Ages 9-11 | Historic

Learn what children use to study in the 1920’s, and how subjects like geography and reading have changed.  See what types of books kids used in school, learn how they brought their lunch and ask the ‘school marm’ about what jobs the students had to keep the school running.

Before Your Visit:

  • Visit the Kansas One Room School House Project to see photos and learn about one room schools across Kansas.
  • Read the Rules for Teachers in 1872 from One Room Schoolhouses  - ask your kids if they think they could have followed these rules.

Explore Lanesfield School:

  • Get the chance to write on a chalkboard or even ask the teacher to try a quill pen
  • Learn about some of the subjects that kids studied at the one-room school - which ones do you still have in school?
  • Try out some of the responsiblities students had to do to keep the school running (and you thought your chores were hard!), and find out where the restrooms are located.
  • See some of the items inside the visitors center like old books, lunch pails, school supplies and outfits.
  • Talk to your kids about the conveniences they have at their school, and what things were not possible in the one room school house (like eating hot lunches, watching movies or using computers).
  • Kids will like to browse gift shop, which carries items that kids use to have during the times of one-room schools such as penny candy, small china dolls and twig pencils.

More Fun With One-Room Schools:

  • Here's a few fun books to read:

Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements – a modern-day novel about Ted, a 6th grader, attending a one-room school in a small, rural town.

The Secret School by Avi - historical fiction, set in 1925, highlights a 14-year-old girl who secretly takes over as teacher at her one-room schoolhouse.

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Other one-room schoolhouses in Kansas City:


Visit the only museum dedicated to the history of World War I in the United States.  Learn how soldiers would fight from the trenches, see what would happen if a howitzer shell hit a house, and use a light table to create your own memorial.

Before Your Visit:

  • By this age, most kids will have had some mention or discussion of wars at school.  Ask your child what they may have learned, and what they may be interested in seeing at the museum.

  • If you want to visit the Observation Tower, call the museum to make sure it's going to be open (it closes in inclimate weather).

  • The Family Guide, found on the Museum's website, has a scavenger hunt for kids, along with puzzles.

  • View some videos that explain the events of WWI. (Remember, some of these are war videos and may contain graphic images – please preview if you are unsure of content).

 Explore the WWI Museum:

  • At the entrance of the museum, you will pass over a field of flowers (they are poppies). There are 9,000 of them and each one represents 1000 people who died in combat during the war, for a total of nine million.
  • One of the most impressive exhibits at the museum are the trenches – you are able to view and listen to different war scenes that soldiers may have encountered during battle.
  • Read the “Peanuts” comics featuring Snoopy and the Red Baron. Many kids won’t realize that the Red Baron is based on a real person(s). Also, talk to kids about how Schultz’s comics helped during the war.
  • Many kids will want to try the interactive light tables that allow you to create your own war poster, see the inside of a machine gun and learn about how camouflage can be used.
  • The museum houses a walk-through crater that shows what happened when a house was struck by a howitzer shell. Ask your kids what they feel like when they stand in the crater.
  • Watch the movie “A World on Edge” to learn more about the events that lead up to WWI.
  • Memory Hall has a series of murals and maps. There is also a bronze tablet that lists the 441 Kansas Citians who died in WWI, making the memorial a very personal experience.

Learn More:

  • Visit a website dedicated to a carrier pigeon, Cher Ami, who saved more than 200 lives during the war. (This site has some music with it, so turn down your computer volume before searching).
  • Visit the Document Archive for World War I - A wonderful resource that includes photos of WWI, and also an amazing section which connects to diaries and personal accounts  about the war and the soldiers’ lives. I highly recommend reading some of the diary entries and first person accounts.
  • The First World War webiste has some great sections that include “Photos”, “Posters” and “Who’s Who” for WWI. The posters and photos are great ways to show kids what was happening at that time in history.
  • Some good reads that involve WWI include:

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Explore the many buildings at the National Agriculture Museum and Hall of Fame!  Kids can learn how bees help provide us with food, explore interactive exhibits on milking and farming, tour the buildings to see farm equipment and do farm chores or ride the miniature train.   

Before Your Visit:

  • Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking at the Ag.
  • 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 – how many countries are represented?
    • Learn what happens after the hens lay eggs - how are they sorted and brought to markets.
  • 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.
  • There are many things to explore in the main building:
    • Corn exhibit – learn about all the things that are made from corn
    • 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.
    • See the Telephone & Bank collections –View old time switchboards and phones – Check out the collection of mechnical ‘piggy’ banks – there's even one to try!

Learn More:

"Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder - This is the story of Almanzo Wilder as a boy who grew up on a farm in New York.  Kids will enjoy reading about the various responsibilities that children had on a farm, along with what they did for fun in the late 1800s.


"Our Farm" by Michael J. Rosen is the real-life story of one family's life as they farm together.  The story is told by the children and explains the kid's activities on the farm throughout the seasons of the year.

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Do you think that you might be President some day?  Visit the Harry S Truman Library & Museum to learn more about what a President does.  You can explore some interactive exhibits, make a campaign button, learn about President Truman as a young boy, and find out if you can walk as fast as Harry Truman walked (120 steps a minute)!

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: 

Learn about the President's Roles, create a presidential seal and play a game to learn more about some of the kids who have lived in the White House.

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 Become a National Park Junior Ranger by visiting the Harry Truman Historic Site.


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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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Make a Pioneer Quilt:


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