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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Workshop Testimonials

Toolbox Training has developed, delivered, and/or overseen more than 300 workshops on a national, state, and local level to an estimated 4000 people. Most are in the Kansas City area, including the following clients:

  • Belton School District (Belton, MO)
  • Blue Springs School District - Prime Time (Blue Springs, MO)
  • Center School District (Local Investment Commission, Kansas City, MO)
  • Child Care Association of Johnson County (Overland Park, KS)
  • Children's Choice
  • Children's World
  • Diversity Language School - Foreign Language Child Care Center (Lee's Summit, MO)
  • Fort Osage School District (Fort Osage, MO)
  • Francis Child Development Institute - Penn Valley Community College
  • Grandma's House Child Care Center
  • Grandview School District (Local Investment Commission, Kansas City, MO)
  • Grow in Peace Child Care Center
  • Happy Day Preschool (Kansas City, MO)
  • Heart of America Family Services
  • Hickman Mills District (Local Investment Commission, Kansas City, MO)
  • Hillview Child Care Center (Kansas City, KS)
  • Independence School District (Independence, MO)
  • Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Kansas City School District (Local Investment Commission, Kansas City, MO)
  • Kansas School Age Care Alliance
  • KC Kids Child Care Center
  • Kids Unlimited (Liberty, MO)
  • Ladybug Early Learning Center (Kansas City, MO)
  • LaPetite Academy
  • Liberty School District - Liberty Kid Zone (Liberty, MO)
  • Little Angels Christian Day Care (Independence, MO)
  • Local Investment Commission of Greater Kansas City
  • Missouri Accreditation
  • Missouri School Age Community Coalition
  • North Kansas City Hospital
  • North Kansas City School District - School Age Child Care
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Parents as Teachers (St. Joseph, MO)
  • Park Hill School District (Park Hill, MO)
  • Research Medical Hospital
  • Rockwood School District (St. Louis, MO)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Diocese (St. Joseph, MO)
  • St. Joseph School District (St. Joseph, MO)
  • St. Luke's Hospital (Kansas City, MO)
  • Tots and Tales Montessori (Kansas City, KS)
  • Village Preschool (Prairie Village, KS)
  • Whiteman Air Force Base (Whiteman AFB, MO)
  • Workshop on Wheels (Warrensburg, MO)
  • Wyandotte Interfaith Sponsoring Council (Kansas City, KS)
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City
  • YMCA - Maple Woods
  • YMCA of St. Joseph (St. Joseph, MO)

Here's what participants have said about Toolbox Training workshops:

"Most trainings we've had just discussed the problems - you gave us solutions." - Liberty School District - Liberty Kid Zone

"This is one of the best inservices I've ever been through and I actually learned from it - to apply the info to the children!! Thank you." -Blue Springs School District - Prime Time

"Fun! Fun! Fun! Energetic presenter. Workbook was nice - good that we could take it with us. Great job!!" - North Kansas City School District - School Age Child Care

"I liked how we could do the talking and threw out ideas and then write them in our work notebooks so we could take our training home." - St. Joseph YMCA (St. Joseph, MO)

"Flexible, very informative. Articulate and not boring. Ideas presented fresh & enthusiastic." - St. Joseph Catholic Diocese

Participants in a Toolbox Training workshop can count
on instructive materials as well as fun toys!

"Wasn't just lecturing…hands-on examples for better understanding & it was fun as well as informational." - Fort Osage School District

"Not always sitting. Seem to keep the time moving instead of sitting all the time." - Rockwood School District - Adventure Club (St. Louis, MO area)

"Participation from everyone. Gave chances to give ideas." - Child Care Association of Johnson County

Liked "the resources and the hands-on organization of the workshops." - Francis Child Development Institute, Penn Valley Community College

"It was interesting - there were activities to keep us involved and to keep us thinking." - Wyandotte Interfaith Sponsoring Council

"Excellent training. All around very well presented and organized." - YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Monday, March 31, 2008

Field Trips in KC Metro Area

This list of field trip ideas was generated in March 2008, generally with summer school-age programs in mind. The ideas are specific to the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area, but looking over the list can spark ideas for anyone anywhere.

