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e’ve made it! The end of school is in sight, and those lazy, hazy days of summer will soon arrive! But in order to get to the start of summer, we first must endure the craziness that is the month of May. Wendy Connelly has put together some terrific advice on the A to Zs of wrapping up the school year, and, below, find my A to Zs of surviving the month of May. Attitude: Be sure to bring a positive one along to all of the year-end events! Breakfast: Although May is hectic, take time out to start your day with my favorite meal. Caffeine: To help you stay alert! Daylight: With more of it, take a walk in the evening to recharge. Enough: Sometimes it’s okay to say “No” to certain events. You don’t have to attend EVERY graduation party! Friends: Lean on them to help carpool and manage all you have to do. Go Out with a Bang: Plan a fun end-of-the-year event, either for just your kids or the whole class. Help: Lend a hand to a friend who has a lot going on. Ice Cream: Take a break and enjoy a sweet treat! Juggling: It’s what we all learn to do with all of the May events on our calendar. Keep a List: A daily checklist helps ensure you send what’s needed to school and remember to show up for the band concert. Laugh: While you think to yourself “When did May become the new December?” Moms: Celebrate yourself on Mother’s Day! Number: Create a countdown to the end of the school year. Organize: Sit down at the beginning of the month and plan out your days. You’ll be glad you did. Peace & Quiet: When you get a minute or two, enjoy! Recharge: Spend 5 minutes each day recharging your batteries. Songs: Crank up the tunes when you feel your energy start to wane. Teachers: Remember to thank them for all of their hard work this year. Unplug: It’s okay to turn off the phone and not answer that call. View: Be sure to read all of those notes kids bring home. One is sure to have the date of an important meeting. Water: Staying hydrated will help keep you on your game. eXcited: Get pumped for summer (it’s my fave!). YOLO: Look at me, being all current! Since you only live once, may as well enjoy it! Zzzzs: Once May is over, catch up on some much needed sleep. And, just to whet your whistle, read the “5 Rules to Break This Summer” article on pg. 46. Then, in our June issue, you’ll find a Summer Fun Guide along with an interesting look at club sports and, of course, a nod to all dads in honor of Father’s Day. Good luck wrapping up the school year and welcoming summer!

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Stock up on books and sign up for the LIBRARY summer reading program. MEASURE how much your children have grown and record it on the growth chart.

ATTEND all endof-the-year school events. Create a BUCKET LIST to savor summer fun. Record can’t-miss activities on a whiteboard, display them on cutouts strung over the mantel with ribbon or write them on clothespins clamped around the rim of a bucket.


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regular EXERCISE into your summer routine. Get to the pool, send kids outside to play and bike together as a family. FILE away keepsake projects and papers. Art projects fit well in pizza boxes, and hanging files are ideal for school journals and reports. Work with your children to create summer GOALS and give them ownership in this process. How can they use these months off school to form new talents, explore interests or sharpen skills? Create a reward system to maintain motivation and celebrate small victories.

Request HOMEWORK from your children’s teachers to set kids up for a successful return to school. INTERVIEW your children. Record memories from this school year and list their favorite things in special notebooks. JOT down your memories—before they slip away—of your child at this age. Let KIDS be KIDS. Value unstructured time as much as if you had to enroll in it, and plan white space into the summer calendar for puddle splashing, mud flinging and fort building fun.

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with classroom friends. Plan pool and park dates on a calendar and send copies home in friends’ backpacks, encouraging them to join you. PLAN a last-dayof-school PICNIC at the PARK. If you have any concerns about your child, ask QUESTIONS and seek advice before school lets out.

school year RETURN everything that belongs to the school, including library books and instruments. Take a last day SNAPSHOT of your kids beside the school sign. THANK your teachers and school staff with a special note or small gift of appreciation.

UPLOAD new apps for summer learning. Some of our favorites: Barefoot World Atlas, Stack the States, Scribble Press, Ladybird: I’m Ready for Phonics and Marble Math. VENTURE out and plan a family VACATION. WRITE pen pal letters to faraway friends. X-AMINE your child’s report card and create a summer learning plan to remediate areas needing extra attention.

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ong before babies take those tentative first steps, parents childproof their home to create a safe environment for their little one. Generally, childproofing does not include swathing tykes in bubble wrap and strapping on football helmets, although considering the clumsiness of toddlers, those are not bad ideas. New walkers are prone to bumps, tumbles, bruises and falls–and that’s just when they are empty-handed. Because little ones like to carry objects around, there is a whole new realm of injuries that can occur when they take a spill. Toddlers are also leaving behind the world of bottles; sippy cups are generally the next step parents take in encouraging babies to become big kids. What happens when children run–or even walk or stand–with sippy cups in their hands or mouths, lose their balance and fall down? A lot can happen, it turns out, ranging from minor bumps and bruises to broken teeth and facial lacerations. Think about it. A wobbly 1-year-old stands against a coffee table, drinking from a sippy cup. He spots a favorite toy across the room and toddles over to get it, cup still in his mouth. Along the way he stumbles and falls down. When he hits the ground, the cup pushes back into his mouth, bumping his lips, tongue and possibly teeth. Best case scenario is a little redness, some tears and hurt pride. Worst case scenario involves a trip to the emergency room. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers reviewed 20 years of records of children age 3 and under who were treated in emergency rooms across the nation. They found 45,398 children were treated for injuries that involved sippy cups, pacifiers and bottles; that is about 2,270 cases each year. In 86 percent of the cases, falling contributed to the injuries, and an overwhelming 83 percent of the falls resulted in lacerations or contusions to the mouth and face. The study took into account only trips to the ER, not visits to the doctor or

dentist or minor injuries soothed by Mom or Dad.


As parents, we don’t want to constantly live in fear as our children become mobile. However, a few simple precautions can be taken when babies begin to walk, particularly if they drink from sippy cups or even bottles. Stay in the room. Stick close by once your child becomes mobile. Falls happen in the blink of an eye, and running to the other room for even a moment means not being there when your toddler tumbles. Have children stay seated when drinking. If your tot uses a sippy cup or a bottle, make sure he is sitting down while he is drinking. Keep the cups and bottles out of reach when he is toddling around or even just standing. Teach kids to drink from “big kid cups.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children switch to lidless cups as soon as they can manage them, between the ages of 1 and 2. Some pediatricians even recommend switching directly from bottles to open cups. Sippy cups are not the only culprit. Kids can also get injured from bottles and even pacifiers if they run around with them. Sippy cups also can cause oral health issues. Just another reason to shorten the duration of sippy cup and bottle use: According to the American Dental Association, prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to drinks containing sugar–including milk, juice and formula–can cause tooth decay. Sippy cups, especially the ones with no-spill valves, encourage tooth decay if a child frequently uses them. As always, please seek the care of your medical provider as soon as possible when injuries occur. Tisha Foley and her husband raise their family in Belton. Their two children are past the sippy cup stage and are in elementary school.

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opened the front door, walked in from school and sighed. Although it was daylight outside, the house seemed dark and cold. But it always did when I was the first one home. I was a latchkey kid. Both of my parents worked, which was rare when I was young, and I missed Mom whenever I returned from school. I remembered her words when she returned to the workday world. “You’ll need to pull some extra weight, but I think you’re up to it.” I learned by experience what that meant and wished Mom could stay home. One day, I opened the door, resigned to the dark and cold, but stood on the threshold with my mouth open. The entire house was warm and bright. Even the living room was spotless, not strewn with the remains of the early morning rush. Mom looked at me from her chair and smiled. “Hi, Bill, how was school?” I walked in, stunned at the transformation. “OK, I guess.” This was the same house, the same time of day, but the stark change overwhelmed me. Nothing was different except Mom, now in the house. How could this make so much difference? I dropped my books in my room and puzzled on this, but couldn’t find an answer. As a parent, I know how much a mother’s love transfigures everything around her. This love is so pervasive, the only time it’s noticed is when it’s missing. When I came home that day, her love engulfed me and warmed my heart. I didn’t return to a house, I came home. Sandi works overnight so she can be home when the boys return from school. James and Ian come home every day to this same omnipresent love. It’s all they’ve known and they take it for granted. William R. Bartlett lives with his family in Belton.


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et’s face it. Not many people really like going to the doctor’s or dentist’s office, but when it’s a fearful and anxious child, an appointment can be downright uncomfortable for everyone involved. A fear of the unknown can make your child squirmy and uncooperative, which might affect the quality of care he receives. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare your child for his upcoming visit to help allay his anxieties. Take out the toy doctor kit and regularly engage your child in role play by taking turns pretending to be the doctor and patient. Touch his tummy, look in his eyes, ears and throat and listen to his heartbeat. This will familiarize him with the process, which will help him feel more comfortable with the actual doctor. And be sure to answer any questions your child may have about the visit, including what routine things may occur. “Definitely get a doctor’s kit and play doctor. Then when they go for real, it’s not as scary,” Kansas City mom Tanya Foster says. “I got my daughter a doctor’s kit at a young age, and she loved it. I also

explained to her what doctors do and what to expect, and I took her to my appointments so she could see for herself.” A few days before the appointment, tell your child that she will be visiting the doctor and explain that you will be right there with her. If she will be getting shots, be up front with her and tell the truth. “Yes, a shot will hurt, but only for a few seconds.” Lying to your child will only make it more difficult to get her to go to the doctor in the future, and she will no longer trust your responses to her questions and concerns. “My daughter had a fear of needles, so I brought along her teddy bear from home on the day of her 5-year-old shots so she’d have something special to hold,” Kansas City mom and registered nurse Jill Scott says. “Children are very afraid of pain and being left alone. Always reassure your child that you will be there at all times.” Small children identify with Elmo, so try watching a movie with your child, like Elmo Visits the Doctor. It’s a perfect way to show him that it’s normal to be scared and that everyone goes to the doctor. It also


illustrates what to expect when going for a doctor’s visit. If you and your child would like to get to know a bit about the doctor, check out the office’s website for a picture and background information about the doctor. This way, your child is able to see the doctor who will be examining him beforehand. Stay positive. Your child can sense when you’re nervous or anxious, so try to be relaxed and confident. If you remain calm, chances are greater that he will, too. Keep a positive tone when you’re talking about the doctor’s office and act excited about his visit. If you’ve tried all of these strategies, but your child is still upset and anxious, talk with your pediatrician or dentist about arranging a brief visit so your little one can just come into the office and sit in the medical chair without being examined. If possible, let him wear the stethoscope and introduce him to the nurses. Spending time at the actual doctor’s office will make it seem less scary so he’ll feel more relaxed when he comes in for an actual appointment. When the day of the appointment arrives, try not to discuss it with your child, as it may increase his anxiety. Instead, be sure to bring along snacks, a favorite stuffed animal or blanket to offer comfort and to distract him while in the waiting room. In addition, give your child something to look forward to. Plan a trip to the playground, an outing to the ice cream shop or a visit with one of his friends as a fun follow-up to a trip to the doctor or dentist. A fear of the unknown can be hard for a young child to handle. By taking time to show youngsters the things that will happen at the doctor’s office and answering their questions honestly, you can help ease anxiety and make the doctor’s visit a much nicer experience. Kansas City mom and author Gina Klein is still using these anxiety techniques on her 9- and 6-year-olds … especially when it comes to shots!


