Watch stingrays 'fly' over your head, see sharks close-up along with more than 5,000 other sea animals at SEA LIFE Aquarium. Your visit will take you through themed rooms that are home to seahorses, jellyfish, eels, and more. Hold a sea star or horseshoe crab, or take some time to watch a scheduled feeding. And learn about some amazing facts and conservation efforts!
If your kids have yet to read a book by Carl Hiassen, introduce them to this environmentally-conscious author of the book "Flushed", a funny mystery about kids who uncover a the 'stink' on who's polluting local waters.
"Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands" by Cathryn Berger Kaye describes the issues that face our waters (such as runoff pollution and bottled water) and lists various projects teens can do to make an impact.
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Come and see animals native to our area that use to roam the prairies of the Midwest. Fleming Park hosts a 110-acre enclosure that houses bison, deer & elk. Walk right up to the fence to get an eye-to-eye view of these amazing animals.
To see more animals around Kansas City, visit:
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Watch your teen act like a kid again – it’s easy to do at Deanna Rose! Come feed baby goats, learn about how milk gets from the cow to the store shelves, visit an Indian Encampment and ‘do lessons’ in a one-room school house.
If you haven't yet, introduce your kids to Laura Ingalls Wilder with "Little Town on the Prairie" or "Farmer Boy" after a visit to the farmstead.
Other engaging novels for this age would include "Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larson and books that discuss the Orphan trains from U.S. history.
Enjoy some time at these other great Kansas City attractions:
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More than just plants, the Overland Park Arboretum has geocaching, great hiking trails, a snack bar and some fun places to learn about gardens. Stop at the Visitor's Desk for a list of coordinates, bring a hand-held GPS (or download an app to your phone) and search for the hidden caches throughout the gardens.
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Try your hand at orienteering, canoeing or fishing by registering for one of the free programs at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. They have some amazing programs along with nature movies, trails and a nature center all waiting to be explored.
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Come to the Kansas City Zoo and see what it feels like to be as high up as a giraffe - take the skyride across Africa to get a new look at the animals. Explore the research areas of the zoo to learn about conservation and animal sciences. Or just relax and watch some of your favorite animals - like the chimpanzees, lions, meerkats or apes.
DVD – Bear Gryllis “Man vs Wild” Alaska episode produced by Discovery Channel
Online crossword puzzles on animal biology and current issues http://kids.nbii.gov/crosswords.html (ages 12-14, 15+)
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