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lmost two years ago, a writer and I met for coffee and to catch up. During our conversation she mentioned something called Stitch Fix for which she had received a gift card. It’s a service that sends clothing items and accessories to your home based on a very detailed style profile you complete. I was intrigued and went home and Googled it to learn more. I signed up for it that night. This month I will receive my 17th “fix.” I guess you could say I am addicted. It is so fun to have a package delivered each month with goodies that have been chosen specifically for me. Subscription boxes have exploded in popularity. You can get almost anything delivered to you on a regular basis. From kids craft activities to snacks to meal prep to hygiene items, there is a subscription service for everyone and just about everything. As a matter of fact, we recently got my dad a subscription to Dollar Shave, which delivers him a month’s supply of razors. Have you caught the craze? Check out Laura McEachen’s article on pg. 16 and drop me a line to let me know which service you are into. I may just find a new fave! Do you love the library? My husband is what I would call a library-aholic! I think he goes every day. From movies to books to CDs, there is something for everyone. Our resident library-aholic, Kristina Light, shares why she loves our libraries on pg. 44. And, because April is the month in which we focus on going green, what’s more green than borrowing books and movies from the library? For more ways to go green, check out Lauren Greenlee’s article on pg. 46.

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Materials Needed: White construction paper Watercolors or acrylic paint Crayons

Van Gogh inspired paintings Explore art history with your little artist at home by creating a painting inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Kids of all ages can make one, and it’s a great way to sneak in some educational activities at home while they get in touch with their artsy side.

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Step One: Begin by showing your child a picture of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Talk about shapes, colors and textures that you observe in the painting.

Step Two: With a white or yellow crayon, draw some swirls and circles on the white construction paper. Look at the original “Starry Night” painting and have your child try to create some of the same shapes in the sky on his paper. He also can make a moon and stars.

Step Three: Using watercolor or watered down acrylic paint, paint over the entire paper with dark blue or purple. The crayon should show through the paint. Step Four: Cut a silhouette landscape out of black construction paper. It could be a simple wavy line to resemble hills, or an older child could cut out a more complex city scene. Glue the black silhouette onto the bottom of the sky painting. Megan Kapple is a blogger from Kansas City, MO, where she lives with her husband and three young daughters. She loves anything DIY and crafty and blogs about her adventures at

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few months ago, my husband and I were pulling all-nighters and not in a fun or even semi-productive way. After finally getting our 2-year-old to sleep in his own bed, I enjoyed approximately a week of decent sleep before my 4-year-old began balking at the idea of bedtime. Consistency in our bedtime routine was top priority. I didn’t understand what else I could do to ensure that the entire Bosse family returned to peaceful slumber. After some trial and error, online research and feedback from other parents, however, I can confidently say that we’ve eradicated our son’s sleep issues. If you’re currently suffering from child-induced sleep deprivation, here are six tips to getting a better night’s sleep all-around.

1. Consistency: According to a 2009 article in the journal Sleep, consistency improved sleep in children with mild to moderate sleep problems. It also provides children with a sense of security. Tonganoxie mom of four Meghann Gehl says, “We eat dinner around 5:30. Then baths start at 7, from youngest to oldest. They brush their teeth, and then I read an age-appropriate

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book to each of them, starting with the youngest and working my way through until they’re all in bed. I think a schedule is so important for kids. They know what’s expected, so it helps them settle down and go to sleep easier.”

2. Eat: If your child is waking up each night restless or complaining of stomach pain, it’s possible he isn’t getting enough to eat during the day. A small snack before bedtime, such as cereal with milk, fruit, string cheese or some crackers, will give him just enough to properly fill up without overdoing it. An overly full stomach also can interfere with sleep.

3. Limit Screen Time: According to “Bedtime Blues: How to Get Children to Sleep” on, exposure to bright light, which includes most screens— however small—will halt production of melatonin and prevent sleep. Even a few minutes of exposure can throw off bedtime by as much as two hours. Avoid allowing children access to TV, computers, tablets or mobile phones at least an hour before bed. If a nightlight is needed, it should be dim or red. Our brains are less sensitive to red light.

disorder specialist Professor Paul Gringas says, “Don’t do anything at bedtime that you’re not prepared to do five times a night, including at 3:00 a.m.” I found that not allowing my 4-year-old to bring a cup of milk with him to bed greatly curtailed his incessant waking throughout the night. If possible, you should also try to avoid sitting with your child until he falls asleep. We got into a bad habit of lying with our youngest each night until he fell asleep. When he woke at midnight and 2:00, he wouldn’t go back to sleep unless we lay down with him again. Not only did it impact his sleep, it took a big toll on ours as well. Now, we lie with him for a few minutes at bedtime and that’s it. It has helped a lot.

5. Soft Music: Studies have shown that continuous, softly played music can not only help children fall asleep, it also can make it easier for them to fall back asleep if they wake up during the night. 6. Be Firm: Don’t be afraid to be firm either. My boys are at the stage where they ask for “one more thing.” They want an extra hug and kiss, another book or suddenly become very thirsty. It’s a ploy to stay up just a little longer. I won’t turn down a request for extra love, but I do curb the incessant need for a drink or one last book. Calmly reiterating the bedtime rules will keep it consistent. It’s important to remember that all children are different. Some require more or less sleep than the average. Some are night owls, while others can fall asleep much earlier in the evening. The key lies in assessing the specific needs of your child and creating a routine that suits both of you. With a little tweaking, you, too, will be on your way to a better night’s sleep. Jennifer Bosse lives in Kansas City with her husband and two sons. Thanks to a better bedtime routine, her family is once more sleeping soundly.



nacking is inevitable, but healthy snacking is possible. Here are some fun, easy and healthy snacks to pass the time between meals.

Hummus and sliced veggies:

Hummus has a nutty flavor that kids love and contains folate, vitamin B6 and iron. Yogurt and fruit: Yogurt contains dairy and protein, and the fruit can be either fresh or frozen depending on the season (berries are a favorite due to the antioxidants). Peanut butter: Peanut butter is full of protein and healthy fat. Combine that with a banana or apple and you have a sweet and healthy snack. Cheese and pretzel: Cheese is full of dairy, healthy fat and calcium, and what child doesn’t love a salty pretzel for some added carbohydrates? Cottage cheese and pears: Pears are full of fiber and available year-round. Canned pears are also a great healthy option (pick the ones canned in juice, not syrup). Cottage cheese is packed with calcium and protein. Smoothies: Kids go crazy over these drinks! They are easily adaptable to fit any



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Whole-grain waffles: Waffles are full of iron and vitamins B6, B12 and A. Top with reduced fat cream cheese or fruit jelly for a delicious snack. Meat and cheese roll-ups: Choose a low-fat, low-sodium meat and combine with cheese. Or roll the deli meat around a cheese stick. High in protein, healthy fat and calcium. French fries: Yes, you read that right! Make your own with a combination of sweet potatoes and baking potatoes. Slice them or cut them into wedges, toss lightly in olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Healthy snack options for your family are not only possible, but easy and fun as well. Let your children get involved with the “cooking” process and enjoy the fruits of your labor together. Jessica Heine is a labor and delivery nurse. She resides in Olathe with her family. As always, please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns.


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hen I began researching this article, I had no idea how many subscription services were out there. I discovered that there are more than 600 different subscription box services, and that number is continuing to grow! Numerous websites, YouTube videos, blogs and discussion boards are dedicated to listing, reviewing and rating the various services. I also learned a new word, curation, which in this field means the choosing, gathering, organizing and presenting of a collection of products. Why are these services becoming so popular? The theories abound. You might remember the old school “book/fruit/ wine/cheese/CD of the month” clubs that all but disappeared. One theory is that no one gets anything fun in the mail anymore. When was the last time you received a surprise package or even a handwritten birthday card? Retail brick and mortar stores are disappearing because so many shoppers choose the convenience of on-line shopping. Individuals without access to major retail outlets can have a high-end personal shopper experience via the post office. People are busy—too busy even to shop. Subscribing and forgetting about it is so easy. More and more consumers are practicing “retail awareness,” conscious consumption of local, handmade, ecologically responsible products, and numerous subscription service options cater

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to this ideal. Still other subscribers cite value for the appeal of the subscriptions. You can receive items valued at two to five times the price of the subscription. Plus, having someone else narrow choices down for you can be a welcome change of pace.

people are busy— too busy even to shop. subscribing and forgetting about it is so easy. One local mom says that she enjoys Birchbox, a popular beauty sample subscription service, because it lets her try products she wouldn’t know about otherwise without paying for a full-size item. In fact, Birchbox is credited with pioneering the subscription box trend in 2010, and it still remains in the top as far as popularity, up there with other beauty and lifestyle sample subscription services Ipsy and POPSUGAR. Target and Wal-mart have even joined in the trend with monthly box offers. The most popular women’s clothing service is Stitch Fix, which our KC Parent editor, Margaret Sarver, looks forward to each month. It charges a $20.00 styling fee, which is credited toward your purchase if you choose to keep any of the items. You receive a 20 percent discount if you keep

all the items in your “fix.” You indicate your style and size preferences, then receive a package of clothing and accessories to try on at home. Expect to pay $30.00-80.00 per clothing item on the low/medium price range. Users love that an information card comes with each item telling you what pairs best with it. Other clothing/ accessory services for women include Fabletics (fitness clothing), Golden Tote, Rent the Runway, Wantable Accessories and Wantable Intimates. There are also niche services for maternity wear such as Preggonista. Babies and kids are an important demographic for subscription services. For children’s clothing, FabKids is the most popular. You take a style quiz and receive a two-piece outfit for $29.95. Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company provides environmentally friendly diapers and baby supplies. Diaper Dabbler is a great gift for new parents that provides a sampling of a variety of diaper brands. Citrus Lane sends age-specific products such as toys for ages 0-5. Little Passports offer a glimpse into foreign cultures, and Kiwi Crate provides seasonal arts and crafts supplies. Other ideas for kids: Little Pnut (toys), Koala Crate (hands-on learning activities for preschoolers), Tinker Crate (STEM activities for ages 9-14), Doodle Crate (DIY projects for ages 9 and up) and Pokecrate (for the Pokemon aficionado).

Food and snack boxes are understandably also very popular. If you love to cook but don’t like grocery shopping, services such as Blue Apron, Plated and Hello Fresh will deliver recipes and fresh ingredients. While not inexpensive, these services provide innovative meals that are usually a bargain compared to eating out, and they can definitely save you money if you head to the store to purchase ingredients for one meal and end up with a cart full of miscellany by the time you check out. Graze, Nature Box (lets you choose the items you want) and GrEAT Kids Snack Box (healthy snacks for kids) all offer tasty looking options. Some of the more specific boxes I found were Phone Case of the Month, GoodMouth (toothbrushes), BlackSocks Sockscription (men’s dress socks), Mexican Candy Box, Think Soap and Tackle Grab (fishing lures). Don’t like what you received? Swap it! There are websites similar to eBay where you can swap subscription box products that didn’t work out. [Products offered in lots and items with the packaging intact will swap better].

