Discovery Play Adventure Time Theme of the Week: Valentine’s
Sun Feb 10 through Sat Feb 16
You’re invited to a week of Valentine activities for kids in Kansas City! With love, Paradise Park
We do love our littlest guests, and this week leading up to Valentine’s Day, we have lots of fun celebrating, learning and creating with them in our unique Adventure Time! Paradise Park’s Discovery Play center is our version of a “children’s museum,” a great option for kids age 7 and under.
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 share a brand new book simply titled, Love, by Stacy McAnulty. The author creatively helps youngsters see how love is all around them, every day. Afterward, kids will experience the theme through two fun interactive activities that get them thinking, moving and laughing. This week features a Counting Valentines song using numbered heart signs the kids get to hold up when they hear their number in the song. And then they’ll play an Echo Game that allows observers to compare sizes and use their best acting skills to match funny voices as they mimic our Play Facilitator’s Valentine poem recitation.
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: Our group facilitated art project is a “Secret Valentine” made out of a heart-shaped die cuts and self-inking stampers. Children and their grown-ups will follow basic instructions and use their small motor skills to create a message for someone special on Valentine’s Day. Additionally, you and your child can get your creative juices flowing even more at the three self-guided art tables. Choose from a variety of projects that can also double as decorations or can be given as gifts: My Shiny Valentine artwork, a “My Heart Belongs to You” necklace, or a fun Valentine’s Kiss that relates to the book they read earlier!
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: Little ones love the magic of cooking, and in our Cooking Station, kids will create a classic Valentine’s cookie that not only tastes delicious but also shares fun messages, too!
We hope everything you do at Paradise Park creates enthusiasm and excitement that kids will not stop talking about at home later with their friends and family!
Here are some other ideas to continue connecting and making memories together at home:
Create special traditions
Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate the people in your life that you love, and share it with others.
Make Valentine’s Placemats
Keep it simple and just use plain white 11 x 14 or 11×17 paper as placemats. (You can place wax paper or vellum over them for protection from food spills.) Before setting the table, draw a heart in the center of the page and write each person’s name in the center. Add the words “What I love about…” above the heart. At Valentine’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, pass the papers around and give everyone time to write at least one thing they love and appreciate about that person on their paper. Use Valentine color markers to give it a holiday feel. Keep them in a safe place and do this every year. Eventually you will have an incredible memento and history to celebrate.
Share the Love
Help make the world a better place by sharing a little love with others. Make some homemade valentines or goodies and take them to a nursing home, hospital or soup kitchen.