2016 June Calendar of Events at The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree June Calendar is jumping with sign-up classes and camps, a visit from our favorite local author and neighborhood summer concerts!

Enjoy cooler summer mornings with a Gardening Storytime at Park Place. Get your craft on starting this month with Create It, Make It, Take It classes and Friday Crafternoons at Corinth Square Learning Tree! First on our list of exciting, creative classes are four sessions to make Fabulous Garden Stepping Stones – a great gift idea for Fathers Day.

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.

Tues. June 7th, 10am & 2pm: Create It, Make It, Take It (CMT) /Fabulous Stepping Stones – Corinth Square $10 Click here for sign-up and more info.

Wed. June 8th, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Thurs. June 9th, 10am: CMT/Fabulous Stepping Stones – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info.

Mon. June 13th, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Kitten Club – Corinth $10 Make your own fabric kitty. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Tues. June 14th, 10am: CMT/Fabulous Stepping Stones – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info.

Wed. June 15th, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Wed. June 15th, 10am & 1pm: CMT/Choose Design Paint and Grow Flowerpots or Paint a Bird Feeder Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up and more info about craft classes!

Thurs. June 16th, 1pm: CMT/Shrinkable Creations – Corinth $10 Click here for sign-up!

Thurs. June 16th, 6pm – 8pm: Color Yourself Calm – Grownups, join us at Park Place for an evening of coloring and an opportunity to sample some small batch products for the home, body and health from our neighbors at Hand & Land. (More)

Fri. June 17th, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! – Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth $10/Project (more)

Sat. June 18th, 10:30am: Daniel Miyares – Children’s author Daniel Miyares is back at Corinth Learning Tree to share his new book “Bring Me a Rock”

Mon. June 20th – Thurs June 23rd: Mermaid Camp in the Rainbow Room! – No landlubbers allowed for this special week of shell-a-bration! Click for more info and Sign-up.

Wed. June 22nd, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Fri. June 24th, 2pm – 3:30pm: Crafternoon! – Drop-In crafts in the Rainbow Room at Corinth Learning Tree Corinth $10/Project Learn more here!

Fri. June 24th, 6pm – 8pm: Fourth Friday Concert at Franklin Park – The Learning Tree crew will be at this neighborhood event to play with you! Click for info.

Wed. June 29th, 10am: Gardening Storytime – Park Place Learning Tree and Rosehill Gardens are teaming up for a special outdoor activity. Click here for sign-up and more info!

Newsletter March 2nd, 2016

 

The Learning Tree toy stores 913-385-1234

Surf’s Up This Saturday!

Saturday 3/5: Celebrate Surf’s Up Book Party
10:30am at Corinth Square
We’ll spread out the beach towels and enjoy an interactive reading, drawing activity and book signing with local illustrator/author Daniel Miyares. There will be beachy activities and give-aways too!
Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander and Daniel Miyares We’re honored and delighted that Daniel Miyares picked a visit to The Learning Tree to introduce his latest book Surf’s Up! Collaborating with Newberry award winning author Kwame Alexander, Daniel’s high energy illustrations bring beach bound, frog friends, Bro and Dude to life.Click the image to watch a video about this great new book!

March Madness

Check our Facebook page often for all our event news and details.

Spring Fever during Spring Break?

We’ve got a week of activities planned for March 14th through the 18th at The Learning Tree!

Besides our weekly Storytimes and Music and Movement class, this week we have several FREE Do-Drop-In activities. We’ll put out the supplies and whenever you Drop In you can DO!

Monday 3/14 10:30am Corinth Square:
Storytime with Miss BethTuesday 3/15 10:30am-2:00pm Corinth & Park Place:
Do-Drop-In
to create a Sprouting Spring Garden.
Wednesday 3/16 10:30am Park Place:
Storytime with Miss DeDeThursday 3/17- 10:30-11am Corinth: Music and Movement with Jenny
(More info below)Thursday 3/17 All Day at Corinth and Park Place
It’s St Patricks Day!
We’re passing out a green treat to anybody who comes in wearin’ the green! Come search for the leprechaun hiding in the store!Friday 3/18 – 10:30-2:00 Corinth & Park Place:
Do-Drop-In for Flower Power Coloring and Sticker fun!

Every Thursday: Music & Movement w/Jenny
10:30am – 11:00am at Corinth Square

with Jenny Azima Kuykendall

Drop in for one class or come to all. No reservations necessary .
You can also learn more about Jenny on our blog.
$5 for each 30 min. class. Punch cards are available.

Save these SPRING dates!

Saturday, April 9th, 10:00am – 2:00pm:
The Learning Tree 20th Anniversary Party
Hip Hip Hooray!
It’s our party and you’re invited! The Learning Tree is turning 20 years old! Celebrate with us Saturday April 9th from 10-2pm. We’ll have cake, balloons and all kinds of fun! Look for details soon at The-Learning-Tree.com or on our Facebook page.