Before committing to joining a service, search for coupons and special offers. Most services offer discounts with a longer subscription period. Also, be sure to search for user reviews of the service. Common complaints include a long waitlist to join, difficulty in unsubscribing or returning items and that boxes have frequent repeats or too many lower-end items. The best way to determine whether you will like a subscription is to see what has been included in previous boxes. Now, if there were just a service that would come and remove a box of carefully

chosen stuff from my house on a regular basis! If you find yourself in need of the opposite of a subscription box service, check out Donation Town, which connects you with local charities that offer free pickup service. Pickup Please will come collect items for donation to Vietnam Veterans of America. Locally, try KC Donation Pickup. Laura Miller McEachen is a part-time attorney and full-time mommy. She enjoys shopping too much to let anyone else do it for her.

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get asked fairly frequently what it’s like to raise quadruplets. While I don’t have anything to compare it to, I have learned a few things along the way!

1. Four of Everything Really Isn’t Necessary You don’t need four swings, ExerSaucers or four of every toy. It’s just not practical. Sure, there are some exceptions, but everything you think you “need” may not be totally conducive to a small house or a suddenly one-income family. Besides, learning how to share is a good thing!

2. Don’t Make Eye Contact and Don’t Stop Moving This is the very first thing that all quad parents learn. Whatever you do, do not stop moving when in public and try not to make eye contact with anyone. It’s really not about being rude. It’s about trying to preserve that family time and actually make it to the destination. Once we stop moving, the questions from the public start, and we are stuck.

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these conversations can be, it’s also a good reminder that I don’t know another mom’s situation and that giving my uninvited advice is probably not appreciated.

4. T here Is No Way to Avoid Making a Spectacle

hearing “Did you do IVF?” “Did you have help?” and “Were they natural?” Yes, it’s very frustrating and invasive, but people ask anyway. The only defense is to prepare the answer in advance and try to keep from being caught off guard.

If you have quadruplets, you will make a spectacle. No matter how quickly we try to sneak into the grocery store and back out with our little family of same-age kids, someone figures out what they are. And they like to tell everyone else in the store. “Walking zoo exhibit in aisle 4!” When that happens, revert back to strategy number 4 on this list.

7. This Is Normal

5. P eople Are Going to Ask Dumb Questions

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You’ve heard the saying “There are no dumb questions.” Well, in my time as a quad mom, that statement has been proven false. I routinely get questions like “Were you trying for four?” or “Did you know there was more than one in there before they were born?” As a quad mom you either want to laugh or cry. I choose to laugh, because otherwise the next 14 years are going to be very, very long.

6. M  y Reproductive History Is Now Common Knowledge For some reason, everyone loses that social screen when they find out that I have quadruplets. I can’t go anywhere without

I think what most people don’t realize is that raising quadruplets is completely normal for me. My normal isn’t something I would have volunteered for, but now that I have it, I wouldn’t give it up! I think the lesson that I learned here is to embrace the challenges because there is a sense of peace, belonging and “rightness” on the other side. People wonder how I do it. I don’t. We do it. I’ve realized that there is no possible way on earth that I could handle this level of responsibility myself. I try to regularly remind my husband how thankful the kids and I are to have him as our support. It’s okay that I can’t do this by myself. Our family is better off having a team that works together to get us to the end of the day. Rebecca Ishum lives in South Kansas City with her husband, Sean, and their 4-yearold quadruplets: Elizabeth, Elijah, Caleb and Abigail,. You can read more about their parenting adventures at

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What’s bad: Thin on emotional substance to actually help children cope with an expanding family.

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What’s good: Bakari’s first-person narration is witty and fast-paced.

Mission: New Baby

It’s Mission Impossible for soon-to-be siblings. Accepting a new baby into the family can be a very emotional and difficult thing for many children. Hood alleviates the concerns with redirection. She offers a mission: “Train the new kid on the team.” It’s a big job but someone has to do it. Hood breaks it down into 16 assignments. One of my favorites is Number 8, “Set Up Communication Systems,” which shows agents informing parents what their new agent needs, from food to diapers. That’s right, there is age-appropriate potty humor in this one. Number 11, “Blend In,” adds a little humor as well, when the two agents practice camouflage techniques around the house. This is a fun approach to the subject of expanding families.

If you accept that there’s more to a person (or pet) than what’s on the surface, you’ll get the basic gist of this tale. Glamourpuss is a much pampered kitty. She belongs to the Highhorsens, a couple of gazillionaires with no children. Glamourpuss knows that she’s special and has no problems showing everyone around her. Her world is turned upside down when Bluebelle, a nouveau Chihuahua, comes to visit. Bluebelle steals all the attention in the room with her classicmovie-referencing antics. Battling through their repertoire of emotions, both pets eventually accept each other as friends.

What’s good: Fantastic illustrations

and humor.

What’s bad: No recognizable lesson for children to learn.

Fourth-grader Bakari Katari Johnson probably thought the biggest problem he would face at school was running for hall monitor against his classmate Tariq. But then he finds a magical ring and gets sucked through a portal to the “Zero Degree Zombie Zone.” Now Bakari has to figure out how to save the world from an evil zombie ruler before the end of the school day. He may even have to work with his class rivals to succeed.

What’s bad: The plot is pretty typical

of this style of story, but the character diversity is nice to see.

The Case of the Vanishing Emerald: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins By Holly Webb Illustrated by Marion Lindsay Best for: Ages 9-12 Maisie Hitchins is a pint-sized amateur sleuth that middle-grade readers may just grow to adore. She has the needed mettle to see a case through, no matter where it leads. Her newest case leads to the theater, where Maisie takes a job backstage as a dresser to discover who stole a priceless–and cursed–emerald necklace. Before long, things get very strange, but with help from her ever-loyal dog, Eddie, Maisie manages to put all the pieces together.

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As winter ends and spring finally arrives, parents still face entertaining their kids indoors on the stuck-inside rainy days. Depending on your child’s interests, there are still plenty of activities to keep him entertained for the day, both at home as well as around the area. I find it handy to keep a list of activities to turn to when I need some inspiration.

arts & crafts If your child enjoys arts and crafts, try doing something exciting like finger painting with pudding or colored yogurt, painting animal crackers or experimenting with baking soda and different colored vinegar. We like to use measuring spoons, syringes, droppers and spray bottles for our vinegar.

sensory play Let the kids experience different textures such as playing with dry beans, dry pasta, water beads, shaving cream, kinetic sand, dish soap bubbles or even water and ice! Another idea would be to turn off the lights and have fun with flashlights.

technology Especially if you’ve had a few days of being stuck inside and screen time is generally limited at your home, this can be a good time to increase time and make it more of a treat. Bonus points if it’s educational!

get outside Embrace the rain and head outdoors! Have a special umbrella or rain boots waiting as a surprise gift to brighten a gloomy day and help kids experience the rain through all their senses. There is a big puddle in our street that I let my kids splash in if it’s warm enough and there are no cars around. They love it!

games Teach young children how to play Old Maid or Candy Land or play one of your older child’s favorite board games with her for a while. Playing together will be something kids remember. (Hint: Set a timer if you need an escape route.) There are also plenty of kid-friendly Minute to Win It type games on Pinterest to play together, as well as the classics hide and go seek and Simon says!

exercise Kids will always have energy to burn no matter the weather situation, so look up some kids exercise videos, turn the music up and have a dance party, or set up an obstacle course. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and if you time them, they can keep trying to beat their old time or compete with a sibling.

baking Baking together involves science, math and art, as well as getting to eat a tasty treat together at the end! Just be prepared to have more of a mess with your “helpers!”

baths Have the kids take an impromptu and fun bath during the day with bath crayons, bath paints and random non-toy toys from around the house. Allow youngsters to take a doll or toy in with them to give them a bath too. Carlee Young, Overland Park mom of two, adds the idea of having an inside beach party! “My girls had a swimming/dance party today with bathing suits and goggles for them and their stuffed animals!”

forts/tents Give your kiddos permission to build a fort with couch cushions, pillows, blankets, etc., or bring out the pop-up play tents for the day.

cleaning Young children tend to think helping to clean is fun, and even if your children are older, they can still participate in some light housework when stuck inside. Have them wipe down the door knobs and light switches, wash windows, dust baseboards with socks, etc. Stephanie Loux is the mom of soon-to-be-three little ones under 5 and writes from her home in Olathe.

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Kaelyn chooses the markers for me, and I must come up with a picture that will fit in with those particular colors. I always label the picture to help with her growing reading skills. I have drawn balloons, ice cream cones, cats, butterflies, trees and smiley faces. On the day of the Belton Pirates homecoming game, I drew a football and a jersey. I must say that I am not an artist, not even close. Stick figures are about as artistic as I get, and I am afraid that one of these days I will run out of things I can semi-draw. One day I drew a rainbow, and when Kaelyn got home I admitted that the colors were in the wrong order. She looked at me like I’d sprouted a third eye. “I thought it was the prettiest rainbow ever!� she said emphatically. That was the last time I criticized my drawings in front of her.

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Sept. 22, 2013. A day I will never forget. The day the kidney adventure began. After losing 40 pounds unintentionally and having extreme fatigue, I completed a physical exam and lab work. Three days later, I was relieved to be feeling better. Then, the phone rang. My husband, Tom, handed me the phone, saying, “It’s Dr. Harrington.” I responded, “Oh, this is not good.” Indeed it was not! Dr. Harrington informed me that my blood work was extremely abnormal and I should proceed immediately to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with acute renal failure. What a shock! In seemingly a moment, I went from being a lifelong healthy person to having a kidney biopsy, blood transfusion, placement of chest and stomach ports, initial dialysis treatments and regular blood draws. Thus began what I dubbed “the kidney adventure.” On July 28, 2014, after approval as a transplant candidate, I posted this poem on Central Nazarene Church’s Facebook page.

Are You the One? In September of 2013, I began an adventure anew, I found out some startling news that really made me feel blue. My kidneys decided to totally flunk, They’re pretty much now just useless junk, Daily dialysis helps me survive, But I really need a kidney transplant to thrive. So, if you would like to slightly risk your life, To give me a kidney, go under the knife. And if you’ve been thinking you’re needing some pain, And a few weeks of misery that is quite insane. Then, you’re the one. Yes, this is the clincher... You’re invited to join my kidney adventure!

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Sarah’s Turn As an intensive care trauma nurse, the subject of organ donation was a familiar one, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that it became real to me. Tori and I had just met at Vacation Bible School mid-July. A week later, Tori’s poem caught my attention because it was smart and witty and when it ended with a request for a kidney, I was shocked. Renal failure, dialysis, blood transfusions and multiple lab sticks—I was familiar with those nursing terms, but her having such a debilitating diagnosis as a mom of three young children humbled me. I messaged her and quickly contacted the Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center. I was told there were multiple people in the process, but I scheduled a lab draw anyway.

