Adventure Time Theme

Educational fun things for kids to do in Kansas City this summer

Discovery Play Adventure Time Weekly Themes – June and July 2019

When you are looking for educational fun things for kids to do in Kansas City this summer, 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 this summer and all throughout the year.

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!

June’s Weekly Themes:

The theme changes every week, usually on Sundays unless there’s a special holiday we’re celebrating.

Week 3 King Kamehameha (June 17 – 22)

If your child has enjoyed the recent popular kids’ movie, Moana, then they’re going to love this week’s theme in Discovery Play! We’re celebrating Hawaiian culture and learning about a famous person in that state’s history! Come join us if you’re looking for educational fun things to do with kids in Kansas City this summer.

Performance – We share a rhyming story about a bear who shows all the ways the people of Hawaii express aloha, and what it means in Aloha Bear and the Meaning of Aloha by Dick Adair. Then we will listen to some Hawaiian music and try a little hula dancing to celebrate.

Art – We may just keep on dancing all the way to the Art Studio, where they’ll make the most adorable “Hawaiian Crowns” headband they will decorate with tropical stamps and stickers. Now you will be ready for your very own Hawaiian Luau!

On your own at any time during your visit, enjoy making three other self-directed art projects that inspire the Hawaiian spirit and having fun. Children craft a brightly colored “Hula Shirt,” create “Pacific Ocean Art” that might inspire them to go snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean one day, and decorate King “Kamehameha’s Palm Tree” to celebrate King Kamehameha Day that is celebrated every year in Hawaii.

Cooking – Kids will learn more about King Kamehameha while our Play Facilitator engages them in a discussion before making a pretty flower-shaped “Kamehameha Cookie” to snack on after it bakes!

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 Astronaut Week (June 23 – 29)

3… 2… 1… Blast off with us for a week of astronaut activity! We have planned some outta-this-world educational fun activities for kids to do in Kansas City this summer in our Discovery Play center, our version of a children’s museum!

Performance – Our Play Facilitator will encourage enthusiasm for learning with a fun-spirited and inspiring “Astronaut’s Handbook,” followed by an interactive “Stars in the Sky” game that teaches children about stars.

Art –We will stir imaginations with art projects that help children imagine rocket ships blasting off, traveling in outer space, and making a new friend from another galaxy as they use small motors skills to create their own rocket, a scene in space, and a space-inspired creature. Children will be motivated to go star gazing with their family when they draw a picture of the night sky!

Cooking – Kids get really creative designing their own Spaceship Cookie!

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.

 

July’s Weekly Themes:

Week 1 Happy Birthday USA (June 30 – July 6)

Happy Birthday, USA! This week, you can come celebrate our country’s birthday with things for kids to do for the 4th of July in Kansas City.

Performance – The fun-spirited experience begins In the Performance Room, where our friendly Play Facilitator will read Little Miss Liberty, an adorable kid-friendly story about why the Statue of Liberty is both unique and important, by artist-author Chris Robertson. Afterward, kids will create their very own Independence Day Parade together! They’ll hold a flag up high and march to “It’s A Grand Old Flag.”

Art –Things are going to get festive! As a group, kiddos will make a red, white and blue “String of Stars Necklace” to show their patriotic spirit. And as part of your time in Discovery Play, the three self-directed art tables offer additional creative projects to ignite excitement about the upcoming holiday: a “Fireworks Sparkler,” a “Patriotic Flag” and “American Yarn Art” that make perfect decorations to take home and celebrate with!

Cooking – This week’s treat is, of course, a mini hot dog in a bun! Kids will put together their very own “Pig in a Blanket”  and have their own 4th of July picnic when they’re finished!

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.

And remember, you can always add Foam Factory play to your Discovery Play admission. It’s called a Flex Pass. Just ask our friendly team member when you purchase your wristband.

 

Week 2 Blueberries! Blueberries! (July 7 – 13)

It’s the height of blueberry picking season, and this week we go bonkers for blueberries in our Discovery Play center, our version of a children’s museum with fun activities for kids in Kansas City!

Performance – Our Play Facilitator will read Jamberry by Bruce Degen, a simple and silly yet rich book with a delightful story about characters bonding and having fun in a fantastic world of berries. After the story, children will join in our our “Hi Ho Blue Berry-O” interactive game that integrates counting with the fun of picking pretend berries!

Art – The featured art project encourages our young artists to imagine a day of picking berries and create a multi-media collage of their day. On your own you and your child can continue the creativity in the Art Studio with 3 other self-guided projects: Blueberry Muffin Art using a hold punch to create tiny berries, a Blueberry Spash painting using rag brushes, and a 3-dimensional “sculpture” of Blueberries & Cream using tissue paper to make berries in a bowl.

Cooking – Since blueberries are so good for our brains, they’re a great choice for a snack! Little ones will form dough, put a scoop of blueberry pie filling on it and pinch it closed to make their very own Blueberry Turnover.

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 Yummy Ice Cream (July 14 – 20)

Did you know July 21th is National Ice Cream Day? Not that we ever need a reason to eat ice cream… but we’ve gone ahead and declared it Ice Cream WEEK at Paradise Park! It’s another educational and fun thing to do with kids in Kansas City!

Performance – Our Play Facilitator will read Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop, about everyone’s favorite monkey and his misadventures trying to decide which flavor of ice cream to choose. After the book, children will put on their thinking caps to play “5 Ice Cream Cones,” a rhyming tale they’ll participate in to help act out the story.

Art –The featured art project shows kiddos how to turn shapes into an Ice Cream Sundae picture. On your own you and your child can continue the creativity in the Art Studio with 3 other self-guided projects: “Chocolate Ice Cream with Sprinkles” using a hole punch to create sprinkles, “What’s the Scoop?” 3-dimensional “sculpture” creating scoops of colorful ice cream with crinkled-up tissue paper, and “At the Sweet Shop” designing a gumball machine with Do-a-Dot paints.

Cooking – Kids will use a variety of ingredients to make their very own REAL ice cream sundae to eat and enjoy!

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 Magician Week (July 21 – 27)

Inspire your kiddo’s imagination this week in Adventure Time as we pretend, create and learn through the magic of books, games, art and cooking projects! Bring your little ones and have some educational fun together in Discovery Play, our version of a children’s museum!

Performance – Our friendly Play Facilitators will engage children and their grown-ups during story time with a fabulous collaborative book by author Hervé Tullet, Press Here, that will make them feel like real magicians using their own magic wands to make things happen on the pages!

Art – In our featured group art project, kids will create their own bag of tricks “magic hat” to pull a “rabbit” out of (and learn the trick behind it). After Adventure Time, you can go back any time to make the three self-directed projects: kids can learn to say the famous magician’s line, “Pick a Card, Any Card,” while they create their own faux trick hand of cards; and make a “magic wand” and “magical wizard hat” to take home with them and continue the imaginary play.

Cooking – The magic continues in the Cooking Station, where our little magicians will cook up a disappearing/reappearing treat 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.

Everything you 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 everything they did during their visit!

 

 

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