May 2 Shawnee Museums and Libraries Calendar
Johnson County Library Shawnee branch
13811 Johnson Drive
• 6 by 6: Ready to Read Early Literacy Spaces. Drop in through May 31 with your preschooler, and use a picture book to explore activities to enhance children’s pre-reading skills.
• Preschool storytime, 10:30 a.m. May 3. Short stories, songs and fingerplays for 3- to 5-year-olds. Space limited to first 15 children.
• “Dream Big, Read” summer reading program begins, May 21. Pick up book logs at the library.
Johnson County Museum of History
6305 Lackman Road
• Doo-Dad Mike, 10-11 a.m. May 2. A high-energy rock concert for kids. $3 per child, or $2 for members. Advance registration recommended.
• Pop ‘n Play, 9-11 a.m. May 9. Drop-in activities for 9-month- to 3-year-olds. $1 per child, or free for members.
• Jo Ho Storyteller, 10-11 a.m. May 16. Storytime theme is “My Big Purple Crayon.” Each family will receive a free book to take home. Free. Groups of 10 or more must pre-register.
• New Immigrants and the American Dream: Spotlight on Mexico. 10-11 a.m. May 19. Hear one area family’s story of immigrating to the Kansas City suburbs and how their Mexican culture evolved. Family event includes artifacts, music, crafts and Mexican food. Free.
• Pop ‘n Play, 9-11 a.m. May 23. Drop-in activities for 9-month- to 3-year-olds. $1 per child, or free for members.
Museum open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free admission. 1950s All-Electric House open 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with guided tours every half-hour. $2 adults, $1 children 12 and younger.
Shawnee Town 1929
11501 W. 57th St.
• Speakers Series: Native American Missionization in Kansas, 7 p.m. May 8. Assistant professor of history Tai Edwards will discuss the impact that mission work and the federal Indian policy had on Native Americans. Learn how attempts to “civilize” native communities resulted in upheaval, relocation and near decimation of an ancient lifestyle.
• Old Shawnee Days, May 31-June 3.
Museum grounds open for self-guided tours 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, from March through October. Admission is $1 for children, $3 for adults. Visitors center, gift shop and historical exhibit open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, year-round. School programs available.
Wonderscope Children’s Museum
5705 Flint St.
• Wonderpalooza: Dino O’Dell, 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 4. Free with museum admission.
• Oogly Workshop with Myrna Minnis, 1 p.m. May 6. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Free with museum admission. Reservations suggested.
Museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for members or infants under 1 year, $4 for ages 1-2, $7 for ages 3-63, $6 for ages 64 and up.
Monticello Community Historical Museum
23860 W. 83rd St., Lenexa
• “Born Here: Kansas Aviation History,” 7 p.m. My 10. Richard Harris talks about the world’s first aircraft factory and how the aviation industry has affected the lives of Kansans.
• Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. June 16. Enjoy pancakes and see a new short-term museum display. Donations accepted.
• Field trip to Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2. Reservations requested at least one month in advance.
Museum open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays from February through November, or by appointment.