Wonder of Learning: Portland Children’s Museum and Red Tricycle Portland

February 4, 2012

Tomorrow, Feb 5, 2012 at 10 AM, the Portland Children’s Museum‘s newest traveling exhibit, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy, will be open to the public. Those of you who know me well also know that I’m big on education and languages. This exhibit captured my interest immediately! Do click on the link to explore the thought behind the new, more museum-traditional (hands-off) type of exhibit, along with concepts, questions and answers.

“Exploring education through multi-media galleries that speak to how young children imagine, invent and create, this exhibit expands the potential to support creative thinking and collaboration in our schools and communities.”

Viewing The Wonder of Learning exhibit is included in your Museum admission price as well as all membership levels. Guests who ONLY wish to view The Wonder of Learning exhibit may do so free of charge by checking in with Guest Services. Guests who wish to visit The Wonder of Learning exhibit AND the rest of the Museum must purchase admission.

The Portland Children’s Museum newsletter also mentioned that they have partnered with Red Tricycle Portland to feature local giveaways, news, and family fun! Red Tricycle Portland is a great resource for those of you in the Portland, Oregon, area for fun activities to do with your children or grandchildren! Red Tricycle provides Portland parents with five fresh picks a week for fun things to see, eat, and do with your kids in your neighborhood. On the website you can sign up for a free email newsletter.

Red Tricycle also has pages for Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Artistic Expressions of Native American Children

March 14, 2011

At the Maidu Museum and Historic Site in Roseville, CA, the last days (until the end of March) of the exhibit Empowering Our People, Artistic Expressions of Native American Children are fast approaching. The exhibit showcases the colorful artwork of Native American Children ages 5-18 from the American Education Program of the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Show Dates: September 20, 2010 – March 31, 2011.

Maidu Museum & Historic Site
1970 Johnson Ranch Drive
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 774-5934
(916) 772-6161 [Fax]

Tuesday – Saturday:
9 am – 4 pm
Third Saturday evening:
Weekend Tours
Saturday 10 am & 1pm

$4.50/ Adult
$4.00/ Child & Senior
$16/ Family of Four

free entrance:
Third Saturday evenings

Weekday Afternoon Discount
Tuesday – Friday
$2/ person 2 pm – 4 pm

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de Young Museum Bouquets to Art 2011

March 13, 2011

The 27th Annual Bouquets to Art 2011 will be exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco from March 15–19.

San Francisco Bay Area designers and garden clubs will display 150 floral arrangements to interpret and complement the museum’s permanent collection.

Bouquets to Art is the largest fundraiser held to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and one of the country’s premier floral events. Organized and produced by the volunteer members of the Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary, Bouquets to Art raises funds to support acquisitions, special exhibitions and education programs.

Bouquets to Art Hours

* Tuesday through Saturday, March 15–19, from 9:30 am–5:15 pm
* Extended hours on Friday, March 18, until 8:45 pm
* Museum members-only night on Wednesday, March 16, from 6–8 pm

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‘Ecosystems’ at the CA Science Center: It’s a small world after all!

March 28, 2010

Sandra Barrera’s article ‘Ecosystems’ prove it’s a small world after all in the 3/28/10 Sunday Long Beach Press-Telegram identifies a good exhibit to take the kids to go see. The exhibit has eight Zones – each one illustrates a different ecological principle. The Ecosystems exhibit just opened on March 25th. Here’s the Press Release. It is at the California Science Center at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles and open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. It is suggested to get reservations for the new exhibit ahead of time.

Ecosystems Info: Admission to Ecosystems exhibits is free; however, to provide a quality guest experience, entry will be regulated with advance reservations which can be acquired online, by phone or in person at the Box Office. A service or convenience fee will apply. There will also be a line for those who do not make an advance reservation. Priority entry to Ecosystems will be available with an IMAX ticket purchase or for Science Center members. For details, visit the California Science Center website at www.californiasciencecenter.org or phone (213) 744-2019.

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LA Summer Camps at La Brea Tar Pits and More!

March 25, 2010

Adventures in Nature! We got a card in the mail announcing this year’s summer camps at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and at the Natural History Museum of LA County. The camps are for students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. Check www.nhm.org/summercamp. Adventures in Nature Summer Day Camp will be offered from July 5, 2010 to August 27, 2010. All classes are full day from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration begins April 1, 2010. To view classes and register please log on to www.nhm.org/register. For more information you may also contact the museum at (213) 763-ED4U (3348).