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Conversation in a jar. Karen Conklin, Olathe mom of three, ages 8, 6 and 2, created a jar with dinnertime conversation starters on strips of paper. “An example is ‘Name two people that made you smile today and why,’” she says. Her children enjoy adding conversation ideas to the jar, too.

The benefits of family mealtime. “The union of a meal together fosters feelings of warmth, love and belonging,” says Jessica Velazquez, healthy living director, Kansas City YMCA. “It promotes communication between family members and provides an opportunity for parents to give special attention to their kids.” Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines, Olathe, loves to find new ways to “chat and chew” with her family, which includes her husband and their two sons.

Eating dinner together also provides parents with a valuable opportunity to model basic face-to-face social skills and etiquette—skills that are increasingly important to develop in an era where much of our children’s communication is conducted through technology.

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kids raising financially responsible


he dreaded F-word looms large in our household: Finances. My husband and I come from completely different economic backgrounds, and we’ve worked pretty hard over the years to find a middle ground where we can calmly discuss our family’s finances. But with so much emotion and difference of opinion mixed into many couples’ money conversations, how do you raise kids who are not only financially responsible, but also have a healthy relationship with money? Log onto for TONS of money saving tips for parents AND children.

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Of course, the first place to start is by looking at your (and your spouse’s) relationship with money. Are you nervous to look at your credit card bills when they arrive? Or do you know down to the penny what you’ll be paying with a quick look at Quicken? Two great, easy resources to help you and your spouse get in financial sync and set long- and short-term goals are and the online tutorials at And once you’ve worked on your own challenges, it’s time to teach the kids. PART OF THE EQUATION Combine basic addition skills with money management at the grocery store. Have your kids compare prices of similar items. My daughter couldn’t believe the difference in pricing among spaghetti noodles during a recent visit to Price Chopper! It was a fun, no-stress way to

introduce comparison shopping and to start the conversation about the cost of things. Days later, she set up a “store” with her brother, complete with price tags and credit cards for her shoppers to use. TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE ALLOWANCE The topic of allowance is viewed differently in every household. Once your child is old enough to do regular chores and understands the concept of money, you may consider giving him or her an allowance. Whenever you determine the time is right, it’s important to talk to your children about their options. Do you want them to save a certain percentage? Give some to charity? Or can they spend it as they like? GIVE THEM CHOICES It’s hard to understand the difference between needs and wants, so the next time your child “has to have” the latest game or

Online Allowance Tools Need help creating and tracking goals together with your children? Check out these three online allowance sites: – This easy-to-use, free site allows you to track money and set goals. Created by 11-year-old Danielle Gafni, it is very kid friendly, offering mobile access and reward badges kids can earn when they set and attain goals. – Created by a father of five, Famzoo offers the ultimate in flexibility. This virtual family bank is customizable and offers diverse options like chore checklists, separate savings accounts for specific items and budgeting tools for your older children. Subscription-based Famzoo is for children as young as 4 and can grow with your child well into the teen years. – This visually appealing, uncluttered site is easy to navigate and offers separate, fun pages with avatars and cool graphics for the kids. Parent’s pages are straightforward and make it easy to set up accounts for each child. For children ages 5-13, offers customized savings plans, chore checklists, messaging and interest payments. Remember: These are all virtual allowance sites, so be prepared to have cash on hand for when your kids decide to pull money out of their accounts!

toy, let him save up for it. Whether the hula hoop I bought as a kid, or the Subway Surfer app my daughter recently paid for—a child’s first “very own” purchase is an exciting milestone. BANK ON THEIR FUTURE It may sound old-fashioned, but taking your school-age children to the bank (online or in person) to set up their own savings accounts definitely sets a more serious tone. I remember going to the big, blue Capital Federal bank building with my mom and sister when I was a child, and the excitement of receiving my very own bank book. My parents took the time to explain how my money would earn interest, and I loved seeing how much my tiny savings account earned each quarter. I put birthday and holiday money into the account, and over time, watched it grow. In fact, what started as a teaching tool ended up being a nice little savings cushion when I graduated from college and lived on my own. Not such a bad lesson after all! Jane Blumenthal Martin lives in Overland Park with her husband and two children. Read Jane’s blog for working parents at

money management apps Money management apps are fantastic tools to use in teaching kids the fundamentals of financial responsibility. Below are a few age-appropriate apps and online tools to consider for your child:


Kids love to keep track of things that belong to them, so a natural first step in the process is providing a place for them to keep their money and track their progress. Learning Gems-My Piggy Bank ($.99, Apple devices) is a bright, highly visual virtual piggy bank that makes it fun to input kids’ earnings and see the figures go up as they add to their savings. Peter Pig’s Money Counter (free, Android devices) also shows deposit growth, and both apps offer games for counting coins and matching/understanding currency values.


Once a fund is up and running, encourage your child to choose something to save for, a process that teaches discipline and perseverance. Kids Money (free, Apple devices) allows users to set goals and offers a timeline that estimates how long it will take for the child to reach his goal at the current rate, which provides more clarity for planning purposes. FamZoo (free, Apple devices) tracks earnings back to specific chores and allows kids to input savings goals and even allocate percentages toward charitable giving, which is always a positive lesson for little ones.


One of the key takeaways from this process is teaching kids to make smart choices when they do decide that it’s time to make a purchase. Money Metropolis is a fun website developed for tablets that offers a virtual world where kids choose an activity with a set budget, such as a road trip, and then encounter situations—like needing gas while traveling—to see how that impacts their bottom line. For football fans, Financial Football (free, Apple devices) asks financial questions and then, based on responses, advances players to score “points” and “touchdowns.” Save! The Game (free, Apple devices) helps kids differentiate between needs and wants and underscores the impact of carrying a debt load. Your child will be on the path to financial smarts in no time with these easy-to-use online helps. Overland Park mom Brenda Hill is the public relations manager for the Kansas/Missouri region of Verizon Wireless. may 2013


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(Family Features) Once the stress of the school year fades away, everyone has easy summer living on their minds. For Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD, LDN, summer is all about convenience in the kitchen. “When my daughter has a less structured schedule and the sunshine is calling my name, I always make sure mealtime is hassle-free but still healthy and delicious,” says the culinary savvy dietitian. Prepare meals without the mess No-cook meals are the best solution when you would rather spend time outdoors than toiling in the kitchen. “Grains like bulgur and whole wheat couscous can be cooked using only hot water,” Segrave-Daly says. “Add nuts, beans, sliced fruit or vegetables, and toss with canola oil, pepper and salt to create a balanced meal.” Should you prefer a greens-based salad, try a mix of different lettuces or raw kale. And chopped salads topped with green beans, corn, and pinto, black or kidney beans make for a refreshing, meatless and fuss-free entrée. Grill to perfection Backyard cooking is a foodie’s favorite summertime activity. In addition to grill-

Make multi-purpose meals Save time by following Segrave-Daly’s golden rule of flexibility: cook once and eat twice. “Take leftover green salads, add cooked shrimp or chicken, and stuff into a wrap for a tasty sandwich,” she says. Bean and vegetable dips, like Smoky Carrot Hummus, can also double as sandwich spreads or a mayonnaise alternative in a potato or pasta salad. For more healthy summer recipes, visit Libby’s Table on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Smoky Carrot Hummus 1 can Libby’s® sliced carrots, drained and rinsed 1 can Libby’s® organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 2 T. lemon juice (about 1 small lemon) 2 garlic cloves 1 t. smoked paprika or curry powder 1⁄2 t. cumin 1⁄8 t. black pepper 1⁄4 c. extra virgin olive oil In food processor, blend together carrots, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin and pepper. While processor is running, slowly pour in olive oil. Process until smooth. To make sandwich, spread 2 T. of carrot hummus on slice of whole grain bread. Top with avocado, tomato, turkey and sandwich fillings. Top with piece of whole grain bread. Keep remaining spread in sealed container for up to 10 days in refrigerator.

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eing a kid in 2013 is nothing short of traumatic. Between wearing the hottest clothes and downloading the hottest music of the moment, kids are in a constant state of instability. Add to that the pressure of trying to be one of the cool kids and you’ve got a recipe for major anxiety. Popularity in school is often viewed as a ticket to victory. After all, being the “it” girl or guy in school translates to success and likeability later in life, right?

The truth is, no one really knows. After all, some of the most quiet and “uncool” kids in the world have grown up to be millionaires with thousands of friends. By the same token, being liked by your peers in school certainly delivers a poise and confidence that will come in handy later on in life. The good news for parents is the very definition of popularity is constantly evolving, and the emphasis on being liked by everyone seems to be losing some of its momentum. Here are five ways that the perception of popularity has changed, and how those changes just might help your children feel more confident in their adolescent years.


It’s normal to want your child to have friends and flourish in school. But if you constantly worry about your child’s school fame status, you can bet he’s aware of it, and it’s stressing him out. It’s completely acceptable to ask, “Who would you consider your best friend at school right now?” On the other hand, it’s certainly not okay to ask, “I feel like everyone is friends with that popular boy, Tommy. Why aren’t you friends with him?” Remember, you see only a fraction of your child’s social life. That “popular” kid you’ve heard about could actually be bad news, and your child might instinctively be steering clear of starting a friendship with him. Be aware that your child might actually know what is best for him when it comes to choosing friends. Trying to force a friendship will get you nowhere fast—and might even deter your child from confiding in you later on.


You dream of the day your daughter shouts from the top of the cheerleading pyramid while the entire school screams along. Little do you know she dreams of someday discovering a rare insect on the football field, becoming the envy of her two favorite biology classmates. Oh, and she hates pom-poms. No one person has the same idea of what it means to be popular. The hard truth is your vision of popularity is just that—yours. So take a step back. Rather than fiendishly tallying the number of friends that your daughter acquires on her first day of kindergarten, focus on developing her confi-

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dence and positive self-image instead. If those two qualities are nurtured and grown, she’ll have no problem finding the friends she needs later on.


Twenty years ago, a skinny boy with good grades and a desire to sing in the school musical would have been a social pariah. But now, thanks to celebrities like Taylor Swift, Zac Efron and the Jonas brothers, those uncool kids of the past are now finding major clout in the school hallways. In fact, nowadays, being a nerd is super cool. The even better news? Kids that are comfortable in their skin and embrace their inner nerd are less likely to give in to peer pressure. The lesson here is don’t enroll your child in football hoping it will give his popularity points a boost. If he wants to learn guitar, get him some lessons. The happier he is doing what he wants, the more confidence he’ll gain throughout his years in school. And confidence is one trait that your child will need to have in spades as he navigates the halls of adolescence.


Remember the days of being allowed to quietly invite one or two friends to your birthday dinner, thus insuring that no other kids would feel left out? Thanks to social media, those days are gone. If your child is left out of a birthday party, she gets to find out by immediately seeing pictures all over the internet. As a parent, it’s important you remind your child that occasionally missing an event is completely normal, and it won’t be the last time it happens. Be ready to explain that no one person can be invited to every single party. Her lack of an invitation isn’t an indication that she’s an outcast and there will be plenty of opportunities for future parties down the road. In the meantime, let her plan a sleepover with another friend to distract her from being left out.


