July 2019 Activities and Events Calendar

Thursday, July 4: Both Learning Tree locations will be closed today! Happy Fourth!

Thursday, July 5 – July 11: Independents Week at Corinth Square! We’re closed on the Fourth but offering a week of specials celebrating the Independents – the local small businesses at Corinth Square! Take 20% off one summer outdoor item and spend $100 and get “Pool Party” table game gift with purchase! (Not to be combined with other offers.)

Friday, July 5, 6:00-8:00pm, Park Place Barkley Square: Game Night/Music On The Lawn! Learning Tree will be there to add to the fun with a table full of games. Click for here for more info!
Wednesday, July 10, 10:00am: Park Place Kid’s Gardening Class + 10:30am Learning Tree Storytime! Sign-up (fee) for Seasonal Concepts’ Gardening Class in Barkley Square in the gazebo (116th & Ash Street) Wednesdays in July, excluding 7/3. Click here for Info.
Thursday, July 11, 6:00-8:00pm, Park Place Barkley Square: Throwback Thursdays Live Concert Series! Bring the kids and groove to the music of oldies bands on July 11, 18 and 25. Learning Tree will be there with bubbles, beach ball give-aways and family fun! Click here for info.

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19, Corinth Square: Create It, Make It, Take It Classes! A full week of seven, super in-store craft activities. Dig for dinos, create your own wooden toolbox/carry caddy, or shape your own micro-mini clay sculptures and more! Choose one class or a few! Morning and afternoon sessions available. Click for full schedule and sign-up (fee).
Wednesday, July 17, 10:00am, Park Place Barkley Square: Park Place Kid’s Gardening Class + 10:30am Learning Tree Storytime! Sign-up (fee) for Seasonal Concepts’ Gardening Class in Barkley Square in the gazebo (116th & Ash Street) Wednesdays in July, excluding 7/3. Click here for Info.

Thursday, July 18, 6:00-8:00pm, Park Place Barkley Square: Throwback Thursdays Live Concert Series! Bring the kids and groove to the music of oldies bands on July 11, 18 and 25. Learning Tree will be there with bubbles, beach ball give-aways and family fun! Click here for info.
Friday, July 19, 6:00-8:00pm, Park Place Barkley Square: Game Night/Music On The Lawn! Learning Tree will be there to add to the fun with a table full of games. Click for here for more info!

Wednesday, July 24, Park Place Barkley Square: Park Place Kid’s Gardening Class + 10:30am Learning Tree Storytime! Sign-up (fee) for Seasonal Concepts’ Gardening Class in Barkley Square in the gazebo (116th & Ash Street) Wednesdays in July, excluding 7/3. Click here for Info.

Thursday, July 25, 6:00-8:00pm, Park Place Barkley Square: Throwback Thursdays Live Concert Series! Bring the kids and groove to the music of oldies bands on July 11, 18 and 25. Learning Tree will be there with bubbles, beach ball give-aways and family fun! Click here for info.

Wednesday, July 31, Park Place Barkley Square: Park Place Kid’s Gardening Class + 10:30am Learning Tree Storytime! Sign-up (fee) for Seasonal Concepts’ Gardening Class in Barkley Square in the gazebo (116th & Ash Street) Wednesdays in July, excluding 7/3. Click here for Info.

Jump in to June with Fun Events & Activities!

Learning Tree June Events and Activities Schedule

Sat. June 1, 10:30-11:30am Park Place: Bigs & Littles FREE Drop-In Crafts We’ll have two crafts set up. For Big kids, Bead Bonanza and for Little kids, Paint Party with Do a Dot Paints and Kwik Sticks.

Wed. June 5, 10:00am Park Place Kid’s Gardening Class + 10:30am Learning Tree Storytime:  Sign-up (fee) for Seasonal Concepts’ Gardening Class in Barkley Square in the gazebo (116th Place & Ash Street) every Wednesday in June & July. Complimentary Learning Tree Storytime will follow. Click for more info.

Fri. June 7, 10:30, 11:30am, Corinth Square: In-Store Craft Activity – Create Your Own Garden Memory Stone. Sign-up here for this $10 class!

Fri. June 7, 6:00-8:00PM, Park Place Barkley Square: Game Night/Music On The Lawn! Learning Tree will be there to add to the fun! Click here for Info.

Sat. June 8, 10:30 & 11:30am, Corinth Square In-Store Craft Activity: Create Your Own Garden Memory Stone. Sign-up here for this $10 class!

