Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

The story begins on Friday, September 30

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.

 

 

Storyland Programs and Events

Oct
5
Wed
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Story Celebration Week
Oct 5 – Oct 14 all-day
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Story Celebration Week @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Meet us at the top of the coconut tree October 5-14 at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center! On Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. we’ll be celebrating Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023. Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom section of the exhibit, 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Oct
8
Sat
Build a Coconut Tree: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm
Build a Coconut Tree: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Meet us at the top of the coconut tree! Build your own coconut tree sturdy enough for all your alphabet friends at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center on Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

This program is offered as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023. Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom section of the exhibit, 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Oct
19
Wed
Tuesday by David Wiesner Story Celebration Week
Oct 19 – Oct 29 all-day
Tuesday by David Wiesner Story Celebration Week @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Fly into the museum on your floating lilypad from October 19-29 at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center! On Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. we’ll be celebrating the book Tuesday by David Wiesner as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023.

Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Tuesday by David Wiesner section of Storyland, 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Oct
29
Sat
Float a Frog: Tuesday by David Wiesner
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm
Float a Frog: Tuesday by David Wiesner @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Frogs can fly in the book Tuesday by David Wiesner, but can they float? Build a lily pad to hold a frog and see if it floats at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center on Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m.

This program is offered as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023. Storyland 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!

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Nov
2
Wed
Abuela Story Celebration Week!
Nov 2 – Nov 11 all-day
Abuela Story Celebration Week! @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Bring a special someone to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center November 2-11. On Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. we’ll be celebrating the book Abuela by Arthur Dorros as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023.

Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Abula section of Storyland, 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Nov
5
Sat
Parachutes and Planes: Abuela
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm
Parachutes and Planes: Abuela @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Rosalba and Abuela fly through the city in the book Abuela by Arthur Dorros. We’ll have our own flying, floating adventure when we build parachutes and planes to test in a wind tube at Kansas Children’s Discovery Center on Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m.

This program is offered as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023. Storyland 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!

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Nov
16
Wed
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Story Celebration Week!
Nov 16 – Nov 25 all-day
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Story Celebration Week! @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

If you give a mouse a cookie…he’s going to want to visit the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center November 16-25. On Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. we’ll be celebrating the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023.

Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Give a Mouse a Cookie section of Storyland, get a mouse-eye view of super-sized elements when 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Nov
19
Sat
Milk and Cookies Slime: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Milk and Cookies Slime: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If you give a mouse a cookie…he’s going to want to visit the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center on Saturday, November 5 at 1 p.m. to make milk and cookie slime! Pull, stretch and smush slime and mix in pretend mice and cookies.

This program is offered as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023. Storyland 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!

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Nov
30
Wed
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Celebration Week!
Nov 30 – Dec 3 all-day
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Celebration Week! @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Bring Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail (don’t forget Peter!) to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center November 30 – December 3. On Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. we’ll be celebrating the book If The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023.

Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Peter Rabbit section of Storyland, 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

Dec
3
Sat
Mr. McGregor’s Painting Party: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm
Mr. McGregor's Painting Party: The Tale of Peter Rabbit @ Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Bring Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail (don’t forget Peter!) to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center on Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. to create art with paint and pretend vegtables from Mr. McGregor’s garden. We’ll be celebrating the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter as part of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, a special exhibit at the Discovery Center through January 2, 2023.

Storyland immerses children and adults in favorite picture books. In the Peter Rabbit section of Storyland, 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.

Regular admission applies. Admission also lets you play all day at the Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore. Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events/ for more serious fun!

 

 

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Exhibit Nationally Sponsored By

© 2022 Minnesota Children’s Museum. All rights reserved. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. © 2000 by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Curious George television series merchandise © Universal Studios. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved. The PBS KIDS logo is a registered mark of PBS and is used with permission.

 

 

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