Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Annual Family Picnic

The Warriors: Capture the Flag.

On Sept. 16 we held our Annual Family Picnic at Niekamp Park. With 10 families attending we had more than 40 people. A potluck meal with all kinds of tasty foods was shared. After the meal three organized games were played by the younger members of our group: water relay, Hoop Hop Showdown, and capture the flag. Meanwhile, the adults spent time catching up and getting to know each other better.

Thanks to the McMichael family for organizing this year's games!

--text by Jeannette F.
--photos by Jeannette F. and Evie M.


Enjoying good food and good company.

On your mark. Get set. Go!

Water relay game.

Rock, paper, scissors: Hoop Hop Showdown.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

7th Annual Bake Sale

Smiling members ready to sell some cookies!

Helping a customer.
May 11--It was a little drizzly for the first hour of our Bake Sale on this Friday before Mother's Day, but the rain passed quickly and left us with a very successful 7th annual Bake Sale. Thanks to the community, our members who baked, our members who manned the sales table, and our members who offered support in other ways, we were able to raise $370.44. This money will go into our general fund and will pay for assorted operating costs throughout the year and help offset expenses for our annual out-of-town field trip.

Thanks again to all who helped!

--text and pics by Jeannette F.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Missouri Botanical Garden Field Trip

Waiting for our tour to begin.
We picked the perfect season for our annual out-of-town field trip. This year we decided to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The weather could not have been more perfect. What an incredible place. The children had the opportunity to explore Japanese, Mediterranean, and English gardens. The Climatron might have been the overall favorite. This geodesic greenhouse dome housed a tropical rain forest. The children also enjoyed the Piper observatory, from there they could overlook the boxwood labyrinth. Cannot wait to go back!

--text by Shannon W.
--pics by Audrey F.

Enjoying the Climatron.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Art of the Brick and Science City Field Trip

Our entire group (minus photographer).
On Friday, March 23, five families (totaling 7 adults and 12 children) traveled to Kansas City's Union Station to view "The Art of the Brick" exhibit by Nathan Sawaya and to play and learn at Science City.

After touring "The Art of the Brick," we had lunch in the lunchroom there and then spent the rest of the day at Science City. Some of the kids especially enjoyed the outdoor area called Simple Machines at Play; it is new since our last visit.

Our youngest field trip participants.

Hanging out with the blue man.

Even "zip-lining" for the little ones.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Quest Club Halloween Party

Oct. 25--Quest Club hosted a group event at Park Day. The theme for this month's event was the “Holiday Badge” and the group celebrated with a Halloween party! Members enjoyed tasty treats and played Halloween-themed games.

Next month, Quest Club will hold it’s badging ceremony to reward the hard work members put into earning badges.

--text by Billie S.
--photos by Becky S.

Fischer Farms Field Trip

Crowded in the wagon. Headed for the pumpkin patch.

Oct. 12--Once again, our annual Fischer Farms field trip was big fun! Thirteen of our families attended. We started out with a tractor trip into the fields to pick our pumpkins and gourds. The children had a great time in the corn bins, always the favorite. They found  a mountain of hay to climb and enjoyed the corn maze. Of course the farm animals received lots of attention. Parents found hot cider, beautiful fall mums, bags of apples, and lots of other goodies.
Already looking forward to next year!

--text by Jen M.
--photos by Evie M.

Searching for the perfect pumpkins and other gourds.
Found them!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Annual Family Picnic

A tradition--the water relay game.
Sept. 17--It was a rainy morning, but the rain let up in the afternoon and it was a fine day for our Annual Family Picnic. Seven families (24 persons) celebrated JCSHG's 6th anniversary with a lovely potluck meal, games for the kids, and lots of good conversation.

The kids played a giant version of Ker Plunk and, per tradition, a water relay game. Our families hung out for a few hours, enjoying each other's company.

--text by Jeannette F.
--pics by Evie M.