Mon. June 10 – Fri. June 14, Corinth Square: Create It, Make It, Take It Classes – A full week of eight, great in-store craft activities. Choose one class or a few! Morning and afternoon sessions available. Click for full schedule and sign-up (fee).

Wed. June 12, Park Place Barkley Square: Kid’s Gardening Class 10:00am, Sign up here. Complimentary Learning Tree Storytime at Barkley Square at 10:30am in the Gazebo. [Read more…]

May 21, 2019 Newsletter


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It’s THIS SATURDAY!


2019 Kids Flea Market

Flea Market Highlights:

  • It’s a fun way to start the summer as a family!
  • Support a community event with friends and neighbors!
  • The Flea Market Benefits Operation Breakthrough!
  • Find bargains on great gently used kids toys and books!
  • Help us VOTE for BEST BOOTH! The lucky kid winner gets a $25 Learning Tree gift certificate.

Click here for details or call 913-385-1234 for info!

 

Yay! Our Summer Catalog has started showing up in mailboxes! It’s full of great ideas for active summer fun! Haven’t seen yours yet or want to save a tree?

Simply click this electronic Summer Catalog image. You can turn the pages and there are options to share, bookmark and save!

Plus, tucked inside, between pages 8 and 9 is the is the pull-out list and schedule for Create It, Make It, Take It, In-Store Craft Activities!

 

Summer activity classes for kids

Want a head start on Summer kids scheduling?

Click the Create It, Make It, Take It badge and get signed up now!

There are lots of fun classes like Shrinkable Creations, Making Your Own Trading Cards, and Thinking Putty Workshops.

Get signed up! Get excited! Get messy!

 

Create Your Own Memory Stone class

Get signed up for our first Create It, Make It,Take It, in-store Craft Activity, Create Your Memory Stone on June 7th or 8th! This one is a good one for all ages with adults helping little ones. Design and plan, squish and squeeze the mixture, and pour into the mold.
Father’s Day is coming up. A Memory Stone in the garden would make a nice gift for Dad to admire each time he goes out in the yard!

Come Play With Us!

Tuesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Kristina at Corinth Square
Wednesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Elisa at Park Place
Thursdays at 10:30am: Music and Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square
($5 per class/Punch Cards available)

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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May 8, 2019 Newsletter – Flea Market 101

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May 1, 2019 Newsletter – Grab Your Spot For Kids Flea Market


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2019 Kids Flea Market

So much to celebrate and plan for this time of year and we’re here to help!

First on our list is the Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market. Kids and families, sign-up for a spot at this kid centered flea market. Set up your decorated booth to sell your outgrown toys, books and kid stuff!

It’s a fun family neighborhood event whether you are selling or buying. Best part? When the flea market closes, any unwanted items will be donated to Operation Breakthrough.

Click here for more information…

Flea market 101 session this Saturday

Attending Flea Market 101 this Saturday May 11th at 3:00pm is a great way to get prepared and get your questions answered. It’s a quick 30 minute information session full of ideas that will make Flea Market Day go smoothly for the whole family.

Call 385-1234 to sign up.

 

Our Summer catalog is popping up in mailboxes soon.

It’s filled with all kinds of outdoor, fun-in-the-sun toys to make Summer even more special.

Plus, tucked inside, between pages 8 and 9 is the is the pull-out list and schedule for Create It, Make It, Take It, In-Store Craft Activities!

Click this electronic version and get a sneak peek into summer!

 

Summer activity classes for kids

Want a head start on Summer kids scheduling?

Click the Create It, Make It, Take It badge and get signed up now!

There are lots of fun classes like Shrinkable Creations, Making Your Own Trading Cards, and Thinking Putty Workshops.

Get signed up! Get excited! Get messy!

Come Play With Us!

Tuesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Kristina at Corinth Square
Wednesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Elisa at Park Place
Thursdays at 10:30am: Music and Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square
($5 per class/Punch Cards available)

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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2019 Kids Flea Market

The 11th Annual Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market
Corinth Square Shopping Center
Saturday, May 25th
$10/Kid’s Flea Market Ticket

Calling all young entrepreneurs! It’s time to register for your space at the Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market.

Here’s your chance to run your own business for a few hours and to do a little spring cleaning in the playroom. Families work together to plan, decorate and set up their reserved area on Flea Market morning – creating fun, kid decorated “booths.”

Kid-trepreneurs sell their outgrown and gently used toys, books and games. Some sell their handmade crafts. They price their merchandise, offer bargains and handle the money!

