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The Deanna Rose Memorial Children’s Farmstead at 138th and Switzer in the Overland Park Community Park is an ideal place for children to get a taste of life on the farm firsthand. The Farmstead provides a close-up look at a variety of typical farm animals, including ducks, horses, goats, chickens, pigs and rabbits and some not-so-typical farm animals, such as a peacock and buffalo. Demonstration vegetable gardens, perennial beds and displays of farm artifacts are also part of the farmstead. Two-hour tour packages for 10-40 persons include lunch, a wagon ride and animal feeding and must be scheduled in advance. Call (913) 897-2360.

Lyric Opera Summer Camp is open to youngsters 8-18. The two-week camp, (816) 471-4933, offers such activities as singing and movement, dramatizing and listening to music from an upcoming opera, field trips and visits from the Lyric Opera artistic staff and singers.

Wonderscope Children’s Museum is 13 rooms, each with a different theme, of hands-on, interactive exhibits in arts, science and technology for children, from toddlers to 10, at 5705 Flint in Shawnee. For admission price and schedule call (913) 268-8130.

CUBE, 104 W. 9th, in American Institute of Architects, (913) 262-8222. Center for Understanding the Built Environment for kids, includes walking tour. Story reading happens on a regular basis at many area libraries, which are also good sources for activity brochures from around the metro.

The Kansas City Zoo, (816) 513-5701, in Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo. East entrance off I-435 at Gregory Boulevard; west entrance at Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway. Hundreds of animals from around the globe in natural habitats. Open daily year-round except Christmas and New Year’s Day. IMAX Theatre, (816) 513-4629.

Science City, (816) 460-2222, Union Station, 300 Pershing in Kansas City. The jewel of Union Station, this “hands-on” museum experience features five different neighborhoods, including a theater district. A city within the station, museums, science centers and theaters. Traveling exhibits such as the Titanic treasures and the T-Rex named Sue.

Kaleidoscope, Crown Center, at 2501 McGee, Kansas City, is Hallmark Cards’ creative art experience where children ages 5-12 are invited to explore, create and enjoy. Kaleidoscope, outside the third level of Hall’s next to the Hallmark Visitors Center, offers four 55-minute public sessions beginning at 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:15 and 2:30 p.m., and it’s always free. Tickets are distributed in the lobby on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. until maximum capacity for each session is reached. Reservations are needed for groups of six or more. During the school year, reservations are required at weekday sessions. For summer schedule and up-to-date information, call (816) 274-8300

Crown Center Ice Terrace, (816) 274-8412, Crown Center complex. 25th and Grand in the heart of Kansas City. The city’s only public outdoor ice skating rink is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., November through March.

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