Discovery Play Adventure Time Theme of the Week: Celebrate Your Name
Sun Mar 3 through Sat Mar 9
Come let us celebrate your child and everything that makes THEM special, during Celebrate Your Name week in Adventure Time at Paradise Park!
Adventure Time is something special in our Discovery Play center, our version of a children’s museum. You won’t find anything like it elsewhere. It’s a quality option when looking for things to do with kids in Kansas City!
What is Adventure Time?
It’s an additional activity you and your child can participate in during your visit and exploring in Discovery Play. Our friendly Paradise Park Play Facilitator engages our young guests in celebrating the theme of the week through 4 different activities: a story, interactive game, art project and cooking activity. Our curriculum is custom-designed by professionals who have put heart and soul into creating an enriching educational hands-on experience that is so much fun kids don’t even realize they are learning. Our program is inspired by unit studies, sensory play and experiential learning philosophies.
This Week’s Activities:
Imagination-capturing storytelling followed by a unique interactive activity that connects to the story and provides great kinesthetic learning.
This week: Our friendly Play Facilitator will read a wonderful book by Karen Beaumont, I Like Myself, an energetic and imaginative ode to self-esteem that encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves–inside and out. Afterward kids will connect with the story again through an activity they participate in, by inventing their own creative and musical way to introduce themselves while the group celebrates their name with cheers.
Children follow basic instructions to create their own art project that expands on the theme and encourages small motor skill development. We have all the art supplies set up so you don’t have to have a mess at home!
This week: As a group with our Play Facilitator, kids follow basic instructions and use their small motor skills to create their own work of “name art” using alphabet stampers.
Additionally, you and your child can get your creative juices flowing even more at the three self-guided art tables. We have all the art supplies set up so you don’t have to have a mess at home! They can create an I Love My Name paper t-shirt with their name on it, a celebratory name flag filled with words they choose to describe themselves, and a wonderful balloon collage that spells out their name using balloon die cuts (nothing says “celebrate” like balloons, right?!).
Kids love to make their own creative treat to eat when it’s finished. The Cooking Station teaches children to try new foods, work together and learn measuring skills. And, it’s just plain fun!
This week: Kids will love making their own homemade “What’s in a Name” treat using ceramics principles to form the first initial of their name with dough and decorate it with yummy chocolate chips!
You’re welcome to take everything you make at Paradise Park home to share with family and friends. Our hope is that your day at the Park creates memories you’ll want to talk about at dinner, bedtime and for days to come!
Here are some other ideas to help you connect and make more memories as you continue the name celebration at home!
Snuggle Up, Snack & Share
Have a special snack and snuggle time together while you talk about names!
Create a name snack using alphabet food and spell out their name (and yours, too!) to eat as a treat while you talk:
- Ore-Ida ABC Tater Tots
- Newman’s Own Alphabet Cookies
- Use Wilton Foodwriter Edible Color Markers to write out their name on almost any food (toaster pastries, cheese, fruit slices, bread and more)
- Spell out their name with Post Alpha-bits cereal on a cupcake or graham cracker with icing
Spend some time learning and sharing stories about your names:
- Look up the meaning of their name and talk about whether or not the meaning fits them. If the meaning doesn’t fit, work together to write your own! Consider hand writing or printing out the meaning and framing it for them to see in their room.
- Tell your child the story of how they got their name, and what you liked about their name.
- If they were named after a family member or friend, share what you admired about that person and why you wanted their name to be part of your child’s name.
- For all of those discussion points, be sure to share information and stories about your own name! They’ll enjoy learning about their parent’s name, too, and you can model for them celebrating your name, too.