KC Edventures Guide for Ages 6-8

Overland Park Arboretum

Want to explore a tunnel covered in vines? Look for frogs, butterflies and bugs? Hike a trail through the woods? Come to the Overland Park Arboretum and explore nature, smell herbs, and play in the Children's Garden.

Before Your Visit:

  • Some trails are paved while others are mulched, so wear good walking shoes.
  • Talk to your kids about the rules - stay on the trails, no climbing rocks & trees, and don't pick the flowers.
  • The arboretum has some cahces if you have a hand-held GPS.  Bring it along and pick up a geocaching guide for $1 at the Visitor's Desk. 

Explore OP Arboretum:

  • Kids love to visit the Story Tree and sit in the tree stump chairs.
  • Climb through the vine tunnel or walk to the top of the Sky Watch.
  • Walk around the lake and look at all the different paths through the gardens.  Stop at the herb garden to smell some of the plants.
  • Hike one of the nature trails through the woods.  Keep your eyes open for some great birds and animals.
  • Visit the new lifesize railroad cars in the Train Garden.
  • If you have a hand-held GPS, or a device with a GPS app, stop at the visitor's center for a GeoArboretum Passport (cost is $1). 

Learn More:

  • Kids will enjoy reading some fun books about gardens:


Discover More:

  • Kids may enjoy visiting the Beanstalk Children's Garden located in Swope Park - they are part of the Passport to Adventure program in 2012, and are open from June 13th thru October 19th.


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Additional Info

  • Nature & Animals: Gardening, Going Green, Parks & Trails, Pond Habitats
  • Music, Theatre & Arts: Theater
  • Life Skills: Gardening