How many times has your child come home talking about the amazing benefits of intolerance, bigotry and chauvinism? Chances are, not at all. Schools across the country are laser focused on teaching children to accept others for what they are, not for how good looking they are or how many friends they have. By giving students the opportunity to look at their fellow classmates through the eyes of curiosity rather than judgment, kids are realizing that it’s cool to have friends of all types, rather than just following the lead of one or two bossy friends. The end result? Your child can, and probably already is, striving to be friends with everyone. The most important thing to remember when it comes to your child’s social life is this:Your child needs your support. Every child will have ups and downs in his social life, so it is up to you to be the one constant for him to rely on. Let your kids know that no matter how many friends they gain or lose, you will always be there when they need you. In your home, they will always be popular. Kim Antisdel is a writer, sales rep and professional klutz. She and her husband live in Kansas City with two cats and two dachshund’s, who long ago established that those with four legs run the household. may 2013


scenic day trips


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go chasin’ waterfalls

Both Missouri and Kansas are home to numerous waterfalls—from simple cascades of water overflowing from the dams at local lakes and rivers, to more majestic and photographic settings. Local: A favorite local fishing spot, Lake Olathe (625 Lakeshore Dr., Olathe, KS) is also home to Cedar Creek Falls (143rd St./Dennis Ave.), an overflow dam on Cedar Creek just above Lake Olathe. The waterfall flows year round, but like most waterfalls is prettiest after a heavy rain. Fishing, boating, hiking and playgrounds are available for fun. Day Trip Destination: Rock Creek Lake Waterfall (3 miles west of Fort Scott. Directions: Drive west out of Fort Scott, KS, on 19th Street. The street name changes to Kansas Road and later turns south, becoming 195th Street, which runs along the east side of Rock Creek Lake. Enter the park at the north end of Rock Creek Lake and follow the narrow gravel road across the dam to a lot near the falls.) This watery gem flows year round and is a beautiful series of three waterfalls from the outflow of Rock Creek Lake. While you’re there, be sure to tour Fort Scott National Historic Site (660.223.0310). Tours are self-guided with a wonderful narrated “cell phone tour.” Bring your phone along and dial in to hear interpretations in each of the 16 buildings. Fort Scott was established and garrisoned by the U.S. Army from 1842 to 1853 and again during the Civil War. As you tour the fort, you’ll learn about the life of soldiers and note distinct differences in the living conditions of infantrymen and officers. The tour includes a field hospital where you learn about pre-Civil War military medical care, the prison with early lessons in crime and punishment, the bakehouse and SHOAL kitchen where meals were massCREEK produced for the troops and the living LIVING quarters, stables, barracks, guardHISTORY house, parade ground and museum, complete with historical exhibits. MUSEUM

Vacation Destination: Grand Falls (Joplin, MO. Directions: From the intersection of I-44 & Hwy. 86, go south 1 mile, cross Shoal Creek and turn right immediately after crossing the bridge. Follow the south bank of Shoal Creek for 3 more miles. You will spot the falls on the right.) Missouri’s largest natural, continually flowing waterfall is a beautiful site located in the Missouri Ozarks. One of the widest waterfalls in the state, Grand Falls is caused by unusually thick layers of chert rock. While you’re there, visit Candy House Gourmet Chocolates (510 S. Kentucky Ave., Joplin, MO, 417.623.7171), where children delight in watching as candies are made by hand. Nature lovers enjoy the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin, MO, 417.782.6287), an educational and entertaining nature center with wonderful animal exhibits, hiking trails and educational programs.

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In this modern era of energy research and experimentation, it is fascinating to see and learn how, not so long ago, water power was an integral part of the local economy. And the mills that housed the machinery for production are now nostalgic settings for sightseeing and education. Local: Shoal Creek Living History Museum (7000 NE Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO, 816.792.2665) is a village of more than 20 historic buildings on 80 acres of rolling hills in northern Kansas City. Known for bringing the 1800s to life through special events and programs, the facility is open daily for walking tours. Buildings include a one-room school, pharmacy, jail, mercantile, blacksmith, homes for upper and lower income may 2013



families, church, cobbler’s shop and—our favorite—the grist mill! It is the only working grist mill at a historic site in Kansas City, and it was amazing to watch the water wheel against the rolling hills of the frontier village. Daytrip Destination: Take a break from technology and enjoy an opportunity to get back to nature at one of the most scenic state parks in Missouri. Just north of the river lies Watkins Mill State Park (26600 Park Rd. N., Lawson, MO, 816.580.3387, Park/Watkins-Mill-State-Park), featuring a 100-acre lake, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site. There, you can tour a 19th-century three-story woolen mill and home to learn what life was like for families more than a century ago. The mill is the only 19th-century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. Watkins Mill offers many terrific choices for daycationers. The lake features a paved bike path, fishing spots, boating, picnic tables and a swim beach. If you’d like to stay the night, you may make reservations to use the campgrounds. During the day you’ll see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and a variety of birds, and at night you’ll find terrific views for stargazing.

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Vacation Destination: Missouri is home to several beautiful mills perfect for sightseeing, and many of them are near one of our favorite vacation destinations: River of Life Farm (417.261.7777). In the Ozark Mountains on the North Fork of the White River lies River of Life Farm, a secluded and scenic getaway with breathtaking views of the 350-acre Ozark Mountain property and the falls of the White River below. The lodging is unique: guests stay in tree house lodges built into the hills, creating a picture-perfect escape. Canoeing, fishing, hiking and stargazing are favorite activities. Nearby, visitors may tour several historic grist mills, including Dawt Mill, Hodgson Mill and Hammond Mill. Hodgson is one of the most photographed in Missouri and our favorite of the three. Built in 1861 to harness the power of the spring flowing into Bryant Creek and rebuilt in 1897, the tall, three-story mill no longer grinds grain but still houses the old milling machinery and offers a beautiful backdrop for photos. Kristina Light loves to explore off-the-beaten-path sights with her family every chance she can get! may 2013


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“are we there yet?” BOOKS FOR TRAVELING

Need help getting started? Here are a few ideas to jump-start your book choosing! Pre-K and beginning readers: Where’s Waldo and I Spy books…they’re easy to read and siblings can do the pages together or on their own. Joke books aren’t intimidating to newer readers and can be read out loud to younger kiddos. Beginning to intermediate readers: Bring along some Encyclopedia Brown or other whodunit books to read out loud for the whole family to try to solve. My favorite books for this age are the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. There’s also a non-fiction companion book for each Jack and Annie adventure.


“The beauty of reading is that you’re instantly transported to another time, place or world. Books cut out the boredom of travel time and allow you to skip right into an adventure.”

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hether you’re going to be traveling for a few days or just for a couple hours to Grandma’s house, the time getting there can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be! Speaking as the oldest (and only) girl with four younger brothers, one of the best ways to survive multi-hour car trips was for me to escape into a book. The beauty of reading is that you’re instantly transported to another time, place or world. Books cut out the boredom of travel time and allow you to skip right into an adventure. Books are perfect for traveling because they’re like a mini-vacation that can be personalized for each reader. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned about book selection when traveling. 1. Set aside books for the trip home. 2. Bring a variety of genres and types of books. 3. Don’t bring your all-time favorite book. It’ll get food spilled on it, dropped on the ground or left behind. Tears will ensue and it’s just a bad idea. 4. Don’t bring a library book unless you’re prepared to pay a fine for damaging or losing it. 5. If you normally read bedtime stories, bring a few with you to keep your going-to-bed routine as close to normal as possible.

The non-fiction fan: Find a book that tells some history and facts about the place you’re traveling to and voila! You have your own miniature tour guide! You can also bring along a compilation of weird or amazing facts. Audiobooks: When choosing audiobooks, it can be hard to find something everyone is willing to listen to. The best option is usually to have a selection to choose from and vote! Some favorites of mine are classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and Charlotte’s Web. Puzzle books: Mazes, sudoku, word searches and coloring books. These are the bread and butter of car trips. Pick up a few at a dollar store. They’re more than worth it! Make your own book: Make up your own fiction story by taking turns writing different parts of it and brainstorming about what should happen to your characters. Create an “Our Vacation” book: Bring a blank notebook and a variety of pens, pencils, crayons, etc. Have everyone write something about the trip and pass it around. Share it consistently throughout the trip and enjoy reminiscing for years to come. Kansas City bibliophile, Sarah Diddle, enjoys sharing her passion for reading with local families.

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he minute a woman declares she is pregnant, she has 100 “mom professors” offering “you should” classes on everything from changing diapers to selecting a college. Throw in a blizzard of blogs and stories about genius advanced kids that walk at 6 months, read at age 2 and are being recruited by Harvard at age 7 and, naturally, moms in all stages of parenting question themselves. “Am I doing enough?” To add to the self-induced pressure, moms are also vulnerable to pressure within their peer group: “mom pressure.” We all can attest to a feeling that we are being judged by other moms. It might be a quick glance your way when your kid is throwing sand on the playground, a questioning tone, “Are you NOT breastfeeding?” or simply silence—not being invited to a play date or birthday party. I recently asked the following question to three local mothers:

“Have you ever felt judged as a mom?” amy arthur

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Our panel includes a stay-at-home mom, a single mom and a working mom. Their answers are open, honest and shed light on the fact that motherhood, under any condition, comes with joys and celebrations, as well as challenges and insecurities. Amy Arthur, Overland Park stayat-home mom to three daughters, says: I am thankful that my circumstance worked out to where I could be a stay-athome mom. Although this job is not easy, one of the hardest parts is the pressure I put on myself on how good of a job I do daily. Do I play with them enough? Do I teach them enough? There is a constant “mommy guilt” checking in to see if I am doing everything to the best of my ability. In addition to the pressure I place on myself, I have also had circumstances where I have been challenged by friends. I had a friend tell me that she wanted to

teach her children the value of education and balancing work outside the home with being a mom. Does that mean that my kids are lacking in knowing how to balance life? As my kids got older, a little bit of competition began as to who enrolled in what class, whose child was reciting their ABCs already, who cooked the healthiest dinner, etc... Also, depending on the group, there was a little bit of label envy. Whose little girl wore the best clothes, shoes or bow in her hair, etc. Even though some of those things were an underlying feeling, having confidence in your own parenting is extremely important in overcoming both the judgment and being judgmental. After stumbling upon these issues at the beginning, I quickly learned that each family has its own ways of being successful in dealing with children. Over time, I have gained knowledge and confidence, knowing that many of those issues do not matter.

