or alcohol).

• Bricktown Water Taxi (111 S. Mickey Mantle Dr., Oklahoma City, OK, 405. 234.8263). Bricktown is Oklahoma City’s thriving downtown district with a variety of restaurants and entertainment options. The centerpiece of the district is a canal, reminiscent of San Antonio, where you can enoy water taxi rides. The rides include a tour of the area with a bit of history and humor.

trains—and that means we visit every train museum or attraction we can when we travel. What I love most about these attractions is that they’re typically operated by enthusiastic and caring volunteers, and this museum lived up to my hopes for friendliness and enthusiasm—and then some! Many train rides are inaccessible to wheelchairs because of the antique nature of the trains, but this museum is accessible! We enjoyed a 45-minute round trip train ride and a tour of the museum. The collection is vast, with freight cars, passenger cars and a steam engine.

OMAHA,NE NE OMAHA, • Omaha Children’s Museum (500 S. 20th St., Omaha, NE, 402.342.6164). The target age for this museum is preschool and early elementary, and all exhibits are handson, interactive fun. The Super Gravitron, a massive ball machine with pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical sections is the hands-down favorite. This unbelievable exhibit is a blast for all ages! We also enjoyed many of the free workshops and programs. We attended a science workshop on weather, and the kids participated in experiments to make lightning, a tornado in a bottle, clouds and even watched fake snow. The museum offers concerts, short plays and workshops throughout the day (included with admission) and these really enhanced our visit.

hundreds of aircraft, from mammoth airplanes to smaller single-pilot aircraft. They offer free two-hour tours of the museum with knowledgeable tour guides who share the history of the various aircraft throughout the museum. This tour, extremely interesting and educational, truly completed the visit to the museum. • Lauritzen Gardens (100 Bancroft St., Omaha, NE, 402.346.4002) is a 100-acre botanical garden with much to explore, including a railroad garden. While you’re

Where to Go for an Only-inOmaha Experience: • Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (28210 W. Park Hwy., Ashland, NE, 402.944.3100). This museum houses Henry Doorly Zoo

there, don’t miss Kenefick Park. Two of the great locomotives sit at the southwest point of the property: the Centennial No. 6900, the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotive ever built, and Big Boy No. 4023, the world’s largest steam locomotive.

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See the play La Culebra on March 11 at the Bodker Black Box Theatre in Carlsen Center for free. The play tells the story of ancient Aztec culture. JCCC.edu/theseries

Date Night! Enjoy Decades Rewind on March 11 at the Folly Theater. Concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60s, 70s and 80s. FollyTheater.org

Say hello to your favorite superheroes at Superhero Weekend on March 18 & 19 at the Kansas City Zoo. Get your picture taken with superheroes and more. KansasCityZoo.org

Enjoy an outdoor hike on March 25 at the Candlelight Night Hike at Martha LaFite Nature Sanctuary. Turn off your lights for a candlelight night hike. 816.781.8598


1 Wednesday The Cat Came Back 10:00, Mesner Puppet Studio. A wacky tale based on the popular folk song by Fred Penner. MesnerPuppets.org Curious George 10:00, H & R Block City Stage. A comical dramatization of that loveable monkey based on early Curious George books. $11. TYA.org Animal Tales 10:30, Ernie Miller Nature Center. A 30-minute program that includes stories, songs and a visit from an animal friend. Today’s theme: animal babies. $2. 913.764.7759 Open Gym Noon, Integrity Gymnastics. A great time to practice, get familiar with the gym and for kids to release energy. $6. IntegrityOP.com Reading Boosters 4:45, MCPL (North Oak). Bring kids kindergarten through third grade to the library for one-on-one reading practice. Free. MyMCPL.org

2 Thursday Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss! Take time to read some of your favorite Dr Seuss stories today. Search “Seuss” on KCParent.com for Seussian inspiration!

Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church (Olathe). A time for kids 6 and under to play, run, kick, ride and jump. Free. IndianCreek.org

Spring Open House Thru Sunday, Downtown Lee’s Summit. Merchants introduce new items for spring, and customers can enter to win a shopping spree! DowntownLS.org

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Claws 10:00, Sea Life Aquarium. Meet the armored division of the marine world in this new exhibit. Kids go free with code PARENT. 816.471.4386

Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz Thru Aug, National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Explore all things Oz through playthings, books, costumes and more. 816.235.3000

Toddler Town 10:00, Roger T Sermon Center. Kids can run and play at the indoor play area for ages 5 and under. $1/child. ci.Independence.mo.us

Open Play 10:00, Jump City. Bring the kids to Jump City—where excitement and laughs are found daily! $8/child; parents are free. JumpCityKC.com Manifest Destiny 2:00, Nat’l Frontier Trails Museum. Learn about one of the most powerful concepts in American history during a 30-minute guided tour. 816.325.7575

3 Friday Pompeii: The Exhibition Thru April, Union Station. Exhibit examines lives of the residents of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. UnionStation.org

Paint Me a Story 10:30, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Paint a pottery piece that goes along with a favorite story. Snack included. $13-$15. Pre-reg at 913.661.2529. First Fridays 5:00, Crossroads Art District. Galleries and shops remain open the first Friday of each month. KCCrossroads.org Major League Improv 7:30, ComedyCity. A comedy sporting event with everything decided upon by the audience. $9-$13. 816.842.2744 The Triplets of Belleville 8:00, Polsky Theatre. Enjoy an animated film with live accompaniment by Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville. JCCC.edu/theseries

SPRING BREAK FUN! WIZARD OF OZ PUPPET SHOW / MARCH 15, 17, AND 18 / 1-2PM See Oz come to life in a 35-minute performance that is fun for the entire family. Included with $5 museum admission. Reservations required, call 816.235.8006.

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The Cat Came Back Thru March 12, Mesner Puppet Studio. A wacky tale based on the popular folk song by Fred Penner. MesnerPuppets.org

4 Saturday Character Breakfast 8:30, Spring Hill Middle School. Breakfast at Hogwarts! Wear your house colors or come as your favorite witch or wizard. $5-$8. SpringHillRec.org

Bird Banding 10:00, Burroughs Audubon Nature Center. See winter songbirds up close and personal. A wonderful nature activity for families! Free. Burroughs.org My Name is Junie B Jones 10:00, MCPL (Oak Grove). Let your imagination and your love of reading soar with this Junie B Jones adventure. Pre-reg at MyMCPL.org.

Spring Holiday Dress Up Event 10:00, Children’s Orchard (Olathe). All the best looks for the spring holidays at your favorite prices! ChildrensOrchard.com Midwest Christian Education Expo 10:00, Colonial Presbyterian Church. Visit with 80 colleges, private K-12 schools and homeschooling resources. Free. 816.524.4522 Girl Scouts Cookie Construction Thru March 25, Crown Center Shops. See one-of-a-kind displays made entirely of empty Girl Scout cookie boxes. 816.274.8444 Blue Springs Art League Show Today & tomorrow, Vesper Hall. Show includes displays of photography, mixed media, drawing, sculptures and more. Free. 816.228.0238

Hands-On History 11:00, National World War I Museum and Memorial. History is brought to life. Handle Great War artifacts. TheWorldWar. org Open Gym 12:30, Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics. Run, jump and play in the foam pit, rope swings and more. EliteGymSwim.com Family Game Night 6:30, Kick Comedy Theater. A show full of “Whose Line”-style improve games. Fun for the entire family! $5-$10. KansasCityComedy.com

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5 Sunday art + family = FUN 1:00, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Join us every Saturday and Sunday for free activities for all ages! 816.751.1278 No Talking 2:00, the Coterie Theatre. It’s boys vs girls when the most talkative fifth graders have a contest to see who can talk the least. TheCoterie.org

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Around the World in 80 Days 2:00, Kauffman Center. See the classic brought to life through storytelling, puppetry and symphonic favorites. KCSymphony.org