Saturday, May 28th: Kids Flea Market
10:00am to 12:00pm
We’ve finalized the date for our 8th Annual Corinth Square Learning Tree Kid’s Flea Market!

Questions? Call our stores or email us anytime at info@the-learning-tree.com and we’ll be happy to help you.

An interview with Jenny, our new Music and Movement teacher

Meet Jenny Azima Kuykendall- Music and Movement Teacher

Jenny Azima Kuykendall's Music and Movement classJenny introduced herself to us at the Tree as a children’s music and movement teacher, looking for a new home for her class. Just before Thanksgiving I got a chance to sit in on a session and watch her in action. I was drawn to her relaxed, inclusive approach with kids, and it was easy to clap and hum along. Her style was a perfect match for The Learning Tree.

When she said “YES” to a set of 4 Thursday morning classes for our little customers at Corinth starting February 4th at 10:30am, I wanted to get to know her a bit better and share her answers with you.

Jane Girson:  What led you to working with kids?

Jenny:  I grew up in K.C. and went to college in Boston. I’ve played many instruments. I sang in jazz and acappella groups and have performed in bands throughout my life. I’ve taught children’s theater in Memphis and Miami. I was trained to teach Music Together, a program developed by Princeton University.

Jane:  What are your thoughts on the importance of music for children?

Jenny:  I love to listen to music, make music, dance to music, and love to share my passion for music with children. Children are innately born musical and just need to have the right stimulus to continue their musicality. Having music in your life is wonderful! My class is a great way to bond with your child, as well as letting your inner child come out and play.

Jane:  You are clearly passionate about music – what else makes you smile?

Jenny:  My husband, Sam, and I have two children, Finn (8) and Iselle (3). We also have quite a menagerie at home: 5 chickens, 2 guinea pigs, a Bernese Mountain dog, one frog, two fish, and a hermit crab. I love to be with my family, drink coffee, ride bikes, make art projects, go on adventures, and read.

Jenny’s first class is February 4th at The Learning Tree in Corinth Square. We hope to see you there for a fun and lively morning of music, dancing, clapping and fun. Each 30 minute class is $5. For more info call 913-385-1234.

The Scissor Magician- Clay Rice

November Event Preview:

The Scissor Magician, Clay Rice

Clay Rice, Silhouette Artist is coming to The Learning Tree in November!We are pleased to announce The Learning Tree will welcome internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning, silhouette artist and children’s author, Clay Rice for two days in November.

Friday, Nov. 6th at Park Place

Saturday, Nov. 7th at Corinth Square

Clay will share his award winning books in a special, musical Storytime, and be available for silhouette portrait appointments on both days.

With a few snips of Clay’s magic scissors, a silhouette becomes a timeless memory. Framed, a silhouette of your child becomes a treasured gift.

A Silhouette by Clay Rice is a Timeless Keepsake

Clay is a charming, gifted artist. We met Clay on our summer visit to South Carolina for the Astra Toy Market and have carried his books in the stores for years. He creates keepsake silhouettes, writes beautiful children’s books, tells stories, sings and plays guitar- talk about talent! We were so pleased when he found an open date for a trip to Kansas City to share his artistry.

Read more about Clay here.

Clay estimates that in his nearly 33 year career, he has cut almost one million silhouettes!

In fact, he is currently on his  “One Millionth Silhouette Tour”  anticipating cutting that millionth any day, with lots of fanfare and prizes going to the lucky subject!  This rare artform is a Rice family tradition spanning three generations and two artists.

The Stick by Clay RiceClay is the recipient of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and the IPPY Award for Children’s Book of the Year.

His latest book, The Stick, tells the story of a young boy who finds a stick on the ground. After reading the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change as he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

Clay Rice combines great talent with soul and passion. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet this legendary artist, author and storyteller.

Book your silhouette portrait appointment by calling 913 385-1234 or stop by our Corinth location. [Read more…]

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.
Details:

  • 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.

Play with Spirograph This Saturday

Second Saturday Art Activity

 Spirograph Deluxe Set

Spirograph

We’ll supply the arts – you bring you the creativity.

Drop by to see us
THIS SATURDAY

September 13, 2014

When: This Saturday, from 10:30am to 12pm
Where: Corinth Square AND Park Place

No need to register, just come by either Learning Tree store
and have some fun with us!

 

 

Kids Flea Market is June 1st! Sign Up Today!

Click here to register for the Kids Flea Market June 1st 2013It’s Back June 1st! Our 5th Annual Kids Flea Market

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 June 1st.
• 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.
Details:
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.

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 our community to continue its work.