Step into the pages of beloved children’s books and enter a world of early literacy adventures! Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites immerses children and adults in favorite picture books, from the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day and the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Designed for children and adults to play together, Storyland engages visitors in storylines and literacy activities that lead them to discover that it’s never too early to develop a love of reading.
Regular admission applies, which is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. Admission also lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, with more than 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, plus a 4.5-acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.
The Stories of Storyland
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Children can explore Peter Rabbit’s verdant world, rich with opportunities for building vocabulary and narrative skills while having fun with patterns, words, and dramatic play. Enter and explore Peter’s family home and tuck Peter in for a bedtime story, sort oversized vegetables in Mr. McGregor’s garden, and more.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Welcome to Peter’s wintry world where a young boy explores his neighborhood after a fresh snowfall. Have the opportunity to build print and sound awareness as you build a snowperson, and explore wintry sounds and words. Follow Peter’s footprints through the urban snowscape, manipulate icicles, bells, and chimes; build snow people, and more.
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Babies and young toddlers can experiment with busy wall interactives with their friend Spot the dog. Adults can get tips about cultivating pre-reading skills in very young children. Read books from the series together, trace engraved letters and push primary color buttons, play a miniature piano, pet Spot’s fur, and more.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Get a mouse-eye view of super-sized elements with this book come to life, like a big glass of milk that encourages children to create new and rhyming words by matching letter magnets to word trunks. Kids can even sit next to Mouse on a gigantic replica of the book’s Super Beauty Powder box and more.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Young children can explore the alphabet and letter and sound awareness while navigating three tropical islands featured in this classic children’s book. Families will also enjoy creating rhythms with steel drums while playing along with the rhythm of the story. Kids can sort and match uppercase and lowercase letters, climb and play amongst giant letter sculptures, and more.
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
Visit Rosalba and Abuela’s intricate, jewel-like city for opportunities to imaginatively explore patterns while building narrative skills, vocabulary, and print and sound awareness. Fly along with Rosalba and Abuela to Lady Liberty, through the park, and to the store all while playing with interactives like postcards, a tourist telescope, and more.
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Children can sharpen their narrative skills and vocabulary by delivering news from inside a TV, searching for hidden frogs, moving the hands of the clock tower to trigger croaks, and creating the sounds of a swamp in Tuesday, a story about a town mysteriously visited by flying frogs.
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