Wornall Majors House Museums

Drop-In History Fridays

Drop-in History Fridays are an opportunity for children to explore social studies topics in an authentic historic setting. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are now offering “mini camps” for Summer 2020. These smaller drop-in sessions will allow us to observe enhanced sanitation, as well as offer a low-cost educational option for parents.  Jump to our safety procedures here.

The Logistics
Each drop-in day takes place from 1:00-4:00 PM at either the Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd.) or the John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd.). Please see descriptions below for individual locations. These sessions are open to children who have completed kindergarten through age 12.

Day-of: Please send children with a refillable water bottle. Water refills will be provided. Children should dress for comfort. They should wear clothes they can move in and can get dirty. Closed toe shoes strongly recommended.

If you aren’t able to attend Drop-in Fridays, but still want to provide your child with a fun educational experience, we will be offering History at Home Kits on six of the topics below for $10/each. Kits will include materials for four activities, plus a child’s admission ticket for your choice of the Wornall or Majors House ($5 value). You may need basic supplies, like glue or scissors, on hand at home to complete some activities. Kits available for sale at the museums during normal museum hours or online.

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Remaining Sessions:

July 17 – Arts and Crafts
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
Explore local history and the environment through fun and unique art projects. Get creative with us!

July 24 – Wild Wild West
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
Saddle up for an exploration of the wild west – load your wagon, pack your gold, and giddy up! Learn about how people moved, communicated, and lived in the western United States while in the home of the famed frontier freighter Alexander Majors.

July 31 – Myths, Mysteries & Secrets
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
How do we know what we know about history? Become a history detective to debunk common historical myths and see if you can discover the answers to all of your burning questions!

August 7 – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
Who can work at a history museum and what kind of jobs do they do? Meet people who work at museums and learn how to handle historic objects and think like a historian.

Cost & Registration
Sessions are $25/each. All sessions are stand-alone – attend as many or as few as you’d like! Day-of registration is welcome, but pre-registration will make the student drop off process faster. If you drop in, please be prepared to provide your child’s basic health information, including date of last tetanus vaccination and emergency contacts. Day-of registration may take 5-10 minutes.

Register here!

Read our General Policies and Assumption of Risk Waiver here.

Questions? Call 816-444-1858.

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Drop-in History Fridays COVID-19 Safety Precautions

For your child’s safety, Wornall/Majors will observe the following procedures during Drop-in History Fridays:

  • Staff will wear masks indoors. They are permitted to remove masks outdoors if appropriately distanced from children.
  • Children under 18 are not required to wear masks. However, the CDC recommends children over the age of 2 wear masks in public settings. Parents are responsible for providing a mask and encouraging proper mask behavior if they wish for their child to wear a mask. Staff will provide reminders about masks but are not responsible for mask compliance in children.
  • Activities will take place outdoors whenever possible.
  • Doors will remain open during indoor activities whenever possible to encourage airflow.
  • Children will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer at minimum hourly, or whenever there are shared surfaces.
  • Children will be encouraged to use social distancing (an “airplane arms” length apart), particularly when indoors.
  • Shared surfaces will be sanitized frequently, and single-use items will be used whenever possible.
 

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The John Wornall House

6115 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO. 64113

816.444.1858

The Alexander Majors House & Barn

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO. 64114

816.444.1858

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