Books are on display at Antioch Park.Photo courtesy JCPRD.
When the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the local park is calling your name, getting kids to sit down indoors for quiet time with a book can be a bit more challenging. Fortunately local parks have found a unique way to combine the joy of reading with time outdoors.
Johnson County Library hosts a Storywalk at Antioch Park (6501 Antioch, Merriam, KS) along a walkway near Dodge Town and the playgrounds. Storywalk takes children through a popular children’s book with pages posted on a series of panels along a trail. Each station also includes an activity or rhyme to accompany the story, making the experience interactive. In honor of the changing seasons, Johnson County Library will soon debut a new book, “When Spring Comes.” The posted stories change about every three months.
Kansas City Parks and Recreation will host temporary storywalks this year at upcoming events: The Teddy Bear Picnic July 7 at the Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall and The Big Picnic July 23 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park. Kansas City Parks and Recreation is also working with The Kansas City Public Library to install a permanent storywalk this fall.