Adventure Time Theme

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

Discovery Play Adventure Time Weekly Themes – July and August 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!

 

July’s Weekly Themes:

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!

 

 

August’s Weekly Themes:

Week 1 Camping with Smokey Bear Week (July 28 – Aug 3)

“Only you can prevent wildfires.” Smokey Bear’s famous words still apply! And since summer is the season for camping, it’s a great

time to share Smokey’s message with our young guests and their grown-ups who are looking for educational and fun things to do with kids in Kansas City! In Adventure Time, our friendly Play Facilitator will spark a good kind of “fire” for learning during fun and original story, art and cooking projects!

Performance – Kids will gather around a pretend campfire to hear the story of how Smokey Bear came about.

Art – We will stir imaginations with our featured art project that will help children pretend to be Smokey Bear by putting together their very own Smokey Bear hat. Any time during the rest of your visit, feel free to make the self-directed projects at the other tables. Little ones will feel inspired and educated to remind others about fire safety, just like Smokey does, as they make a Prevent Forest Fires mini poster. They can imagine camping and “Sleeping Under the Stars” while they design their own starry night scene, and draw their own personal badge to wear with their Smokey Bear hat.

Cooking – Little ones will create an edible campfire by turning all sorts of ingredients they’ll recognize into all the parts of a “campfire” they can eat! (We’ll also encourage them to always keep a bucket of water nearby, so they’ll get a small cup of water to drink, too!)

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: Up Up & Away Week (Aug 4 – 10)

We are fascinated with flight this week in Adventure Time, one of our quality activities for kids in Kansas City. Our Discovery Play center is like a children’s museum designed to inspire learning through fun! And this week, we’re exploring things that fly!

Performance – Our friendly Play Facilitators will involve children and their grown-ups with a fun book that answers the question they always wonder, “Where Do Balloons Go?” Then, we all go outside to release a balloon in the Outdoor Garden and watch while it goes up, up and away (and then to be environmentally responsible, we’ll pull it back down to re-use it)!

Art Studio – Led by our Play Facilitator, little ones will use one of our favorite materials—rainbow crayons—to make their own beautiful hot air balloon to hang in their rooms. On your own you can explore more things that fly at the three self-directed art tables: use a template to create a “Butterfly in the Sky,” create clouds with cotton balls that airplanes can fly around as they use their imaginations to make a mixed media piece, and consider how amazing it is that something as small, thin and light as a feather can help a bird fly while they craft “Bird of a Feather” art work.

Cooking Station – Our kid-size kitchen provides a perfect palette for the dragonfly treat they’ll have fun making and eating!

We encourage you to take home everything you create together here at Paradise Park and share it—and everything you did on your visit—with your family during dinner together, or before bedtime.

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: Cow-abunga Week (Aug 11 – 17)

Moooooooo – ve on over to Paradise Park this week to enjoy learning about cool COWS! We’ve got farm-themed activities for kids in

Kansas City during our Adventure Time theme of the week. It’s a great feature of our Discovery Play center, our version of a children’s museum, where have lots of educational fun!

Performance – Our Play Facilitator will read about a hilarious book about the adventures of farm animals, Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin. After the story, our “Who’s missing now?” memory game will challenge their minds as they try to remember what miniature animals were hanging out in the barn.

Art Studio – The featured art project stimulates imaginative thinking and a sense of humor as children make a Cowabunga Puppet that can talk about all the wonderful things cows provide for us. Any time after Adventure Time, our three self-directed art projects are available to continue the fun: make a marbled cow with a rag paint brush, create a “cow of a different color” with funny overalls, and pretend to be a farmer while making a Farm Scene Collage.

Cooking Station – Youngsters will enjoy creating something different in the Cooking Station this week at Paradise Park! It’s one of our favorite treats to make: a Spotted Cow Shake! Come discover our secret ingredients for that yummy goodness!

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: Go, Dogs, Go! (Aug 18 – 24)

Sit!  Stay!  Speak! What kind of tricks would you do if you were a puppy? Come explore some of the doggone good fun we have

planned for kids and their grown-ups in Discovery Play this week at Paradise Park, Kansas City’s premier family destination and amusement park! When you’re looking for educational and fun things to do in Kansas City this summer, the 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 – Our friendly Play Facilitator will share a “messy” story about coloring and counting called “Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd.  Everyone will have the opportunity to wear a doggie mask if they like and show what well-behaved and trained dogs they are when the Play Facilitator turns into a dog trainer and asks the dogs to do some tricks!

Art Studio – Children will put together a Puppy Puppet they can take home and perform a skit for their family with! Our friendly Play Facilitator will guide them through the steps, allowing them to practice following instructions while also creating their own faces and spots. 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 the book while you create a “Dog of Many Colors” with Do-a-Dot paints. It’s always fun to think of a name for your dog, so don’t forget to give it a name! Then “give your dog a bone” by using a real dog bone biscuit as a stamp to create a dog bone collage. And make a “Puppy Love Card” and write a note underneath the puppy dog ears for someone and give them the card.

Cooking Station –  Youngsters will make their very own dog food to eat themselves! Just kidding! It’s our own special recipe for “Paradise Puppy Chow” with some sweet ingredients that taste a lot better than Purina…

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 5: Transportation Week (Aug 25 – 31)

Honk Honk! Beep Beep! Choo Choo! It’s planes, trains, automobiles, boats, bicycles and more this week in Discovery Play as we

pretend, create and learn all about transportation! All aboard for some educational and fun activities with kids!

Performance – During this week’s story time, Paradise Park’s friendly Play Facilitators will take kids through a lively book called My Truck is Stuck! It’s a delightful, rhythmic read-aloud that introduces young truck drivers to the ins and outs of hauling, beeping and repairing. Then, they’ll play Paradise Park’s take on the classic “Red Light Green Light” game with kiddos afterward.

Art Studio – Pretending to be their favorite transportation vehicle, the group will zooooooom over to the Art Studio, where they go “Back to School” using a school bus cut out and fun smiley face self-inking stampers to design their very own bus to commemorate the start of school this month.

After Adventure Time, enjoy the three self-directed art projects at the round tables in the Art Studio: choose from an assortment of stamps to craft a Transportation Collage, “float their boat” when they recreate an ocean scene and imagine where they’d want to go on a cruise, use special rollers to make some tire tracks or railroad tracks that can be used with cars and trains back at home, and take time to talk about traffic signals (and shapes and colors, too) while they put together their own traffic light with some pre-cut materials.

Cooking Station – Then kids will move right along to the Cooking Station where they’ll STOP in to make a Traffic Light Cookie, YIELD to the oven while they wait for it to bake, and then GO for it when it’s ready to eat!!

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.

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