Natureplay Preschool

  1. Natureplay Preschools Closed 1/20/20

    The MCAC & Meadowbrook Natureplay Preschools will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will see everyone on Tuesday. Read On...
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Our Open House for the 2020-2021 school year will be held on Thursday, April 2 from 5:30-6:30pm.  Come meet our Program Director and teaching staff, see our classroom, ask us any questions you may have, and fill out your enrollment paperwork to secure a spot in our program.  Hope to see you there!

Two locations:

Mill Creek Activity Center Natureplay 

6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee


Meadowbrook Park Natureplay 

9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village


Our Natureplay Preschools feature discovery based learning with nature at the foundation of the curriculum. Our goal is to help young children develop a strong connection with the natural world at an early age.

The nearby streamways, parks and our outdoor classrooms will provide the children with extended periods of outdoor exploration. While indoors, child initiated learning will increase awareness and appreciation of the natural world.

children planting in the garden

Unique Nature-based Program

These nature immersion preschools are unique to the greater Kansas City area and we are eager to advance early childhood environmental literacy through the introduction of these program. Natureplay is open year round and licensed for 24 children ages 3 to 5 years.

Fully Licensed

Fully licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment our programs maintain a 1 to 12 staff to child ratio. Our site program directors possess bachelors degrees from accredited colleges and universities.  Staff training and education allows for a wide variety of interesting, hands-on, age appropriate activities that integrate science, math, literacy, and the arts through nature exploration while encouraging cooperative learning and social competence.

To schedule a tour and inquire about availability, contact the Program Director.

Kids exploring the creek

Program Hours

*Morning session: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (M-F) (M,W,F) (T/TH)

*Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (T/W/TH) (T/TH)

2019-20 Natureplay Weekly Fees

*2020-2021 weekly fees will be increasing by $5 per week*

Enrollment Fee
Full Time Mornings (M-F)
Part Time Mornings (M-W-F)
Part Time Afternoons (T-W-TH)
Part Time Mornings & Afternoons (T/TH)

Weekly fee rates are 10% higher for non-residents.

Declined Payment Fee
Program Options Change Fee
Late Pick-Up Fee

*Fees will be paid weekly by recurring payment and are fully inclusive of all program activities.

*Natureplay at MCAC follows the De Soto School District's inclement weather closures and the Meadowbrook Park Natureplay follows the Shawnee Mission School District's inclement weather closures.