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Melissa Lising, Prairie Village single mom to her 4-year-old son, says: As a single mother, I’ve learned that

Mothers are human and worry about whether they are doing enough, providing enough and being enough for their children. angie lister

judgment is part of the territory. I feel the judgments I’ve experienced have more to do with why and how I came into single mommyhood versus my actual parenting style. Although my family did not start out traditionally, the love is just as real as anyone else’s. My son came from two parents in a loving relationship (however, unmarried), and the judgments began as my unplanned pregnancy became obvious. I felt pity from some, disappointment from more, and excitement and happiness from others. With time, I’ve learned to ignore and even laugh at some of the ridicule, because I know in my heart that I am a very competent, caring and loving mother. I will admit it’s easier to shrug off judgments from strangers than those coming from people or places important to you. For example, I remember going to different churches trying to decide where I wanted my son baptized. My faith is very important to me, and I was looking forward to this special day. I had explained to the baptismal coordinator that his father would not be present. Somehow the conversation ended with her stating, “Well, these are some of the consequences from the choices you made.” When it comes from places like your church, and even best friends you love, the judgment stings quite a bit more. I don’t believe the comments were meant to be hurtful, but whether they realize it or not, they were made with judgment. Becoming a single mom was incredibly difficult and hard to accept…. HOWEVER, I feel like it’s made me an even stronger woman and mother. My son is a beautiful, happy, healthy, fun-loving 4-year-old who loves his mama. Single mom or not, that’s a whole lot of blessed to be grateful for. Angie Lister, Lenexa working mom of one daughter and two sons, says: I have felt a sense of inadequacy as a working parent at times. My mother was able to stay at home with us growing up, and I envisioned doing the same for my

children. I felt for a long time that I wasn’t going to be as good of a parent because I work outside the home and that my children were going to have a childhood that would be lacking compared to those families that have stay-at-home moms. Some innocent comments from others such as, “I don’t see how you do it!” or “Wow! You are strong!” can leave working moms feeling unsure if they just received a compliment. I have learned, though, that I judge myself much harder than anyone else is judging me. One of the biggest challenges of being a working mom is balancing family and work. My family is my priority whether I am at home with them or not. It is very important to me that I give 100 percent to my family and 100 percent to my job. With so many working moms in society today, I am enjoying being the best I can be both as a parent and in my career. So, what’s the common denominator? Mothers are human and worry about whether they are doing enough, providing enough and being enough for their children. I challenge all moms, in the spirit of Mother’s Day, to cast away your judgments and insecurities and feel confident that you ARE enough. Most importantly, take pride in having the best and most important job on earth. Amanda Doll is a working mom who is guilty of judging and being judged. She is ready to combat mom pressure with mom support!

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have you ever been subjected to mom peer pressure?


Yes, several times I’ve been made to feel like I’m not “mom enough.”


No, I’ve only received positives from my mom friends and family. may 2013


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Interactive Education Guide available at

caring teachers at Camp Special Beginnings! Your child will have a SUPER FUN summer being a part of a high-quality program in a positive, Christian environment. Enjoy fieldtrips including Science City, Power Play, and KC Zoo, as well as participate in top notch educational activities including Spanish and Book Club. Camps available to 1st-6th graders for both FT and PT. 913.894.0131 x105. See display ad on pg. 38 for free registration (new families only).

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KC Parent’s

Camp Guide

Ballet Conservatory of Independence

Engage your child’s imagination and sample something new this summer with the Ballet Conservatory’s Workshops. Children ages 5-14 will delight in classical ballet and character dance, along with jazz, tap, contemporary, strengthening and tumbling, while 3-4 year-old flourish in world

of fairytale ballet, tap and tumbling. The only dance camp of its kind in Jackson County. Workshops are held on specific dates in June and July. For more details see or call 816.373.3456. See display ad on pg. 40.

Camp Special Beginnings

Make wonderful memories with great friends and

Ceramic Cafe’s summer program provides instruction in a variety of ceramic art techniques including hand building with clay, ceramic painting and glazing techniques and also glass fusing. The theme is “My Creative Self” and projects encourage individual creative expression. Camp sessions are divided by age groups. Creative Kids is for ages 5-7, Aspiring Artists is for ages 8 and up. One day Workshops are also offered through out the summer. Visit our website at for add’l info and registration form. See display ad on pg. 57.

CLO’s Midnight Farm

CLO’s Midnight Farm offers 2 different types of day camps. Horsin’ Around at Midnight Farm is a horse camp for children with or without special needs. Enjoy horseback riding, crafts and a Horse Show. Junior (June 17-21), Beginner (July 8-12) and Advanced (July 15-19). Call: 785.979.1889. Day Camp for Youth with Developmental Disabilities: A full day camp to enjoy crafts, water play, wagon rides and more. June 24-28 for ages 6-14, July 23Summer classes enrolling now!

Lee’s Summit • Liberty Parkville • Overland Park The Plaza • South Kansas City

Registration & complete class information at Call 816-474-4241 to register now!

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27 for ages 15+. 785.218.9358 See display ad on pg. 37.

The Coterie Theatre School

The Coterie offers camps for kids entering grades K -12 at six sites: South Kansas City (United Dance), Liberty (Liberty CC), Lee’s Summit (MCC Longview), Overland Park (Miller-Marley), The Plaza (Pembroke Hill), and Parkville (Park University). Half-day and full-day camps include creative drama, acting and audition skills. Special offerings: “Scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and Comedy on Your Feet. Performance camps: Sweeney Todd, a Melodrama,Your Guide to Survival (and Werewolves), and Annie Jr. Visit See display ad on pg. 36.

CLO’s Midnight Farm Camps

Get creative at the Nerman Museum!

CLO’s Midnight Farm will host 2 different types of day camps in 2013:

Classes (ages 5-11) combine engaging, interactive tours with unique studio projects.

Horsin’ Around at Midnight Farm: A horse camp for children with or without special needs to enjoy horseback riding, horse-related crafts and activities and a Horse Show on the last day. Horsin’ Around has 3 options: Junior: (June 17-21) Half day camp for ages 6-8, no experience necessary. Beginner: (July 8-12) Full day camp for ages 8-16, no experience necessary. Advanced: (July 15-19) Full day camp for 8-16, prior riding experience required. Call: 785.979.1889

Culture House

Spend your summer at The Culture House! Our new 2013 summer programs include dance, theater, music and art ... all taught by professionally trained adults. 2-Week Musical Intensives, Aida and Disney’s Camp Rock, Broadway Starz, Creative Kingdom Art, Space Pirates Stage Combat, Pretty Princess Ballet, Hip Hop, Annie Camp, Leadership, and much more. PLUS our summer production of Les Miserables (ages 6 to adult)! Openings limited, call today. See display ad on pg. 7. (14808 W 117th St, Olathe) 913.393.3141. Enroll online:

Day Camp for Youth with Developmental Disabilities: A full day camp for youth with Developmental Disabilities to enjoy crafts, water play, pony parades, wagon rides and petting animals. Training offered for parents of children with Autism. June 24-28 Ages 6-14 July 23-27 Ages 15 and up Call: 785.218.9358

Tuesdays-Fridays, June 4-July 26 10 a.m. – noon or 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. 913-469-2323 •

Christian Youth Theater

Act, Sing, and Dance this summer with Christian Youth Theater! Camps: “Backyardigans” (ages 4-5), “Rock ‘n Country” (ages 5-12), “Selections from Mary Poppins” (ages 5-12), Xtreme Dance (ages 4-11), “The Hobbit” (ages 10-15), “Avengers” (ages 10-15), “Star Wars” (ages 10-15), “Camp Willy” Shakespeare (ages 12-18), Middle School Overnight “Selections from Hairspray” (ages 12-14), and High School Overnight “The Drowsy Chaperone” (ages 14-19) with 2 full productions on July 27/28 at the Bell Center, MNU. See display ad on pg. 40. 913.681.3318.

To learn more visit: or call 785-979-1889

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Johnson County Community College

Dramatic Truth

Why dancers choose The Dramatic Truth Summer Dance Intensive: it’s the experience and challenge! Dancers ages 12 through adult who are serious about dancing & God’s purpose within it! You will be spending a week or two 9-5 soaking in the instruction of the finest in Christian dance, both technically and spiritually. Offering Bible Study, Ballet & Modern Technique. Plus Hip Hop, Jazz, Pointe & Variations, Pas de Deux to name a few. Affordable meals and housing avaialble. See display ad on pg. 41.


TheaTre • arT • Dance

SUMMer caMPS June 3 - august 8, 2013

A Fairytale Ballet

Experience the enchanting world of A Fairytale Ballet this summer! Exclusively for ages 2-8, camps combine cherished childhood literature, with dance, music, props and beautiful costumes each week. Children will create a take-home prop in our prop workshop. Watch your little ballerina blossom when she becomes Cinderella and other favorite princesses this summer! Camps and classes are offered Mon.- Sat. in the morning and afternoon, June-Aug. 913.671.7944. See display ad on pg. 36. continued on pg. 40

More camps & activities: • Science • Cartooning • Music • Basketball • Spanish • Cooking • Cheerleading... and more! Before & after care is available (7am - 6pm)

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camp guide


things you never knew about 1. Green is “zen.”

Research shows that first-hand experiences with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches them how to de-stress the natural way.

Camp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp. And, while most people easily conjure up images of campfires and canoes, there is a lot more to the camp experience. Here are five of the things you may not have known about the camp experience.

2. Try this on for size!

Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home.

3. Manners matter, and often linger.

The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments; perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property and to say “Please” and “Thank You.”

4. Veggies taste better with friends.

Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a bad reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options, and often are at the forefront of things like allergy specific diets, healthy snack options and vegetarian meals. For more information on preparing your child for an independent, fun-filled summer, visit ACA’s family resource page at Or, follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.

Former NFL cheerleader, Lynn O’Brien is Celebrating 11 years this summer!

Summer Cheerleading Camp

Lynn O’Brien Cheer and Dance is focused on technique for girls ages 3-16. The girls also learn about nutrition, self-esteem and community involvement. Each camp ends with a performance at a KC T-Bones game on the field!

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To sign up for Camps, Classes, Birthday parties or Daisy Troop 913-424-2919, or visit

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$50tuition tuition credit credit if with enrollment $50 younew enroll by July 1

JCCC pairs educational mission with summer performing arts events Overture This camp introduces children in grades 4–8 to chamber music ensemble playing. June 10-13. Morning session: 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon session: 1-4 p.m. $175. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Heartland Chamber Music Festival Nine exciting days of chamber music, including five free concerts open to the public, plus one paid concert.

Miami String Quartet | 7 p.m., Wed., July 31 Praised in The New York Times as “everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy.” Tickets: $10 (advance), $15 (at door) For a complete listing of Family Fun Activities, go to the Performing Arts Series website at Click on “Other Events” or call (913) 469-4445 (M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. 66210

Summer OppOrtunitieS

Missouri Military Academy offers structured, success-oriented programs during the summer, too!

Leadership Camp July 7-19 Leadership-oriented camp for boys and girls ages 13-17 Activities include rappelling, orienteering, physical training and much more.


ACADEMY June 23- July 20, 2013 For-credit boarding and day summer program for boys and girls entering grades 7-12 Combines academics and outdoor activities may 2013


camp guide Faulkner’s Pony Camp

Want your kids to learn what it’s like to take care of a pony? Have them join us for pony camp to find out. Faulkner’s Pony Camp is a great way for kids to get close to the Faulkner’s herd with a wrangler at their side. Kids will learn important equine skills and how to groom, feed and ride ponies during this fun week at the ranch. 816.761.1234. See display ad on pg. 38.

Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College

Make the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College your summer destination for family fun. From music camps and festivals to free lawn concerts and movies, JCCC pairs it educational mission with summer performing arts events. For a complete listing of family fun activities, visit the Performing Arts Series website at and click on “Other Events”You also can call 913-469-4445 for more information. See display ad on pg. 39.

Kansas City Art Institute

Walt Disney studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and your child can too! We offer a look at Art Around the World, Fantastic Fashions, Claymation Movies and more.Youth and highschoolers ages 6-18 can explore art and design at one of the nation’s top schools of art and design located right in their own backyard. Supervised noon time and an extended hour available. We offer a main and a north campus. For more information go to or call 816.802.3333. See display ad on pg. 41.

