Outdoor Children's Camps Kansas City MO

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Catholic Soccer Camps
12561 Hemlock, Second Floor
Overland Park, KS
 
The Coterie Theatre
(816) 474-6552
2450 Grand Blvd,Suite 144
Kansas City, MO
Cost
$$
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Guadalupe Centers Incorporated
(816) 421-1015
1015 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez
Kansas City, MO
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

North Kansas City Community Center
(816) 300-0531
1999 Iron Street
Kansas City, MO
Hours
Mon-Fri 5:30am-10pm; Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 12n-8pm
Cost
Monthly family membership $53-$72
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Paul Green School Of Rock Music
(816) 842-ROCK
405 East 19th Avenue
Kansas City, MO
Hours
Mon-Fri 1pm-9pm
Cost
$75/week
Ages
17-Jul
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Kansas City Ballet
(816) 931-2232
1616 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO
Cost
Check website for current prices.
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Science City at Union Station
(816) 460-2020
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO
Hours
Tue-Fri 9:30am-4pm; Sat 9:30am-5pm; Sun 12n-5pm
Cost
$10
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Tourist Spots

Paul Mesner Puppets
(816) 756-3500
1006 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
Cost
$$
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Entertainment, Kids Resources

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
(816) 531-7728
3619 Broadway,Suite 2
Kansas City, MO
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Entertainment

Kansas City Art Institute
(800) 522-5224
4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
Ages
6And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Great Big World

Spending time immersed in nature helps produce happy, well-adjusted kids.

By Violet Snow

April 2010

I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are—a fourth-grader in San Diego, quoted in Last Child in the Woods (Workman Publishing Company, 2005), in which journalist Richard Louv introduced the concept of “nature deficit disorder” in children.

Freewheeling outdoor play, from building stick shelters to cloudgazing, that was once common for children is much less available to today’s youth—and Louv says they’re missing something vital. He blames influences such as the loss of green space, an obsession with safety, educational pressures and the fascination of electronic media.

Numerous studies show that problems such as obesity, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when kids are exposed to nature. Cornell University researchers found that children with ready access to nature handled stress more successfully (Environment and Behavior 5/03). Scientists at the University of Southern California found that children who had park space within 500 meters of home tended to be less overweight (Association of Research Libraries conference, 4/09).

One recent University of Illinois study, involving children with ADHD, may help explain why interaction with nature is so important for all youngsters. It is based on attention restoration theory. Most of the time we use directed attention, which lets us focus on tasks but also fatigues with use. Involuntary attention is spontaneous and does not require effort. Natural settings often contain elements that engage involuntary attention, which allows directed attention to rest and recover.

In this study, children with ADHD took guided walks for 20 minutes through three different settings: a park, a quiet downtown area and a residential neighborhood. The youngsters’ capacity for concentration was tested after every walk; they scored higher after walking in the park than after the other outings (Journal of Attention Disorders 8/08).

Nature’s regenerative effects can be observed in all children, but they often need encouragement. The second edition of Last Child in the Woods (2008) lists 100 suggestions for connecting kids and nature, such as buying a truckload of dirt to play in; going for a family walk when the moon is full; buying field guides to birds, trees and flowers; planting a butterfly garden; and studying animal tracking.

Andrea Taylor, PhD, one of the University of Illinois researchers, believes that these study results offer clear implications for public policy. “We have to make nature accessible,” she says. “It’s not enough to have a massive park six blocks away. There should be small pockets of natural area near the home.

Louv’s book sparked the creation of a Children and Nature Network ( www.childrenandnature.org ) to promote awareness and push for legislation. Such calls for action are starting to bear f...

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