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Four parent and child programs begin new seasons in May

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 12:55 PM by Becky Burnside

Bring your young child to have fun, bond, and learn new things during four JCPRD intergenerational programs which have new seasons launching in early or mid-May.

Programs include: Walks in the Woods, which meets weekly at the Mill Creek Activity Center; Retro Story and Art Fun, and Jo Ho Storyteller, which both take place monthly at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center; and Animal Tales Storytime, which takes place twice per month at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. With the exception of Animal Tales, which is a popular drop-in program, these programs require advance registration. 

Walks in the Woods is a weekly exercise program for all ages with an adult. Participants will meet at the Mill Creek Activity Center to enjoy low-intensity walking adventures on the nearby Mill Creek Streamway Park. Walking in nature is great for overall wellness and learning about nature! The first walk is set for 11 a.m. on May 2, and additional walks will follow on Wednesdays through Aug. 29.

The cost for each 45-minute session is $3 per person per session for Johnson County residents or $5 per person for nonresidents. 

In Retro Story and Art Fun for ages three to five with an adult, parents and preschoolers will enjoy the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the Johnson County Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House. After each session’s story presentation, enjoy an art activity for little hands. Stories change monthly, connecting to KidScape community environments, and Kansas Early Learning Standards. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through August. 

The first program in the new season is called “The Three Bears,” and will take place on May 2. This classic Little Golden Book edition of the famous folk tale has brought Goldilocks and the three bears to life since 1948. Participants can cut and color their own set of characters from the book after the story! Other upcoming Retro Story and Art Fun programs this season will include: “A Day at the Seashore” on June 6, “The Telephone” on July 11, and “Doctor Dan the Bandage Man” on Aug. 1.

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone or in person to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. 

Animal Tales Storytime invites young children and their parents to come listen and learn during any or all of the six sessions scheduled on Wednesdays between May 2 and July 25 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. This program is for ages two to six, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Animal Tales Storytime features stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Animal Tales presentations this season include:  a  May 2 session called “Fairies in the Forest;” a  May 16 session called “Snakes & Snails;” a June 6 session called “Animal Surprise;”   a June 20 session called “Turtle Time;” a July 11 session called “Peter Rabbit;” and a session on July 25 called “Who’s Hiding in the Prairie?” Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. Each session takes place on a Wednesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. 

Titled simply Jo Ho Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five with an adult, and involve entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art, being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho.

The first program of the new season is called “Cuddle Chums,” and will take place on Wednesday, May 16. Hear stories about the cat and dog who are friends, the mother hen who cares for puppies, and the bear, lion, and tiger who are all pals. Come and enjoy these delightful true animal friendship tales, and learn how creatures can look beyond their differences and see the wonderfulness of each other. 

Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season include: “Musical Tales with Shakers, Chimes, and Drums” on June 20; “Blue Ribbons at the County Fair” on July 18; and “Under the Sea” on Aug. 15.

These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone or in person to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. 

The Mill Creek Activity Center is located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.