Ages 6-8 | Historic

Do you like to play school?  Come and see what school was like in a one-room classroom.  You’ll find chalk tablets to write on, old desks to sit at, and a school teacher who will answer all of your questions about the games children use to play and how they got to school each day.

Before Your Visit:

  • Introduce your kids to the idea of a one-room schoolhouse by reading one of these great books.
  • Plan to have lunch while you're there - but eat like they would have in the 'olden days'.  Pack lunch in a pail, use cloth napkins, no plastic bags (wrap items in wax paper), and bring a cup for water.

Explore Lanesfield School:

  • Write on individual chalk boards, and if the staff allows, use an ink pen while sitting at an old school desk. (Be Careful – the ink will stain!)
  • Read the board to learn about some of the subjects that were studied at the one-room school.
  • Talk to the teacher (docent) at the school about what games kids used to play during recess, and how they kept the school warm in the winter.
  • Ask if you can ring the school bell!
  • Talk to your kids about how school here is different from where they attend school.
  • Bring a few $$ and visit the cute gift shop – small china dolls, school bells, pencils made from sticks, and other treasures used during the one-room school days can be found here for very reasonable prices.

Learn More About One-Room Schools:

  • Play games like kids in a one-room school would have done.  

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Visit other one-room schoolhouses in the area:

Visit the Nation’s only World War I Museum!  Interactive exhibits, like light tables, allow you to set the flight pattern of WWI planes, create your own sculpture and see how camoflauge is used.   Kids enjoy some of the unique viewing opportunities like periscopes and peek-holes that allow you to see into a trench.

Before Your Visit:

  • Make sure to discuss the concept of war with your child before you go - there will be some exhibits that discuss the hardships people faced during war so you'll want to give your kids a chance to ask questions.
  • If you want to go up in the Observation Tower, call the museum to make sure it's going to be open (it closes in inclimate weather).
  • Get the Family Guide from the Museum's website - it has great puzzles, games and a scavenger hunt for kids.

Explore the WWI Memorial:

  • When you enter the museum, pay special attention to the flowers (poppies) below the glass bridge.  Make sure you point them out to the kids - there are 9,000 of them and each one is in honor of 1000 people who died in combat during the war; a total of nine million.
  • There are a lot of guns, tanks and ammunition which show visitors just how big things were during the first War.
  • Visit the area of the museum that has trench exhibits – you are able to view and listen to different war scenes that soilders may have encountered during battle.
  • Many kids will want to try the light tables that allow you to set a flight pattern for a WWI plane, see the inside of a machine gun and think about how camouflage can be used.
  • Check out the periscope viewers - they are kind of hidden on the walls of the exhibits so you have to look for them.
  • There's a great view of Kansas City from top of the memorial!.

Learn More About WWI:

There aren't many kids books that discuss World War I, but here are a few you might read with your kids:


"Cher Ami" is the story of a carrier pigeon who saves many lives during the war.  "The Donkey of Gallpoli" is also a wonderful read about a donkey who helps soldiers.

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The National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame is a great place for kids to learn about food and how it's grown.  The Ag will tell you "If you eat than you're involved in agriculture".  Kids can learn about how eggs get from hen to store, explore a beehive, do some farm chores and explore the interactive exhibits.

Before Your Visit:

  • You'll do a lot of walking at the Ag, some will be outside, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Consider visiting during one of their special events when additional family-friendly activities are offered.
  • The miniature train runs Weds – Fri and Sundays in the summer months.

Explore The Ag Museum:

The National Agricultural Center has several buildings that you can visit.