6 Monday Gym for Me 9:00, Lenexa Community Center. Preschool kids can play with others while running, riding and bouncing in our open play. $1. 913.477.7100 Under the Sea Adventure 10:00, Crown Center. Plunge into a fun, creative exploration of the deep blue sea. Free. CrownCenter.com Jazz on the Square 5:30, Corbin Theatre (Liberty). Enjoy live jazz. The music will keep your toes tapping, and the ballads will warm your heart! CorbinTheatre.org

7 Tuesday Jumperoo 9:00, Urban Air Trampoline Park. A special time for those 5 and under to enjoy access to the playground and trampoline attractions. $10/child. 913.298.0626

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Family Feast Day Pizza Shoppe. Get a single topping King pizza, two Shoppe house salads and an order of garlic cheese bread for only $18.99. PizzaShoppe.com Prenatal Power Class 7:00, EverFit (Shawnee). A workout designed just for expectant moms. Tone and strengthen your body through pregnancy. 913.461.3374

8 Wednesday Toddle Time 9:00, Matt Ross Community Center. Open playtime with an array of toys, including blocks, balls and puzzles. $1-$2. 913.895.6350 Little Acorns 10:00 & 1:00, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Discover the world of raccoons through hands-on exploration. Pre-reg at 816.228.3766.

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Cuisine & Confessions March 12, 2:00, Yardley Hall. Seven Fingers of the Hand presents a show with acrobatics, music and more. JCCC.edu/theseries

Disney on Ice March 29-April 2, Sprint Center. Follow your heart to Disney on Ice! Purchase your tickets early and save $5 with code “Olaf.” AXS.com

The Cat Came Back 10:00, Mesner Puppet Studio. A wacky tale based on the popular folk song by Fred Penner. MesnerPuppets.org

KC Auto Show 5:00, Bartle Hall. Five hundred new vehicles all in one place. Visit the Kids Corner for bounce houses, games, crafts and more. $6-$11. KCAutoShow.com

KC Magic Man 6:30, MCPL (Grandview). Be prepared to be amazed by magical feats using cards, coins, cups and more. Pre-reg at MyMCPL.org.

9 Thursday

The Wizard of Oz Thru Sunday, Goppert Theatre (Avilia). A live, Broadway-style musical, performed entirely by CYT students. CYTKC.org

Elementary Open House 9:00, Heritage Christian Academy. Tour the campus, meet with current parents and administration and visit classes. HCAKC.org Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church (Olathe). A time for kids 6 and under to play, run, kick, ride and jump. Free. IndianCreek.org Toddler Time 9:30, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Kids can play on slides, scooters and more. We set up the equipment, and the kids have the fun! $2-$3. BlueSpringsGov.com

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Trout Stocking 2:30 (Kill Creek Park) & 3:45 (SM Park). Start your spring break by watching as the lakes are filled with rainbow trout. Free. 913.831.335

KCPT Kids Writers Contest Thru March 31. Calling all young authors and illustrators! Kindergarten through third-graders are invited to submit their stories. KCPT.org

Stuffed Animal Sleepover 5:00, Olathe Indian Creek Library. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend for stories and fun. 913.971.6874

Story Time 11:00, Reader’s World (Lee’s Summit). Join us for stories, a snack and a craft. Free; all ages welcome! 816.246.7323

Second Friday Art Crawl 5:00, Downtown Excelsior Springs. Enjoy feature artists, music, dining and shopping. 816.630.6161


Middle School Teen Night 7:00, Paradise Park. For only $15 get a $10 fun card, a personal pizza and a try at the rock wall. DJ, ping pong tables and more. Paradise-Park.com DakhaBrakha Ukrainian Folkdrone 8:00, Polsky Theatre. A world music quartet from Kiev that mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional songs. JCCC.edu/theseries Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony 8:00, Kauffman Center. Ben Folds returns to join forces with the Kansas City Symphony. KCSymphony.org

11 Saturday Zootastik Learning Fest 10:00, Kansas City Zoo. Learn how pollinators are important to us and to many of the foods we love to eat. Activities in zoo lobby. KansasCityZoo.org Early Explorations 10:00 or 2:00, Nerman Museum. Learn about art that shows natural places and then create a layered landscape painting. $15. Pre-reg at NermanMuseum.org.