Kansas City Museum Summer Drop Ins

Drop in with your children for games, music, stories and arts and crafts. Different historical themes each week. Shhh, they might learn something too! July 10 & 12, Follow the Map – How Do You Know Where You’re Going?, July 17 & 19,

Summer camps and workshops available for students of all ages, sign up today online!

Ballet Conservatory of Independence (816) 373-3456

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Inventions, July 24 & 26 Transportation - Getting From Place to Place and July 31 & Aug. 2 Cultures of Northeast KC. Free fun for ages 2-12. See display ad on pg. 43.

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. 43.

Lynn O’Brien Cheer and Dance

Lynn O’Brien Cheer and Dance offers summer camps, classes, clinics and birthday parties that focus on cheerleading for girls 3-12. All sessions are taught by former NFL cheerleader, Lynn O’Brien. The girls also learn about nutrition, self esteem, community service and how to be physically fit! Our 11th year of camps and classes in the Overland Park, Prairie Village and Kansas City Area. All summer camps and classes perform at a Kansas City T-Bones game on the field! See display ad on pg. 38.

Maranatha Christian Academy

Maranatha Christian Academy offers summer camps, each week from June 3rd – Aug. 8th. We are excited to announce a partnership with The Culture House. Students will enjoy theatre, art, dance and citizenship camps. Other camps include cartooning, sports and cooking. Before and after care is available (7am – 6pm). Additional activities include PE, science, music. Academic tutoring is offered. See display ad on pg. 37. For more information call 913-631-9286 or check our website

Missouri Military Academy

Missouri Military Academy offers two fun, meaningful summer programs that build selfconfidence and develop new skills. The Summer Academy at Missouri Military Academy (June 23July 20) is a for-credit boarding program for students grades 7-12. Students recover lost credits or may 2013


Visit for the NEW Geo-based Camp Guide with maps, descriptions, photos, videos and more — your complete one-stop shop for camps! earn enrichment. Summer Leadership Camp (July 7-19) teaches leadership in an environment that emphasizes self-esteem and teamwork. Boys and girls ages 13-17 participate in rappelling, leadership reaction course, physical training and first aid. ACA accredited. See display ad on pg. 39.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

New, week-long, full-day camp experience for ages 6-12. Travel in time, travel the world and think 3-d in three separate one-week Art in Action camps July 8-26! Summer Art Week classes, Thursday evening workshops and Saturday workshops are also available. The museum’s summer exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico will provide inspiration for several of our class offerings. Visit for class listings. 816.751.1Art. See display ad on pg. 43.

Nerman Museum

Early Explorations classes (ages 5-7) and Contemporary Creations classes (ages 8-11) are interactive art learning experiences. Students learn directly from JCCC’s diverse permanent collection and temporary exhibitions in the Nerman Museum. After exploring selected works of art, students create original works of art in the studio classroom. Classes are offered Tues.-Fri., June 4-July 26, with individual sessions from

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10AM-noon or 2PM-4PM. Register at or call 913.469.2323. See display ad on pg. 37.

Paint, Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House

Camp ARTRAGEOUS! Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House is offering summer camp for its 15th season! Your child will learn new techniques and have fun creating art in our multimedium camps (ceramics, clay, canvas & glass fusion). Class size is limited - sign up early! Check it out online and find more information plus a registration form at For more information on these and many other fun and creative programs, visit the website. See display ad on pg. 52. 913.661.CLAY (2529).

Science City

This summer, kids will ignite scientific curiosities with fun, activity-based learning at Science City Summer Camp! From robots to chemistry, space to dinosaurs, life science to inventions, children ages 6-12 will experience the amazing and inspiring world of science. Space is limited! June 10-August 9 (no session July 1-5), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4 p.m., FREE early/late care 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $165/week for Union Station members or $185/week for non-members. For more information email or visit our

website at or call 816.460.2226. See display ad on pg. 50.

Theatre of the Imagination

Performing arts. One and two week camps run Mon-Fri, May 28-Aug. 9 at 6100 W. 127th, OP, KS. Open Pre-K -9th grades. Half-day or full, (7:30am-6 p.m.). Shows spoof Clones, Divas, Vampires, Princesses, VideoGames and more. No auditions and no experience required. Free costumes, shows & snacks. Multiple child discount 10%. Make your own schedule, we take partials & we pro-rate. Specials: $54 half day, $99 full. $89.10/week for multiple kids. 816.561.2787 or See KC Parent ad on pg. 43 for $30

Tiger Rock Martial Arts

Train all summer at Tiger Rock’s Taekwondo Summer Camp. For only $169, you can spend your summer training at our studio. Fee includes training jersey. Hurry! You must register for this offer by June 1. Classes fill up every summer, so register today! 913.829.8818. See display ad on pg. 40.


Trilogy Performing Arts Camps Learn to Sing, Dance, Act, Stage Fight and Stunt Work! Be part of great performances! New 4 week program featuring Disney’s Tarzan! Week camps with showcases

include, Mary Poppins-Step in Time, Red Hot Vocal Camp, Lone Ranger, Jedi Stunts, Never Never Land, Princesses! Experience a state of the art GREAT LOCATION!; Day Camps at 12480 S Black Bob, Olathe KS. Half Day ages (3-5)$115, Full Day ages (6-18)$160. NEW! Imaginative overnight camps with Narnia inspired facility (ages 8-18)$350. 913.254.4444 See display ad on pg. 42.

Summer Drop Ins

Vineyard Christian

Don’t know what to do with those long summer days but can’t afford costly summer programs for your student? Vcamp, only $40 a week, offers two weeks of fantastic fun for students going into grades 1-9. Each week of Vcamp includes great friendships, games, and fun classes. Summer sessions are June 10-14 and July 8-12 from 10 am – 4:30 pm, before and after care available at no additional charge. See ad on pg. 41.

Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August Noon-3 p.m.

YMCA Summer Day Camps

Kids ages 3-18 can get up, get out and grow at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s summer day camps. Traditional camps offer different themes weekly, and specialty camps include outdoor, sports, engineering, Legos, service learning through Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City, and leadership. Locations include Blue Valley, Center, Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Spring Hill, Platte County R-3 school districts, Camp Naish, William Jewell College Tucker Leadership Lab and Riverside Community Center. See display ad on pg. 15. Call 913.345.9622 or visit

This summer, drop in with your Museum Kids for games, music, stories and arts and crafts. Group visits available from 10-noon. Contact Education Curator Rebecca Schroeder at 816-483-8300 x1402 for details 3218 Gladstone Blvd. AT CORINTHIAN HALL

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owadays it is not uncommon for a parent—mom or dad—to travel weekly or to be gone for an extended amount of time due to work. The absence of a parent can have a great impact on children, causing separation anxiety, depression or discipline problems. The good news is that there is no negative effect on a child’s development if this process is handled with care, open communication, planning and understanding of everyone’s needs. The household can still operate functionally and happily.

Before Leaving

Children need a concrete explanation of why a parent is going away. For a 3-, 4- or 5-year-old, a real fear can exist that Mommy is leaving because of the child’s

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misbehavior or that Daddy is never coming back. Sit down with your child and be very specific about why you are leaving. Tell him how long you will be away, show him pictures of where you are staying and let him ask you questions about your trip. Explain to him who will be taking care of him and review what he will be doing while you are gone. “I always let my daughter help me pack for my trip. This makes her feel involved and so important,” says Lori Anderson from Overland Park. Never sneak off without saying good-bye. While you might think this will be easier on your child, this causes an opposite effect, instilling a sense of instability and abandonment. If leaving before she wakes in the morning, make sure you say your good-byes the night before.

While Away

It’s important for the child’s caregiver to stick to a routine while Mom or Dad is away; schedules are very important to children, and they thrive on them. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 rely on routine and rituals to help them feel secure. While it might be tempting for the caregiver to overcompensate with special treatment while the parent is away, it backfires when the parent returns, leaving the parent to reestablish the regular routine and discipline again. Some children may behave very well with the caregiver and might not seem to miss their parent. But when the parent returns, those same children might release all the pent up anxiety and anger and refuse to even give their parent a hug or let them out of their sight upon returning. This behavior is considered normal and will subside. “I couldn’t leave the house to take the garbage out without my son thinking I was never coming back. He wanted to go everywhere with me,” says Steven Connors from Lee’s Summit. While away, make every effort to contact your child if you are able. Call kids personally on the phone, Skype them, send them a postcard or pictures of the places you are visiting.


Upon returning home, be aware you might not get the response you thought you would. Your child might be standoffish or clingy to the other parent or caregiver. He might have been perfectly behaved while you were away only to fall apart when you return. “My son was on his best behavior when his dad traveled, but the moment he got home, he wanted nothing to do with me, almost mean acting,” says Arlene Bishop, Prairie Village. You may face the temptation to completely immerse yourself in all of your child’s activities because you have missed out and want to spend time with her, but it might be overwhelming to her. Be sensitive to find a way to get back into your child’s life that is comfortable for both of you. Recognizing and talking about the emotions your child has while the other parent travels will help reduce the stress and anxiety your child may experience and assure him that what he feels is normal. This will be better for you and your family unit in the long run. Jennifer Duxbury is a SAHM from Olathe, whose husband travels weekly for work and knows first-hand how it affects their child and household.

Little Acts to Show You Care Email or text pictures of your trip.

Bring back memorabilia of your travels (ticket stubs, hotel key, airplane tickets, stickers, brochures, itineraries, etc.) Skype or Facetime with your kids. Call them nightly before bedtime to read them a story. Make special plans with them when you get back. Leave notes around the house for them to find.

Leigh’s School of Dance an unforgettable adventure with horses

now enrolling

established in 1970 recreation & competitive levels

913.764.4146 135th St. & South Arapaho Dr. (Olathe, between Black Bob and Mur-Len)

Misty River Equestrian Center Stables offers group as well as private Horsemanship Lessons at four different levels. Lessons are taught from Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), program. ( Horse shows are held periodically and are low-stress for the student & present accumulated horsemanship skills. Lessons for students 8 and up for beginners, Western Pleasure & Halter, Trail Riding, Barrels, English Pleasure, Jumping & Dressage. 1/2 hour Pony Pal lessons for students ages 4 - 7.

Phone: 816-220-2332 E-mail: Misty River Equestrian Center 21400 Eureka Road Independence, MO 64057 may 2013



family rules to break this

Rules are important to family life, but during the summer, sometimes those rules are meant to be broken. Breaking these five family rules allows kids and parents to loosen up and enjoy summer fun.

THROW ROUTINES OUT THE WINDOW “Sleeping, dinnertimes, desserts, sleepovers— throw out all routines and just go with the flow,” Misty Black, Liberty mother of two, says. Bedtime is one routine that is quick to go. “Bedtime is tough during the summer simply because of activities. My sons have ballgames that may go to 9:00 and put us home around 10:00. It’s hard to stick with a consistent routine in this case,” Sally Beran, Liberty mother of three, says.

“NORMAL” CLOTHES RULES DO NOT MATTER Sarah Martens, Kearney mother of three, says, “Shoes become optional. Cheap flip flops become church shoes in our house.” Not just shoes, but clothes rules can change as well. Susan Lynn, Kansas City mother of three, agrees and says, “If you are going to the pool later in the day, let them change out of pjs straight into swimming suits. Cover up with a long t-shirt. And remember, play clothes are for getting dirty!”

