Discovery Play Theme of the Week: Kids Super bowl Celebration
Sun., Jan 27 through Sunday Feb.3 (extended)
Are you ready for some football? We are! Our young guests get in the spirit of the Big Game in this week’s Discovery Play theme|
If you’re looking for football-themed activities for kids and families in Kansas City, Paradise Park’s Discovery Play center (our version of a children’s museum) is the perfect choice. We feature weekly themes in Adventure Time, a unit study-inspired fun and educational experience for parents and their youngsters to enjoy together as part of their experience in Discovery Play.
What is Adventure Time?
During our specially curated “Adventure Time,” a friendly Paradise Park Play Facilitator engages our young guests in celebrating the theme of the week. It takes place at regularly scheduled times all day long, every day of the week. The 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 kinetic learning.
This week: Our friendly Play Facilitator will kick off super bowl celebration week with a game and story in our Performance Room, where kids will read about the sights and sounds of a football player’s life in the book, If I Were a Kansas City Chief, by Joseph C. D’Andrea. Then, the children will act out their very own pretend football practice as they take turns aiming and throwing Velcro footballs at an inflatable football field!
Children follow basic instructions to create their own art project that expands on the theme and encourages small motor skill development.
This week: You’ll get a “kick” out of the football-themed art projects available in the Art Studio this week, too. While having fun, we’ll also empower children with experiences that build small motor skills strengths and instill decision making confidence as they make choices involved in creating art. As a group in Adventure Time, kids will design two helmets, including the two teams playing in the Superbowl, along with their team colors and logos. After Adventure Time, you can enjoy creating other self-directed projects to use for decorations at your own Superbowl party: a football collage, a “confetti” covered football, and a jersey with your favorite name and number on it!
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: What’s the Big Game without food?! Because it is historically the biggest day for pizza delivery of the entire year, kids will catch the Big Game spirit even more in our Cooking Station as they make their very own mini pizza to eat after it bakes!
Here are some additional ideas to make your family’s Big Game experience memorable at home!
Play Kid-Friendly Football-themed Games Together
We created a list of 3 quick and easy games all ages can play between quarters or during commercials.
1. Football Hot Potato
Have someone be in charge of music. Play some fun music and toss a mini football around the room until the music stops. Whoever is holding the ball has to do 10 jumping jacks, or push-ups, or any age-appropriate calisthenics like the football players do to warm up.
2. Origami Football
Remember those paper “flick” footballs you made in junior high? Here’s a link to instructions if you’ve forgotten how to fold them. It’s a great project for kids to make paper origami footballs if the game doesn’t hold their attention. Then show them how to form a football goal with their hands and practice making field goals with their fingers. Make it a competition to see who can make one from furthest away, or who can make the most in a row.
3. Football Charades
Print a list of football words to draw from a hat or bowl. Form teams and take turns acting out and guessing the words. Here are a few to get you started: helmet, football, touchdown, field goal, cheerleader, quarterback, coach, and halftime.