Take Your Child to Work Day 2022 – Recap

Employees celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day on April 28, 2022 by bringing their children to different events across the Volker and Health Sciences campuses throughout the day. We had 86 kids on campus participating in the event. The rain at the beginning of the day didn’t slow any of the kids down. As part of the events kids had the opportunity to receive a t-shirt, a certificate for completing their first day of work at UMKC, and if they attended 5 events, they were able to swing by Human Resources to pick up a UMKC water bottle.


Miller Nichols Library had many exciting exhibits available to tour including the Richard L. Sutton Geosciences Museum, State Historical Society of Missouri – Kansas City Research Center, the LaBudde Special Collections, and Robot tours.


KCUR offered sessions on Making Radio at KCUR with Paul Nyakatura, KCUR’s midday announcer. Kid’s had the opportunity to pick up a reporter’s notebook, take a picture behind the mic and record promos that were played throughout the morning. Check out the recording from Allison:




The Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy shared physics demonstrations including magnetic levitation, wireless electricity, non-newtonian fluid, and a magnetic ring launcher.


University Athletics had a field day in Durwood Soccer Stadium. Children had the opportunity to play soccer with members of the UMKC men’s and women’s soccer teams. They could also tour the locker rooms and take a picture in a UMKC jersey with their very own letter of intent.



Biological Sciences hosted Species Squad stations covering all aspects of biology from looking through microscopes, examining x-rays, sorting bones, meeting some hissing cockroaches, examining stingrays, snakes, eels, and a kangaroo heart among other things.



The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures offered free entry to employees and their children for the day.


Employees and their children had the opportunity to eat lunch in the Atterbury Student Success Center Dining Hall.



The School of Nursing & Health Studies and School of Pharmacy held a fun and challenging scavenger hunt through the Health Sciences Building with a lab tour.



The Provost shared popsicles and the opportunity for children to share their artistic sides by painting some UMKC themed drawings.



Arts & Sciences offered cookies and coloring in Scofield Hall along with a tornado simulation given by Earth and Environmental Sciences.



Additionally, Admissions provided campus tours for interested high school age children and the UMKC Bookstore provided coupons so everyone could expand their UMKC wardrobe – go Roos!

Kids and parents raved about their favorite sessions throughout the day with more than one child sharing how fun they thought it must be to work at UMKC. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that participated. Many units came together to make Take Your Child to Work Day possible and we hope next year’s event will see even more participation from units and employees alike.