Our next trip for the Kansas City’s Passport to Adventure was to the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. I was most surprised and slightly embarrassed to find this little eight acre gem nestled into the city near the Country Club Plaza. There is no telling how many times I’ve driven right by it and never paid attention. This discovery center has both indoor and outdoor adventures to explore. Inside there were classrooms (I imagine were for scout meetings, field trips and summer camps) filled with nature experimentation and live animals. On a separate wing of the building we could hear the high energy fun of a group of day campers. A gift shop and information counter are to the right at the entrance for anyone looking for information on wildlife, plants and conservation. The person at the information desk was excited to greet the kids and patiently answered their four and five year old questions, she also offered each kid an animal temporary tattoo. The building had a formal presentation area facing a wall of windows where my two adventurers found entertainment in performing dances and songs to an audience of one after our hike outdoors. The building also is an example for sustainable features like geothermal and water waste systems.
The eight acres outside provides nature trails lines with native plants to demonstrate how beautiful nature can be in an urban setting. The kids enjoyed picking the paths and alternating between the wood chip trails through the foliage and the paved walkway. We hopped over a creek, watched water bugs on the ponds, identified details on flowers and plants, and climbed logs in the outdoor classroom. Now that I am aware of the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, I look forward to checking out more events there. Next month alone they will have several story times, a presentation on Missouri Bats and Monarch Mania.
Following our outing to the Discovery Center, we cooled off at Loose Park’s splash pad. One thing I love about Kansas City is the many free splash park areas were kids, and parents alike, can go to play during the summer time. We made a quick wardrobe change in the car, brought in our water bottles and some water toys and smiled through the rest of the afternoon.