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Diamonds & Pearls 10:30, Bingham-Waggoner Estate. Champagne brunch and fashion show to get ready for spring. $30. Pre-reg at 816.461.3491.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17, 11:00. The parade has become Kansas City’s largest single-day civic event, as well as one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation. KCIrishParade.com

La Culebra Noon & 3:00, Bodker Black Box Theatre in Carlsen Center. Children’s play that tells an ancient story from Aztec culture. Free.

Emerald Isle St Patrick’s Day Parade Noon, Downtown Lee’s Summit. Annual parade featuring floats, Irish dancers, musicians and more. DowntownLS.org

Second Saturdays 4:00, Downtown Weston. Stroll into unique gift shops and galleries for late-night shopping and in-store specials. WestonMO.com

Write Something Delicious 1:00, Jo Co Library (Antioch). A fun, interactive program that explores the delicious history, science and math of cookies! Pre-reg at 913.826.4600.

St Patrick’s Day Parade 5:00, Downtown Belton. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with this fun annual parade! Belton.org

Saturday Feeder 2:00, Cedar Cove. During the winter, Cedar Cove hosts public feedings of the cats, weather permitting. $5-$7. SaveOurSiberians.org Brookside St Patrick’s Day Warm-Up Parade 2:00, Brookside. Family fun event! Parade starts at 65th & Wornall. BrooksideKC.org

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Full Moon Hike7:30, George Owens Nature Park. Enjoy a guided hike through the park during the Crow Moon (rises at 5:38). Must prereg at 816.325.7115.

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Farmers Market 7:00, the City Market. The market is open year-round and offers a variety of fresh produce, meat, specialty groceries and more. TheCityMarket.org Beginning Archery 9:00, Lake City Range. Learn fundamentals of shooting archery: proper foot position, draw techniques and more. Ages 11-17. Pre-reg at 816.249.3194. St Patrick’s Day Parade 1:00, Downtown Shawnee. Cheer for all the great parade entries and enjoy the variety of activities. CityOfShawnee.org

Dancers: Tempe Ostergren and Lamin Pereira dos Santos. Photography: Kenny Johnson.

Snake Saturday Festival and Parade 11:00, 14th & Swift (NKC). Children’s area with barrel train, tattoos, entertainment and more! SnakeSaturday.com

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Preschool Story Time 1:30, Nelson-Atkins Museum. Story time in Noguchi Court presented by librarians from the Kansas City Public Library. Free. Nelson-Atkins.org

No School Hangout 7:30, SoPro Gaming. Looking for activities for days off school? SoPro Gaming opens early! $25 plus $5 for lunch. SoProGaming.com

Family Feast Day Pizza Shoppe. Get a single topping King pizza, two Shoppe house salads and an order of garlic cheese bread for only $18.99. PizzaShoppe.com

Irishpalooza 2:00 Martin City Business District. Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day festival and parade in Martin City! Irishpalooza.com

Spring Fling Fun 10:30, Ernie Miller Nature Center. Hear nature stories and see live animals. Stay to hike the trails. $3. 913.764.7759

Pi Day 2:45, Science City. Visit Science City to celebrate Pi Day with Pi Day partner Tippin’s. UnionStation.org/ScienceCity

Cuisine & Confessions 2:00, Yardley Hall. Seven Fingers of the Hand presents a show with acrobatics, music and more. JCCC.edu/theseries

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15 Wednesday

Jumperoo 9:00, Urban Air Trampoline Park. A special time for those 5 and under to enjoy access to the playground and trampoline attractions. $10/child. 913.298.0626

Toddle Time 9:00, Matt Ross Community Center. Open playtime with an array of toys, including blocks, balls and puzzles. $1-$2. 913.895.6350

Are Snakes Slimy? 10:00, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Are snakes slimy? Do they hiss? Play, sing and experience snakes in a fun way. Pre-reg at 816.228.3766.