Click on the general category of your choice.


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Multiple Activities

Crown Center Shopping Center
Kansas City, MO

Parkville, MO

Sprint Center
1407 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 949-7000

Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 460-2020

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American Royal Rodeo
1701 American Royal Ct.
Kansas City, MO 64102
(816) 221-9800

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
138th & Switzer
Overland Park, KS
(913) 897-2360

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO
(816) 513-5700

Red Barn Farm
16300 Wilkerson Rd.
Weston, MO 64098
(816) 386-5437

Ringling Bros. Circus

Savanahland Educational Park
Harrisonville (?) MO
(816) 540-6050

Shatto Milk Company
9406 N. Hwy. 33
Osborn, MO 64474
(816) 930-3862

Topeka Zoo
635 Gage Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66606
(785) 368-9180

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Arboretums/Botanical Gardens

Overland Park Arboretum/Botanical Gardens
8909 W. 179th St.
Overland Park, KS
(913) 685-3604

Powell Gardens
1609 NW U.S. Highway 50
Kingsville, MO 64061
(816) 697-2600

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Clay Guild of Kansas City
200 W. 74th St.
Kansas City, MO
(816) 363-1373

Crown Center
Kansas City, MO

Nelson-Atkins Museum
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO
(816) 751-1238

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Community Centers

Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway
Mission, KS
(913) 722-8200

Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty
Overland Park, KS 66204
(913) 895-6350

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Children’s Peace Pavilion
1001 W. Walnut
Independence, MO 64059
(816) 521-3033

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Berry Patch
¼ mile south of 223rd and State Line Road
(816) 658-3663

City Market
20 E. 5th Street, Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64210
(816) 842-1271

Faulkner’s Pumpkin Farm
10701 View High Drive
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 763-4644

Kansas City Restaurant Guide

Kids Eat Free Dining Guide

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Fun & Games

Arcades (check your area)

Moon Marble Company
600 East Front Street
Bonner Springs, KS 66012-1122
(913) 441-1432

Paradise Park
1021 NE Colbern Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
(816) 246-5224

Toy & Miniature Museum
5235 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 333-9328

Tunnel Town/Pirate Voyage
3751 NE Ralph Powell Rd.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 524-2002

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Hands-On Museums

The Children’s Museum of Kansas City
Indian Springs Marketplace
(lower level, southeast corner)
4601 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 287-8888

Science City
30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 460-2020

5700 King
Shawnee, KS 66203
(913) 268-4176

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Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
500 W. US Hwy. 24
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 268-8200

Jesse James Bank Museum
103 N. Water St.
Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 781-4458

Jesse James Farm
21216 James Farm Road
Kearney, MO 64060
(816) 628-6065

Johnson County Museum of History
6305 Lackman Road
Shawnee, KS 66217
(913) 715-2550

Liberty Memorial National WWI Museum
100 W. 26th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108-4616
(816) 784-1918

Missouri Town
Fleming Park
8010 East Park Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64015
(816) 503-4860

Old Shawnee Days Festival
Shawnee Town
Johnson Drive & Cody
Shawnee, KS

Pony Express Museum/Jesse James Home Museum
1202 Penn Street
St. Joseph, MO 64503
(816) 232-8206

Renaissance Festival
628 N. 126th Street
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
(800) 373-0357

Shawnee Indian Mission
3403 West 53rd
Fairway, KS 66205-2654
(913) 262-0867

Shawnee Town
11501 W. 57th St.
Shawnee, KS 66203
(913) 248-2360

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Bookstores (check local stores for story times)

Johnson County Library

Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

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American Jazz Museum
1616 E. 18th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 474-8463