Tori’s Turn I always believed 100 percent that I would have a living donor. (Living donation kidneys usually work immediately and last longer than a deceased donor’s kidney). Lots of people love me, and I knew someone would step up. I didn’t expect it to be a brand new friend! I was so grateful for Sarah’s willingness to engage in this adventure with me. We anxiously awaited results of her lab draw.

Sarah’s Turn Several weeks later, I got the call. I was a match! After a conversation with my amazing husband, Michael, we continued testing. Some wondered, “Why in the world would you do something like this for someone you barely know?” I wanted to do something BIG for God, something that would be a testimony and witness of my faith. I feel like most people have a deep desire to know their life matters. People want to know that the accumulation of works and accomplishments in their lifetime will last and have an impact on the future. Donating a kidney was an amazing experience for

me that was an extension of my life that I hope will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Tori’s Turn I was humbled, astounded and immensely thankful that Sarah was willing to endure poking, prodding and pain on my behalf. Not only that, but she did it happily and willingly. I posted a follow-up poem—“She’s the One!”—to inform people of the exciting news! It was a process of several months before we finally had a transplant date on the calendar and began counting down the days. Feb. 11, 2015, the big day arrived. We had completed the final cross-match at Midwest Transplant Network and pre-op testing at Research Medical Center and were ready to go. I was nervous, but my faith in Christ, the support of my incredible husband and three daughters and the prayers of so many helped me to have a sense of peace. The transplant went off without a hitch. My new kidney was pretty and pink, according to Dr. Murrillo, and began working immediately. It was truly a miracle. After four days of posttransplant pain and recovery, Sarah was discharged on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be National Donor Day. I went home the following day.

Sarah’s Turn Throughout the process, I had people ask me, “Do you ever wish you had never started this?!” I could honestly tell them, “No.” As a mother who spends the week at home with young children, I struggle with moments of doubt as I occasionally wonder how my plans of travel nursing and an advanced degree turned into diaper duty and full-time pacifier wrangling. Donating my kidney to Tori gave me a passion and renewed purpose. It was an incredible opportunity to become a part of something bigger than myself. This has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and it reminds me that there are numerous opportunities that have the power to change the course of life or perhaps the life of another.

Donation Facts:

• People in Kansas waiting for a kidney: 460 • People in Missouri waiting for a kidney: 1,433 • People in Kansas waiting for a liver: 135 • People in Missouri waiting for a liver: 233 • Average wait time for donor kidney: 4-5 years • Average wait time for donor liver: 2-3 years • People across the United States waiting for an organ donation: 125,844

In 2014, Midwest Transplant Network (which represents Kansas and the western two-thirds of Missouri) had more than 200 organ donors and more than 1,000 tissue donors. You can be a living donor. The most common donations are a kidney or part of a liver, but you also can give a lung or part of a lung and/or part of the pancreas or intestines. To be a living donor for a relative, friend or even a stranger, contact Midwest Transplant Network ( You also can bless others with your organs when you no longer need them. Visit to sign up! Also, let your family know your intentions. Your organ donation can help save the lives of up to eight people. One tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people. One cornea donor will give people the gift of sight. In theory, if you are an organ, eye and tissue donor, you can help save and heal the lives of more than 60 people!!

Tori’s Turn What a life-changing experience! God was so close to us throughout this journey. We are so appreciative of the donations, prayers, meals, gifts, cards and wonderful care at Lenexa DaVita Dialysis Center and Research Medical Center. My family and I are forever grateful for Sarah’s sacrificial gift, which inspires me to make the most of each day and to constantly look for opportunities to be a blessing to others.

Feb. 11, 2015: Another day I will never forget. The day a new friend gave me new life. Tori Walker lives in Kansas City with her family. april 2015


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Kansas City Zoo Make your summer a little wilder with Zoofari Adventures Summer Camp. Camp runs June 1 through August 7. Your animal enthusiasts will get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s creatures. A typical camp week includes on ground tour, behind the scenes tour, animal encounters/shows, science experiments, games, and crafts. Topics vary each week. Half day camps are available for ages 4-5, full day for ages 5-12. COST: ½ Day: $110, Full Day: $250, Aftercare (3:30pm-5:30pm): $15. 10% discount for FOTZ. See display ad on pg. 34.

KC Watersports Cool off with a day filled with fun on the water! KC Watersports offers Watersports Day Camp for all ability levels. Whether you have never tried wakeboarding, waterskiing, or wakeskiing before or if you ride every weekend we have a camp for you. Camps are offered from 8:30am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday and age 7+ are welcome to join us. Find out more information at or call 913.783.4300. See display ad on pg. 30.

The KCYA Community School of the Arts The KCYA Community School of the Arts (CSA) offers children performing and visual arts classes, camps and private instruction on the campus of St. Teresa’s Academy. Spring classes now forming. Summer Camps begin in June. Scholarships are available. 816.531.4022. See display ad on pg. 33.

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Are your children sports-minded? Do they like to sing and play instruments? Have they dreamed of working at Google? The KU Edwards Campus is hosting a variety of summer camps for children who are interested in areas such as sports, music, science, engineering, math, technology and Chinese language and culture. All camps will take place at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Learn more about our camp offerings at See display ad on pg. 39.

Nelson-Atkins “Camp out” this summer at the NelsonAtkins! Ages 6-13 can participate in art classes, make new friends and have many fun-filled activities led by camp counselors in full day, week-long camp sessions, July 20-August 7; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., with an extended day option. Visits from “mystery

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These girls give each other friendship bracelets, one of many traditions at Kanakuk in 1985 and today.


ummer camp has been a major part of childhood for millions of kids. Some families have second and third generation campers who attend the same camps their parents and grandparents did. These families witness a lot of transformations at the camp over the years, as well as some of the same traditions. Dianne Shadwick of Overland Park was a counselor at Camp Kanakuk, a Christian camp based in Branson, MO, for

Ages 6-12

several years in the 1980s. Her daughter, 23, and two sons, 21 and 17, have attended Camp Kanakuk every summer since their childhoods, either as campers or counselors. The Shadwicks say many traditions at the camp have been preserved over the years, which provides a reassuring familiarity. One practice that has remained in place is the focus on a true camp experience by limiting exposure to the outside world. “When you’re at Kanakuk, they don’t let you

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use your cell phone. You have no access to the outside world. There is no TV, no cell phone,� Dianne explains. “You are having a true camp experience, which I think is a great thing. The only communication you are having for that week or two is good oldfashioned letters.� In recent years, one-way email has been introduced. Family members can send an email, which is then printed and given to the camper, but campers cannot send emails out. The family has seen a lot of changes over the years, including the growth of the camp in the past couple of decades. Another thing that is different is the way campers and counselors keep in touch with

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their peers once camp is over. The world has gotten smaller in that respect. “Now in the age of computers and cell phones, that friendship is so much more accessible than when I was growing up. Then it was letters and a corded phone,” Dianne says. Social media also plays a large part in keeping camp friendships intact these days. Dianne’s daughter, Mary Katherine, says, “Camp has become more of a yearround thing. That’s the whole reason I got Facebook in the first place, to keep up with camp friends. Camp is also able to reach out to us with podcasts, Instagram and camp updates.” When she was a counselor, Dianne says, “It was truly more of a summer experience. They did a thing called ‘winter trail,’ where they went around to different college campuses recruiting, so we did see them during the winter, but maybe only once.” Food choices at summer camps have gotten more complex over the years, with many camps accommodating dietary

restrictions and food allergies. Mary The Shadwicks hope to continue the camp Katherine has first-hand experience with tradition with Dianne’s future grandchildren. this shift in kitchen operations. The next generation of campers is certain to “I have Celiac, and gluten-free wasn’t a take part in new customs, as well as continue thing then. Nobody knew what that was, some of the old ones. and they told my mom I probably wasn’t going to be able to go to camp because they Tisha Foley lives in Belton with her husband couldn’t accommodate my dietary needs.” and two kids. Dianne says her first thought was “There’s no way this child cannot have a great experience just because she has a dietary restriction. So I said I would take the brunt of the responsibility.” At first, Dianne worked with the kitchen staff and packed Mary Katherine her own food so she could eat a gluten-free version of the same foods other campers did. “Now, it’s a whole different ballgame,” Mary Katherine This group of “k says. “They have gluten-free options am memory in 1985 pers” created a fun kayak . and have expanded their menu.” april 2015



the camp around the corner: day camp


or 150 years, camp has been the natural extension of traditional education— an expanded learning environment that provides enrichment and a hands-on experiential education like no other. Experts agree that camp is essential to a child’s development—teaching life lessons such as leadership, teamwork, empathy, and problem-solving. The most successful camp experiences occur when families and children work together to find a camp that best matches everyone’s needs. What about families who feel a sleep-away camp is not the right fit, but still want their child to experience all that camp has to offer? The answer may be right around the corner at a day camp.

Camp close to home — Perhaps a child is too young for resident camp, or perhaps scheduling does not allow for extended time away from home. Regardless of the reason, day camp is an excellent alternative.

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Research indicates that participation in intentional programs, like camp, helps reduce learning loss during summer months. Camp is the ultimate classroom, using experiences to teach problem-solving and skill-development.

Get those bodies moving — Camp provides children the opportunity to try new things and participate in humanpowered activities. According to surveys by both the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American child is six times more likely to play a videogame on any given day than to ride a bike. According to research conducted

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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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circumstances, day care expenses, including transportation by a care provider, may be considered dependent care services and paid with a In addition, day camps may qualify for special tax incentives like child and dependent care tax credits. Day camp is life-changing, providing growth and development through teachable moments, experiences, friendships and most importantly, fun.

questions to ask about camp cost What is the refund policy? Refund policies vary greatly from camp to camp. Some refund for illness only, some will give a total refund prior to a certain date and some do not refund at all. Most camps will ask for a small non-refundable deposit at the time of application, which may or may not go toward the cost of tuition. It is important to know the refund policy before you send any money.

Is there financial assistance available? Many camps offer camperships, partial or total subsidies of the tuition costs, but parents need to ask if they are available. Although they are usually awarded based on need, do not assume that you make too much to qualify. It is important to apply early.

What is included in the tuition? Day camps will typically include transportation as part of their tuition. Resident camps may offer limited transportation, such as a van ride from a major local train station. Other amenities to ask about are fees for special programs and trips, laundry service, camp canteen, special equipment that is required and service organization membership. Also, ask the camp director if it is appropriate to send spending money with your child.

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spend the summer giving back


’ve written in the past about the co-op camp that a friend and I ran each summer for our girls. Sadly, because of the girls’ ages and growing number of activities, last year was our final camp. For the theme of my last camp, I chose “Giving Back in KC.” We spent the week finding ways to volunteer and give back in our own community. I’m often asked about volunteering options available for families in Kansas City. Below is a snapshot of the activities from our week. Note that some locations do require a minimum age for volunteers, so be sure to ask about that when looking into volunteering with kids.

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!

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pack a snack: We visited Harvesters

so appreciative of our help.

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.

