Kansas City Zoo

Listening to my daughters and their children talk of going to the zoo and seeing Nikita, the polar bear, brought back a lot of memories. I lived so close to the zoo that my siblings and I would walk there back in the 50s. The zoo was free at that time, so we went often!

The Kansas City Zoo is Coming to the Library!

The Excelsior Springs Branch has a special treat for the Discovery Club this month. The Kansas City Zoo will be here to take you on an Australia Adventure. You will get to learn more about Australian folklore and culture. There will also be some mystery animal guests for you to see. The program will be on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11 am. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.

Robert F.
Excelsior Springs Branch

Zoos Around the World

Zoos are wonderful to see anywhere you go. I've seen the St. Louis Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, part of the Omaha Zoo, and of course our own Kansas City Zoo.

Not all zoos are alike, but that's what makes them interesting. I don't remember too much about the St. Louis Zoo, but what stuck out to me were the black bears. They were wonderful. Kansas City has our own "Nikita" the white polar bear who loves to keep you entertained being a big showoff.

Summer Activities at the Library

There are fun activities to go with the reading program at the Dearborn Branch this summer. Representatives of the Kansas City Zoo were here June 21st, and presented a program about the animals of the Amazon. They read a story, and also had a jaguar pelt for the children to look at and feel.

July of the Penguins!

Two weeks ago, I got to go to the St. Louis Zoo. I had never been and since I frequent the Kansas City Zoo, I was really excited. My favorite part you ask...surprisingly, the penguins. The St. Louis Zoo has an excellent habitat where you can get up right next to the penguins. I was like a kid in a candy store.

Gas Saving Getaways

If you are looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank, you’re in luck!  The Kansas City area has many fun things to offer kids and adults alike.

Find out about some free or inexpensive places to visit that will provide your family with a day of fun activities. Your next adventure could be closer than you think. In fact, you can get there and back on less than a tank of gas. Here are a few ideas for the Kansas City area:

Summer Staycation!

As the days tick closer and closer to school starting back up again, I'm sure you're all thinking the fun of the summer is over. No time or extra cash to travel anymore, and nowhere fun to go.

Well, that's where you'd be wrong! Because here in the Kansas City area itself, there's loads of fun places to go for under $20 per person (and sometimes even free!)

Check out these awesome staycation trips!

For the family and kids at heart!:

Go On a Photo Safari At the Kansas City Zoo

Many amateur photographers enjoy wildlife photography, but the realities of daily life often don’t cooperate with our ambitions. As an amateur wildlife photographer myself, I can tell you that the key to success is time spent in the field. For most of us, time is a very precious commodity, and we just can't spend all day every day out in the wilds. To make matters worse, wildlife is... well, wild.

K.C. Zoo Presents: Australia

I have always wanted to go to Australia, and I must be pretty lucky because this Thursday Australia is coming to the Library. No 17 hour flight or long passport lines for me, I can visit the Outback right here at the Colbern Road Branch.

Summer Fun

We are having tons of fun this summer in Grain Valley. The Summer Reading Program is in full swing, and we are having some amazing progams here at the Library. Just today, we hosted a program by the Kansas City Zoo. The presenters were awesome, and the kids had a great time. They were even able to pet an alligator.

We have plenty of other fun stuffed planned this summer, so check our Events, and come join in the fun.

Christy K.
Grain Valley Branch