Under the Sea Adventure 10:00, Crown Center. Plunge into a fun, creative exploration of the deep blue sea. Free. CrownCenter.com

13 Monday Pompeii: The Exhibition Thru April, Union Station. Exhibit examines lives of the residents of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. UnionStation.org Farming Fun with Preschoolers 10:00, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. Step back in time with stories, hands-on activities and animals. Four-week class. Mahaffie.org Out-of-Library Story Time 10:15, Mill Creek Activity Center. Storytellers offer books, stories, songs and more for preschoolers. Free. 913.826.2950

Story Time 10:30, Jump City. Kids enjoy story time and then stay for unlimited playtime. $5. JumpCityKC.com Creative Story Time 11:00, Ceramic Café. Hear a story, create a pottery piece and enjoy a simple snack. 913.383.0222

Cookie Decorating 1:30, Olathe Downtown Library. Stop by to decorate a sweet treat. All supplies provided. 913.971.6874 Decades Rewind 7:30, Folly Theater. Date night! Concert features more than 60 songs blended into unique medleys from the 60s, 70s and 80s. FollyTheater.org

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march by the numbers

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1940 The first year Kansas City hosted college basketball championships at Municipal Auditorium, now celebrated annually as March Madness.

1820 On March 3 of this year, the Missouri Compromise passed, allowing Missouri to join the United States.

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On this date, a crescent moon will make a triangle with Mercury and Mars, visible in the night sky.

On this date in 1933, the board game Monopoly was invented. Now, many versions, including Kansas City-Opoly and games designed for all your favorite teams, are popular.

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Date of National Potato Chip Day. Celebrate with Guy’s Potato Chips, made in the Kansas City area for 79 years.

1961 On March 29 of this year, KCPT TV channel 19 (PBS) in Kansas City, MO, began broadcasting.

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Date in March 1950 that Silly Putty was invented.

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Date of National Spinach Day. Lenexa, KS, has been famous for their superior spinach since the 1930s and they celebrate that heritage every year with a Spinach Festival in the fall.

1841 On March 3 of this year, William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star and patron of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, was born.

11:21 Hours of daylight on March 1. The amount increases throughout the month to 12:39 hours of daylight on March 31.


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18 Saturday

19 Sunday

Just Between Friends Sale Thru Sunday, Ritz Charles. Get ready for spring and summer with selections from maternity through teens. JBFSale.com

Superhero Weekend Today & tomorrow, Kansas City Zoo. Get your picture taken with superheroes throughout the weekend. KansasCityZoo.org

Girl Scouts Cookie Construction Thru March 25, Crown Center Shops. See one-of-a-kind displays made entirely of empty Girl Scout cookie boxes. 816.274.8444

Over the Rainbow: Toys from Land of Oz Thru Aug, National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Explore all things Oz through playthings, books, costumes and more. 816.235.3000 GeoArboretum 10:00, Overland Park Arboretum. Classroom presentation followed by a search for two geocaches. Pre-reg at 913.685.3604. Curious George 10:00, H & R Block City Stage. A comical dramatization of that loveable monkey based on early Curious George books. $11. TYA.org Open Gym Noon, Integrity Gymnastics. A great time to practice, get familiar with the gym and for kids to release energy. $6. IntegrityOP.com

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Kansas City Pet Expo Today & tomorrow, Hale Arena. Tons of pet-friendly exhibitors and rescues, live demos and more. KansasCityPetExpo.com Scavenger Saturdays 10:00, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Follow the clues on this “ART-tastic” adventure! 816.753.5784 Nature Nuts Story Time 10:00, 11:00 or 1:00, Anita B Gorman Discovery Center. Join volunteer naturalists for stories and a hands-on nature activity. 816.759.7300 Space Out Saturday 10:00, Cosmosphere. Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids–from little tykes to middle schoolers. Cosmo.org

St Patrick’s Day

Fairytale Ball 10:30, Hilton Kansas City. Party with princesses! Stories, songs, portrait station, candy buffet, tiara decorating and more. PrettyPrincessPartiesMN.com

Paint Me a Story 10:30, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Paint a pottery piece that goes along with a favorite story. Snack included. $13-$15. Pre-reg at 913.661.2529.