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diaper bank in Kansas City that works with different partners in the area to provide diapers to low income families. The girls and I spent a morning sorting and wrapping diapers into bundles. The organization also has this down to a science, and in no time we were pros! The diapers we sorted went to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. It was nice to know where the diapers we packed would end up!

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aren’t able to give your time, monetary donations are always appreciated.

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.

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 will miss co-op camp this summer.

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I hadn’t until recently, and it’s such a wonderful way to bless a family with an ill child. Located in all 50 states and celebrating their fifth birthday, Icing Smiles was started to put a smile on the faces of children with life threatening diseases and their siblings. Volunteers known as “sugar angels” provide a cake and often deliver the cake at no charge to families. To request a cake or to learn more about volunteering or helping out with Icing Smiles, visit april 2015


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Searching for a camp that allows your student to stay active, try new things, form life-long friendships and gain confidence? Sounds like a job for Summer at Pembroke Hill! 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. See display ad on pg. 32.

Sea Life Looking for a summer adventure that’s far from ordinary? Splash in to a world of adventure during our SEA LIFE Summer Camps! This opportunity is perfect for campers ranging in age from 8 - 12 years old. Guests who book their experience before May 1, 2015 will receive a free annual pass with paid summer camp session. For more information, please visit our website, See display ad on pg. 53.

Science City Science City Summer Camp 2015 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 technology each week! Space is limited! Camps run June 8-Aug 7, Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00. FREE early and late care available. $180/ week for Union Station members, $200/ non-members. For more information email or call 816.460.2226. See display ad on pg. 32.

StageworX StageworX is a positive environment where kids can grow both on and off the stage. Our mission is to provide three things for every camper: rewards of excellence in theater performance, depth of personal character, and lasting friendships. We foster growth in theater training and performance by

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creating a balance between purposeful silliness and hard work. A show for family and friends at the end of camp allows campers to demonstrate what they have learned! 816.536.2840. See display ad on pg. 37.

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the great news about homesickness Christopher A. Thurber, Ph.D.


hat’s right . . . there’s great news about homesickness! For starters, you should know that:

Homesickness (or “missing home”) is normal. In study after study, researchers found that 95 percent of boys and girls who were spending at least two weeks at overnight camp felt some degree of homesickness. Children at day camp may also feel pangs of homesickness, but less frequently.

Homesickness is typically mild. Nearly everyone misses something about home when they’re away. Some campers most miss their parents; others most miss home cooking, a sibling or the family pet. Whatever they miss, the vast majority of children have a great time at camp and are not bothered by mild homesickness.

Homesickness is something everyone can learn to cope with. In fact, research has uncovered multiple strategies that work for kids. Most kids use more than one strategy to help them deal with homesickness. Homesickness builds confidence. Overcoming a bout of homesickness and enjoying time away from home nurtures children’s independence and prepares them for the future. The fact that second-year campers are usually less homesick than first-year campers is evidence of this powerful growth. Homesickness has a silver lining. If there’s something about home children miss, that means there’s something about home they love — and that’s a wonderful thing. Sometimes just knowing that what they feel is a reflection of love makes campers feel much better. Mom and Dad, your help preparing your child for this amazing growth experience will pay huge dividends. After a session of camp, you’ll see an increase in your child’s confidence, social skills and leadership. And while your son or daughter is at camp, you can enjoy a well-deserved break. Remember, homesickness is part of normal development. Our job should be to coach children through the experience, not to avoid the topic altogether. To learn more about camp and child development, please visit the American Camp Association’s family-dedicated website: Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.

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Vineyard Church of Overland Park – Quest Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Come hang out with other awesome Jr. High students for crazy fun events like bandanna hunts, games and much, much more! Quest is for students who have completed fifth through eighth grade and runs from 10:00 to 4:30 daily June 8th-12th. $40 for the week includes all lunches, Offsite activities and snacks! Register at by May 4. See display ad on pg. 33.

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YMCA Kids find their voices and achieve more at the Y’s summer day camps. Fast forward to a summer of living out loud through self expression, learning, adventure, active play and friendship. Traditional camps offer exciting themes weekly. Specialty camps include outdoor, art, sports, engineering and community service. Locations include Blue Valley, Center, Olathe, Platte County, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill School Districts; Camp Naish; North Kansas City; and Riverside. Ages 3-18. Learn more and register at See display ad on pg. 68

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Get Them to Listen…

the First Time!

have been heard, have kids repeat back what you are asking. “After asking my daughter to do something, I make sure she heard me by having her repeat what I just said to her,” says Abbey Lynch, Overland Park.

Begin with “I want.” Starting your instructions out with “I want” makes it sound less like a command and more like a request. This will appeal to children who want to please and have a hard time taking orders.

Address your child. Use your child’s name when asking him to complete a task. “Avery, can you please….”


Be positive. Instead of using negative words such as no, don’t, stop or quit, try phrasing your command in a positive light. Cyndi Mawhiney, director of Aldersgate Preschool in Olathe, uses the positive discipline approach when addressing her students. “When we say, ‘Don’t run,’ children tend to focus on the end of the statement, so they are apt to hear, ‘Run.’ Rephrase by asking, ‘Can you please use walking feet?’”

Command with one word. It’s mind-numbing to repeat the same phrase over and over again. And at some point, our kids tune us out. Use one-word

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acknowledged the first time, then you don’t have the child’s attention. Go back to the above step; don’t repeat yourself.

Repeat it back. To ensure that you

f there’s one universal problem that all parents face, it’s getting their children to listen—the first time. We battle this never-ending war from the time they are toddlers through preteens. It doesn’t matter how many times we say it, the different tones of voice we use, the privileges we revoke, or the endless threats we make. Nothing seems to get through to them. Do they even hear us? Teaching your children how to listen is a process that requires communication and consistency, which weighs heavily on you as the parent. In order for your children to listen the first time, you must help them nurture the practice of listening, and that starts by acknowledging how you talk to them.

Stay calm. It is important to stay calm yet firm while talking with your child. Speak in a direct and neutral voice when asking him to complete a task.

Don’t repeat. If you are not

commands such as “teeth” or “shoes” instead of “will you please find your shoes and put them on” or “you have to brush your teeth before you go to bed.” If you use too many words, it weakens the message.

Assign age-appropriate tasks. Ensure the commands you are giving are developmentally and physically appropriate for your child’s age. Younger toddlers and preschoolers might have a hard time remembering more than one task and could struggle with a multiplestep command.

Be direct. When setting an expectation for your child, be physically present. Instead of yelling across the room or house, get on the child’s level and make direct eye contact. This will also teach your child how to focus.

Praise them. When children do complete your requests, acknowledge their efforts. Take time to thank them for following instructions and explain how much it means to you that they listen. Pick your battles. No one wants to be a nagging parent, and your child doesn’t want every interaction with you to be an obligation. Balance out your requests with lots of love, laughter and silliness. Jennifer Duxbury is a SAHM from Olathe who struggles daily to get her spirited 4-year-old to listen!

Books to Reference Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Nol Janis-Norton How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. How to Get Your Child to Listen by Thomas G. Bunville If I Have to Tell You One More Time… by Amy McCready The One-Minute Counselor for Parents by H. Norman Wright

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ibraries. We often think of the local library as a dusty, musty place with stacks of books and stern ladies always with a finger to their lips whispering Shhhh! And while it is true that libraries house mounds of books and they do appreciate your consideration of others and use of a “library voice,” today’s libraries offer much, much more! As a mother I have always desired that my children love reading and learning, and I actively look for ways to “increase the odds” of this happening. I am a self-confessed library-aholic—an addiction I sincerely hope to pass along to my children. This was my motive for taking my first daughter to story time at the age of 6 months. We became faithful to our Monday morning story time routine, fast instilling in my daughter a love for books and anticipation in visiting one of her favorite people, Miss Carrie, our story time librarian. Beyond story time, I have come to love the many features the library offers, enhancing our family’s experience and seemingly growing with our needs. Each summer, the library features a summer reading program where parents record the books they read to their children and earn prizes. Programs vary within systems, but every local library system offers a summer reading program annually. Thanks to the online catalogs and apps available at all major library systems in KC, we are able to reserve books 24/7. On more than one occasion, I’ve spent my time on road trips requesting our next collection of books. The library’s recommended reading lists on their site only fuel my habit and, yes, I consider myself a “library junkie” with well over 100 books, movies and CDs checked out at any given time. In addition to “real books” (and I admit that I have a paper bias when it comes to reading actual books), we may now check out e-books using the library’s account and enjoy reading these materials for free on our devices—this has been a new favorite feature on long car trips. So, what else does the library have to offer? If you browse the library websites, you will find a calendar of events. Our local libraries host wonderful programs for families ranging from

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concerts to puppet shows, as well as children’s programs including craft projects and petting zoo visits, and adult programs to learn new languages or art forms. Over the years, I’ve come to especially love the cooking classes offered at the library featuring exotic foods and healthy alternatives for families. These events are free and provide another outlet to meet new friends in our community. The Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library offers tremendous family programs every Friday night in the Truman Auditorium. Simply visit your local library website (all listed below) for an upcoming calendar of events and be sure to register for programs in advance, as many programs do fill up quickly.

• Bonner Springs Public Library: • Cass County Public Libraries: • Johnson County Libraries: • Kansas City Kansas Public Libraries: • Kansas City Missouri Public Libraries: • Mid-Continent Public Libraries: • North Kansas City Public Libraries: Special libraries worth a special visit: Regular library patrons visit their neighborhood library faithfully, and rarely do they venture out to explore other libraries. Frankly, we often think they are much like McDonald’s: very little changes other than minor details. While it is true that most Kansas City-area libraries are quite similar, there are a few gems that stand out among the rest, making them worthy of an off-the-beaten path visit.

• The Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library

(14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO, 816.701.3400), housed in the former First National Bank of Kansas City, is one of the city’s most beautiful best-kept secrets. It’s home to fabulous research departments, in particular the Missouri Valley Room, located on the fifth floor, with an archive of special historical collections including the Missouri Valley Collection (local history), Ramos Collection (African American history) and Western expansion materials. The library is an architectural masterpiece with reading rooms, research areas, a cafe and a rooftop view of the city skyline complete with a giant life-size chess set! But the most special section of the library for families is the Children’s Department. Enter through the pages of a book where kids will discover a wonderful reading area organized by ages and interests and offering many hands-on activities as well. This library is so special that even the parking garage is unique! The “Community Bookshelf ” painted along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage (on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and

Baltimore Avenue) displays book spines featuring 22 titles from classics to local interest. The library’s many features beg to be explored and photographed. Parking Tip: The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. Parking is free on weekends and free for the first hour Mon.-Fri. with library validation and $1 for every 20 minutes thereafter with an $8/day maximum. The garage is one of Kansas City’s most unique landmarks as it is styled after a giant bookcase of famous literature.

