Do you think owls can really turn their heads all the way around? Come and learn more about owls, hawks and other animals and reptiles at Ernie Miller Nature Center. Explore the hiking trails, visit the animals and find some great hands-on learning activities.
If you want to learn more about what owls eat, try the online virtual dissection of owl pellets at KidWings.
Little Hoot wants to go to bed like his friends, but Mama and Papa say that little owls have to stay awake at night. Learn all the fun things Little Hoot does to keep from falling asleep!
Three baby owls wake at night to find their mother is gone -- what are they to do?
Hold a sea star or horseshoe crab, crawl 'inside' of a fish tank and watch sharks and stingrays swim over your head! SEA LIFE Aquarium has more than 5,000 sea creatures to see, along with interactive activities, a touch tank and play zone.
"Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef" is a gorgeous look at the animals that live around the reef. With counting, rhyming and a whole slew of creatures, this is a sure hit with kids!
Eric Carle's "Mister Seahorse" is beautifully illustrated, enjoyable to read aloud and includes some wonderfully educational information as well.
If you enjoyed the aquarium, you'd also like:
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Have you ever been face-to-face with a bison? Or fed a deer? You can do both at the Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure in south Kansas City. Come visit deer, elk and bison at Fleming Park.
Bring binoculars – just in case the animals are not at the front of the enclosure.
Bring a camera for a great photo opp!
Try viewing from various places – there’s a parking lot, but you can also walk along the front fence to see if the animals are grazing or resting in the front of the enclosure.
Be observant! During the hot weather, the animals like to hang out in the shade, or near the edges of the trees. And the enclosure is quite a large area, so keep looking.
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Visit your favorite farm animals, explore playgrounds, draw on slates at the old schoolhouse or watch 'farmers' milk a cow. There are also prairie dogs, pony rides and a barn slide. With so much to do at Deanna Rose, your kids won’t want to leave!
Pick up a map when you enter the Farmstead.
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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.
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Come visit one of the best nature centers in the Kansas City area! They have many hands-on activities, turtles, fish, birds, and some other animal friends. Watch a fun nature movie & read some great books in the preschool area.
Visit other great Kansas City nature centers:
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Lions & Tigers & a Polar Bear, Oh My! Come out and see some of your favorite animals at the Kansas City Zoo. You can visit the tropical Rainforest house, climb and explore in Discovery Barn and ride the Endangered Species Carousel. Or come join the preschool club for some fun learning!
There is so much to see at the zoo! Here are some recommendations for preschoolers:
Other places to see animals in Kansas City:
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