Silver Tree Visual Arts is a place where kids will explore REAL art! I love their motto -- "Not Crafts, Creative Thinking". Kids can enjoy weekly classes in painting, pottery or drawing; attend a creative workshop or explore a new art technique during a summer camp. Birthday parties and special seasonal events are also offered throughout the year!
A child who thinks she can't draw receives wise words from her teacher "just start with a mark and see where it takes you" in this wonderful story of encouragement and finding your inner creative!
Tons of ideas for creating with all types of mediums.
For more fun places to explore art around Kansas City, visit these locations:
The Conservatory at UMKC hosts The Kid's Club, a great first introduction to music and dance. Kids are able to hear a variety of music, learn about music theory and terminology, and experience some wonderful concerts and shows. Events are held four times per year, from 10 am - 11 am on a Saturday morning at the UMKC campus.
October 13, 2012
Music from Pixar Movies and classic westerns with be shared, along with a live version of the score to a short film about the Hubble Space Telescope
November 3, 2012
UMKC Daners will whirl they way through some of Aesop's greatest fables - “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “ The Boy who Cried Wolf,” and the “Ant and the Grasshopper.” Watch as they use dance, movement, and music to tell the story!
January 26, 2013
A fun operetta for young audiences, this performance will be based on Rudyard Kipling "Just So Story" and will feature singers, piano and percussion.
February 23, 2013
Enjoy two mini-musical performances - the first is based on an original story about a girl who loves to dream. The second has kids visiting an imaginary land and will feature a brief chamber opera in three acts with projected shadow art. A wonderful combination of math and music!
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Theatre for Young America has been entertaining kids for more than 30 years. They offer a great first experience for children and their families wanting to attend a live theater production. Located in Union Station, TYA offers shows with both familiar storylines, along with some creative adaptations. The following shows are recommended for this age group --
Many of the TYA productions are based on children's books so we recommend reading the book before or after the show!
March 3, 2015 - April 11, 2015
A classic tale of friendship between a young girl, her pig and all the animals of the barnyard! Kids will also enjoy the film adaption of Charlotte's Web (2006) which is a fun compare/contrast activity after seeing the play too.
April 21, 2015 - May 16, 2015
Adapted from the hilarious book, follow along on this crazy adventure to see what happens if you if you do indeed decide to give a cat a cupcake!
June 9, 2015 - June 27, 2015
Will a girl shows up at a castle, will the royal family be able to tell if she's a true princess?
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Do you have a drama queen at home? Or a child that loves to act things out? Take them to see a play at the Coterie, voted one of the "5 Best Kids Theaters" in the country by Time Magazine. Located in Crown Center, the Coterie has wonderful shows that will entertain everyone in the family. Recommendations for this season include:
March 31, 2015 - May 17, 2015
So many antics to follow along with as The Cat, Thing 1 & Thing 2 entertain Sally and Dick for the day. Based on the much loved children's book!
June 16, 2015 - August 2, 2015
A musical adaptation of the book series -- learn how their friendship endures through all types of weather and seasons!
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Come enjoy the story, the puppets and the laughs! You'll think the puppets at the Paul Mesner Puppet shows are actually alive - they have such great personalities. This season, the shows are all based on popular children's stories too! Highlights this season include:
Performances: November 2 - 27, 2011
Performances: December 9 - 11, 2011
Performances: January 25 - February 19, 2012
Performances: March 7 - April 1, 2012
Performances: June 6 - July 1, 2012
Come and see what your kids can create at a fun & exciting hands-on art studio. At this FREE attraction, budding artists can explore and create while painting with hot wax, coloring a puzzle and making fun pieces of art.
Art projects are changed at different times during the year. Some of the things you can enjoy include:
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Walk through the sculpture garden, visit the gallery of Egyptian art and see a mummy, attend one of the family events, and have a snack at Roselle Court. There's a lot to explore at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
James Mayhew authors the 'Katie' series, a group of books where Katie visits the museum and then ends up inside various works of art. "Katie Meets the Impressionists" introduces famous works of art from Money, Renoir and Degas.
All images have been obtained with permission from the Nelson-Atkins online press room.
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