Do you ever eat eggs for breakfast? Do you know where they come from? Would you like to see what they learned in school more than 90 years ago? Come visit our chickens and sit in our school desks. We have so much to share! Shawnee Town 1929 is the only museum in Kansas City dedicated to the Roaring 1920's! The interactive living history programs and tours will highlight activities of the farm and the town.
Come write on a chalk board and learn what it was like to go to school 100 years ago. Explore a one-room classroom, and see if you can ring the bell to start the school day. Learn what games children use to play before they had swing sets and slides.
Pack a lunch like they would take to school during pioneer times –
Also browse our back-to-school booklist for fun school reads!
Spend an afternoon playing some old-fashioned games that the students played during recess: hopscotch, marble, hide the thimble, statues, kick the can, or Rachel and Jacob.
Visit other one-room schoolhouses in the area:
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Have you ever stood next to an army tank? Or looked through a periscope? You can see them both, along with many other items at the World War I Museum. Kids are able to view uniforms, planes and vehicles used during the war, along with enjoying some hands-on activities.
Kids of this age may like to read stories about brave animals from World War I.
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Kids will love exploring all the exhibits at the National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame. The Ag will tell you "If you eat than you're involved in agriculture". Learn about milking, how eggs get from hen to store, explore a beehive and play with the interactive exhibits.
The National Agricultural Center has several buildings that you can visit.
"Farming" by Gail Gibbons is a wonderful look at real-life farm responsibilities. Kids will understand the time and dedication it takes to run a farm, along with learning some cool facts about farming.
"Where do Chicks Come From?" by Amy E. Sklansky is a great book for young kids who often ask these types of questions. Learn how chicks grow in the egg, hatch, eat and become mama chickens.
"The Year at Maple Hill Farm" by Alice Provensen shows what it's like to be an animal on a farm. Explore what the animals do (and don't do) through each month of the year.
If you enjoyed exploring the Ag Museum, you might also like to:
Ride a stagecoach, see animals and learn how people lived 150 years ago. Visit the kids hands-on kiosks for some informative history learning and enjoy a fun day exploring history.
Explore some of the interactive & hands-on kiosks in the Heritage building. Kids will enjoy seeing what toys were popular during the 1860's, dressing like pioneers, and playing with the mail bags and telegraph.
Pioneer printable puzzles & games: http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/pioneerprint.htm
Enjoy a few books before or after your visit:
You might also enjoy a visit to:
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Come and learn about a President's life. At Harry S Truman Library & Museum, you can dress like Harry & Bess did, make a campaign button, play some interactive games and make a sign with the famous "The Buck Stops Here" motto! Your parents will also be entertained - they can see a replica of the Oval Office as it existed when Truman serve and visit some exhibits about life in the 1940's and 1950's.
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Come experience what it was like to be a pioneer and travel the trails! Help decide what travelers would pack in their wagon, read diary entries from kids who followed the trails west, and see wagon swales from years ago.
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