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SPLURGES ARE PERFECT IN THE SUMMER “We take the day trips. We go to the museums. We go to the zoo. My kids are only going to be with me for a short period of time, and I want to fill that time up to the max!” Amanda Jensen, mother of three, says. “The summer is when I take my kids to different types of restaurants throughout the city. Or we go and have lunch with Dad.”

SUMMER SPONTANEITY IS THE BEST “Popsicles any time of day are allowed. Buy the sugar-free kind and let your kid have one for breakfast or right before bed. They will think you are the best parent ever,” Martens says. “Or spontaneous road trips decided the day of/day before. Make packing an overnight bag optional for even more fun!”

TRY SOMETHING NEW FOR SLEEPING “Bed is not the only place to sleep. Try tents in the living room, sleep on the deck under the stars or something more exotic,” Lynn suggests. Springing surprises on your children is great fun, too. “We do surprise pj rides at night or surprise sleepover ‘exchanges’ with friends,” Jensen says.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING NEW “Summer is a great time for discovering new games, ideas, crafts or recipes. The warm season is perfect for teaching children new skills, such as cooking, sewing or crafting. Try summer cleaning out of room, toys and clothes to make room for more. Teach them about donation,” Black says.

Of course, some of these ideas may not be possible, depending on family situations. If a child still has to get up early for day care, then a later bedtime might not be an option. And children have different needs—some need more structure than others. Use these ideas to adjust to your own family needs—or create your own. The key to summer is to have fun, be outside as much as possible to enjoy the sun and enjoy creating memories as a family! Jennifer Higgins is a freelance writer, mother and teacher from Kearney. Summer is her favorite time of the year! may 2013



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Enjoy refreshments and let period music transport you back in time to the spring of ’29 at the Shawnee Town 1929 Farmstead Open House, May 4 at 10:00. 913.248.2360

Head to the zoo on May 11 for the Zootastik Learning Fest, Endangered Species Day at 10:00. Learn about the many endangered animal species represented at the zoo. 816.513.5800

Shake, rattle and roll with the family at this year’s Jiggle Jam Family Fest May 25 & 26 at Crown Center. Enjoy great music, crafts, food, inflatables and more! $10-15.

Bring the kids to play at this hands-on exhibit all about George, created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, at Crown Center May 25-Sept. 8. Opens at 10:00 daily. 816.274.8444

One of KC’s must-see events of the year takes place May 26. Celebration at the Station begins at 3:00. Bring a blanket and enjoy the KC Symphony performing patriotic favorites. 816.460.2083


Beaches Open 8:30, Camp Branch Beach and Little Platte Beach. After a long winter wait, the beaches are finally open to the public! 816.407.3400 Children’s Corner 10:00, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center. Richard Renner performs for the kids with his zany talent, skill and humor. 913.344.8656 Go, Dog, Go!: The Play Thru May 18, 10:00, Union Station. Theatre for Young America presents this lively play from the original book by P.D. Eastman. 913.460.2083

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Touch-a-Truck 10:00, Leavenworth, KS. Children can climb in and on several big trucks for free! 913.682.4113 Storytelling 10:30, Ernie Miller Nature Center. Visit the nature center for stories, songs and surprises geared toward preschoolers. 913.764.7759 FUNVILLE Thru May 5, Crown Center. Kids can experience grown-up occupations in a kid friendly environment. 816.274.8444 May Day Baskets 2:30, South Library (KCK). Teens and tweens are invited to make May Day baskets to deliver to friends and neighbors! 913.722.7400


Bud, Not Buddy Thru May 24, Coterie (Crown Center). This comic Oliver Twist story follows Bud through the Depression-era Midwest. Ages 8+. 816.474.6552 Science of Rock ‘n Roll Thru May 9, 9:30, Union Station. Experience a total hands-on exhibit with your family while understanding the science behind rock ‘n’ roll. 816.460.2020 Big Splash Thru May 24, Great Wolf Lodge. Purchase a pass online for a day at GWL. 100% of proceeds benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC. $10-$20. Truman Heritage Festival Thru Sat, 5:00, Downtown Main Street (Grandview). This festival includes a carnival, arts and crafts, food vendors, a bike show and more! 816.316.4800

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Just Between Friends Sale Thru May 5, OP Convention Center. Get summer clothes at the best prices!

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Paint Me a Story 10:30, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Listen to a story and paint a pottery piece. $15. Pre-reg 913.661.2529

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Story Time 10:30, Shawnee Books & Toys. Bring in the kids to participate in our weekly story time, craft and a snack. 913.962.1428 Brookside Art Annual Thru Sun, 5:00, Brookside. Children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday for the kids to enjoy.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival Thru Sun, Guadalupe Centers. This Kansas City festival will have ethnic flare, music, mariachis, food and much more! 816.421.1015 SOARly Needed R&R 6:00, Grace Church. Families with special needs (Special Opportunities, Abilities and Relationships) can enjoy a night out. 913.814.7223 Wild Hayride Show 6:30, Heritage Center. Enjoy dinner and a show this Friday night. 913.682.2122

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Merriam Marketplace. The vendors are ready with freshly grown produce, home-baked desserts and more! KC Heart 4 Orphans 5K with 1-Mile Family Run/Walk 8:00, Heritage Park, Shelter #1. Run the 5K and/or participate in the 1-mile family run/walk. City Market Summer Book Sale 8:00, City Market. Friends of the Kansas City Public Library hosts this summer book sale every first Saturday thru October. Polski Day Celebration! All Saints Parish Hall & Grounds. All things Polish! Parade, dancing, polka mass, raffle, children’s games, ethnic food and more!

Fishing Derby | May 4 | Lake Jacomo First Fridays 7:00, Crossroads Art District. Galleries and shops remain open late on the first Friday of each month.


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want to miss what’s in store for you! 816.229.8558 Tractor Cruise 7:00, National Ag Center & Hall of Fame. Come see this incredible tractor parade starting at the Ag Hall and heading to Bonner Springs! 913.721.1075 Merriam Farmers’ Market Opening Day 7:00,

Touch-a-Truck 9:00, Happy Rock Park. Kids can get up close and personal with BIG trucks, police cars, ambulances, trash trucks and more. 816.436.2200 Teen Service Day 9:00, West Wyandotte Library. If you’re a teen in need of service hours for National Honor Society, join us today! 913.596.5800 Sheep Shearing Day 9:00, Missouri Town 1855. Be a part of our annual event where the flock is sheared of their winter fleeces! 816.503.4860 Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound 9:00, Great Plains

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SPCA. Exercise benefits pets and their owners. Join us for a walk every Saturday. 913.826.3160 Buck Days 9:00, Harry S Truman Library & Museum. In honor of President Truman’s birthday, admission is only $1 all day! 816.268.8200 32nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby 9:00, Lake Jacomo. Introduce kids ages 2-15 to the fun-filled outdoor sport of fishing! 816.229.8980 Home Depot Kids’ Workshop 9:00, Home Depot stores. Bring in the kids for a free hands-on workshop and build something together. Teacher Appreciation Day 9:30, Kansas City Zoo. Teachers will receive great ideas to implement next year in the classroom! 816.513.5800 Day of Dance 9:30, Ballet Conservatory of Independence. Free community dance classes for ages 3-18. 816.373.3456 Truman Heritage Festival 10:00, Downtown Main Street (Grandview). Enjoy a carnival, live entertainment, vendors, civil war re-enactors, car show and more! 816.316.4800

Fort Leavenworth Historic Homes Tour 10:00, Fort Leavenworth. Sample history through history-rich homes. Picture ID required to enter fort. 913.684.3193 Nature Nuts Story Time 10:00 or 1:00, Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Hear nature stories and participate in activities. 816.759.7300 Celebrate Urban Birds 10:00, Lakeside Nature Center. Learn how urban birds survive in cities, then stroll the mini bird walk. 816.513.8960 Farmstead Open House 10:00, Shawnee Town 1929. Tour the farmhouse and see its updated appearance. Refreshments and music. 913.248.2360 Artifact Identification Day 10:00, Fort Osage Education Center. Bring your old arrowheads and other artifacts to be inspected by a professional archaeologist. 816.503.4860 KC Northern Railroad Sat & Sun thru Sept, 10:00, Frank Vaydik Line Creek Park. Our trains operate on a half-mile track and only cost 50 cents per ride for all ages! Playing on the Prairie 10:00, Mahaffie Stage-

coach Stop and Farm. Enjoy hands-on activities such as crafts, weaving, gold panning and more! 913.971.5111 Bonnet Festival 1:00, Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum. Spend a day at the farm with games, music, crafts and activities. Free event! 816.453.3276 Queen Cover Band 6:00, Linden Square. Killer Queen executes the excitement and finesse of a classic Queen concert. 816.436.2200


Special Swim 9:00, Matt Ross Community Center. Join other families and people with disabilities for a free swim session. 913.895.6390 FUNVILLE Crown Center. Today’s the last day to visit! Kids can experience grown-up occupations in a kid friendly environment. 816.274.8444 Art of the Machine Car Series 10:00, City Market. Antique Automobile Club of America hosts a great day under the Pavilion. 816.842.1271 Brookside Art Annual 11:00, Brookside. Enjoy a plethora of art, children’s activities, food vendors, music and more. may 2013


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around the corner. See all six shows starting at just $60. Call today! 816.363.7827


Coffee Playground 10:00, OP First Assembly of God. Free play in the gym for kids 5 and under. Preschool Story Time 11:00, Ceramic Café. Kids will listen to a story, paint a piece of pottery and enjoy a snack. $9.50. 913.383.0222 Getting Ready 2:00, National Frontier Trails Museum. Tour the gallery exhibits to see how to prepare for a westward journey. 816.325.7575 Family Night Every Tue and Fri, 4:00, Little Monkey Bizness. Enjoy indoor play and dinner. 913.631.7000

8 WEDNESDAY 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 Train Rides 2:00, Belton, Grandview & KC RR. Enjoy an old-fashioned train ride Sat & Sun thru Oct. $9.50. 816.331.0630


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 Open Gym Noon, 360 Gymnastics. Bring your kids for an hour to our recreational gymnastics facility for fun play! 913.707.3756 School Skills Class Mon & Wed, 1:00, Gymboree (Lee’s Summit). Build social, emotional and intellectual skills needed for school and life. 816.525.7529 Starlight Tickets A new season of Starlight is just

Open Play 9:00, Stanley Presbyterian Church. Every first Wednesday, bring your kids and their toys to play while you sip on your coffee with other moms. 913.681.8180 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 Trash or Treasure? Thru June 9, 10:00, Toy and Miniature Museum. See items Just Colcord found on

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the streets of KC that were transformed into pieces of art. 816.235.8000 Sleeping Beauty Puppet Show Thru May 19, 10:00 & Noon, Paul Mesner Puppet Studio. Children will enjoy watching good overcome evil in this classic story. 816.756.3500 Celebrating President Truman’s Birthday 1:30, Truman Library. Truman Library volunteers will serve cake and punch to museum visitors. 816.268.8200


A Brown Bear, a Caterpillar and a Moon Today & tomorrow, 9:45 & 1:00, Lied Center of Kansas. Treasured stories of Eric Carle your kids will love. Bumper Bowling 10:00, Mission Bowl. Every Thursday, preschoolers can bowl with lighter weight balls, rent shoes and enjoy a small drink for $3. 913.432.7000 Go, Dog, Go!: The Play Thru May 18, 10:00, Union Station. Theatre for Young America presents this lively play. 913.460.2083 Pinocchio Time Tue-Sat thru July 31, 10:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. A long-running special exhibit celebrating this classic Italian children’s story. 816.833.9777


Mother’s Day Planters 9:30, Mill Creek Activity Center. Please bring one small container and an old shoe for a flowering gift for Mom! $12. 913.826.2958 The Doo Dads Perform 6:00, Record Bar. Help celebrate the end of a great year with food, friends and rock and roll! Movie in the Park: Raymore Dusk, Memorial Park. Popcorn and sodas provided by South Metro Fire Protection and Raymore Parks and Rec. 816.322.2791 Hip-Hop ‘N’ at the Hill 7:00, Hillcrest Community Center. A talent search for kids ages 14-17. 816.784.7000 Movie in the Park 7:30, Legacy Park Amphitheater. Free public showing of Despicable Me. Popcorn, soda and snow cones for sale. 816.969.1500


Outdoor Flea Market 8:00, Haymarket Square (Leavenworth). Find an antique, art or other treasure to take home. 913.682.4113 National Mini Golf Day 10:00, Cool Crest. Play mini golf free for a year! Visit for details.

