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Start Your Own Family Game Night

Start Your Own Family Game Night!

How do we create special family time traditions with school, homework, sports and meetings filling up the calendar?

Our Park Place manager and Toy Expert, Elisa Moriconi, invited one of our game-loving customers to share her  family tradition:  “We often find ourBananagrams word gameselves in The Learning Tree looking at the huge game section because we love to play games! We love games so much that our son Colton created “Family Game Night.”

When Colton was 5 years old, he asked our family to designate one night a week as Family Game Night. On this night, we eat dinner, then turn off all electronics. Colton and Kyra pick out four games that we play during the evening.

Some nights we sprawl out on the living room floor and on other nights we pop popcorn and sit at our big, old kitchen table. We refresh our game selection each year as the kids typically find two to five new games under the Christmas tree that we play throughout the school break.

Now that the kids are older and more active in sports and other school activities, we find that our game night occurs every other week, but we are completely committed to Family Game Night.

You can’t go wrong with games. They are fun, you can learn a lot playing games, and it is a perfect way to spend quality time with each other. I highly recommend that you commit to your own Family Game Night. What better way to sit and laugh with your kids?”

Kristin F. lives in Stilwell, KS with her husband Russell, daughter Kyra, 10, and son Colton, 8.

qwirkleboxWant to start a Family Game Night of your own?

Not sure which games to play? Let us help! We can suggest a game just right for your family. Ask one of our Toy Experts to show you a few games. Then, feel free to play a few rounds in our stores before you choose one to take home!


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We have Shopkins Season 3 at The Learning Tree

ATTENTION Shopkins shoppers…

Season 3 Shopkins are in!

The Learning Tree has the latest 2-pack, 5-pack and 12-pack.

Shopkins Are At The Learning Tree toy stores

These mini collectable grocery store themed characters are a hit with trend-setters.

Each pack contains a collector’s guide to map out this enchanting world.

ADULTS ONLY Coloring Event Sept. 10th!

Join The Adult Coloring Book Craze!

Join The Adult Coloring CrazeWe’re having an ADULTS ONLY Coloring Book Party on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30pm at The Learning Tree Park Place.

Now that the kids are back at school, have a relaxing night out with friends at The Learning Tree! B Y O Coloring Book, or buy one from us. Then sit down, chill out, and color!

Email Elisa to RSVP: Send Mail or call us at 913-498-1234.

The NY Times, LA Times, and our own KC Star Parade magazine have featured articles on the adult coloring book craze. Calling it “50 Shades of Coloring” and “The New Joy of Coloring,” Parade magazine tempts us to “Cheer up, chill out and get your creative juices flowing.”

This new phenomenon doesn’t surprise us here at The Learning Tree! Kids have always loved coloring and it’s a feeling that doesn’t go away as we grow up. It’s relaxing, easy, and can put you into that creative trance-like state of flow, leaving you content and calm.  Best of all, you don’t have to learn any new skills to be successful on your first attempt.

We carry an assortment of coloring book for grownups from several publishers and of course a multitude of multi-colored pens, pencils and crayons. Intricate designs include mandalas, fantasy botanicals, and enchanted animals.

Feel free to bring your own coloring books or purchase one from us before the event.

Jonny Girson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Astra

It’s been an “Award Winning” summer at The Learning Tree!

Jonny Girson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Astra

We’re privileged and proud to announce that last June, Jonny was honored with The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA) Lifetime Achievement Award!

Believe it or not, we’ve been in the toy business for nearly twenty years. When Jonny and Jane Girson opened The Learning Tree in Leawood, Kansas in the mid-1990s they knew they wanted to fill their store with specialty toys, which are designed with a focus on what the child can do, rather that what the toy can do.

Jonny quickly got involved as an ASTRA volunteer leader, serving on its board of directors and as its chair. Being involved with a national, non-profit organization like ASTRA that pulls together people in the industry who are committed to providing children with healthy, quality play materials that have high play value, was very important to the mission of The Learning Tree.  As he received the award, Jonny laughed, “People usually receive Lifetime Achievement awards at the end of their careers. I hope to be around for a long time!”




435 Magazine names The Learning Tree “Best Toy Store”

Best Of KC Awards 2015We’re wrapping up the summer with city-wide recognition!

In its August, Ten Year Anniversary issue, 435 Magazine editors and readers included The Learning Tree as one of KC’s “bests!”

435’s feature of The Learning Tree mentioned our knowledgeable staff of toy experts and our popular Kids Flea Market. Calling us “old school,” they pointed out that we have been “flourishing in the area since 1996.”

It’s not easy to survive in today’s marketplace as a small, locally owned business. It may be considered impolite to mention someone’s age but people are starting to notice – we’re coming up on twenty successful years!

435, thanks for noticing! And thanks to all our loyal customers! We owe it all to you! We may be one of the oldies, but our passion continues to be your play!

See the full list of “Bests” at www.