August 22, 2017 Newsletter – Local Authors Coming to Story Time!

 

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Books, Books, Books!

With our Big Book Blowout Bonanza Sale underway (details below) we’ve got books on the brain! A book sale means we’re making room for great new fall titles. New titles from some of our favorite LOCAL authors.

The Kansas City area is home to a wonderful group of children’s book authors and illustrators.

Just like the Learning Tree, they are passionate about children, reading, and the joy that literature can bring.

During the month of September, we’ve invited a different local children’s author to join us for Storytime each week to read and share their books. We hope you’ll join us for these fun and free weekly gatherings and enjoy the local talent from our own backyard!

Storytime authors at the Learning Tree in September

Get to know local children’s book authors that call KC home! Each week in September they’ll be visiting our regular weekly Storytime.

Join us for FREE weekly fun at Corinth Square 10:30am Tuesdays, and Park Place 10:30am Wednesdays.

Sept. 5th & 6th Kathy Wolff

Sept. 12th & 13th Bridget Heos

Sept. 19th & 20th Jody Jensen Shaffer

Sept. 26th & 27th Alastair Heim

Book Bonanza Sale is Happening NOW

Big Book Bonanza Sale

Big Book Blowout Bonanza Sale (Bet you can’t say that 5 times fast!)

When: NOW – September 3rd
What: Up to 50
% off selected children’s book titles!
Where: Both Corinth Square & Park Place locations

Calendar of Events…

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Check out our website or our FaceBook page for an up-to-date listing of events and activities.

Questions? Give us a call 913-385-1234.

KU Kick-Off at Corinth Square

Friday August 25, 6:00pm – 9:00pm: Corinth Square’s Annual KU Kickoff

Calling all Jayhawks! Join Corinth Square shops, the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics for the annual KU Kickoff. Bring the family for games, food drinks KU giveaways and entertainment. Big Jay and Baby Jay will be there to meet and greet you!

Final Friday Free Concert

fourth friday concerts

Friday August 25th, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm: Fourth Friday Franklin Park Concert featuring Hard@Play

Hope to see you for this final evening of family fun in the neighborhood! Free hotdiggitydogdinner and lots of fun, foot stompin’ music to enjoy!

More September Events

  • Celebrate being a Grand on Grandparents Day, September 10!
  • Super Warehouse Sale Savings September 22nd & 23rd at Corinth Square!

Weekly Schedule of Learning Tree Fun:

Tuesdays at 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Beth 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, Drop In/$5

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April 25, 2017 Newsletter


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Calling Book Lovers and Readers!

Girl with stack of booksChildren’s Book Week is May 1-7 and we’re celebrating books and reading.

Sign-up to read your favorite book to a Prairie Village Police Officer or join one of our special Storytimes with police officer and firefighter guests.

Vote for your favorite children’s book and shop the book cart sale all week.

Come read with us at one of these National Children’s Book Week Events:
Children's Book Week

Officer Buckle and GloriaTuesday May 2, 10:30am, Corinth Square: Officers from the Prairie Village Police Department will be our special guests today at Miss Beth’s Storytime. We know that police officers help keep us safe, enforce the law and fight crime, but they also love children’s books! Come read with us and our very important guests. This is sure to be a perfect pre-school event.

The Fire Engine book from Little Golden Books

Wednesday May 3, 10:30am, Park Place: National Children’s Book Week is the perfect time to enjoy a classic Golden Book Storytime. This Storytime will be extra special because we’ll have a guest!

Firefighter Chase from the Lenexa Fire Department is coming to Storytime!

Chase will read and share information about the equipment he uses to do his important job.

The free event is perfect for preschoolers!

Read to a police officerREAD TO AN OFFICER

Children’s Book Week – SIGN UP EVENT!
Saturday May 6, 10:30am, Corinth Square

Are you a new reader or a seasoned reader? Here’s your chance to practice and show off your stuff to a special listener. Prairie Village Police Officers will be back as special guests at the Learning Tree to listen to you read and enjoy children’s books with us at this final NCBW event*.

All are welcome to join us for a morning of books, doughnuts, coloring pages, and fun! But you must sign up to Read with an Officer.