Mother’s Day Event 10:00, Children’s Orchard (Olathe, Indep, KCMO, LS). Only ONE day to save 25% on regular resale clothing. Zootastik Learning Fest: Endangered Species Day 10:00, KC Zoo. Learn about the many endangered animal species represented at the zoo. 816.513.5800 Lowe’s Build ‘n Grow: Sweetheart Frame 10:00, Lowe’s stores across the Metro. Build a sweetheart frame for Mother’s Day! Spring Nature Walk 10:30, Fort Osage. Join our naturalist for a review of the flora and fauna around Fort Osage, followed by a guided hike. 816.650.5737 Mother’s Day Create-and-Take 10:30, Roeland Park Community Center. Enjoy lunch as a family and then create a work of art on canvas. Pre-reg. 913.826.3160 Petting Zoo 11:00, North Kansas City Public Library. Come down and see farm animals in the library parking lot! Presented by Stable T Farms. 816.221.3360 Raymore Skate Competition Noon, Memorial Park. Enter one of three categories and test out your skateboarding skills! National Train Day Celebration Noon, KC may 2013


Northern Miniature Railroad. Celebration features face painting, the Zoomobile, 2-for-1 ice skating and more! 816.746.5663 Mother’s Day Card Making 1:00, Garrison Community Center. This arts and crafts program is a great place to make cards and knick-knacks for Mom. 816.784.1140 Family Comedy Magic Show for All Ages 1:00, Kansas City Improv. Devin Henderson’s magic will thrill you with laughter and illusions! Fun for all! Train Rides 2:00, Belton, Grandview & KC RR. Enjoy an old-fashioned train ride Sat & Sun thru Oct. $9.50. 816.331.0630 Second Saturdays 4:00, Historic Downtown Weston. Stroll into shops & galleries for late night shopping and specials.


KC Express Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk for Women 8:00, Corporate Woods. Celebrate motherhood with other moms in this great run! Free Admission for Mom 9:00, Harry S Truman Library & Museum. In honor of Mother’s Day, moms get in free today! 816.268.8200

Mother’s Day at the Zoo 9:30, KC Zoo. All moms get in free today at the zoo! 816.513.5800 Celebrate Mom Louisburg Cider Mill. Moms get a free small cider and one cider donut today! 800.748.7765 Art of the Machine Car Series 10:00, City Market. Kansas City Fiero Owners Group hosts a great day under the Pavilion. 816.842.1271 Mother’s Day Brunch & Concert 11:00 or 1:00, Powell Gardens. Enjoy a tasty brunch and listen to Brookside Brass while taking in the beautiful sights of spring. Pre-reg. 816.697.2600 Moms Matter at Mahaffie Noon, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. All mothers enjoy free admission today! 913.971.5111 Mother’s Day for Mother Earth 1:00, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. See StoneLion’s annual puppet show of enormous proportions! Free. 816.221.5351 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 Coterie Theatre Dramatic Story Time 1:30, Plaza Library. You’re invited to be a part of our monthly interactive story times! 816.701.3481


Gym for Me 9:00, Lenexa Community Center. Children ages 5 and under are invited to run, ride and play while making new friends! 913.541.0209 Toddler Time 10:00, RFCC in Leavenworth. The gym is available for kids to experience some exercise while making new friends. 913.651.2132 Big Splash Thru May 23, 10:00, Great Wolf Lodge. Pick your day to enjoy our indoor water park without purchasing an overnight stay! 816.777.2893


Café and Playland 9:00, Kaw Prairie Community Church. Kids can enjoy the playland while parents enjoy conversation and coffee. 913.764.5722 Visit Vaile Mansion 10:00, Vaile Mansion. Come see one of our nation’s premier examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture. 816.325.7430 Preschool Story Time 11:00, Ceramic Café. Kids will listen to a story, paint a piece of pottery and enjoy a snack. $9.50. 913.383.0222 Getting Ready 2:00, National Frontier Trails Museum. Tour the gallery exhibits with a guide to see what needed to be done to prepare for a westward journey. 816.325.7575

penny presses Why Isn’t My Child’s Brain Working? 6:30,

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day (who knew?). One of the most affordable souvenirs, “smashed pennies” are fun collectibles and may be saved in penny albums available at many gift shops. These local attractions have penny presses: C.W. Parker Carousel Museum 320 S Esplanade St., Leavenworth, KS, 913.682.1331 Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS, 913.897.2360 LEGOLand Discovery Center 2475 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 816.471.4386 Kansas City Zoo 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO, 816.513.5800 National Frontier Trails Museum 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence, MO, 816.325.7575

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National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO, 816.888.8100 Science City at Union Station 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO, 816.460.2020 Sea Life Kansas City 2475 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 816.471.4386 Steamboat Arabia Museum, 400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 816.471.1856 Trying to save pennies? Visit for 12 summer activities that won’t break the bank.

Brain Balance of OP. Join Brain Balance for this free informational seminar. Pre-reg. 913.627.9400

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Ready, Set, Hike! 9:30, Mill Creek Streamway Park. Join Rosanna Munoz as she leads preschoolers on nature walks every Wednesday! 913.826.2958 Pinocchio Time 10:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. You won’t want to miss this special exhibit celebrating this classic Italian children’s story. 816.833.9777 Go, Dog, Go!: The Play Thru May 18, 10:00, Union Station. Theatre for Young America presents this lively play. 913.460.2083 Storytelling 10:30, Ernie Miller Nature Center. Visit the nature center for stories, songs and surprises geared toward preschoolers. 913.764.7759

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City-Wide Garage Sale Thru Sat, 8:00, Grandview. You’ll have plenty of treasures to dig through at our city-wide garage sale! 816.316.4800 Bumper Bowling 10:00, Mission Bowl. Every Thursday, preschoolers bowl with lighter weight balls, rent shoes & get a small drink for $3. 913.432.7000

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Bud, Not Buddy Thru May 24, Coterie (Crown Center). This comic Oliver Twist story follows Bud

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through the Depression-era Midwest. Ages 8+. 816.474.6552 Thimble Thursdays Free Concert Series 12:15, Garment District Place. Enjoy free concerts each Thursday with your kids! 816.513.7500 Scavenger Hunt 1:30, Santa Fe Commons. Parentchild teams of two can meet at the Gazebo for a butterfly scavenger hunt! 913.831.3355 Two Performances Thru Sun, 7:00, Avila Goppert Theatre & Bell Cultural Events Center. CYT performs Aladdin, Jr at Avila and Charlie Brown at Bell. 913.681.3318


Weston Bluegrass Festival Today & tomorrow, 10:00, Downtown Weston. Enjoy bluegrass music in Downtown Weston. Story Time 10:30, Shawnee Books & Toys. Bring in the kids to participate in our weekly story time, craft and a snack. 913.962.1428 Paint Me a Story 10:30, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Listen to a story and paint a pottery piece. $15. Pre-reg 913.661.2529 Downtown Art Annual Art Festival Thru Sun, 5:00, Power and Light District. Enjoy a first-rate outdoor art gallery, suitable for all budgets.

3rd Friday Art Walk 5:30, Englewood Station. The galleries open their doors to art lovers every third Friday of the month. Snow White Today & tomorrow, 7:00, Indian Creek Community Church. Trilogy Cultural Arts performs this much loved tale on stage! 913.254.4444 Movie in the Park 8:30, Electric Park (Lenexa). Grab a blanket and join us for a musical movie on the big screen.


Merriam’s Turkey Creek Festival 7:00, Antioch Park. Summertime Arts and Crafts Show, 5K run/walk, concerts, free kid activities and more. 913.322.5550 Big Truck and Equipment Show 9:00, Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport. Free event where kids can learn about and climb on LS Public Works equipment. 816.969.1800 Kids’ Fishing Derby 9:30, Legacy Park Lake. This fishing derby provides kids ages 1-15 an introduction to sport fishing. 816.969.1500

juggling contest, vendors and more! Free event. 816.325.7370 Dr Laugh’s Old-Fashioned Variety Show 11:00 & 2:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. This show is a variety of magic, puppets, marvelous toys and lots of laughs! $5. 816.833.9777 Kids Team Up for Art 1:30, Bluford Library. Kids K-8 will create masterpieces using paint, glue, clay and other materials. Hosted by Westport Center for the Arts. 855.201.9922 Overnight Saturdays 11:00, Shawnee Mission Park. The park is open after 11:00 for fishing only and will be patrolled. 913.888.4713 Family Comedy Magic Show for All Ages 1:00, Kansas City Improv. Devin Henderson’s magic will thrill you with laughter and illusions! Fun for all! Saturday Night Feeder 4:00, Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary. Public feedings of the cats Saturdays through October. $5. 816.739.0363

Nature Nuts Story Time 10:00 or 1:00, Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Hear nature stories and participate in activities. 816.759.7300

Polar Bear PJ Party 7:00, Kansas City Zoo. Enjoy a sleepover with friends in the new Polar Bear Passage with activities and a night hike. Pre-reg. 816.513.5800

Pets in the Park 10:00, Waterfall Park. Dress up your pet for fun in the park! Pet parade, pet

In the PINK of the Evening Concert Series 7:00, the Colonnade at Kessler Park. Every third Saturday,

may is national strawberry month FRESH-BAKED STRAWBERRY HILL POVITICA

Strawberry Hill’s povitica, a beloved traditional Eastern European dessert, has a home in Kansas City. In 1984, the Strawberry Hill Povitica Company (7226 W. Frontage Rd., Merriam, KS, 913.631.1002) was opened and, now a legacy in Kansas City, the bakery is a true delight for the senses! Visit the bakery where you will be welcomed to enjoy a free sample with coffee and watch as artisan bakers guide you on a fun tour demonstrating the process of creating the specialty bread. Povitica comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry cream cheese. Free tours are offered to the public on baking days (note: children must be 8 years old or older to attend). Call 913.631.1002 for more information and to schedule a tour.

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It’s that time again... berry picking season in Kansas City! Strawberries may be ready to pick as early as April and are in season through June. Always remember to call ahead.