• The Woodneath Library of the Mid-Continent Public Library

System (8900 N. Flintlock Rd., Kansas City, MO, 816.883.4900). This is one of the newest and yet “oldest” libraries in the metro. Located in the Shoal Creek area, this library is built incorporating a 30-acre antebellum farm and 1855 Elbridge-Arnold home and a 21st century library. The Greek Revival home is a popular event and meeting space adjoining the modern library. The Woodneath Children’s Literacy Center is state-of-the-art with skill-building computers and special interactive early literacy story times in the Story Time Barn. One of their most unique features is the Espresso Book Machine that prints, binds and trims a paperback book in minutes. You may purchase and print a book of your choice from a catalog of more than 3 million titles or bring your book for self-publishing.

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 Story time and programs are a great place for moms AND tots to meet friends. The online catalog and mobile apps allow us to request and renew materials any time, any place.

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Free access to their ebook accounts is wonderful.


Classes and programs for adults AND children. I still use the recipes from a Thai cooking class I took years ago.

Our local librarians are some of the most helpful people in KC.

Kristina Light is proud mother to four more library junkies!

For a list of events at local libraries, visit the calendar at april 2015


go GREEN to save some GREEN


eing a parent is an all-encompassing job. After all, kids need to be taught how to develop a strong work ethic, be respectful of others and steward well what they have. One of the beauties of making environmentally friendly choices as a family is that you can guide your children to do all of the above through simple changes and intentionality. The added bonus? Nine times out of 10, making eco-friendly choices is cheaper than the alternative. When going green saves some green, it stands to reason that there’s never been a better time than the present to make strides toward healthier living. There are so many ways families can do their part to reduce landfill waste and clean the air, but efforts are doubled when children are included in the process, instilling those values in the next generation

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and ensuring that those habits become second nature to them as they grow up. Here are some simple ways to make green choices in your home. And remember, the biggest impact one can make is through a series of little choices. Commit to implementing a few you’re not currently doing and make them a habit throughout the year.


Use cloth diapers.

Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item to end up in a landfill. In fact, the Clean Air Council estimates that Americans dispose of 49 million diapers a day. While it’s unclear how long it takes for one to decompose, it is estimated to take somewhere between 200 and 500 years. Think about it for a minute. That means that the first disposables used more than 40 years ago will still potentially be around 12 generations later! Disposables do no favors

for human health either, composed of harsh chemicals such as polyethylene, petroleum and chlorine. Ditch the disposables and try cloth diapers instead. Today’s modern CDs are convenient, easy to apply and, as an added perk, just downright adorable. And it gets even better. The average cost of a cloth diaper collection runs around $300-500, while using disposables over a two-year period costs a staggering $4,000. Cloth diapers can be reused with subsequent children and, if in good condition, can be resold, meaning they earn their keep over time.


Practice green laundry habits.

Wear, wash, fold, repeat. The average household does more than 400 loads of laundry each year, making it a vicious cycle that tags a large carbon footprint. Thankfully, there are several ways to lighten

the load (no pun intended!). It stands to reason that the simplest of all ways to cut back your laundry’s impact is simply by doing less of it. Wear items more than once, wash only full loads to ensure your machine functions at peak efficiency and wash using cold water (more than 90 percent of a washing machine’s energy goes toward heating the water, costing an average of $100 a year!). Use phosphate-free laundry detergents, soap nuts or, better yet, make your own laundry detergent with essential oils for a customized scent. Avoid using fabric softener or dryer sheets, as they are full of neurotoxins that are harsh on skin and break down the natural fibers in clothing over time. Instead, use a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle, which naturally balances the PH of soap, leaving clothing soft and free of chemical residue. Clean out the lint filter in your dryer to shorten the drying time, line dry whenever possible and when you are in the market for a new washer or dryer, look for Energy Star rated appliances, which can save as many as 7,000 gallons of water and $500+ in operating costs.


Go paperless.

Snail mail may be one of the most endearing of all ways to stay in touch. Reserve your mailbox for what’s most important and kick junk mail to the curb by registering at sites such as, and OptOutPrescreen. com. While at it, register at Yellow Pages Opt Out where you can decline receiving unwanted phone books (something many recycling plants will not accept anyway) and sign up to be placed on the no-call registry to put a stop to telemarketing calls on your home or cell phone (it might not save paper, but it will be a sanity saver!). Sign up for online bill pay, which can be done with the simple click of a button, saving checks and postage stamps. Reuse scrap paper by printing on both sides of the paper or letting the kids draw on the back side of the paper.


Eat fresh.

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways to make a lasting impact on the environment is to get up close and personal with your food sources. Plant an herb garden on your windowsill, try your hand at container gardening on the deck or a raised garden bed in the backyard. Build a simple compost bin and put food scraps to good use, nourishing the soil instead of adding to a landfill. Collect rainwater to water houseplants and your garden. And don’t forget to check out any one of the 30 farmers markets that call Kansas City home to purchase fresh, locally derived produce.


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One of the most careless ways a family can make a negative impact on the environment is by driving all over town. Work together to strategically cut back on unnecessary driving. Couple grocery shopping with errands each week and organize a carpooling system with friends for the kids’ school and sporting activities. Aim to drive at or below your vehicle’s optimum speed (for most cars it’s around 60 mph) to avoid wasting gas and money, as well as creating unnecessary greenhouse gases. Walk or ride a bike to errands within a mile’s distance.

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Nature Baby Encouraging children to interact with nature


ama, I want that one!” My youngest daughter points to rows of plants on the racks of the local home improvement store. “And that one too!” It is early April and time to plant our garden, including a special section of the yard set aside just for her. The space has been cleared, the weeds removed and the soil loosened. And while we happen to be organic gardeners and even keep a flock of chickens in the middle of the city, the most you really need is a pot, some potting soil and a few seeds to get started. Last fall, my daughter collected some seeds from an overgrown section of the yard, brought them inside and put them in a glass terrarium. She watered them faithfully—a little too faithfully, which

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necessitated a discussion on how too much water can cause some plants to rot—and we set it in a sunny window. As the days passed and the seeds erupted into seedlings and then began to grow at a high rate of speed, I knew I was looking at weeds. After a month or so, the plants, which look like some kind of rather aggressive vine, formed flower heads. I didn’t have the heart to throw them out— here in this controlled environment, they are actually doing quite fine, and she loves watching them grow. Outside they would be a menace! A few days ago I dug out the weeds and blades of grass in her garden spot and then handed the hand trowel to my daughter. She happily tackled the task of digging into the soft ground. Afterwards, we covered

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everything with a layer of mulch. This will make the planting easier and reduce the number of weeds. A circle of rocks defines the space, but just to make sure, we will include a sign, “Emily’s Garden,” so that there is no question who cultivates this small patch of dirt. She picked out several viola plants in small 4-inch containers, as well as packets of zinnia and nasturtium seeds. We plant everything at once, the violas for immediate visual results. The seeds will sprout soon, poking their heads up within a week or so, to eventually grow into a mass

of beautiful blooms of color. As she digs in the soil she chatters away, “I want to put a fairy garden in too, Mama. The fairies will love the flowers!” We discuss the house we will make of sticks and a “garden path” of flat glass beads for the fairies. Encouraging our children to interact with and learn from the natural world becomes more and more important in our technology-dependent world. When 9-year-olds sport cell phones and have a better grasp on how to play games on the computer than we do, you know it is

Set aside a little space and time for you and your child to garden this year. Here are a few supplies and suggestions to get you started:

Supplies Needed: • A pot or area of the garden • Potting soil • Flower seeds or live plants

time for a better balance of nature and technology. As Clare Walker Leslie wrote in her book Nature Connection, “…wherever I go, I find that kids still love being outdoors. They just need to be shown how. A curious adult can make a wonderful companion!”

Christine Shuck lives in historic Northeast Kansas City with her husband and youngest daughter in an 1893 Victorian. She keeps chickens, gardens organically and teaches community education classes throughout the KC metro.

Fun plants to grow include flowers, vegetables, even herbs. My daughter loves mint (but be careful, mint is highly invasive!), and plenty of flowers. Consider planting edible flowers like pansies, violets (NOT African violets) and nasturtiums. Non-edible varieties of flowers to consider are marigolds, zinnias and sweet William. Get started today. Those moments spent digging into the soil and making a special place for your child to garden and dream will be well worth it!

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hen the first issue of KC Parent was published in 1985, Earth Day was just 15 years old. Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, founded Earth Day in 1970 after witnessing the effects of a major oil spill off the coast of California the previous year. On April 22 that year, around 20 million Americans held rallies across the nation to protest issues such as oil spills, air pollution, toxic dumps and wildlife extinction. This year, we celebrate the 45th Earth Day and the 30th birthday of KC Parent. So how has Earth Day changed over the years?

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Then When Earth Day was created, a few doomsday predictions were made, including this one by Life magazine: “By 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”

Powell Gardens will offer free admission and free tree

We know that prediction was erroneous, as were many others, but fear and concern set the first Earth Day into motion. By the mid-1980s, the initial enthusiasm and activism from the ’70s had diminished a bit. The movement was confined to the United States and focused on immediate issues such as dirty air, the ozone layer and toxic water.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre and St. Mark Child and Family Development Center will have a Puppets for the Planet

By the end of the 1980s, activists had expanded the meaning of “environment” to include things like asthma and architecture.

seedlings on Earth Day (April 22) and will provide crafts, storytelling, tours, cooking demonstrations and more.

Community Art Festival on April 11. Activities include puppet shows, hip hop dancing, face painting, exhibits by local environmental groups, make-and-take crafts with local artists, bounce house and more.

Gardner Parks and Recreation will celebrate on

In 1990, Earth Day was taken to the international stage, with events in 141 nations, and has continued to grow globally.

April 25 with an Earth Day/Arbor Day event and will have a group cleanup, a free barbecue lunch, tree planting demonstration, drawings and prizes.


The Kansas City Zoo is having a “Party for the Planet” on

The Earth Day Network estimates that one billion people worldwide honor Earth Day on or around April 22, and some communities make it a week-long event. The Earth Day Network continues to push for Earth Day to become more than just single-day actions, such as park cleanups and tree-planting parties, and encourages people to focus on long-term commitments. How is Kansas City celebrating Earth Day 2015? Here are a few family events to consider:

Deanna Rose Farmstead will have educational programs about recycling and composting, crafts, flower planting, a traditional Native American ceremony and more on April 18.

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April 11. Visitors will learn about conservation programs and activities to do at home, and high school artists will be painting live around the zoo. Face painting and more activities will also be available.

Lakeside Nature Center will have a celebration on April 18 with a theme of “Wildlife in Swope Park.” The day’s activities include a show by the StoneLion Puppets, a make-and-take craft and information on Swope Park’s wildlife stars. These are just a few of the many Earth Day events around our city during the month of April. Check the KC Parent calendar for more listings.

Tisha Foley and her family make daily efforts to live green from their home in Belton.

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As the temps get warmer, take the kids to Backyard Specialists Payfor-Play event every Tuesday and Thursday. 17 play sets for kids to explore and picnic tables to enjoy a snack. $2. 913.307.6023

Let’s go fly a kite! Head to MCCLongview Campus on April 18 for the Flights of Fancy kite festival featuring mega kite displays, inflatable maze, candy drop and more!

