Wornall Majors House Museums

2020 Camp Wornall/Majors

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Camp Wornall/Majors is an opportunity for children to explore historical topics in a way that is in-depth and fun! Each Friday throughout the summer children will discover a different thrilling subject through hands-on activities, expert presenters, immersive games, and guided experiences. Most topics are multi-disciplinary – but children will be having so much fun that they won’t realize how much they are learning!

The Logistics
Each day of camp takes place from 9:00 AM-4:30 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. Participants will be expected to provide a sack lunch and water bottle each day. Snacks and water refills will be provided.

Most camp dates are open to children who have completed kindergarten through age 12. Our August 7 camp date is open to children as old as 16. Children who are 13 and older can participate in camp as a junior volunteer. Junior volunteers help younger campers with activities and assist with set up and clean up. If your child would like to volunteer, email Camp Manager Caden Gird at tours@wornallmajors.org.

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June 12 – Interacting with Our Environment
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
When settlers arrived on the frontier, they made a significant impact on the local ecosystem. Explore the environment as the Wornall family would have interacted with it – from water management to observing native plants and animals.
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

June 19 – A Civil War Field Hospital
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
The Wornall House was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Learn about the Wornall family and how their lives were shaped by the Civil War, particularly from the perspective of nine-year-old Frank Wornall.
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

June 26 – Adventure with the Pony Express!
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
“Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily.” Pony Express riders experienced excitement, danger, and adventure – and many riders were teenagers. Experience the excitement of the Pony Express during the brief 18-months that it was in existence.
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

July 10 – Life on the Frontier
Location: Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO 64114)
How did families like the Majors family interact with their homes and the objects within them? How did they accomplish daily chores without the aid of indoor plumbing and electricity? What kinds of relationships did they have and what did they do for fun? Put down the cell phone and step back into time and experience life on the Missouri/Kansas border in the nineteenth century.
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

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 – we’ll even make crafts with our snacks!
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

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.
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

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!
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 12

August 7 – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Location: John Wornall House (6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64113)
Who can work at a museum and what kind of jobs do they do? Meet people who work at a variety of museums, then become a junior staff member of the Wornall House! Learn how to handle historic objects, think critically, and create an exhibit that will be on display at the Wornall House for the entire month of August!
Ages: Kindergarten graduate through age 16

Cost & Registration
All camp dates are stand-alone. Register for as few or as many as you would like!

As a service to parents in light of the effects of COVID-19 on the school year, we are offering our camp at a reduced price of $45/day.
Wornall/Majors members can register children or grandchildren for $40/day. Members will receive an email with how to redeem their discount.

Register here!

New in 2020! We will accept drop-ins, but we strongly recommend preregistration so you can fill out forms in advance. If you drop in, please be prepared to provide your child’s health information (including date of last tetanus vaccination) and emergency contacts. Drop-in registration may take 5-10 minutes.

View our full policies & enrollment waiver here. (opens as pdf)

Questions? Call 816-444-1858.

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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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