Adventure Time Theme

Educational fun things for kids to do in Kansas City

Discovery Play Adventure Time Weekly Themes – September and October 2019

When you are looking for educational fun things for kids to do in Kansas City, our Discovery Play center is designed just for families with kids 7 and under. In addition to the 30+ indoor and outdoor play stations, we offer Adventure Time, which combines learning with fun through an educational, fun themed story, art and cooking project facilitated by our friendly Play Facilitators at scheduled times every day all throughout the year.

Adventure Times:
Mon-Thurs: noon, 2pm, 4pm
Fri&Sat:noon,2pm,4pm
Sun:2pm,4pm

Adventure Time is an Educational and Fun Thing for Kids to do in Kansas City

What is Adventure Time? It’s something special at Paradise Park. Our educational specialists have poured their hearts into creating curriculum that is unique, interactive, fun AND educational. Kids don’t even realize they are learning because they’re having so much fun. It lasts about a half hour and is facilitated by our friendly Play Facilitators.

Educational, Experiential, Hands-on, Sensory and Imaginative Learning Activities Included in Adventure Time:

Performance Room

Imagination-capturing storytelling followed by a unique interactive activity that connects to the story and provides great kinesthetic learning.

Art Studio

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!

Cooking Station

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!

 

September’s Weekly Themes:

Week 1: Circus/Carnival Week (September 1 – 7)

“Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages…the circus is about to begin!” We create our own circus-theme experience for kids and their grown-ups in our version of a children’s museum—our Discovery Play center!

Performance – Our friendly Play Facilitator will read about the sights and sounds of the circus in Snappy Sounds Circus pop-up book. Then, to the sound of classic circus music, the children will perform in their very own circus as they wear animal masks and jump through a hoop and walk a pretend “tightrope.” Awesome, educational and entertaining fun!

Art Studio – Our featured art project will help children pretend to be a clown by creating their very own clown headband with a bobble-y flower. Later at the self-directed art stations, they can continue using their imaginations to make a clown hat using water color paints, they can imagine being a circus animal trainer while they create their own circus train with various animal die cuts, and they can make a bag of pretend popcorn and use Do-A-Dot paints to stamp “popcorn kernels” onto it!

Cooking Station –In the fun spirit of the clowns that bring such joy to a circus, kids create a “Pie in the Face,” not to throw at each other, of course, but to enjoy and eat as a treat!

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

 

Week 2: Bubbles Week (September 8 – 14)

Bubbles make for fascinating fun this week in Discovery Play! Come share some quality time with your child in our version of a children’s museum in Kansas City.

Performance – During this week’s story time, Paradise Park’s friendly Play Facilitators will read Curly’s Fun With Bubbles, a story celebrating the simple things in life. It’s about a young boy and all the fun he has playing and creating memories while doing his favorite thing in the world: blow bubbles. After the story, children will have some simple fun engaging all their senses in a rhyming game using real bubbles to act out a poem!

Art Studio – We’ll use a favorite material in a whole new way! (Isn’t that what art and creativity is all about?) Bubble wrap! Following the Play Facilitator’s instructions, kids will create their own unique Bubble Wrap Art painting.

After Adventure Time, continue exploring your bubble ingenuity with the three self-directed art projects at the round tables in the Art Studio: make a Creative Bubble Collage using colorful circle die cuts as bubbles, paint a “Lego” My Bubble project using a large Lego block, and fill a Mini Bubble Bottle painting with “bubbles” using Do-A-Dot paints to create them!

Cooking Station – This week’s treat will be a double-bubbly explosion of flavor and fun as youngsters make a Double Bubble Float! Come find out the surprise ingredient of this amazing and delicious concoction!

Everything you and your child create together here at Paradise Park can be taken home and shared. We hope your child will be excited to tell their family all about their visit to the Park!

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

 

Week 3: Apples, Apples, Apples Week (September 15 – 21)

It’s apple harvest season! We are sweet on everything apples here at the Park! Come celebrate the season with us as we explore the colors, sizes, shapes and types of apples in Adventure Time! When you’re looking for things to do with kids in Kansas City, Paradise Park’s Discovery Play center is our version of a children’s museum, offering an enriching experience with entertaining educational activities designed to help you connect with your child and make great memories!

Performance – Come let us capture your child’s imagination with a delightfully funny story about a family of cats, and a family of mice, who all enjoy apple pie… All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin. Afterward our Play Facilitator will connect the story to an interactive game, a variation on “Hot Potato” we like to call “Pass the Apple,” where kids have the chance to share something they know about apples with the group when the apple lands in their hands (if they want to—some kids like to talk and some kiddos don’t!).

Art Studio – 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 play with Do-a-Dot paints to create colorful apples with construction paper while you discuss what their favorite kind of apple is… glue “google eyes” onto an apple die cut to make a funny face to share with someone and tell them, “You are the apple of my eye.” … pretend to stuff a bag full of apples and make up a name for their very own orchard, or create “Apple Swirls” with red, yellow and green finger paints!

Cooking Station – We’ve got all the supplies ready so our little guests can experience making their very own homemade Mini Apple Pie treat to eat when it’s finished baking!

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

 

Week 4: Monster Week (September 22 – 28)

Monsters can be fun! We’ve created a cute and friendly monster theme (think “Monsters, Inc.”) to capture your child’s imagination in our Discovery Play center!