Lenexa Baptist Church welcomes Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis on April 18 and 19. Attend one of the several sessions over the two days to learn more and deepen your faith.

Take the family to see Peter and the Wolf Ballet on April 18 & 19, performed by Miller Marley, at Olathe South Performing Arts Center. Along with the show, enjoy other ballets.

Explore TimberRidge Adventure Center at its annual open house on April 25. Choose from activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking and more. Pre-reg needed for some activities. 913.856.8849

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Free Play Cedar Ridge Christian Church. Daily free play for young children while parents enjoy a coffee drink. 913.393.3000

Welcome Wednesday Notre Dame de Sion. See why children thrive in our small class settings taught by skilled teachers. Pre-reg at Farmstead Opening Day 9:00, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Opening day for the farmstead! Bring the kids out to see the animals. 913.897.2360 Animal Tales 10:30, Ernie Miller Nature Center. A listen-and-learn activity for children ages 2 to 6 to learn all about snakes and why they are important. 913.764.7759 Plaza Bunnies & Wonderland Animals Thru April 12, Country Club Plaza. The larger-than-life bunnies are on display. What’s for Dinner? 3:30, Burr Oak Woods. Watch every Wednesday and Sunday as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast. 816.228.3766

Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church. Open gym time for kids through age 7. Ride on toys and play with balls, blocks and more. Free. Preschool Bowling 10:00, Mission Bowl (Olathe & Mission). Receive one game of bowling, shoes, ball and a soft drink for only $3. Pay-for-Play 10:00, Backyard Specialists. Kids can explore 17 play sets and munch on a snack at the picnic tables. $2. 913.307.6023 A Kansas City Dollhouse 2:00, MCPL (Liberty Branch). Learn about what life was like for girls growing up more than a century ago and participate in a hands-on project. Pre-reg at Getting Ready 2:00, Nat’l Frontier Trails Museum. During this guided tour you will learn about pioneers and come to understand what was needed for the journey. 816.325.7575

Easter Egg Hunt 6:00, Antioch Park. Grab your basket and head to Antioch Park for a new twist on the Easter egg hunt: a scavenger hunt. $8$9. Pre-reg at 913.831.3359.

3 Friday Arbor Day 8:00, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Visitors will have the opportunity to select a seedling (chinquapin oak or spicebush) to plant. Citywide Garage Sale Today & tomorrow, City of Lansing. Come out for a citywide garage sale. Maps available at City Hall and on city website. Lansing.KS.US Me & Mini Me Open Playground 9:30, Olathe Community Center. Two hours of open gym time for you and your little one to play and interact with others. $1-$2. 913.971.8563 Story Time 11:00, Reader’s World Lee’s Summit. Every Friday enjoy story time with a story, crafts and a snack. Free. 816.246.7323 The Easter Bunny Visits Noon, Crown Center Shops. The Easter Bunny greets children at Crown Center. Professional photos or take your own. 816.274.8444 april 2015


Easter Eggstravaganza April 4, Science City. Hunt for eggs, dye eggs, make Easter products in the Maker Studio, create an art project and so much more! $11.50-$13.50.

First Fridays 5:00, Crossroads Art District. Galleries and shops remain open the first Friday of each month.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 8:45, Powell Gardens. Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes and meet the Easter Bunny! Stay for egg hunt. $9-$17.

Goodnight Zoo 6:00, Kansas City Zoo. Enjoy a night of exploration stations, songs, educational games, activities and more. Ages 3-5. Bicycle Rodeo 9:00, Grandview High School. Bring your bicycles for fun-filled activities and learn about bicycle safety and the rules of the Tween Night 6:30, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Don’t road. 816.316.4921 spend Friday night at home! Come for painting, pizza and fun. $25 includes pizza, drink and Funny Bunny 5K & Autism Egg Hunts 9:00, pottery piece. Pre-reg at 913661.2529. Unity Village. Annual event to kick off Autism Awareness Month.

4 Saturday Easter Egg 5K and Lil Bunny Fun Run 8:00, South Creek Office Park. This fun family event features a beautiful course, visit from the Easter Bunny and more. Project Blue River Rescue 8:00, Lakeside Nature Center. Help preserve our environment. Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day cleanup event.

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Teacher Appreciation Day 9:30, Kansas City Zoo. Free admission for teachers and three guests. Learn more about Zoo-Ed program. Art Class: Landscapes 10:00, Nerman Museum (JCCC). Learn about landscape paintings and create an imaginary panoramic scene. 913.469.8500.

Enjoy the daytime sky: birds, butterflies, bugs and the trees above. Take a look at the sky above and enjoy the beauty of nature. Bird watching is the best at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center ( The conservation center features an indoor bird viewing area with binoculars, bird charts and books, a variety of native bird feeders attracting many species and a knowledgeable staff to educate new bird watchers. Powell Gardens (, a favorite place to look at flowers on the ground below, also offers beautiful views of the gardens from the silo observation deck overlooking the gardens. On walks through wooded paths and flowering gardens observers will enjoy birds, butterflies and beautiful plants and trees.

Enjoy the night sky: Stop and enjoy the

stars above and, perhaps, take an outing to enjoy the night sky beyond the bright lights of the city. The exploration of outer space captivates imaginations young and old, and visitors to Kansas City can share in the wonder at local attractions and unique exhibits. Explore the solar system with hands-on science at Union Station’s Science City (, where children learn

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Easter Eggstravaganza 10:00, Science City. Hunt for eggs, dye eggs, make Easter products in the Maker Studio, create an art project and so much more! $11.50-$13.50. Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast 10:00, Red Bank United Methodist Church. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, games, activities and egg hunt. Free. Ever Eggs 10:00, Anita B Gorman Discovery Center. Join us as we explore eggs in nature and their different sizes, color and textures. 816.759.7300

about astronauts and American space exploration through hands-on exhibits. You also can enjoy a show at the Gottlieb Planetarium featuring presentations on the solar system for all ages. The Kansas Cosmosphere (Cosmo. org), a Smithsonian-affiliated museum in Hutchinson, KS (just a few hours west of KC), chronicles the space race through personal stories, displays of real spacecraft, handson exhibits, live rocket shows and more. Enjoy the city sky: These local landmarks offer amazing views of the Kansas City skyline: The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial ( is perhaps one of the city’s most recognized landmarks. The museum offers world-class history exhibits, and the 217-foot-tall tower offers spectacular views of the city. The KCMO City Hall Observation Deck (414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO) is on top of the fourth tallest city hall in the world, which rises into the sky as the third tallest Kansas City building. There is no cost to visit this view, making it perfect for a budgetfriendly trip. Picture ID is required to go through security, and the observation deck is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 3:00, weather permitting.

Ollie’s Egg Hunt 10:30 & 1:30, Paradise Park. Paradise Park hosts its annual Easter Eggs-travaganza. Hundreds of eggs hidden wait to be found! 816.246.5224

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Hands-on History 11:00, National World War I Museum. Kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts in the museum main gallery. Cute as a Bunny Basket 11:00, Lakeshore Learning. Create a cute bunny basket and use it to collect Easter goodies. Free. 913.432.3998 Wonderpalooza 11:00, Wonderscope. Jump, shake and wiggle to the beat with top kid-friendly musicians at Wonderscope!


Easter Egg Hunt 11:00, Louisburg Cider Mill. Bring your basket and come join us for the Easter Egg Hunt. Have your child’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

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5 Sunday Easter Sunday Easter Egg Roll 11:00, St Peter’s United Church of Christ. Children’s Easter egg roll following the morning service on the church grounds. Free. Kite Fest Noon, Overland Park Arboretum. Purchase a kite, fly a kite and enjoy watching kites in the air! $3. 913.685.3604 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

6 Monday Gym for Me 9:00, Lenexa Community Center. A place for children to run, ride and play while exercising and making new friends. $1. Toddler Takeover 10:00, Kansas City North Community Center. Bring your little ones under 4 to run and play in the gym. $1. 816.784.6100

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Toddler Time 10:00, Bonner Springs Community Center. Bring your kids to play on the large assortment of toys in the gym. $2. 913.422.7010 Fairy Tale Village 10:00, Crown Center. Children’s tales come to life. Step into a world of make-believe to interact with characters from favorite stories. Free. 816.274.8444 Special Needs Sensory Night 4:30 & 5:30, SkyZone. A time for jumpers with special needs who need the distractions dialed down. Visit for more info.

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Walker Time 10:00, Wyandotte Library. Walkers (12-23 months) will enjoy movement activities along with interactive rhymes, songs and short books followed by playtime. 913.596.5800 Creative Story Time 11:00, Ceramic Café. Hear a story, create a pottery piece and enjoy a simple snack. 913.383.0222

8 Wednesday Plaza Bunnies & Wonderland Animals Thru April 12, Country Club Plaza. The larger-than-life bunnies are on display.

Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat 10:00, the Coterie. Zany fun and adventures abound in this classic story with Sally, her brother, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and more! $10-$15.

Pop ‘n Play 9:00, Johnson County Museum. A drop-in program with age-appropriate activities for children 9 months to 3 years old. 913.715.2550

Xtreme Bugs 10:00, Union Station. Get up close and personal with massive, moving insects to discover their unique behaviors.

Stories for Ones 9:30, Waldo Library. Bring your 1-year-old to a story time geared toward this age group. 816.701.3486

Pay-for-Play 10:00, Backyard Specialists. Kids explore 17 play sets and munch on snacks at the picnic tables. $2. 913.307.6023

After School Lego Club 4:30, Olathe Library (Indian Creek). Find out today’s theme and then create something awesome with the library’s Lego collection. Pre-reg at 913.971.6874.

9 Thursday Free Play Cedar Ridge Christian Church. Daily free play for young children while parents enjoy a coffee drink. 913.393.3000 Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church. Open gym time for kids through age 7. Ride on toys and play with balls, blocks and more. Free. Tadpole Tales 10:30 & 11:30, Sea Life Aquarium. Kids 2-5 enjoy a story with a Sea Life educator, make a craft and enjoy the aquarium for a special price.

Practically Perfect Peter 10:00, Martin City Melodrama. An original musical that teaches kids how to be the best possible people they can be. 913.642.7576 Baby Bundle Ballet 11:00, KC Ballet. Enjoy ballet-type movement and strengthening exercises with your little one in this unique class for new moms! For details and registration, call 816.931.2299. Second Friday Art Crawl 5:00, Downtown Excelsior Springs. Enjoy feature artists, music, dining and shopping. 816.630.6161

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Middle School Teen Night 7:00, Paradise Park. Spring is in the air, and tonight’s shindig is packed with plenty of spring break fun. DJ, ping pong, rock wall and more!

Grandparent Appreciation Sale Today & tomorrow, Children’s Orchard (Olathe, Indep, KCMO, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs). Show us a picture of your grandkids, get 20 percent off.

Owl Prowl 7:30, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Who rules the forest when dusk turns to night? Our amazing owls, of course! Learn about owls. Pre-reg at 816.228.3766.