Call the Learning Tree at 913-385-1234 to add your name to one of three morning Reading Sessions:

First Reading Session: 10:30am – 11:00am
Second Reading Session: 11:00am – 11:30am
Third Reading Session: 11:30am – 12:00pm

Readers, bring your favorite book or choose one from our book pile. As you arrive, you will be given a number for your turn to read. Enjoy doughnuts and event activities while you wait!

*Please understand Prairie Village Police Officers may be called away for service during the event.

Summer Activity Classes are Here!

Summer Activities Classes Schedule
Check out our amazing, in-store Summer Activity schedule for June and July with more activities on the way! Some of our favorites are back, plus lots of NEW classes.

Just click on the image to get a closer look at all our fun summer classes!

Find one that works with your child’s age, interests, and free time. All classes will take place at our Corinth Square store.

Click here to Sign Up for Summer Activity classes online or call us to register at 913-385-1234.

Plus Plus construction set

Love construction play? Sign-up for “One Shape – Endless Building!” Class

In this sign-up Summer Activity they’ll create a 2D mosaic or a more complicated 3D design – the possibilities are endless using these simple-shaped Plus Plus building bricks. Everyone gets a tube of 75 pieces (we’ll have lots of extras too!) to build anything from their dream. Endless building fun!

 

Plus Plus building bricks

Create whatever your imagination comes up with using Plus Plus!

Register today for this and seven other FANTASTIC in-store Summer Activities!

Click here to Sign Up for Summer Activity classes or call to register 913 385-1234.

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More May Events:

Books & BoutiquesFriday May 5, 10:00am – 2:30pm, Books & Boutiques: The Overland Park Convention Center will host St. Luke’s South 10th Annual fundraiser, Books and Boutiques. Visit the Learning Tree Booth, do some shopping, and enjoy the fashion show and luncheon. Want to know more? Visit https://saintlukesgiving.org/books

Kid’s Flea Market – Get your Booth now!

2017 Kid's Flea Market at Corinth Square Learning Tree

The Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market is a very popular, family friendly, community event that pulls everyone in the neighborhood together!

Whether you set up a family, kid centered booth for selling or shop the market looking for bargains on kid’s stuff everyone is welcome to enjoy the morning!

The Kid’s Flea Market 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.

Through the years, we’ve seen some very creative booths and merchandising. For the second year, we’ll let you be the judges and cast your vote for BEST BOOTH to add a bit of fun to the day. Handmade signs, banners, or fancy tablecloths are all great ways to make your booth unique and to attract shoppers! 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!

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.

We like you, do you like us? Like our Facebook page and get the Learning Tree scoop plus giveaways and fun!

Weekly Schedule of Learning Tree Fun:

Attention Music Lovers: Miss Pam will be taking a break from MusicTime Mondays at Park Place this month. She’ll return May 1st.

While she’s gone, be sure to check out our other weekly kid’s events!
Tuesdays 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Beth at Corinth Square
Wednesdays 10:30am: Storytime at Park Place
Thursday 10:30am: Music and Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square, Drop In/$5

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February 7, 2017 Newsletter


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Love Notes

Happy Valentine's Day

Want to really sweeten things up for your Valentine? We have Valentine books, all types of toys and adorable new plush animals that top candy or flowers! We’re happy to do a Valentine’s wrap in pink, red or white with a fancy ribbon too!

Not sure what to get? Ask one of our Toy Experts! We’re here to help you!

Want to let your Valentine decide? Buy them a Learning Tree gift card so they can shop till their heart’s content. It also creates an opportunity for a special shopping trip you can share with your Valentine!

Plush Ideas for Your Valentine:

 

Jellycats Dancing Darcey Hippo

With her pink tutu and satin en pointe slippers, Dancing Darcey Hippo from Jellycat Toys, will dance her way into the heart of any plush loving Valentine.

This “beans in the bottom” plush toy sits upright but wait till you see her pirouette! She is one talented, huggable Hippo. We especially love this toy, as it encourages your child’s imagination with open-ended pretend playtime.

 

Kwik Stix Mess Free Creativity paints

Wee Valentines will love the book and plush combos from Jellycat Toys.

