January 31, 2017 Newsletter


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Celebrate Today, January 31st!

Believe it or not, January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day, National Brussels Sprout Day, National Scotch Tape Day, Backwards Day AND Inspire your Heart with Art Day!

Always observed on January 31st, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is a day to take joy in the arts.

At the Learning Tree we’re always looking for a reason to celebrate good play and we know that arts, crafts, and music build imagination and self-esteem.

Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons and has the power to change us and inspire us. So we challenge you to pledge to add one or more of these activities to your week or month and bring the power of the arts into your life!

Looking for arts inspiration?
Check out our ideas:

  • We’re lucky! Visiting one of our fantastic KC art museums or galleries like the Nelson Atkins or the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is an easy way to find inspiration and great family activities.
  • Switch the station to jazz or classical music and relax with a family listening hour, or get out your CD’s, albums, or cassettes. Kids get a kick out of a retro music fest!
  • Set up a family gallery on the fridge or pick a wall in the garage where staples and thumbtack marks go un-noticed and a masterpiece will really brighten things up. Share your art with others!
  • Prepare a family meal complete with creative garnish and table setting. Give everyone a job!
  • Pass out the play instruments and create a band! March and dance to the beat!
  • Read a book about an artist or musician.


Kwik Stix paint sticks

Kwik Stix

Bring a little inspiration to your creativity!
Create some art to inspire your heart! A Learning Tree staff favorite!


Kwik Stix Mess Free Creativity paints

These beautiful, vibrant, safe tempera paint sticks are mess free, and dry in just 90 seconds. No cups, smocks, water or brushes required, just a direct line from imagination to realization.

Valentine's Day

Love Notes

We’re always happy to share the love at the Learning Tree…especially for Valentine’s Day!

Sure, there’s always candy, flowers, or a card – but why not really sweeten it up with something special? We’re happy to do a Valentine’s wrap in pink, red or white with a fancy ribbon too!

Add these ideas to your little love list for Valentine gifts:

Hugs and Kisses and Back Rubs!

This cute little ladybug can melt your cares away! This wooden wonder of an insect is perfectly designed to knead away the knots of stress in your back, neck, and shoulders.

What a great way to say “I love you!”


Chocolate Fix game by Think Fun

Calling Chocoholics!

Most chocolates leave you messy and worried about calories – but not Chocolate Fix from Think Fun Games. It’s a sweet logic game of deductive reasoning. Use the challenge cards to solve each round and move from easy to hard. Ages 8 and up. It’s a yummy good time!

President’s Day Is February 20th!

Three cheers for George Washington and Abe LIncoln – no school on February 20th!

Speaking of Presidents, what do you know about Mr. Washington, Mr. Lincoln, and other famous figures from history?

If you’ve read your way through the amazing Who Was? biography series from Penguin Young Readers Group you know a lot.

Who Was Wolgang Amadeus Mozart?Want to to get to know some of the greats like Mozart who continue to inspire our hearts with their art? Take home a title from The Penguin Young Readers Group Who Was? book series, including fascinating stories, legends and amazing facts about great musicians and artists! Add a few titles to your collection.

Here’s some fun: Click here to visit the Penguin’s Who HQ website to brush up on your Who, What, Where trivia!

February Fun For You!

Wednesday Feb. 8, 10:30am, Park Place: Valentine Storytime – It’s regular storytime with a whole lot of special love added to get ready for Valentine’s Day! There‘ll be lovely snack treats and heart-warming activities.

Tuesday Feb. 14, 10:30am, Corinth Square: Special Valentine Storytime – Miss Beth will pour her heart out today with love stories, special treats, and hugs and kisses activities! We’d love for you to join in!

Check out our website or our FaceBook page for an up-to-date listing of events and activities. We’ve made it easy to sign up online! Questions? Give us a call 913-385-1234.

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Weekly Schedule of Learning Tree Fun:

NEW DAY: Tuesdays at 10:30am – Corinth Square: Storytime with Miss Beth
Wednesdays at 10:30am – Park Place: Storytime with our Toy Experts
Thursdays at 10:30am – Corinth Square:
Music and Movement with Jenny Drop-In/$5






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