Each of the eight weeks has a single focus topic of exploration!

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits:

Unearthing LA’s Past
July 5-9 at the La Brea Tar Pits
grades 1-6

Tar Pit Science
July 12-17 at the La Brea Tar Pits
grades 1-6

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:

Bug Bonanza
July 19-23

Life in the Age of Mammals
July 26-30

The Oceans
August 2-6

Hidden Nature
August 9-13

The Dinosaurs
August 16-20

Life in the Age of Mammals
August 23-27

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Frogs, Frogs and More Frogs!

February 14, 2010

The Feb 13th Orange County Register had frog facts and an article by Eric Carpenter called Can you ribbit? which sounds much more interesting than its on-line version Giant toads, poisonous frogs move into Muzeo, although the words were the same – but either one brings fond memories of my sister Lori. Not that she is a frog, mind you, but that she likes frogs, collects frogs and tolerates every-frog-item-I-see-I-usually-buy-and-send-her frogs! Actually, Chris Carpenter’s article highlights the exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the Muzeo in Anaheim from February 13, 2010 – September 5, 2010. Check out the video highlights with zoologist Sandy Mangold and then there are also the photos. Sandy and the frogs flew here from Pennsylvania. Kermit isn’t here but there are over 150 live frogs! Have fun! The Muzeo hours are 10-5 7 days a week. More info here.

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Harlem Globetrotters: Spinning Life Lessons

February 7, 2010

Harlem Globetrotter Nate “Big Easy” Lofton taught some special lessons to kids at the Discovery Science Center as captured by Michael Mello in the Orange County Register. Photos and Video also document the presentation. Lofton’s visit was part of the kick-off for the new Secrets of Circles exhibit at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA. The exhibit will be available for kids to explore through May 2.

Two years ago Globetrotters Eugene “Wildkat” Edgerson and “Sweet” Lou Dunbar visited the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club on a Friday afternoon for similar life lessons.

One of the Harlem Globetrotters community outreach programs is C.H.E.E.R. For Character which aims to teach kids Cooperation, Healthy mind & body, Effort, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility.

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California State Railroad Museum Lincoln Exhibit

November 8, 2009

Grandpa Ron and I had a great time at the California State Railroad Museum yesterday in Sacramento, CA. We wandered through the Lincoln Exhibit and learned many new tidbits of information. For example, neither of us knew that Abe Lincoln floated down the Mississippi River on a flat boat to take items to market in New Orleans. It gave him a small impression of how large the United States is and helped ground his firm belief that railroads were a way to unite the country. The name of the exhibit is “The Rail Splitter and the Railroads: Lincoln, the Union and the Golden State.” It will be showcased in the Museum’s Theater Mezzanine Gallery through February 15, 2010.

We also got to tour the inside of the beautiful Gold Coast Observation car which was a special treat not normally offered during regular visits to the museum. From the museum website: “Georgia Northern No. 100 Gold Coast Central of Georgia 1905 Private Car Ex Central of Georgia No. 97; Georgia Northern No. 100; Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg’s private car. Gift 8/1969 of R&LHS, Pacific Coast Chapter. Restored by CSRM to 1948-50 appearance.”

Here’s the special Kid’s Corner.

We were there for a special Trainmaster Reception event for museum donors. We had a really wonderful time meeting other patrons of the museum and tapping our toes to the music of the Black Irish Band as they sang lots of railroad songs along with their Irish and Italian numbers.

The museum is a great place to take the grandkids and family – the kids get to see up front and close just how big the train cars are! Train rides are also possible. Here is visitor information. Here is the 2009 Calendar of Events.

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LA Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion

October 8, 2009

I really, really dislike spiders – but I do know that some kids (little & big ones) are fascinated by them. The Los Angeles Natural History Museum has its annual Spider Pavilion going on now through November 8th – what a great (educational) Halloween adventure! Check it out! Here’s the Activities and Programs page.

King Tut Exhibit at de Young Museum

October 1, 2009

The King Tut exhibit is back at the San Francisco de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Marilyn Newton of the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote a great article about it and has some great photos posted.

Information for visiting King Tut!

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