It’s a family neighborhood event whether you are selling or buying. Best part? When the flea market closes, any unwanted items will be loaded on to the Operation Breakthrough truck and donated to other kids in need.

Your $10 registration ticket provides:

  • A reserved “booth” spot (approx. 6′ x 6′ of space)

  • Promotion for the event to get lots of customers to your “booth”!

  • A $10 coupon to be used in the store on Saturday, the 25th!

  • A chance to make some spending money, to raise funds for a charity, or to put a little something away for a rainy day!

  • The opportunity to leave unsold items as a donation to Operation Breakthrough!

We love being your local, neighborhood toy store. That’s why this family-friendly, community happening has become our favorite event of the year!

We reserved our space for the flea market...now what?

Sign-up for Flea Market 101

Corinth Square

Saturday, May 11, 3:00pm

New to the Kid’s Flea Market? Sign up for Flea Market 101, Saturday May 11th! This quick, FREE 30 min prep-talk will give you and the kids all the info and tips you need so Flea Market day goes smoothly for the whole family.

Whether you’re veteran participants or a newbie, this is a great way to get your ideas for booth creativity going!

Call 913 385-1234 to sign up.

Best Booth 2018 Flea Market

Through the years, we’ve seen some very creative booths and merchandising. You’ll be the judges and cast the vote for BEST BOOTH to add a bit of fun to the day. Silly themes, handmade signs, banners and fancy tablecloths are all great ways to make your booth unique and attract shoppers! The lucky kid winner will get an insider’s tour of the Learning Tree and a $25 gift certificate.

Click here for details and to sign up online or call 913 385-1234 for info!

Come Play With Us!

Tuesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Kristina at Corinth Square
Wednesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Elisa at Park Place
Thursdays at 10:30am: Music and Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square
($5 per class/Punch Cards available)

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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April 23, 2019 Newsletter – Earth Day


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Cricket in the Thicket - Poems about bugs by Carol Murray and Melissa Sweet

Spring has arrived and the weather is beautiful! It’s the perfect time to appreciate Mother Earth. We’ll be celebrating Earth Day this Saturday,  April 27th at 10:30am, with local author Carol Murray at Park Place.

Carol will share her book, Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs! We’ll sing and do some creepy crawly buggy activities! Books will be available for sale and author signing.

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2019 Kids Flea Market

Saturday May 25, 10:00am-Noon Corinth Square Shopping Center 11th Annual Kid’s Flea Market: Kids and families, sign-up for a spot at this kid centered flea market. Set up your decorated booth to sell your outgrown toys, books and kid stuff! It’s a fun family neighborhood event whether you are selling or buying. Best part? When the flea market closes, any unwanted items will be loaded on to the Operation Breakthrough donation truck.

Come Play With Us!

Tuesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Kristina at Corinth Square
Wednesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Elisa at Park Place
Thursdays at 10:30am: Music and Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square
($5 per class/Punch Cards available)

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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Kid’s Flea Market Registration is Now Open!

Save the date! Kid’s Flea Market is Saturday May 25th, 2019. Grab your booth space NOW!

2019 Kids Flea Market

It’s our 11th Annual Corinth Square Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market!

$10/Kid’s Flea Market Ticket

This family friendly, community event gives kids a chance to run their own business for a few hours and to do a little spring-cleaning in the playroom! With their spot reserved at the Kid’s Flea Market kids can begin to collect their out-grown and gently used toys, books and games to re-sell and to plan their ‘booth.’

NEW! Through the years we’ve seen some very creative booths and merchandising. This year we’re letting you vote for BEST “BOOTH” to add a bit of fun to the day. The lucky kid winner will get an insiders tour of the Learning Tree and a $25 gift certificate.

Click here for details and to sign up online or call 913 385-1234 for info!

A $10 ticket provides:

  • A reserved spot (approx. 6’x6’ of space)
  • Promotion for the event to get lots of customers to your ‘booth’!
  • On Flea Market Saturday your Flea Market ticket is good as a $10 coupon to be used in the store.
  • A chance to make some spending money, to raise funds for a charity or to put a little something away for a rainy day.
  • Post sale, we’ll donate any items you don’t want to Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City children’s organization whose mission is to inspire, protect and enrich the lives of children.