Soft cuddly plush are paired with adorable sturdy board books. What a dynamic duo! Jellycat Toys

If I Were A Giraffe book and plush toy.

Little book lovers will delight in the engaging text and colorful pages of their board book featuring their new plush friend!

Who wouldn’t fall in love with this spotted, giraffe? Your Valentine will cozy up with a new friend and a story to enjoy again and again!

 

Jellycat Giraffe book

This exciting board book is colorful and sturdy enough for your little one to hold all by themselves and is ideal for interactive play. With a gentle story and adorable, vibrant characters, this book is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

 

Chocolate Fix game by Think Fun

Valentine’s Day is just for fun! Make it a family fun game of Totally Pink Madlibs WITH PINK PAPER!

Fill in the word blanks to complete the silly story and bring some laughs to your Valentine!

Totally Pink Mad Libs features 21 hilarious fill-in-the-blank stories about all things girly.

It’s the perfect Mad Libs for a sleepover, birthday party, or any girl gathering. Cuz as any girly-girl knows, ________________ just wanna have fun! PLURAL NOUN

Donate For Mamas!

costume jewelryDo you have wearable costume jewelry (necklaces, earrings, pins, bracelets, rings) cluttering your closet, no longer your style, and creating a messy tangle?

Here’s your chance to be personally involved in a joy-giving, happy-making, Mother’s Day Project that has touched over 1,700 local kids at some of the area’s most deserving elementary schools.

Why Donate? It’s for Mama!

The local chapter of NCJW sets up a Mother’s Day “Jewelry Store” at each participating school for a day. Students “shop” (at no cost) the store, picking out the most beautiful, perfect gift for their mom or other special someone in their life. It’s wrapped up fancy and they get to deliver it with love!

The Learning Tree is helping collect for this very worthy effort so bring in your jewelry asap and make some local moms (and kids!) very happy.

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.

We like you, do you like us? Like our Facebook page and get the Learning Tree scoop plus giveaways and fun!

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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August 23, 2016 Newsletter

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Big Book Blow-out Bonanza Sale (…try saying that 5 times fast!)

Big Book Blowout Bonanza is in full swing at both stores!

Now through September 5th, we’re sweeping the shelves and making room.

Don’t miss this huge sale! It’s happening now at Corinth Square and Park Place.

Great books make great gifts- buy now for special birthday and holiday dates coming up on your list!

50% off all SALE TITLES!

 

Free Park Place Gift Card

Visit two, a gift for you: Free $10 Park Place gift Card through August 31st

Receive a FREE $10 Park Place gift card when you spend $50 or more total at two Park Place businesses on the same day. Click here for details.

We’re Wrapping Up Our August Calendar!

NOW – Monday Sept. 5:
Big Book Bonanza Sale

Shop the Big Book Blowout Bonanza Sale at both Corinth and Park Place Learning Tree stores!

KU Kickoff
Friday Aug. 26, 6:00pm – 9:00pm: Corinth Square’s Annual KU Kickoff

Calling all Jayhawks! Join Corinth Square shops, the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics for the annual KU Kickoff. Bring the family for games, food, drinks, KU giveaways, and entertainment. Big Jay and Baby Jay will be there to meet and greet you!

Friday Aug. 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Fourth Friday Franklin Park Concert

Hope to see you for this final evening of family fun in the neighborhood!

Free hot-diggity-dog-dinner. Enjoy the music of Abbey Road, the seven member, high energy Beatles band with hits from 1962-1970. Your Learning Tree friends will be there. Come play with us!

We’re Hiring!

You’ve always wanted to work in a toy store? The Learning Tree is always looking for enthusiastic candidates to join our talented retail staff of toy and playtime experts.

We often have seasonal, full, and part-time openings for the following positions:
Gift-wrapping
Sales
Receiving/Stock

Download an application on our website or stop by to pick one up.

Coming in September…

Saturday/Sunday, September 10/11: The 3rd Annual Chick Event at Park Place. Click here for more information.

Sign up for Music in Me and make your heart sing!