Charlotte’s Web 10:00 & Noon, H&R Block City Stage (Union Station). Theatre for Young America presents EB White’s classic and touching tale of friendship.

11 Saturday Downtown Dog Day 8:00, Overland Park Farmers Market. Festivities include a fun walk around, live music, a doggie costume contest and more. 913.642.2222

Stream Clean 8:00, City of Overland Park. Join the more than 900 volunteers who donate two or more hours on a Saturday to keep Overland Park streams clean. 913.895.6273 Fit ‘n Fun Fair 9:00, The View (Grandview). See fitness class demonstrations, participate in kids’ activities and receive free health screenings. Free. 816.316.4804 Walk MS Kansas City 9:30, Sporting Park. Connect with others. Support life changing programs and cutting-edge research. Family friendly event. 816.396.0320 Opening Weekend Today & tomorrow, Worlds of Fun. Kansas City’s amusement park opens for the season! Spaces & Places 10:00, Nerman Museum (JCCC). Learn about buildings inside and out and create an imaginary house using foam board in the classroom. City Imagineerium 10:00, UMKC (Pierson Auditorium). You Dream it! Design it! Build it! Kids from all over town are invited to spend the day building. 816.914.3115

APRIL 20 - 25 with KCPT

Make tracks to and see how you can make any day in the park a PBS KIDS day.

AND Tune in all week for new nature-filled episodes of WILD KRATTS at 7:30am and DINOSAUR TRAIN at 11am. The PBS KIDS logo is a registered mark of PBS and is used with permission. april 2015


Fountain Day April 14, JC Nichols Memorial Fountain. The second Tuesday in April marks the day when the 48 public fountains of Kansas City, MO, spring back to life!

Slow Art Day 10:00, Nelson-Atkins. View five works in the museum’s collection for 10 minutes each and then join others in Rozzelle Court. Free, but must pre-reg at Party for the Planet 10:00, Kansas City Zoo. Celebrate Earth Day at the zoo with face painting, art projects, puppets and more! Spring Muster Today & tomorrow, Alexander Majors House. Come to the official opening of the Majors House, watch the Irish Brigade drill and stay for a tour. 816.444.1858 Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids 10:00, Theatre in the Park. Explore trucks, tractors, construction and city vehicles up close. $10/vehicle. 913.831.3359 Sunny Days Birdhouse 11:00, Lakeshore Learning. The spring birds are out! Create a mosaic bird house to hang in your home. Free. 913.432.3998

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KC Passport to Adventure Kick-off Noon, Bass Pro Shop (Olathe). Visit booths and hands-on activities and pick up your 2015 Passport to Adventure. 913.764.7759 Second Saturdays 4:00, Downtown Weston. Stroll into unique gift shops and galleries for late night shopping and in-store specials.

12 Sunday Family Fun Day 11:00, Mission Bowl (Olathe & Mission). Get the family together for a fun day of bowling! Only $2.50/person for a game. Xtreme Bugs Noon, Union Station. Get up close and personal with massive, moving insects to discover their unique behaviors. Last days! Kite Fest Noon, Overland Park Arboretum. Purchase a kite, fly a kite and enjoy watching kites in the air! $3. 913.685.3604

Reading Tales from the West 2:00, Nat’l Frontier Trails Museum (318 W). A guided tour of museum exhibits. To end the tour, write your own journal. Must pre-reg at 816.325.7575. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 7:00, JCCC (Yardley Hall). Back by popular demand, the Ukulele Orchestra will storm the stage with pomp, circumstance and hilarity.

13 Monday Toddler Takeover 10:00, Kansas City North Community Center. Bring your little ones under 4 to run and play in the gym. $1. 816.784.6100 Visit Legoland 10:00, Legoland Discovery Center. Spend the day creating with Legos. A fun way to keep busy on cool spring days! 816.471.4386 Power Hour 1:00, Little Monkey Bizness. Arrive between 1:00 and 3:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and admission is just $5 plus tax! 913.631.7000

14 Tuesday Fairy Tale Village 10:00, Crown Center. Children’s tales come to life. Step into a world of make-believe to interact with characters from favorite stories. Free. 816.274.8444 Walker Time 10:00, Wyandotte Library. Walkers (12-23 months) will enjoy movement activities along with interactive rhymes, songs and short books followed by playtime. 913.596.5800

Kid’s Klub Course Hoffman International. Kids ages 4-8 learn runway modeling, commercial acting, photo movement, manners, self-confidence and more. Fountain Day 11:00, JC Nichols Memorial Fountain. The second Tuesday in April marks the day when the 48 public fountains of Kansas City, MO, spring back to life! Night Symphony 6:30, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls. Join the Kids Citizen Science Team as we go out in search of the frogs. Pre-reg at 816.228.3766.

15 Wednesday Welcome Wednesday Notre Dame de Sion. See why children thrive in our small class settings taught by skilled teachers. Pre-reg at Three Bears 10:00, Paul Mesner Puppets. What happens when three bears come together? Each one has his own story of encountering a golden-haired interloper. 816.756.3500

Half-Price Studio Fees 10:00, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Paint your own pottery and enjoy halfprice studio fees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat 10:00 & Noon, the Coterie. Zany fun and adventures abound in this classic story with Sally, her brother, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and more! $10-$15. Animal Tales Story Time 10:30, Ernie Miller. Today’s topic is worms. A 30-minute program with stories, songs and an animal visitor. 913.764.7759 

16 Thursday Sensory Time 9:00, Johnson County Museum. Kidscape can be loud; this special time is for kids with sensory integration and processing needs. 913.715.2575 Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church. Open gym time for kids through age 7. Ride on toys and play with balls, blocks and more. Free. Preschool Bowling 10:00, Mission Bowl (Olathe & Mission). Receive one game of bowling, shoes, ball and a soft drink for only $3. april 2015


take note: april ’15 April 1: April Fool’s Day Stumped for a few kid-friendly tricks this year? Head to U.S. Toy (2008 W. 103rd Ter., Leawood, KS, 913.642.8247,, where you will find funny gags in the Magic Shop—everything from a fly in water to fake ink stains.

National Humor Month: Enjoy laugh-out-loud fun at a local comedy performance. ComedyCity ( is a live family-friendly improv comedy show where every performance is clean, funny and one-of-kind. Two comedy teams take suggestions from the audience to create hilarious sketches as they compete to earn your laughs.

April 2: Children’s Book Day Dream of the most magical, whimsical, creative and fabulous neighborhood children’s bookstore you can imagine. THAT is Reading Reptile (328 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO, 816.753.0441). The shop, a tradition in Brookside, offers play areas and reading areas for family, and the staff happily recommends beloved books. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Children’s Book Day.

Reading Reptile April 7: Caramel Popcorn Day For more than 50 years, Topsy’s has been serving delicious popcorn to Kansas Citians. They are especially famous for their super sweet, extra sticky, amazingly delicious caramel popcorn. Visit TopsysPopcorn. com for more information. April 13: Scrabble Day Septuagenarian—the word to describe Scrabble, the board game originally invented in 1938. Celebrate the day by challenging the kids to ultimate Scrabble and celebrate the classic game enjoyed by generations.

NEED COPY April 23: Take Your Child to Work Day Career exploration starts young with this annual tradition. Find out whether your company participates in this annual event and spend a day with your child at work.

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April 25: World Penguin Day Spend the day at the Kansas City Zoo (KansasCityZoo. org) and head to the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, featuring a dozen Humboldt penguins and nearly 40 cold water penguins. The state-ofthe-art exhibit houses a 100,000-gallon cool pool for cold water penguins and a 25,000-gallon warm wet area laced with sand for warm water penguins.

Pay-for-Play 10:00, Backyard Specialists. Kids can explore 17 play sets and munch on snacks at the picnic tables to enjoy a snack. $2. 913.307.6023

Access Art 9:00, Woodneath Library Center. An all-day event for all ages, with multiple opportunities for participants to create new artworks. Pre-reg at 816.883.4900.

Peter and the Wolf Ballet 2:00 & 7:00, Olathe South Performing Arts Center. Miller Marley presents this musical tale for kids, along with other ballets. $12-$25.

Brew for Books 5:30, Boulevard Brewing Company, Date night! All-you-can-drink Boulevard beer, Waldo pizza and entertainment. Bring a new book for a child for discounted ticket. 816.474.7095

Scout Day 10:00, Kansas City Zoo. Boy and Girl Scouts in their uniforms and their immediate family members get $4 admission.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Thru April 18, Indian Creek Comm Church. Culture House presents this rip-roaring adaptation of the classic film. Magic School Bus: Weathers the Storm 6:30, MCPL (Smithville). Join Ms Frizzle for a trip up into a thunderstorm to learn about weather. Pre-reg at 816.532.0116.

17 Friday Earth Day Sale Today & tomorrow, Children’s Orchard (Olathe, Indep, KCMO, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs). Receive 50 percent back in store credit when you bring in your own bag. Story Time 11:00, Reader’s World Lee’s Summit. Every Friday enjoy story time with a story, crafts and a snack. Free. 816.246.7323 Lincoln Weekend Today & tomorrow, AtkinsJohnson Farm. Stop by the museum to learn and interact with Lincoln. Games, crafts and other hands-on activities. 816.453.3276 Englewood Art Walk 5:30, Englewood Station. The district comes alive with art, street performers, music, food, fashion and fun! Kids Night Out Jr - Carnival Fun 6:00, Roeland Park Comm Center. Step right up and try your hand at our carnival games, winning tickets you’ll cash in for prizes. Pre-reg at 913.826.3160. Major League Improv 7:30, ComedyCity. A comedy sporting event with everything decided upon by the audience. $9-$13. 816.842.2744

18 Saturday Opening Day 7:00, Overland Park Farmers Market. The market opens its 33rd season. Enjoy live music by Good Sam Club from 10:30 to Noon. 913.449.6995 Answers in Genesis Today & tomorrow, Lenexa Baptist Church. Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis presents both Saturday and Sunday.

Barnyard Babies National Agricultural Hall of Fame. This spring you are invited to the Ag Hall of Fame to see what babies can be found on the farm. Earth Day 10:00, Deanna Rose Farmstead. Educational programming, crafts, plant-aflower activity, chalk walk and much more. Free. 913.897.2360 Historic Sibley Cemetery Cleanup Day 10:00, Fort Osage Education Center. Help clean headstones and learn about historic cemetery preservation. 816.503.4860 Flights of Fancy 10:00, MCC-Longview Campus. Enjoy mega kite displays, face painting and inflatable maze, candy drop and more! Hosted by KC Kite Club. Wildflower Hike 10:00, Fairmont Park (Independence). On this hike we’ll go off the trail to find these short-lived blossoms. 816.325.7115 Earth Day 10:00, Lakeside Nature Center. Crafts, wildlife interpretations and informational booths provide a fascinating day of science. Free. 816.513.8960 Puppet Circus Fun 11:00 & 2:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. Enjoy a two-ring circus with highflying marionettes, hand puppets and amazing juggling. 816.833.9777 Whirly Twirly Windmill 11:00, Lakeshore Learning. Using foam shapes, create a colorful windmill to display at home. Free. 913.432.3998 Scavenger Hike 11:00, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Join us as we search the forest for interesting and unusual colors, shapes and textures that exist all around. 816.228.3766 Open Gym 12:30, Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics. Run, jump and play in the foam pit, rope swings and more. JCCC Free College Day 1:00, JCCC. JCCC faculty and staff will teach classes on a wide variety of subjects from beer brewing to floral design.