Details:

  • Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-paid basis.
  • Set up time begins at 9am.
  • Bring your own tables, signs, chairs, and blankets- everything you will need to display and sell your items.
  • All items must be clearly priced.
  • All items must be in good condition and complete.
  • Bring a cash box with lots of small bills and change to make a sale.
  • Bring water, hats, sunscreen to stay comfortable from set-up to tear-down!
  • During tear-down we will instruct you where to place items you are leaving for donation.
  • The Learning Tree is serving only as facilitator of the flea market and is not responsible for any of the individual transactions taking place, or the quality of the merchandise being sold.
  • Rain or shine – the sale will go on.

Are you new  to the Flea Market?

Call 913 385-1234 to sign up for Flea Market 101 – an introductory session to help you and your kiddos prepare for the Flea Market. This 30 minute session will be held at the Corinth store on Saturday May 11th at 3pm.

10th Annual Kids Flea Market – 2018

The 10th Annual Kids Flea Market was a huge success! We had a great turnout and lot of sales and donations to Operation Breakthrough! Thanks to all our kidtrepreneurs and shoppers who made the day special!

Two For Tea Event February 3!

Join us for a very special Tea for Two,

“No Tooting at Tea” Tea Party!

Saturday, February 3rd, Corinth Square

Each $5 Reservation is for 1 Child and 1 Adult.
Register Early as Space is Limited!

Ages 4+

11:00am Tea Party or 2:00pm Tea Party

Kids, grab your grown-up. You are invited for a tons-of-fun Tea Party!  Special guest Alastair Heim, local author of the delightfully silly book, No Tooting at Tea, will join us for an interactive story reading and tea-time activities including:

  • Fancy Hat or Bowtie Making
  • Teatime Photo Session
  • Take-Home Treats

Nicole Buriss, founder of the Midwest Tea Fest, will be serving kid-friendly tea and a light fruit and cupcake snack!

We’ll wear our hats and hold our teacups with our pinkies in the air! Feel free to wear your dress-up clothes.

No Tooting at Tea is available for pre-order or copies will be available the day of the event.

Call 913-385-1234 and make your reservation today!

 

Meet Sue Gallion, KC Children’s Author at a Special StoryTime Event

Come celebrate with local kid’s author Sue Lowell Gallion as she shares her new book “Pug Meets Pig” at our Corinth Square store on October 1st at 10:30am!

Pup Meets PigWe’re smitten with this sweet and silly story about a darling duo celebrating the timeless themes of embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places.

Local childen’s writer Sue Lowell Gallion’s first book is about to hit the shelf and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate with this Leawood author!

Join us Saturday, October 1st, 2016 as we welcome Sue Gallion for story reading, coloring and book signing.

Meet local children’s Author Sue Lowell Gallion!

Sue Lowell Gallion’s debut picture book Pug Meets Pig charmed us from page one! We’re tickled to know there’s a second Pug and Pig book already on its way for next summer, Pug and Pig Trick or Treat.

Although this is Sue’s first book she’s no newcomer to children’s writing and literature. Sue’s stories, poems, and activity rhymes have been published in children’s magazines including Highlights and High Five. She is active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is the regional advisor for the Kansas region.

We were lucky enough to chat with Sue recently to learn more about her…Sue Lowell Gallion, children's book author

Tell us a little bit about you and this project:

Well, people seem surprised that I don’t have a pug (or a pig!) Our dog now is a black lab mix named Tucker. We got him as a puppy from Wayside Waifs. He’s 7 now but he’s got lots of energy, so you’ll find me walking the trails, the neighborhood, or at the dog park.

The world of traditional children’s publishing is a lot more complicated than I thought when I started seriously writing for kids about 10 years ago.  I actually sold this manuscript three years ago, which is a pretty quick release for a picture book.

What are your favorite things about living in KC?

I’m a third generation Kansas Citian, so I have many favorite things about my home town! I love the varied landscape, the seasons and the friendly Midwestern people. Some of my favorite landmarks are Union Station (I remember picking up my grandparents there when they traveled by train,) the Kansas City Zoo, Kauffman Gardens, and the Overland Park Farmer’s Market.

What are your thoughts about kids and the importance of books and reading?

I’m a big proponent of reading aloud to kids from birth on. I think it’s a magic time for a child with a parent or any adult, and many studies show that it’s a huge factor in kids’ development. I’d love to see a movement among today’s parents that read aloud time is a time to put all devices away. No interruptions, just focused time together.

Today is considered another “golden age” of picture books. The art is amazing. There are so many wonderful picture books with heart and humor, both fiction and nonfiction. I’d encourage grandparents and parents not to just turn to the old classics, as special as they are. And I always encourage people to buy books locally whenever they can!

Find out more about Sue Lowell Gallion here.

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