Archives for 2015

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.

Mr. Stinky Feet Is Coming to Park Place August 9th

Mr. Stinky Feet Will Visit Park Place Learning Tree August 9th

Come join your Learning Tree friends for fun with Mr. Stinky Feet himself!

Clap, dance, and sing along with local, award winning children’s singer.

Sunday August 9th 1:00 PM

The Learning Tree in Park Place

Kidrocker, Jim Cosgrove, is a Learning Tree favorite! Jim has emerged as one of America’s leading family entertainers. He travels the country carrying a message that resonates with people young and old – hang on to the wonder of youth and love yourself, your neighbor, and the earth. Embodying these themes in his own life, his authenticity adds to his appeal, and his music and concerts are universally loved!

Clap, Dance and sing-a-long!

“‘The most intriguing children’s entertainer out there right now.”

— Kansas City Star

“…a triumphant celebration of fun, on-your-feet, arm-waving tunes.”

— Nashville Parent Magazine in the 2008 release of Upside Down

“An ‘A’ for interactive fun that gets kids off the couch.”

— Chicago Parent

“Singing, dancing, and laughing are a big part of Jim Cosgrove’s life.”

Memphis Commercial Appeal


Jim Cosgrove CDs are available on our website or in our stores.

For more info call 913-498-1234

Jump For Joy! It’s our Toy of The Week!

Fold N Go Trampoline

Have kids that like to jump? …We thought so! That’s why the Fold & Go Trampoline by The Original Toy Company is our Toy Of The Week.

It’s lots of fun, great exercise, and good for strengthening coordination and motor skills….and KIDS LOVE IT!Fold and Go Trampoline
Our trampoline quickly folds/unfolds for storage and indoor or outdoor fun. The handy handle and padded frame help little ones jump safely. ASTM safety approved. Holds 1 child up to 150 lbs. 36″ diameter x 35 “H (handle to floor). For ages 3-6 yrs.

Y’All Ball is Toy Of The Week

Who doesn’t like a super bouncy, super durable ball designed for kids of all ages? Nobody, that’s who!

With a wide array of colors and patterns to choose from there is a Y’all Ball for everyone.

Officially for ages 5-10 yrs….but really, wouldn’t this be a great stress reliever for an adult at the end of a long Monday?Y'All Ball 28" diameter.

Butterfly Garden Lets You Hatch Live Butterflies!

Our Toy Of The Week brings the color and awesomeness of live butterflies right into your home in a beautiful, reusable habitat. Watch as caterpillars turn into vibrant Painted Lady butterflies – then release them and let them fly away!

Live Butterfly Garden

Raise 3 to 5 Painted Lady butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis with this Live Butterfly Garden, an Oppenheim Best Toy Award-winning butterfly raising kit! See each caterpillar’s transition as it matures, changes into a chrysalis, and finally emerges as a beautiful butterfly! After observing your butterflies, experience the fun of releasing them into your backyard!

These butterflies are absolutely safe to release into the environment.

Kit includes:

  • Pop-up habitat and instruction guide
  • A coupon for butterfly larvae with special food and feeding kit

Notice! This kit doesn’t contain any live insects, but contains a mail-in coupon for the live critters. There is an additional $3.00 required when redeeming your coupon for shipping and handling of the live larvae.

Three butterflies are guaranteed to be perfect specimens. Please allow approximately 3 weeks for your larvae to develop. During extremely hot or cold weather, delivery of live larvae may be delayed. Available only in the Continental U.S. and Alaska.

Ages 4 & up.

Remember! This kit will be shipped with a Coupon for live caterpillars – not the actual caterpillars!


Sign Up For Summer Classes Now!

Summer Activiites at The Learning TreeCome take a fun class with us at this summer! Classes will be held at both the Corinth and Park Place stores (though not all activities will be held at Park Place).We have lots of activities for kids of all ages. Just click the image to enroll.

2015 Summer Activities Class Schedule

2015 Kids Flea Market is May 30th! Sign Up Now!

It’s Back May 30th!

The Learning Tree Kids Flea Market at Corinth Square

Our 7th Annual Kids Flea Market is May 30th.

sign up NOW!

The Learning Tree is sponsoring (and marketing!) a flea market for your kids to re-sell their gently used toys, books and games.

It’s a great way for you kids to sell some books, games and toys they’ve out-grown or just gotten tired of.

The Learning Tree at Corinth Square in Prairie Village, KS will provide a space for children to sell their used items at whatever price they decide.

We will market the event to make sure that other kids looking to buy quality toys at a discount, will know what’s happening when.

Best of all? The cost per booth is only $5!

Here’s what you get for $5:
• One space (approx. 6′ x 6′)
• A $5 ticket you can apply as a $5 coupon on any item in The Learning Tree on May 30th.
• A chance to get rid of all the unused toys, games and books in your house that are way too good to throw away.
• Your child gets the opportunity to run his or her own business for a few hours. From set-up to sale, they will have a great experience merchandising, selling, making change, make new friends, AND possibly learn how to negotiate and bargain.
• Your child will have extra money to spend on themselves, for a charity, or save for a rainy day.
• Leftover items may be donated to Operation Breakthrough, a wonderful resource for children.

  • SIGN UP EARLY, SHOW UP EARLY! Call us if you have questions: (913) 385-1234
  • Space is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday morning.
  • Set-up time starts at 9am. Bring your own tables, signs, chairs and blankets – everything you need to display and sell your items.
  • All items must be clearly priced.
  • All items must be in good condition and complete.
  • Bring cash box with lots of small bills and change to make a sale.
  • Bring water, hats, sunscreen, etc. to keep your kids and you comfortable from set-up to tear-down.
  • Rain or shine, the sale will go on.

Click here TODAY to register. Or call 913-385-1234.

Any unsold items may be donated to Operation Breakthrough, a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that began in 1971 as a response to requests from parents in the central city for quality child care for children of the working poor.

The program began with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families. In 2006, Operation Breakthrough completed an expansion and renovation project that doubled the size of the facility and increased its licensed capacity from 353 children to over 500.

Operation Breakthrough’s initial funding came from the Model Cities Program and a grant from the Hall Family Foundation. Current funding comes from a federal Head Start grant, the State of Missouri, the city of Kansas City, private donations and various foundations.

Operation Breakthrough relies on the generosity of people like you to continue its work.

Tell Me A Riddle

The Riddle Show Talking MicrophoneWhat’s the best way to crack up the people you love? With our Toy of The Week, of course.

It’s The Riddle Show! This talking electronic microphone comes loaded with over 145 jokes, riddles, tongue twisters–plus music and sound effects–all at the touch of a button. Kids can also use it as a working microphone.

Building confidence was never this much fun!

3 AAA batteries included.

From Educational Insights for ages 6-10 yrs.