  • Explore the Old Town:
    • See the 1917 One-room schoolhouse to learn how kids use to attend school
    • The General Store area depicts what shopping would have been like in the early 1900’s
    • The Poultry hatchery is open during special events - stop by and visit the hens
    • The Blacksmith also works during special events and school tours
    • Don't forget to see the Train depot for a ride on the miniature train
  • Smith House is an old farm house
    • Stop in the backyard and help do some farm chores such as hanging the laundry and grinding corn to feed the hens.
    • Talk to your kids about how older houses differ from the ones we live in:  No electricity, no cupboards in the kitchen since there wasn’t food to store, everything was harvested or made daily.
    • Point out some of the unique items:  phonograph, bird cage was a very popular decoration, sewing machine was necessary, and chamber pots in the bedrooms.
  • In the Poultry Building, kids can learn about hens & eggs
    • See the huge rooster collection from around the world – which is your favorite? 
    • Learn about what happens after the hens lay eggs
  • The Tractor Building has many old tractors, cars, etc.  Kids can also plant seeds to take home.
  • The Dairy Exhibit in main building lets kids milk some (pretend) cows, play a game of cow pie toss, gather eggs and look around for ‘’Little man’ & Bigman’ the Ag’s cats.
  • Explore in the main building to see:
    • Llearn about all the things that are made from corn and why it's so important to us.
    • Buzz your way through a giant beehive - Do a bee dance, dress up like a beekeeper, learn about pollination and find out where the bees have gone.
    • View old switchboards and phones (they use to have cords on them!) – Check out the collection of mechnical ‘piggy’ banks – there's even one to try!

Learn More:


"The Life and Times of the Honeybee" by Charles Micucci is an informative and amusing book about the lifecycle, work and history of the honeybee.  Kids will enjoy learning about the importance of bees in helping us to produce food.


In this Level 2 Science reader, "Corn is Maize" by Aliki, kids learn about how Native Americans used corn, the best way to store and grow it and all the wonderful things that are made from corn.

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Other places in Kansas City that highlight agriculture and farming include:

Come visit a farm and hotel that existed in the 1860’s.  You can ride a stagecoach, tour the buildings and the farm.  Visit during special events to help feed the animals, play games from long ago, or help in the garden.

Before Your Visit:

  • We suggest wearing sneakers as you will be touring a farming area and may want little feet covered during some of the activities.
  • Make sure to check the Events Calendar to see if there are any special activites you may want to attend.
  • Kids will enjoy a visit to the gift shop which offers some unique items and toys perfect for the time period.
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Explore Mahaffie Farmstead:

  • Stop at the interactive kiosks in the Heritage Center.  Kids will enjoy playing with the blocks & chalkboards, dressing up like a pioneer, learning how letters were sent and sending a message on the telegraph.
  • Kids can help with farm chores (at a specific time/day??) such as feeding the animals, assisting with planting/harvesting, etc.
  • Ride the Stagecoach - always a highlight of the visit!
  • Tour the original house (that served as a hotel) and assist with cooking on the cellar stove (again, time/day)
  • Play some games (such as xx) located on the first floor of the Mahaffie Home.
  • Family Volunteer opportunities are also available!  Kids ages 6 - 16 (accompanied by a parent) can dress in period clothing and become part of daily life on the farm.


Learn More:

Try a few of these books to learn more about pioneer times:

Pioneer printable puzzles & games:


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 Enjoy some more historic adventures at:

  • Shawnee Town 1929
  • Lanesfield School (a historic one-room schoolhouse)
  • Deanna Rose Farmstead


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Vist the only Presidential Library in the Kansas City area - the Harry S Truman Library & Museum.  As President Truman would say "The Buck Stops Here"!  See a replica of the Oval Office as it existed when Truman served, learn about the famous Whistlestop Tour and explore many interactive exhibits.

Before Your Visit:

Explore Truman Library:

  • Kids will enjoy the exhibits on the ground floor.  They can make a campaign button, create a desk sign, play interactive trivia games, and do puzzles.
  • The Whistlestop Exhibit allows visitors to listen to messages via old-time phones.
  • Some of the museum's exhibits are dedicated to the war.  Kids will be intrigued to learn about what families and children had to endure during wartime (such as food shortages).
  • Of course, you'll want to show the kids the replica of the Oval Office!
  • An exhibit portraying life in the 1940's will amuse visitors as they see old tv's and furniture.
  • Don't forget to visit the replica of the Liberty Bell located outside on the lawn near the parking lot.

Learn More: 

  • Read a few fun books:

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Come learn about pioneers who travelled the trails!  Pack a wagon like the pioneers, play games to explore who followed the trails west, and see the types of items used over 100 years ago.

Before Your Visit:

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Make your own Covered Wagon craft:


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