(39675 W. 183rd, Edgerton, KS,, 913.893.9626) This is our favorite strawberry farm. After picking berries, visit the Lanesfield School Historic Site (18745 Dillie Rd., Edgerton, KS, 913.893.6645). The Lanesfield School Historic Site is a tribute to rural schooling. It consists of a restored one-room schoolhouse, outbuildings and a visitor’s center. See ad on pg. 10 for a coupon for FREE strawberries!

(1831 N. 1100 Rd., Lawrence, KS,, 785.331.3468) Wohletz isn’t far from Downtown our Lawrence Day Trip Tips on for ideas of other attractions to see on the way!

Strawberry crepes are a delicious breakfast. These are our favorite local restaurants specializing in the dish: Chez Elle, 1713 Summit St., Kansas City, MO, 816.471.2616 Café Des Amis, 112 Main St., Parkville, MO, 816.587.6767 First Watch (Many locations across the Metro: Eggtc – Two Locations: 5107 Main St., Kansas City, MO, 816.561.0116 and 7182 Renner Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913.631.4400

enjoy music in Kessler Park. 816.513.7500



KC Triathlon 7:00, Longview Lake Beach. This is one of the largest triathlons in the area! Make sure you are a part of it. Community Yard Sale 9:00, City Market. Bring your gently used items and set up a booth or just come looking for treasures of your own! 816.842.1271 Train Rides 2:00, Belton, Grandview & KC RR. Enjoy an old-fashioned train ride Sat & Sun thru Oct. $9.50. 816.331.0630 Sleeping Beauty Puppet Show 2:00, Paul Mesner Puppet Studio. Children will enjoy watching good overcome evil in this classic story. 816.756.3500

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! 2:00, Bell Cultural Events Center. Christian Youth Theater pays tribute to Charles Schulz in this production. 913.681.3318


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 School Skills Class Mon & Wed, 1:00, Gymboree (Lee’s Summit). Build social, emotional and intellec-

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tual skills needed for school and life. 816.525.7529 Ball Time 3:00, Harris Park Community Center. At least one half court is always reserved for free play and shooting. 816.969.1540

Funky Mama Concert 11:00, Lenexa Community Center. Kids can sing and dance to a local favorite– Funky Mama! $1/person.



Pinocchio Time Tue-Sat thru July 31, 10:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. A long-running special exhibit celebrating this classic Italian children’s story. 816.833.9777 Preschool Story Time 11:00, Ceramic Café. Kids will listen to a story, paint a piece of pottery and enjoy a snack. $9.50. 913.383.0222 Family Night Every Tue and Fri, 4:00, Little Monkey Bizness. Enjoy indoor play and dinner. 913.631.7000

Café and Playland 9:00, Kaw Prairie Community Church. Kids can enjoy the playland while parents enjoy conversation and coffee. 913.764.5722 Grand Opening Specials Thru May 27, Shear Madness (Lee’s Summit). Free glitter tattoos with a haircut only $10.95 for haircuts (a $4 savings!). Visit Vaile Mansion 10:00, Vaile Mansion. Come see one of our nation’s premier examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture. 816.325.7430 Getting Ready 2:00, National Frontier Trails Museum. Tour the gallery with a guide and learn about preparation for a westward journey. 816.325.7575


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 Ready, Set, Hike! 9:30, Mill Creek Streamway Park. Join Rosanna Munoz as she leads preschoolers on nature walks every Wednesday! 913.826.2958 Trash or Treasure? Thru June 9, 10:00, Toy and Miniature Museum. See items Just Colcord found on the streets of KC that were transformed into pieces of art. 816.235.8000

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ter. Kids can enjoy a fun-filled playtime with obstacle courses and play gym equipment. 913.826.2950 Family Night Every Tue and Fri, 4:00, Little Monkey Bizness. Enjoy indoor play and dinner. 913.631.7000 Mid-Summer’s Night Cache 6:00, Shawnee Mission Park. This modern day scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids up and moving. 913.831.3355 Mother/Son Pool Party 6:00, Summit Waves. This night is packed with fun, food and music! Mom receives a rose, and sons receive a goody bag. 816.969.1545


KCMO Pools and Spraygrounds Open Bring your friends and family to our pools and spraygrounds for some long-awaited water fun! KC Jiggle Jam Today & tomorrow, Crown Center. Family Fest featuring music, crafts, inflatables and more! Kids Stampede Old Prairie Town, Ward-Meade Historic Site (Topeka). Great event filled with familyfriendly activities! Call for details. 785.368.3888 Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 9:00, Fort Osage. Civilian and military re-enactors interpret events surrounding the War of 1812. 816.503.4860

June 8, 10am

Join the Toy & Miniature Museum as we “shoot” to break the

Guinness World Record! © Tournament located at Swinney Recreation Center on the UMKC Campus Free admission to the museum for all tournament participants.

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30 W. Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108 816.460.2020 Hours of Operation: Tues.-Thurs., 9:304:00; Fri.-Sat., 9:30-5:00; Sun., 11:00-5:00 Admission: $10 (ages 3 and up). 2 and under are free. Hot Tips • Consider a Union Station membership, which provides discounts on Science City admission and much more. • A four-level parking garage sits adjacent to Union Station with ample parking (the first 30 minutes are free, and rates run $1/hour on the half-hour) • Science City is appropriate for kids of all ages (and those who are simply kids at heart!). Exhibits include age-appropriate activities for even the youngest members of your posse in the Tot Lot & Kinderlab.

Science City Before You Go Science City has been named one of the nation’s top 25 best science centers—and with good reason! This local marvel allows you and your child to explore, discover and create throughout its 50+ varied hands-on stations. Head over to both Science City and Union Station’s websites to plan your excursion; both sites offer events pages to inform you of upcoming special activities and programs taking place. Consider registering online for an upcoming Saturday Family Workshop, an additional program where Science City educators instruct groups privately, allowing science to come to life in a whole new way (workshops have an additional fee). While You’re There Should children really be seen and not heard? Not at Science City! In fact, patrons are encouraged to discover through hands-on play, music and activity. Dig for dinosaur fossils at the digsite and then check in with professional paleontologists at the Dinolab. Tinker away in the Music Lab, and put your senses to the test with more than 21 illusions inside the Mr. E Hotel. Be sure to check out the newest exhibit—and

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MO Beach Season Longview and Blue Springs Lake beaches are open today starting at 11:00! 816.503.4876 KS Beach Season Shawnee Mission Park and Kill Creek Park beaches open at Noon today! 913.888.4713 Kids Team Up for Art 1:30, North-East Branch. Kids K-8 will create masterpieces using paint, glue, clay and other materials. Hosted by Westport Center for the Arts. 855.201.9922

Lauren Greenlee first visited Science City during its opening year as a student. She now has the privilege of capturing the wonder through the eyes of her two children who love Science City just as much as she does. She writes from her home in Olathe.

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Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! Thru Sept 8, 10:00, Crown Center. A hands-on exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum centered on George! 816.274.8444

After You’ve Gone Science City isn’t the only attraction to call Union Station home. There are also three theaters within Union Station’s walls, providing audiences of all ages the opportunity to experience both live shows and media presentations. The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium provides four different shows to learn more about stars, constellations, black holes and outer space. The Theatre for Young America brings talent to the stage through its upcoming productions of literary classics, and the 5-storytall Extreme Screen Theater showcases current movie hits in both 2D and 3D. After a day of educational fun, sit back, relax and let the show begin!

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winner of the Battle of the Brain competition—the Science of Energy, which showcases eight different displays highlighting wind, solar and human energy.

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Saturday Night Feeder 4:00, Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary. Public feedings of the cats Saturdays through October. $5. 816.739.0363


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 Trash or Treasure? Thru June 9, 1:00, Toy and Miniature Museum. See items Just Colcord found on the streets of KC that were transformed into pieces of art. 816.235.8000 Celebration at the Station 8:00, Union Station lawn. Attend the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest! 816.460.2083


Memorial Day Specials Thru May 27, Cool Crest. Arcade token sale and all-you-can-play deals. Visit for details. Any Thompson Run 8:00, Loose Park. Join us for fun at the Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury Classic. 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 Time 10:00, Bonner Springs Community Center. Bring your toddler in to jump and have some fun! 913.422.7010 may 2013


Open Basketball 4:00-6:00, Garrison Community Center. Youth ages 17 and under can play pick-up basketball games for free. 816.784.1140

Pinocchio Time 10:00, Puppetry Arts Institute. You won’t want to miss this special exhibit celebrating this classic Italian children’s story. 816.833.9777

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament 4:00, Lucile H Bluford Library. Bring your desk and your game and get ready to Yu-Gi-Oh! 816.701.3482

Summer Exhibit Coming Starting June 1, Powell Gardens will host an exhibit called Nature Connects: Lego Brick Sculptures. 816.697.2600


Coffee Playground 10:00, OP First Assembly of God. Free play in the gym for kids 5 and under. Inflatables, scooters, balls and other toys!

Breastfeeding Support Group 1:00, Liberty Hospital Education Center. Hosted by a lactation consultant who can support and guide you. 816.781.7200


Open Gym Noon, 360 Gymnastics. Bring your kids for an hour to our recreational gymnastics facility for fun play! 913.707.3756

NATURE CONNECTS: LEGO® Brick Sculptures June 1 thru Sept 29, Powell Gardens. Make plans to attend this one-of-a-kind exhibit opening in two days! 816.697.2600

Getting Ready 2:00, National Frontier Trails Museum. Tour the gallery exhibits with a guide to see what needed to be done to prepare for a westward journey. 816.325.7575

Bumper Bowling 10:00, Mission Bowl. Every Thursday, preschoolers can bowl with lighter weight balls, rent shoes and enjoy a small drink for $3. 913.432.7000


Toddle Time 9:00-11:00, Matt Ross Community Center. Fun and enriching open playtime for ages 5 and under. $1-$2/child. 913.895.6390 

Evening Wagon Ride and Swales Walk 6:00, National Frontier Trails Museum. Explore the 1830s, enjoy a wagon tour and examine artifacts. 816.325.7575

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

Food Sensitivities and Brain Function 6:30, Brain Balance of OP. Brain Balance hosts this informational seminar. Pre-reg 913.627.9400


Day Out with Thomas Thru Sun, Midland Railway. A larger-than-life train for the ride of your kids’ lives. Use promo code KCPAREN13 to save on Fri and Sun tickets. Story Time 10:30, Shawnee Books & Toys. Bring in the kids to participate in our weekly story time, craft and a snack. 913.962.1428 Paint Me a Story 10:30, Paint, Glaze & Fire. Listen to a story and paint a pottery piece. $15. Pre-reg. 913.661.2529 Liberty Arts Squared Festival 4:00, Historic Liberty Square. Fine arts and crafts, live entertainment and art activities for the kids. 816.439.4537 Friends and Family Band 6:00, Linden Square. Come prepared to dance! Friends plays all of your favorite songs from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s! 816.436.2200 Great Big Broadway Thru June 30, 7:30, Quality Hill Playhouse. See the rise of the BIG Broadway musicals! 816.421.1700 Freaky Friday Teen Party 7:30, The Bay Water Park. The water park is exclusively for teens 13-18 years. DJ, games, dancing and prizes. 816.513.7500

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