Celebrate Earth Week 11:30, Paradise Park. Learn all about our home planet throughout the week in the Children’s Edutainment Center. 816.246.5224 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;2 Peter and the Wolf Ballet 2:00 & 7:00, Olathe South Performing Arts Center. Miller Marley presents this musical tale for kids, along with other ballets. $12-$25.

20 Monday Explore the Outdoors Thru April 25, KCPT Kids. Make tracks to to see how you can make any day in the park a PBS KIDS day. Gym for Me 9:00, Lenexa Community Center. A place for children to run, ride and play while exercising and making new friends. $1. Toddler Takeover 10:00, Kansas City North Community Center. Bring your little ones under 4 to run and play in the gym. $1. 816.784.6100 Toddler Time 10:00, Bonner Springs Community Center. Bring your kids to play on the large assortment of toys in the gym. $2. 913.422.7010 Mt Gilead Monday: Civil War Soldiers 10:00, Mt Gilead School. Learn about the lives of both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. Pre-reg at 816.736.8500. Family Night 5:00, Backyard Specialists. Bring the whole family out and let your children play on our redwood play sets! Ages 11 and under. $2. A Night at the Brick Museum 6:00, Legoland Discovery Center. An evening of fun and excitement at Legoland!

21 Tuesday Fairy Tale Village 10:00, Crown Center. Children’s tales come to life. Step into a world of make-believe to interact with characters from favorite stories. Free. 816.274.8444 april 2015


Preschool Bowling Thursdays, Mission Bowl (Olathe & Mission). Receive one game of bowling, shoes, ball and a soft drink for only $3.

Walker Time 10:00, Wyandotte Library. Walkers (12-23 months) will enjoy movement activities along with songs and playtime. 913.596.5800 Beetles, Butterflies and Burgers Scavenger Hunt 11:00, Antioch Park. Hunt for artificial buggy beetles and majestic butterflies around the park! Pre-reg at 913.831.3359. Tots on Tuesday 11:00, Kemper Museum. Bring in your preschooler for a fun and fashionable get-together every third Tuesday. 816.753.5784

22 Wednesday Earth Day Earth Day at Powell Gardens 10:00, Powell Gardens. Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy free admission. Welcome Wednesday Notre Dame de Sion. See why children thrive in small classes taught by skilled teachers. Pre-reg at

Half-Price Studio Fees 10:00, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Paint your own pottery and enjoy half-price studio fees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake 10:00 & Noon, H&R Block City Stage (Union Station). Theatre for Young America presents this classic tale. Power Hour 1:00, Little Monkey Bizness. Arrive between 1:00 and 3:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and admission is just $5 plus tax! 913.631.7000

23 Thursday Celebrate Earth Week 9:30, Paradise Park. Learn all about our home planet throughout the week in the Children’s Edutainment Center. 816.246.5224

Tadpole Tales 10:30 & 11:30, Sea Life Aquarium. Kids 2-5 enjoy a story with a Sea Life educator, make a craft and enjoy the aquarium for a special price. Charlotte’s Web Thru Saturday, TCH Red Studio Theatre. Charlotte opens the door to a magical world, which a young girl named Fern finds herself a part of.

read a road map


he first week of April is Read a Road Map Week. So often we stick to the highways and follow our favorite familiar routes, or we trust our GPS to help us find our way from Point A to Point B. Once in a while, it’s fun to read a map and see what great places you’re missing!

Enjoy a few of these off-the-beatenpath discoveries: When you visit the Kansas City Zoo, be sure to stop by Lakeside Nature Center (4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 816.513.8960), a free conservation and wildlife rehabilitation center with educational exhibits, live animals and special programs. Pack a picnic for lunch and enjoy it at the zoo or the nature center.

When you visit the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, take the kids to McCoy Park across the street from the library (ci.Independence., one of the best accessible parks in the metro. After your visit, eat where Harry ate: Dixon’s Chili (9105 E. US Hwy. 40, Independence, MO, 816.861.7308), the famous greasy spoon diner where chili is enjoyed by the forkful. When you visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, take some time to visit the Kauffman Memorial Gardens (4800 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO, 816.932.1200), a beautiful botanical garden with picturesque fountains and walkways perfect for family photos. After your visit, enjoy lunch at one of many quaint restaurants in Brookside (

When you visit Union Station, the National Archives Kauffman Memorial Gardens of Kansas City (400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO) When you visit Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the shares the same parking lot. The location features two Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (on the JCCC campus, outstanding halls with interactive exhibits, perfect for children is about 10 minutes away. This free in upper elementary through high school and adults, and it is art gallery features modern art and offers family guides for free! The exhibits rotate, typically featuring regional or national children. After your visit, enjoy lunch at Tequila Harry’s (11817 history. After your visit, enjoy lunch at Lulu’s Noodles (2030 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS, 913.469.6644) for tacos and Central St., Kansas City, MO, 816.474.8424), the eclectic lunch enchiladas. spot known for some of the tastiest pad thai in the metro.

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Happy Hour Series 6:00, Kauffman Center. A one-hour casual concert of inspiring chamber music. The perfect way to kick off your weekend a day early! Free. 816.471.0400

CW Parker Carousel Birthday 11:00, CW Parker Carousel Museum. Enjoy cake, ice cream and lemonade. And free carousel rides .Come join us for the fun! Free. 913.682.4514

Art Class: Exploring Sculpture 10:00, Nerman Museum (JCCC). Learn about sculpture and carve your own forms using foam blocks. 913.469.8500

Keynote Address 7:00, Emmanuel Baptist Church. Norm Wakefield of Elijah Ministries will present the keynote address of the 2015 MPE Homeschool Conference. Free. 913.599.0311

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

GeoArboretum 10:00, Overland Park Arboretum. Join those who love to treasure hunt using compasses, GPS and maps at the arboretum. 913.685.3604

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ReptiDay Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo 10:00, Abdallah Shrine Center. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!

24 Friday MPE Homeschool Conference & Curriculum Fair Today & tomorrow, KCI Expo Center. Info on homeschooling techniques and curriculum. 913.599.0311 Me & Mini Me Open Playground 9:30, Olathe Community Center. Two hours of open gym time for you and your little one to play and interact with others. $1-$2. 913.971.8563 Creative Story Time 10:30, Ceramic Café. Hear a story, create a pottery piece and enjoy a simple snack. 913.383.0222 Story Time 11:00, Reader’s World Lee’s Summit. Every Friday enjoy story time with a story, crafts and a snack. Free. 816.246.7323


Community Day 9:00, Mildale Farm. Bring the family out and spend the day exploring the Mildale Farm property. Free. 913.826.2957 Open House 9:00, TimberRidge Adventure Center. During the annual open house, choose from activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking and more. Pre-reg at 913.856.8849.

Family Fun Day 10:00, 79th & Roe (Prairie Village). Features Kids Creation Station, face-painting, caricature artist, photo booth, Taco Republic Truck, Kona Ice and more.

Species Spotlight 10:00, Kansas City Zoo. Visit a featured animal and enjoy enrichments and chats throughout the day. Today’s animal: vultures and ravens.

Asian Cultural Festival 10:30, Olathe East High School. Martial art school demonstrations, 18 dance teams, yo-yo demonstrations and many children’s activities. 913.850.4189

Kids in the Kitchen - Spring Foods 10:00, Jo Co K-State Research and Extension. Learn the basics of cooking with fresh spring vegetables. 913.715.7000.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales 11:00, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Join us for story hour as you go on fantastic nature adventures! 816.228.3766



April 24-25, 2015

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 Keynote address: Norm Wakefield of Elijah Ministries Thursday, April 23rd, 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.

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To find more information visit or call 913-599-0311 april 2015


Earth Day 11:00, Gardner Greenway Corridor. Enjoy a free barbecue lunch in the park, tree planting demonstration and more. 913.856.0936

Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat 2:00, the Coterie. Zany fun and adventures abound in this classic story with Sally, her brother, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and more! $10-$15.

Daffodil Days 11:00, Spring Hill Civic Center. Fun for all ages including obstacle course, carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting and more. 913.592.2214

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Butterfly Pencil Holder 11:00, Lakeshore Learning. A cute spring butterfly holder for all of your pencils and markers. Free. 913.432.3998 Practically Perfect Peter Noon, Martin City Melodrama. An original musical that teaches kids how to be the best possible people they can be. 913.642.7576

26 Sunday Flint Hills Festival Noon, Flint Hills Discovery Center. Celebrate the Flint Hills with an array of food, music, fun, activities and more for visitors of all ages! 785.587.2726 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

Moms FREE Monday 9:30, Paradise Park. Moms are free at the Children’s EduTainment Center with a paid child’s admission. 816.246.5224 Toddler Takeover 10:00, Kansas City North Community Center. Bring your little ones under 4 to run and play in the gym. $1. 816.784.6100 Fairy Tale Village 10:00, Crown Center. Children’s tales come to life. Step into a world of make-believe to interact with characters from favorite stories. Free. 816.274.8444

28 Tuesday Pay-for-Play 10:00, Backyard Specialists. Kids explore 17 play sets and munch on snacks at the picnic tables. $2. 913.307.6023 If You Give a Cat a Cupcake 10:00, H&R Block City Stage (Union Station). Theatre for Young America presents this classic tale.


29 Wednesday Welcome Wednesday Notre Dame de Sion. See why children thrive in our small class settings taught by skilled teachers. Pre-reg at Half-Price Studio Fees 10:00, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Paint your own pottery and enjoy halfprice studio fees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. What’s for Dinner? 3:30, Burr Oak Woods. Watch every Wednesday and Sunday as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast. 816.228.3766

30 Thursday Free Play Cedar Ridge Christian Church. Daily free play for young children while parents enjoy a coffee drink. 913.393.3000 Open Gym 9:00, Indian Creek Community Church. Open gym time for kids through age 7. Ride on toys and play with balls, blocks and more. Free. Preschool Bowling 10:00, Mission Bowl (Olathe & Mission). Receive one game of bowling, shoes, ball and a soft drink for only $3.

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Mother’s Day weekend— See the stars of NASCAR at night! Don’t miss our secondannual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race. Tickets for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 race are now on sale for $99 or less. Season tickets are also available. TM




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My favorite part about camp is: playing all the games and eating lunch! Attending for: 3 years Camp is great because: if I didn’t go to camp I would be sitting around in my room all day playing video games. I had a lot of fun playing with all of the kids and all of the counselors were really awesome. Mark’s mom says: “I have such peace of mind, knowing that Mark is not only having fun and enjoying his summer, but that he’s also safe and under the care of great camp counselors.” 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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