Music In Me teachersNew for fall!
This innovative, new class for chldren ages 6 months to 3 years, finds its first home in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Square Learning Tree. Andie Weisz (lifelong music and child enthusiast) and Joy Steincross (Professional Musician/ Accompanist) along with Kit Smith (PHS Early Childhood Educator) have created a new interactive music class that educates through play, develops a love for music, and gives you a front row seat (literally) to witnessing how the power of music connects you to your child and builds brain function.

Register for the 8-week Fall Session beginning September 27th.

Click here for details and information.

Our weekly schedule of Learning Tree fun:

Monday 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Beth at Corinth Square
Wednesday 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Dede at Park Place
Thursday 10:30am: Music & Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square ($5/class)

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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August 16, 2016 Newsletter

 

 


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Big Book Blow-out Bonanza Sale This Weekend!

Yes, it’s our Big Book Blow-out Bonanza Sale! Bet you can’t say that 5 times fast!

This Saturday, August 19th through September 5th, we’re sweeping the shelves and making room. Don’t miss the Learning Tree’s annual Big Book Blow-out Bonanza at both Corinth Square and Park Place. Up to 50% off all SALE TITLES!

5 Great reasons to shop the Big Book Blowout Bonanza:
1. Stock up on bedtime, snuggle stories!
2. Save big on your holiday and birthday gifts!
3. Grow your grandchild’s library!
4. Have a few books at Auntie’s house for special sleepovers!
5. Grab a couple new books to tuck in the diaper bag or car seat!

Add these events to your August Calendar!

Saturday Aug. 19 – Monday Sept. 5:
Big Book Bonanza Sale
Up to 50% off all Sale Titles!
KU Kickoff
Friday Aug. 26, 6:00pm – 9:00pm: Corinth Square’s Annual KU Kickoff

Join Corinth Square shops, the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics for the KU Kickoff. Bring the family for games, food, drinks, KU giveaways, and entertainment. Big Jay and Baby Jay will be there to meet and greet you!

Friday Aug. 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Fourth Friday Franklin Park Concert

Hope to see you for this final evening of family fun in the neighborhood! Free hot-diggity-dog-dinner and lots of fun, foot stompin’ music to enjoy!

Your Learning Tree friends will be there. Come play with us!

Coming in September…

Sign up for Music in Me and make your heart sing!

Music In Me teachersNew for fall!
This innovative, new class for chldren ages 6 months to 3 years, finds its first home in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Square Learning Tree. Andie Weisz (lifelong music and child enthusiast) and Joy Steincross (Professional Musician/ Accompanist) along with Kit Smith (PHS Early Childhood Educator) have created a new interactive music class that educates through play, develops a love for music, and gives you a front row seat (literally) to witnessing how the power of music connects you to your child and builds brain function.

Register for the 8-week Fall Session beginning September 27th.

Click here for details and information.

Our weekly schedule of Learning Tree fun:

Monday 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Beth at Corinth Square
Wednesday 10:30am: Storytime with Miss Dede at Park Place
Thursday 10:30am: Music & Movement with Jenny at Corinth Square ($5/class)

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.

We’re Hiring!

You’ve always wanted to work in a toy store? The Learning Tree is always looking for enthusiastic candidates to join our talented retail staff of toy and playtime experts.

We often have seasonal, full, and part-time openings for the following positions:
Gift-wrapping
Sales
Receiving/Stock

Download an application on our website or stop by to pick one up.

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Dino O’Dell is a hit with Learning Tree Fans!

Kids Loved Dino O'Dell's performance at The Learning Tree in Corinth SquareWow! What a crowd we had for our friend, KC children’s entertainer, Dino O’Dell. We started off the week with a crowd of over 100 packed in the store. Kiddos, moms and dads, and grandparents were jumpin’ and jivin’. Dino invited everybody to participate as he read his new book Zar and the Broken Spaceship. Kids pushed imaginary buttons with their fingers , elbows, toes, and bottoms to help Zar fix his spaceship.

If you missed Dino last Monday, don’t despair! He’s coming back to The Learning Tree in Park Place this Tuesday, September 29th at 10:30. If you enjoyed him on Monday, come back for more. We’re always happy to see our friends happy and clapping to Dino’s tunes.

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. 435mag.com

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!