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“Birds” is subject of next museum Retro Story and Art Fun program on Feb. 7 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
POSTED: 01/17/2018
If you can remember “The Poky Little Puppy,” you and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly through April at the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Story and Art Fun! and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy an art activity for little hands. Stories change monthly, connecting to KidScape community environments, and Kansas Early Learning Standards. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through April at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “early learning.”

The next program in the series is called “Birds,” and will take place on Feb. 7. This beautifully illustrated book from 1981 teaches about birds, their nests, food, and habitats. Participants will learn about the Meadowlark, the Kansas state bird, and create a birdfeeder to take home.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. or register online at

Other upcoming Retro Story and Art Fun! programs this season will include: "The Fire Engine Book" on March 7, and “Baby Farm Animals" on April 4.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD Uholistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

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