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…]

Dino O’Dell is coming to The Learning Tree Stores in September!

Early Learning through Books, Dino O’Dell Knows!

Dino O'Dell performs free at The Learning Tree stores.

Dino O’Dell is a favorite Kansas City children’s performer with a background in education and drama. Chances are you might have seen him perform at your local library or maybe he has even visited your child’s school. I was impressed by a simple quote he uses to describe what his goals are as he creates music, sing-a-longs and stories.

“We learn best when we are engaged and we are engaged best when the medium is interactive.” – Dino O’Dell

Dino O’Dell is including both of The Learning Tree stores in his stops around town to share his  newest children’s book project titled Zar and the Broken Spaceship.


Monday Sept. 21, 10:30am Corinth Square Storytime and Sing-a-long with Dino O’Dell,

Tuesday Sept. 29, 10:30am Park Place Special Storytime and Sing-a-long with Dino O’Dell.

Dino knows the rhythms of his catchy, repeating story, with the modern Hokey Pokey actions, will pull kids right in.  What seems like a simple children’s book, provides learning about language patterns, and opportunity for predicting and coordinating body movements from written commands.  All kinds of learning is happening!

New research unveiling the benefits of early exposure to books is constantly being published in the fields of education, psychology, sociology and pediatrics. In 2014,

Frontiers, an open-access, academic network publisher, introduced the following topic:

An Open Book: What and How Young Children Learn From Picture and Storybooks.

A worldwide invitation was issued for submission of articles that uncover how and what, pre-reading children learn from books. Twenty-two articles were collected and published with the intent of providing a body of information for educators, researchers and parents interested in children’s learning. The articles cover a wide range of sub-topics including the value of book illustrations, children’s books as a resource for culturally appropriate emotions, and teaching math with children’s literature.

Books can be part of all kinds of learning and influence behavior in surprising ways. One article titled Let’s look at leeks! Picture books increase toddlers’ willingness to look at, taste and consume unfamiliar vegetables (Heath, Houston-Price and Kennedy, 2014) made a surprising connection between book exposure and eating habits. Shared storybook reading is part of bedtime routine for many families.  A study conducted by Williams and Horst (2014) indicates it may have more value than previously recognized.

Research indicated that reading immediately before a period of sleep facilitates preschool children’s word learning. And more good news, the same is true in studies conducted with older children and adults! Sharing books is an enjoyable adult-child activity. Books are wonderful tools for learning and teaching. They can celebrate milestones- losing a first tooth, starting kindergarten or the arrival of a new sibling. Books can support difficult conversations surrounding divorce, illness or loss.

Our knowledgeable Learning Tree staff and exceptional Book Manager, Beth Roberts, are always happy to make book recommendations and welcome your requests. You may reach us at 913-385-1234.

Halloween Storytime with Miss DeDe at Park Place

Put on  your Halloween costume

and come to the Park Place Learning Tree!

Park Place Learning Tree Halloween Storytime with Miss DeDe

Join us for Miss DeDe’s Wing Bang Halloween Storytime!

Wednesday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m.

You’ll hear Miss DeDe read stories, you can make a craft and have a treat.
All ages are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary, just show up.
Best of all, it’s free.
Be sure to wear your costume!

Park Place Learning Tree
11536 Ash St
Leawood KS 66211