Story Time: The Blessing Cup 11:00, National World War I Museum and Memorial. Hear a family-friendly story. Pre-reg at TheWorldWar.org.

St Patrick’s Day Parade 11:00. The parade has become Kansas City’s largest single-day civic event, as well as one of the largest St Patrick’s Day parades in the nation. KCIrishParade.com Top of the Mornin’ 11:00, MCPL (North Oak). Throw on a bit of green and come listen to some Irish folklore and funny tales told in dialect. Pre-reg at MyMcpl.org. Leavenworth St Patrick’s Day Parade Noon, 4th & Walnut. Celebrate all things Irish with the parade. LVIrish.com Wizard of Oz Puppet Show 1:00, National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. A fun, 35-minute puppet performance of the popular movie. Pre-reg at 816.235.8005.

Hike at Mt Marty Park 10:00, Mt Marty Park (KCKS). Meet at the Rosedale Arch for a hike, rain, snow or shine! LetsGoKC.org Open Gym 12:30, Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics. Run, jump and play in the foam pit, rope swings and more. EliteGymSwim.com African-Americans in the West 1:00, Nat’l Frontier Trails Museum. Using a special brochure, discover how African-Americans contributed to settling the West. 816.325.7575 No Talking 2:00, the Coterie Theatre. It’s boys vs girls when the most talkative fifth graders have a contest to see who can talk the least. TheCoterie.org

St Patrick’s Day Parade 1:00, South Park (Lawrence). A fun, old-fashioned St Patrick’s Day parade. LawrenceStPatricksDayParade.com

Family Game Night 6:30, Kick Comedy Theater. A show full of “Whose Line”-style improve games. Fun for the entire family! $5-$10. KansasCityComedy.com

Home Show Thru Sunday, KC Convention Center. Visit the home show for the latest in ideas and inspiration for your home. KCHBA.org

Toughest Monster Truck Tour 6:30, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. See several of the nation’s toughest trucks! SilversteinEyeCentersArena.com

Third Friday Art Walk 5:30, Englewood Station Arts District. Tour the art galleries. View live performances and artists on the sidewalks in front of shops. EnglewoodStation.com

Major League Improv 7:30, ComedyCity. A comedy sporting event with everything decided upon by the audience. $9-$13. 816.842.2744

Nature Hike Series 1:00, Powell Gardens. Enjoy the blossoming of a new season! Experience nature as it comes alive before your eyes. Prereg at 816.697.2600 x209. Children’s Literature Festival Thru Tuesday, University of Central Missouri. Hear nationally recognized children’s authors and illustrators speak. $8-$15. 660.543.4306 Jazz 100 7:00, Polsky Theatre. Part of Winterlude, a series of concerts featuring local and international jazz and world music performers. JCCC.edu/theseries

20 Monday Gym for Me 9:00, Lenexa Community Center. Preschool kids can play with others while running, riding and bouncing in our open play. $1. 913.477.7100 Disney on Ice March 29-April 2, Sprint Center. Follow your heart to Disney on Ice! Purchase your tickets early and save $5 with code “Olaf.” AXS.com Claws 10:00, Sea Life Aquarium. Meet the armored division of the marine world in this new exhibit. Kids go free with code PARENT. 816.471.4386 Toddler Town 10:00, Roger T Sermon Center. Kids can run and play at the indoor play area for ages 5 and under. $1/child. ci.Independence.mo.us Out-of-Library Story Time 10:15, Mill Creek Activity Center. Storytellers offer books, stories, songs and more for preschoolers. Free. 913.826.2950

21 Tuesday Isla Easter Bondurant Studios. Book early for darling spring photo session with chicks and bunnies. 913.905.9394 Creative Story Time 11:00, Ceramic Café. Read a book and then paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story. Finish with a snack. $9.50. CeramicCafeKC.com Homework Help 4:00, Jo Co Library (Central Resource). Homework coaches help students work on a specific project or use library resources. JoCoLibrary.org kcparent.com march 2017

