KC Edventures Guide for Ages 3-5

Overland Park Arboretum

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Come run through a tunnel covered with vines, read a story in 'tree chairs', play in the Children's Garden and explore a maze!  You can also search for bugs & frogs, watch birds and hike some trails.

Before Your Visit:

  • Wear walking shoes - some of the trails are mulched.
  • Talk to your kids about the rules - stay on the trails, no climbing rocks & trees, and don't pick the flowers.
  • If you have a hand-held GPS, bring it and do some geocaching.  Here's some tips for kids from Nature Rocks.

Explore the OP Arboretum:

  • Explore the Children's Garden - bring a book and visit the Story Tree.
  • Climb to the top of the Sky Watch.
  • Take a nice walk around the lake and search out the various waterfalls on the property.
  • Stretch your legs on one of the great nature trails.
  • Visit the new (in progress) Train Garden to see lifesize railroad cars, child-size ticket booth and 3 train systems.
  • The arboretum has it's own GeoArboretum Passport (cost is $1 at the visitor's center).  Bring your hand-held GPS and go on a treasure hunt.

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Additional Info

  • Nature & Animals: Gardening, Going Green, Parks & Trails, Pond Habitats
  • Music, Theatre & Arts: Theater
  • Life Skills: Gardening
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