Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Children's Museum Tour . . . I'm Giving Away Free Tickets!

I began this month with a Children's Museum "Tour" and shared information about several Children's Museums - and gave away some free tickets, too! I still have a few more Children's Museums to let you know about and I still have tickets to give away! 

If you have never visited a children's museum, you are missing out on one of the best places you can take your grandchildren/children because, unlike other museums, children's museums are places where children - and adults - not only can touch, but are encouraged and invited to do so! At a children's museum you can touch, explore, experience, learn and will certainly have lots of fun!

So, if you live in, near or are planning a trip to any of the following cities, please visit their children's museum! And, since I have tickets to give away, comment below and let me know which children's museum you'd like tickets to - the first person to ask for tickets to a specific museum, will receive them!

I still have tickets to the following - (you'll find their reviews at this link)

Chesapeake Children's Museum - Annapolis, MD
Children's Museum Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
expERIEnce Children's Museum - Erie, PA
Children's Discovery Museum - Normal, IL
Central Wisconsin Children's Museum - Stevens Point, WI
Family Museum - Bettendorf, IA

These are amazing children's museums, so if you live in, near or are planning a trip to any of these places, let me know! Speak up! The first person who asks for tickets to one of these children's museums, will receive them!

I also have tickets to the following children's museums . . .

Sangre de Cristo/Buell Children's Museum - Pueblo, CO - They say, "This 12,000 square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people ages 1 to 101.
Designed by the same architectural firm which created the original Sangre de Cristo Arts Center buildings—Hurtig, Gardner, Froelich & Barnosky—the Buell Children’s Museum is the third structure in our arts complex.
Buell Children's MuseumThe Reilly Family Gallery offers changing, hands-on exhibitions in a bright, two-story space. Sensations is a high-tech, multi-sensory exhibit in which visitors activate lights, sound clips and video by pressing fifty separate sensors located on the floors and walls.
In the El Pomar Magic Carpet Theater visitors may watch a program on the cutting-edge projection equipment or take over the stage and star in their own theatrical production.
In the Artrageous Studio, visitors create personal masterpieces using paper, ribbon, mylar and other sparkly, gooey materials.
Children under the age of four can explore and learn in the Buell Baby Barn, which offers a variety of age appropriate activities in a fun barnyard theme."
Children's Museum Denver - Denver, CO - They say, "The Children’s Museum of Denver is all about children and their grown-ups learning through play. With interactive exhibits,year-round special events, and daily educational programming, there is always something fun and exciting to do."(tickets no longer available)

invention_convention_exhibit_page_graphic.jpgChildren's Museum of Houston - Houston, TX - They say, "With exhilarating and challenging activities—both fun and educational—the Children's Museum of Houston is A Playground for Your Mind™ and America's No. 1 Children's Museum by Parents magazine.
Rain or shine, it’s always an awesome time at the Children's Museum of Houston!  From early bird parents looking for something amusing to do with their toddlers, to Moms looking for after school excitement for their kids, our doors are open."
Sacramento Children's Museum - Rancho Cordova, CA - They say, "The Museum is designed for ages birth to eight-years-old to allow children to "learn-by-doing"! Join us to learn about math, science, art and social learning skills! SCM strongly believes play is an essential part of a child’s “work.” Imaginative, hands-on environments provide children with a gateway for opening up their minds to developing new abilities, building confidence, and making connections between their dreams and real world experiences. SCM opened with several exciting interactive areas for exploring, playing, and learning:
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  • In “Waterways” children experiment with the flow of water, race boats, and create whirlpools.
  • In “Airways” children and adults interact and explore how various objects are affected by air currents.
  • “My Neighborhood” encourages role playing and celebrating unique family traditions and cultural awareness.
  • “Studio of the Arts” features hands-on art projects.
  • “Baby Bloomers” is for children under 3 years old to enjoy safe exploration.
  • In “Raceways” visitors will have a ball playing with velocity, gravity, motion, friction, and acceleration."
24kidspace children's museum - Pasadena, CA - They say, "Children’s museums are a wonderful place to learn, grow, and have fun! We believe in giving our guests hands-on experiences that are relevant and inspiring. Famous statesman, philosopher, and inventor Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” We involve guests in the process of learning.
Our mission at Kidspace is to promote education and enrich the lives of children, families, and the community through interactive experiences in science, art, and the humanities."
chabot space & science center - Oakland, CA - They say, "Chabot Space & Science Center is located in the beautiful Oakland Hills just off Highway 13 in Oakland, California. A Smithsonian affiliate, Chabot is an educational science center whose mission is to educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital-dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi."
Quarterly MagazineBay Area Discovery Museum - Sausalito, CA - They say, "The Mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum is to engage, delight and educate children through exploration of and connection with the local environment and the diverse communities that live here. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children's museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park, and its exhibits are admired and emulated by other children’s museums nationwide. The Museum is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, the Museum encourages children ages 6 months to 8 years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers.
The Museum's unique programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions, performances, special events, cultural festivals and ongoing educational curricula... all with a focus on fun!" (tickets no longer available)
Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Redding, Ca - They say, "Turtle Bay Museum is the heart of the Turtle Bay experience. It contains permanent, interactive exhibits and two large special exhibition galleries. The experiences here — underwater fish viewing, walking through historic re-creations, experimenting with scientific equipment, viewing art — are also springboards for the authentic outdoor experiences on the rest of the campus. The exhibits feature a mix of richly layered interpretative material, multimedia exhibits, science experiments, self-guided exploration, and play features.
Like the Visitor Center, the Museum’s wood structure and floor-to-ceiling glass walls help the building sit “lightly” on the natural site. The building’s white concrete columns support wood posts that “branch out” at angles toward the 21-foot ceiling, resembling the trees of the riparian habitat outside. Large roof overhangs on the north and west facades provide shade for visitors. Permanent and changing exhibit galleries are housed in solid “boxes” that protrude from the Museum’s long glass walls. These galleries use “hardy-board” siding painted blue and green."
As you can see, there is so much to see, touch, do, learn and enjoy with a trip to a children's museum! Make plans today to take your grandchildren/children to a children's museum! I have tickets to each of these children's museums and I'd love to give them away! If you want tickets to any of these children's museums, please comment below and tell me which one you'd like tickets to. I'll be delighted to send tickets to the first person who asks for them to each museum . . . so, which one do you want to visit?

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