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Disney on Ice March 29-April 2, Sprint Center. Follow your heart to Disney on Ice! Swim with Dory and Hank, see the Disney princesses and more. Save $5 with code “Olaf.” AXS.com

22 Wednesday

Curious George 10:00 & Noon, H & R Block City Stage. A comical dramatization of that loveable monkey based on early Curious George books. $11. TYA.org

Animal Tales 10:30, Ernie Miller Nature Center. A 30-minute program that includes stories, songs and a visit from an animal friend. Today’s theme: Mother Nature. $2. 913.764.7759

The Tempest 7:30, Polsky Theatre. Partnering with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival for a script-in-hand performance. JCCC.edu/theseries

Open Gym Noon, Integrity Gymnastics. A great time to practice, get familiar with the gym and for kids to release energy. $6. IntegrityOP.com

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Preparatory Course 5:30, Hoffman International. Class meets for 10 weeks and covers visual poise, skin and hair care, public speaking and more. Girls 13+. 913.642.1060

Fish Tales 9:30, Stagecoach Park. Enjoy stories, songs and play. After, stay for special swim time (add’l fee). 913.971.8563 Claws 10:00, Sea Life Aquarium. Meet the armored division of the marine world in this new exhibit. Kids go free with code PARENT. 816.471.4386

23 Thursday

Campus Visit Day 1:30. Summit Christian Academy. Visit the campus to see all we have to offer your student. RSVP to 816.525.1480. 4th Friday Art Walk 5:00, Downtown Lee’s Summit. Variety of activities include artist receptions, artist street theater, yoga in the streets and more. DowtownLS.org

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KCPT Kids Writers Contest Thru March 31. Calling all young authors and illustrators! Kindergarten through third-graders are invited to submit their stories. KCPT.org

Darling Daguerrotypes 1:00, National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Get your photo taken and turned into a daguerreotype. 816. 235.8000

New Moon Walk 6:00, Overland Park Arboretum. Walk the trails and listen for owls. See live owls close up in the visitor center. 913.685.3604

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By George! The Pops Plays Gershwin 7:30, Kauffman Center. The Boston Pops orchestra will celebrate the music of George Gershwin. HJSeries.com

25 Saturday Milo and Ruw’s Birthday Party 10:00, Kansas City Zoo. Join us at the chimpanzee exhibit for a special birthday party. KansasCityZoo.org Youth Art Class 10:00, Nerman Museum. Kids ages 8-11 learn about landscape paintings and create an imaginary panoramic scene. Pre-reg at NermanMuseum.org.

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Wind in the Willows 11:00 & 2:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. Stone Lion Puppets presents Wind in the Willows puppet show. Seating limited. Hazelle.org

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Open Gym 12:30, Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics. Run, jump and play in the foam pit, rope swings and more. EliteGymSwim.com

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African-Americans in the West 1:00, Nat’l Frontier Trails Museum. Using a special brochure, discover how African-Americans contributed to settling the West. 816.325.7575 Saturday Feeder 2:00, Cedar Cove. During the winter, Cedar Cove hosts public feedings of the cats, weather permitting. $5-$7. SaveOurSiberians.org

Both daytime and evening lessons available! Call Spring Terburgh at 913-636-4472 LOCATED RIGHT OFF I-35 AND 119TH ST IN OLATHE AND IN SOUTH KCMO

Stellaluna 2:00, Kansas City Young Audiences. Stone Lion Puppets presents a show based on the popular book. 816.531.4022 Secret Keeper Girl Purple Party 3:30, Nall Ave Baptist Church. Live stage event that teaches girls true beauty and biblical modesty. NallAve.org Family Game Night 6:30, Kick Comedy Theater. A show full of “Whose Line”-style improve games. Fun for the entire family! $5-$10. KansasCityComedy.com Candlelight Night Hike 8:30, Martha LaFite Nature Sanctuary. Turn off your lights and come out to the Nature Sanctuary for a candlelight night hike. 816.781.8598