Performance – We’ll begin with a wonderfully rich story about The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber. In it, a monster learns an important lesson about his true identity: that it’s not what you’re called, it’s who you are that counts. Afterward we’ll connect the story to an interactive game. Kids will surely get the giggles when they play the Monster Echo Game, imitating the words and actions led by our friendly Play Facilitator.

Art Studio – Children and their grown-ups will follow basic instructions and use their small motor skills, as well as their imaginations, to name their monster and make their very own “My Monster & Me Headband,” a great exercise in alphabet learning, too!

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 will be tickled to crumple up pieces of colorful tissue paper to create a “furry effect” as they form their own Furry Monster, they’ll choose from a variety of different shapes to design their own unique creature, and use monster-shaped foam stamps to create a collage of rainbow-colored monsters!

Cooking Station – Little ones will have fun pretending to create a treat as they get their monster faces on while they make a Monster Face Cookie to eat when it’s finished!  (And tell that monster, “It was nice knowing ya!” while they chomp away!)

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

 

October’s Weekly Themes:

Week 1: Snakes & Lizards Week (Sept 29 – Oct 5)

Come ssssssssssssssee what fun we have planned at Paradise Park this week to learn about some cool creatures from the reptile family!

Performance – Our friendly Play Facilitator will share a funny book that considers what life with reptiles is like during story time with the fun book, Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll, by Karin Ireland.  Our “Make a Snake” interactive game will inspire counting fun as kids throw a giant die, identify the number and count to add circle-shaped “scales” to a wiggly snake they form on the floor

Art Studio -The art projects with an educational twist cultivate curiosity and an appreciation for these animals. The Adventure Time project allows children to follow simple instructions and make a Slithering Snake mobile using their small motor skills to do some spiral cutting and rainbow crayon coloring. They can hang it up in their room when they get home!  At the individual, self-guided art tables, kids and their grown-ups can create a Collared Lizard using yellow paint and a special technique; a Lizard Habitat with special stamps and ink pad; and a Sssssscaley Ssssssnake out of a snake die cut and torn tissue paper to form “scales” on their snake’s body.

Cooking Station – Kids will have ssssssso much fun this week! They’ll use a clay artist’s technique to form an edible ssssssnake to decorate and eat after it’s baked!

You’ll find so many rich, engaging, educational activities for youngsters here at the Park when you’re looking for educational and fun things to do in Kansas City!

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

 

Week 2: Fire Prevention Week (Oct 6 – 12)

Our young guests explore Fire Safety in this week’s Discovery Play theme! We make learning fun, and create great opportunities for you to connect with your child on their level. So come on over this week and explore Fire Safety with your little one!

Performance – Our friendly Play Facilitator will generate enthusiasm for learning during a fun and original story time, when kids will imagine what would happen if you invited a dragon to join you for a snack in the very clever book, No Dragons for Tea, by Jean E. Pendziwol. Then, to tie into the story the children will practice a fire drill as they discuss the “STOP, DROP and ROLL” action that all firefighters teach youngsters. They’ll also learn the “SMOKE CRAWL” and get to try doing that together, too!

Art Studio -As they walk down to the art studio, they’ll pretend they are driving a fire engine truck and blow their siren sound all the way through the Discovery Play walkway! The featured Art Project will stir imaginations when they make their very own Firefighter Headband that will help children role-play what a firefighter might say or do when dealing with a fire. At the three other self-directed tables, you can talk with your child about what to do in an emergency while you design an “In Case of Emergency” 9-1-1 sheet. They can craft their very own fire truck using a variety of different shapes and colors, and select a doggie die cut to create a “Firefighter’s Best Friend,” a painted black-and-white Dalmatian puppet!

Cooking Station – Our friendly Play Facilitator will lead a discussion about what gear fire fighters use and then guide kiddos and their grown-ups in how to make a yummy Fire Ladder treat!

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

 

Week 3: Autumn Leaves Week (Oct 13 – 19)

Are your children marveling over the color changes, leaves falling, raking leaves and jumping into piles?  Come celebrate the fun of fall in Discovery Play with us this week at Paradise Park, Kansas City’s premier family destination and amusement park!

Performance – Our friendly Play Facilitator will share a sweet story called “I Know It’s Autumn” by Eileen Spinelli about all the signs of fall we see in the world around us.  Everyone will have the opportunity to play an autumn-themed good old fashioned “I Spy” game that teaches such great thinking skills!

Art Studio – Don’t falling leaves look like they are dancing in the air?! Children will put together a Dancing Leaf Man they can take home and hang as a decoration or use their imagination to make up a story about! Our friendly Play Facilitator will guide them through the steps, allowing them to practice following instructions while also creating their own unique version.

After Adventure Time, continue the creative fun in the Art Studio at the three other self-directed art project tables. Together you can talk about your favorite fall memories (like jumping in a leaf pile) while you create a “String of Leaves” with leaf cut outs and Do-A-Dot paints in fall colors. Remember making leaf rubbings from items in nature? We have leaf templates to create fall designs with, and watch the colors of “falling leaves” magically appear!  And, enjoy making a silly “Face of Autumn” using a variety of materials to design a leaf with personality!

Cooking Station – They’ll celebrate the wonder of the falling leaves and changing colors of the season as they make their very own “Autumn Leaf Cookie” to eat!

Explore More at Home – We have more resources and ideas for you to carry the enthusiasm for educational fun things for kids to do at home, too.

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