Some kids like going to the museum. These rare, angelic creatures can be left to figure out what they like on their own. But most kids feel fidgety upon entering a museum, and unless you take them directly to the things that are most likely to entertain them, you might never get their attention. So here is a kid-friendly guide to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278).
Don’t bother with the portraits that depict people in white wigs. Kids don’t like them. Just go to the second floor, where the modern art gallery boasts a fake museum guard sporting a Nelson-Atkins badge. Nearby, a Wesselmann piece depicts a plastic pat of butter in midmelt atop an ear of corn on the cob. Meanwhile, the giant, centuries-old Buddha on display in the stairwell will remain your child’s frame of reference for the lotus position when he or she grows old enough to begin combating cellulite with yoga.
If you are afraid of heights in combination with your offspring, stay out of the Henry Moore Gallery (which hovers on a balcony above Rozzelle Court). For sculpture, stick with the Shuttlecocks. They’re outdoors, where kids can run wild.— Gina Kaufmann
Kids hop to the library.
As far as children are concerned, frogs are among the most celebrated species of beast. Perhaps it is their tales-of-wart-outbreak mystique; perhaps it is their comical take on communication and mobility. Of course, demonic children view them as convenient vessels for firecrackers. But more often, kids cherish frogs. At “Ribbit, Ribbit,” puppet lady Lenore Loos tells stories about frogs with the help of some interesting guests at the Mid-Continent Public Library. Loos starts at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Parkville branch (8815 Northwest 45 Highway) and Friday at 1 p.m. at the Lee’s Summit branch (150 Northwest Oldham Road). The free event is recommended for ages four and older. Registration is requested. For more information, call 816-741-4721 for Parkville or 816-524-0567 for Lee’s Summit.— Sarah Smarsh