26 Sunday Farmers Market 7:00, the City Market. The market is open year-round and offers a variety of fresh produce, meat, specialty groceries and more. TheCityMarket.org Pompeii: The Exhibition Thru April, Union Station. Exhibit examines lives of the residents of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. UnionStation.org kcparent.com march 2017

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art + family = FUN 1:00, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Join us every Saturday and Sunday for free activities for all ages! 816.751.1278

27 Monday Under the Sea Adventure 10:00, Crown Center. Plunge into a fun, creative exploration of the deep blue sea. Free. CrownCenter.com Out-of-Library Story Time 10:15, Mill Creek Activity Center. Storytellers offer books, stories, songs and more for preschoolers. Free. 913.826.2950

Family Feast Day Pizza Shoppe. Get a single topping King pizza, two Shoppe house salads and an order of garlic cheese bread for only $18.99. PizzaShoppe.com

Toddler Time 9:30, Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Kids can play on slides, scooters and more. We set up the equipment, and the kids have the fun! $2-$3. BlueSpringsGov.com

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31 Friday

Toddler Town 10:00, Roger T Sermon Center. Kids can run and play at the indoor play area for ages 5 and under. $1/child. ci.Independence.mo.us

Jumperoo 9:00, Urban Air Trampoline Park. A special time for those 5 and under to enjoy access to the playground and trampoline attractions. $10/child. 913.298.0626

Disney on Ice Thru Saturday, Sprint Center. Follow your heart to Disney on Ice! Swim with Dory and Hank, see the Disney princesses and more. Save $5 with code “Olaf.” AXS.com

KCPT Kids Writers Contest Thru March 31. Calling all young authors and illustrators! Kindergarten through third-graders are invited to submit their stories. KCPT.org

Open Play 10:00, Jump City. Bring the kids to Jump City—where excitement and laughs are found daily! $8/child; parents are free. JumpCityKC.com

You Had Me at Cello 6:00, Kauffman Center. Free chamber music performance by the Kansas City Symphony. KCSymphony.org

28 Tuesday

30 Thursday

Preschool Indoor Playground 9:30, Irene B French Community Center. Kids, drive your favorite vehicle, jump in the bounce house or pretend in the kitchen. $2. 913.322.5550

Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz Thru Aug, National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Explore all things Oz through playthings, books, costumes and more. 816.235.3000

Story Time 10:00, Central Library. A great time to talk, sing, read, write and play! All ages welcome. KCLibrary.org

CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE

Story Time 11:00, Reader’s World (Lee’s Summit). Join us for stories, a snack and a craft. Free; all ages welcome! 816.246.7323

Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church (Olathe). A time for kids 6 and under to play, run, kick, ride and jump. Free. IndianCreek.org

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Major League Improv 7:30, ComedyCity. A comedy sporting event with everything decided upon by the audience. $9-$13. 816.842.2744 Sleeping Beauty Thru April 9, Kauffman Center. The KC Ballet tells this tale with glittering dances and vibrant characters. KCBallet.org

WORKSHOPS

April 7-8, 2017

MPE Homeschool Conference & Curriculum Fair will be held at the KCI Expo Center at 11730 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153 for directions please go to www.kciexpo.com KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Heidi St. John Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm Emmanuel Baptist Church • 10100 Metcalf Ave., OP, KS The Purpose of the Conference is to Provide Information on Home Schooling Techniques and Curriculum Choices.

More than 180 exhibitor booths

To find more information visit www.midwesthomeschoolers.org/conference or call 913-599-0311

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Kansas City Zoo March 11 & 12 Zootastik Learning Fest — Very Important Pollinators March 18 & 19 Superhero Weekend March 25 , 26 & 27 Ruw and Milo’s Birthday Party March 25 & 26 Species Spotlight — Camels and Llamas

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April 30 Grand Opening Event with tours and family fun!

Your new baby. Our new Birth Place. Change is good.

Arriving May 2017 • Secure webcam-enabled nurseries • Advanced, Level II NICU where you can stay overnight with your baby in the same room • 4-story obstetrics wing featuring luxury suites with queen beds, big enough to share

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