Elementary Social Music Group

Enhancing social connectedness through music.

This evidence-based program offers an opportunity for children to connect with peers through musical play, while also addressing self-regulation, academics and social skills. This group is designed for children with a wide variety of needs, which may include children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Anxiety, ADHD, and more. Parents will have the opportunity to give input on group goals based on the needs of their child! Activities will include singing, music listening, group games, reading, dancing/movement, chants, instrument-play, and more. This group is led by a Board-Certified Music Therapist, trained in adapting music to fit the needs of each child!

Dates: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8
Time: 10:30 – 11:30am
Ages: Children 5-10 years old
Cost: $15 per child
Locations: Shawnee Indian Mission

Music and Movement

Join us for another series of music and movement with your little ones at the Mission. Katie Petrucci of Echo Music Studio will be teaching throughout the fall! Echo Music classes offer songs and activities that have been passed down through generations. Our activities help children develop a tuneful voice, a rhythmic sense of beat and expressive movement through dance, refines their listening skills, all while bonding with their caretaker as we develop their musical abilities and holistic growth. Classes are designed for infant through pre-K children.

Saturday Class Dates: May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18
Time: 11:30am – 12:15pm
Cost: $10 PER CLASS for first child, $5 for additonal child. Pre-registration is necessary for each class.

Living History Saturdays

Did you know that we have a living history barn and cabin just south of our East Building? Come see the cabin open and filled with living history from the 1840s. Reenactors will be in period dress, children can make and take a different history craft or participate in a new activity each month, and watch how life used to be at the Mission.

Dates: Second Saturday of each month (April – September)
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: FREE

Schedule of Living History Events

April 14: Shade Tree Jam Session
May 12: Cornhusk Dolls
June 9: Old Fashioned Games; Clay Marbles & Checkers
July 14: 1850s BASEBALL GAME at 11:00am
August 11: Dress up and out, 1840s style (with old fashioned laundry)
September 8: Creek Raft races

Overnight at The Mission

Parent and kids can take part in a fun “night at the museum” event, right here in Fairway! The overnight lock-in will be held inside the East Building and will include structured activities, crafts and lots of free time outside before it gets dark. The night will end with popcorn & movie while kids (and parents!) are snuggled into their sleeping bags on the first floor. Breakfast pastries will be provided.

Date & Time: July 20 from 6:30pm – July 21 at 8:00am
Ages: 5 – 12 year olds and parent
Locations: Shawnee Indian Mission Historic (3403 W. 53rd St.)
Cost: $25 for parent & first child, $10 for each additional child
Suggested Items to bring:
Sleeping Bags/Pillows
Change of Clothes
Personal Necessities

History & Swim Camp

Children will spend each morning playing games, participating in arts & crafts, learning about local living history & the different cultures & gardens at the Mission! They will each lunch on site, and then be transported with City vehicles to the Fairway Pool to spend the afternoon swimming. Every day will be a different experiences with a perfect combination of history and recreation.

All participants will be responsible for a sack lunch (daily snacks will be provided). Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Questions? Contact Jennifer Laughlin at or 913-262-0867

Dates: July 30 – August 3
Time: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 8 – 12 year olds
Cost: $99 Resident, $109 Non-Resident
Locations: Shawnee Indian Mission Historic (Drop-Off), Fairway Pool (Pick-Up)

32nd Annual Fall Festival

The 32nd Annual Fall Festival will be held from Oct.12th through Oct. 14th. The Fall Festival KickOff is the “Friday Night at the Mission” featuring a “toe tapping” band on stage at the West Building. Knights of Columbus will be selling hamburgers/hotdogs and beer and soda pop will also be for sale. Saturday morning starts off the Festival Fun with the “Drum Safari” for the little ones; as well as our Living History Re-enactors, Mule Rides, Vendors selling Arts & Crafts, yummy Food Vendors & Food Trucks including Native American Indian Tacos, children’s activities and more!

Two full days of food, fun, entertainment, history and great shopping!

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Dates: Oct. 12 – Oct. 14
Oct. 12: 6pm to 9pm
Oct. 13 & Oct. 14: 10am to 5pm
Location: 12 beautiful acres of the Mission
Cost: Donation requested at the gates.

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