Funky Mama
Krista Eyler
(913) 221-1517

Ibsen Dance Theatre
7221 N. Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64118-1852
(816) 436-7277

Rhythm & Ribs Jazz Fest
18th & Vine
Kansas City, MO

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Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Missouri Department of Conservation
1401 NW Park Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
(816) 228-3766

Cave Spring
8701 E. Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64113-6351
(816) 358-CAVE (2283)

Ernie Miller Nature Center
909 N. Highway 7
Olathe, KS
(913) 764-7759

Lakeside Nature Center
4701 East Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
(816) 513-8960

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary
407 N. La Frenz Rd.
Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 781-8598

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Parks & Recreation

Johnson County Parks & Rec.
7900 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS
(913) 888-4713

Lake Shawnee Park
3131 SE 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66605
(785) 266-0308

Overland Park Parks & Rec.
(913) 895-6390

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Physical Activity

A B Bananas
346 SW Blue Pkwy
Lees Summit, MO 64063
(816) 347-0677

Bump City
9063 Bond
Overland Park, KS
(913) 438-4444

Multiple locations

Merriam Indoor Playground
(seasonal/preschool only)
Merriam, KS
(913) 322-5550

Pump It Up
7230 W. Frontage Rd.
Shawnee Mission, KS 66203
(913) 236-7867

Sylvester Powell Community Center - Indoor Playground
(seasonal/preschool only)
6200 Martway
Mission, KS

Wacky Banana
8303 W. 126th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
(913) 469-6443

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Belton Grandview and Kansas City Railroad Co.
502 E. Walnut St.
Belton, MO 64012
(816) 331-0630

Day Out with Thomas
Check site for schedule.

Go-carts (check your area)

Midland Railway
P.O. Box 5
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0005
(913) 371-3410

Worlds of Fun
4545 NE Worlds of Fun Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64161
(816) 454-4545

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Sports (Participation)

Batting cages (check your area)

Crown Center Ice Terrace (seasonal)
2425 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
(816) 274-8412

Ice Midwest Family Fun Center (seasonal)
12140 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 851-1600

Mini-golf (check your area)

Roller skating (check your area)

Tennis (check your area)

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Sports (Spectator/Learning About)

High School Sports (check your area)

Kansas City Chiefs – Community Programs

Kansas City Royals Stadium Tours

Kansas City Wizards

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
(816) 221-1920

T-Bones Baseball
Community America Ballpark
(913) 328-BALL

UMKC Sports

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Local bookstores
(check you area)

Play Pretty Productions
Sarah Howard

Uplifting Stories
Barbara Kellogg
470 SW Woods Chapel Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

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Swimming/Water Play

Great Wolf Lodge
Kansas City, KS

Oceans of Fun
4545 NE Worlds of Fun Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64161
(816) 454-4545

Overland Park, KS Pools
(913) 895-5158

Splash Cove
5800 King Ave.
Shawnee, KS
(913) 631-7177

Water slides (check your area)

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City Stage
Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 460-2020

Coterie Theatre
Crown Center
Kansas City, MO
(816) 474-6552

Extreme Screen
Union Station
30 West Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 460-2020

Gladstone Theatre in the Park
Gladstone Ampitheatre
76th & N. Troost
Gladstone, MO 64118

Movie Theaters (check your area)

Paul Messner Puppets
1006 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64109-1840
(816) 756-3500

Puppetry Arts Institute
11025 East Winner Road
Independence, MO 64052-3839
(816) 833-9777

Theatre for Young America
PO Box 356
Mission, KS 66201
(816) 460-2083

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Child-Care Related Links

Here are various child care-related links that may help you.
Activities for Children
Also make sure and check out Toolbox Training's activity books!

Education, Training, and Curriculum
Also make sure and check out the workshops and books here at Toolbox Training!


Organizations and Projects

Supplies and Materials for Children