Two very different JCPRD storytime programs for young children are beginning new seasons during May.
The programs are: Animal Tales Storytime at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, and Retro Storytime at the Johnson County Museum.
Animal Tales Storytime invites young children and their parents to come listen and learn during any or all of the six sessions scheduled on two Wednesdays per month between May 1 and July 24. This program is for ages two to six, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Animal Tales features stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session.
Animal Tales presentations this season include: “Fairy Tales”
on May 1, “Frogs & Toads”
on May 15, “Animal Hide & Seek”
on June 5, “Rockin’ Reptiles”
on June 19, “Furry Critters”
on July 10, and “Explore the Wetlands”
on July 24. Each session takes place on a Wednesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registration is not required for this program.
In Retro Storytime for ages three to five with an adult, parents and preschoolers will enjoy the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the museum’s 1950s All-Electric House. 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. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday each month through August.
The first program in the new season is called “Lassie and Her Day in the Sun,”
and will take place on Wednesday, May 15. Participants will follow Lassie the dog’s adventures as she saves the day in this Little Golden Book from 1958. Other upcoming Retro Storytime programs this season will include: “I Can Fly”
on June 12, “The Tin Woodman of Oz”
on July 10, and “Tommy Visits the Doctor”
on Aug. 14.
The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone or in person to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.
The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The Ernie Miller Nature Center
is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.