Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
My earliest memories of the Children's Museum as you and I now know it are not of drop-in days and birthday parties, fetch labs and field trips but.... of scrubbing huge oil stains off the floor of what is now the main exhibit hall. Those slicks left from years and years of fire engine maintenance and repair left a pretty strong sting in the back of my nostrils. Almost as vivid in my brain as the smell of that oil was the semi-panicked thought of "what has my mother gotten herself into!" Well all these years later it makes me truly proud to see what has become of our beloved Museum! The natural beauty of the building has been accentuated by the dedication, effort and spirit of each and every person who has worked so hard for so long, and been so loyal to us! You are the ones who make this all possible, and I hope you take away as much pride and enjoyment from this wonderful place as I do!
The museum and all it's staff are excitedly anticipating re-opening on Tuesday September 16th (Shameless plug: and our Scarecrow Stomp on September 21st!) We hope to see you get a chance to enjoy all the new improvements and work that we've done.... hope to see you soon!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Thank you all so much for summing up exactly why the Children’s Museum in Easton is
Monday, July 28, 2008
Oh- and in case anyone is interested in practicing the chorus of the Oscar Mayer song before visiting…here it is!
My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R
My bologna has a second name, it's M-A-Y-E-R
Oh, I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why, I'll say,
"'Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A."
Monday, July 21, 2008
We have a great ‘Summer Slide’ webpage with some statistics and additional links to information and suggestions on how to combat the phenomenon. Our Mini-camps, FETCH! Challenges and Summer Drop-in Days are a great place to start, and to top it all off, we're local!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The museum will be closed Friday the 4th through Sunday the 6th but we’d love to see you on Monday. I want to wish everyone a safe, festive and Happy Fourth of July!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Summer Drop-in Days will be happening every Thursday and Friday from July 10-August 29. Each Summer Drop-In day will include activities from 10:30-3 revolving around a specific theme. And the best part - all the activities will be related to your favorite FETCH! episodes! Learn to be a clown, learn about dog training and about some other cool creatures, play some instruments and take a trip to the Wild West.
You can check out the Museum's website for updates on the summer schedule.
Friday, May 2, 2008
The winner of EVEN ADULTS HAVE FUN will not be named, since we received no qualifying pictures of parents and children. However, we will still be giving out all our prizes because...
We are going to announce 2 WINNERS for LEARNING AND PLAYING! They each will receive $25 to the museum's gift shop. They are:
The Browns from Dedham!
The Keatings from Wrentham! Great job, guys.
And finally... our winner of BEST OVERALL PHOTO, who will receive a $100 ACM MEMBERSHIP IS................
The Manleys of Abinton! WAY TO GO!!
I'd like to thank all our contestants because we appreciate their time and interest in the museum. Thank you very much!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Nobody is participating in the PHOTO CONTEST! What’s up with that? Do you not want the $100 value prize? GET ON IT!
Sorry if I don’t have much to talk about, but I didn’t get my coffee today. I actually woke up at 10am (I’m supposed to be here at 9:30) because I set my alarm for pm instead of am. How clichéd is that?
Oh by the way- Teddy Bear Day is this week. Check it out.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Have you visited our museum and taken a spectacular picture of your child? Now you can use that to win a free ACM membership at the museum for one year! This $100 value can be yours with the Museums first ever spring photo contest.
Submit an original, non-professional photo of your children interacting with various exhibits at the museum, and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line reading “photo contest”.
Try to avoid posing, and have the pictures show natural interactions.
Themes and prizes for photo winners are:
-The Great Outdoors: Winner of a photo outdoors at the Museum’s “Wild Place” will receive $25 to the Museum’s gift shop
-Even Adults Have Fun: Winner of a photo of children and their caregivers together at the museum will receive $25 to the Museum’s gift shop
-Learning and Playing: Winner of a photo of children interacting with an indoor museum exhibit will receive $25 to the Museum’s gift shop.
-Best Photo: Overall best photo (anything at the museum goes) will receive an ACM Membership for one year: A $100 value that gives free access to the Children’s Museum in Easton as well as 110 museums across the country for 1 full year!!
Winners and updates of the photo contest will be posted and featured right here on the blog!
Images should be emailed in jpg format, 2 MB or smaller.
Up to three (3) photos may be submitted by each entrant. (Limit one prize per household.)
Entries must be received by May 1st at midnight.
For the full rules and regulations, check here.
The Bay State Parent blog is a cool site to see what’s going on in this area, and it has pro-Massachusetts articles such as, “Massachusetts is One of The Best States for Children,” which pleases me. They are having a contest for free tickets to the Children’s Museum in Easton (so we like them). Check it out!
My college (Stonehill) is having their own big spring weekend starting with a Third Eye Blind concert and a carnival. I’m pretty excited and I have had to wear an annoying 21+ wristband all week for the concert (if I take it off I void the wristband) so it’s about time.
Have a great Spring Weekend!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Although the vacation week is our next event, I have to share some information for later this year that I am very excited about. Fellow intern Chris Cyburt acquired…
Image taken from Wikipedia
THE WEINER MOBILE.
This time-honored classic will be making its way to the museum on the August 1st. So you better ketchup to it. Wow. I apologize for my stupid jokes.
So now that I mentioned who acquired the meat wagon, you’re all wondering, “What does Chris Cyburt look like!?” Well, he is the one intern that doesn't seem to have had his picture taken. But don't worry, because he'll still be embarrassed. I found one on the internet:
Have a great weekend!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Also, special occasions such as school vacation weeks are more oriented to the older crowd that are on break from school. This upcoming April vacation week is a perfect example. From April 19th-April 27th, Saturday to Sunday of the vacation week, our theme will be “Masters and Masterpieces.” We will be looking at artist like Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe, and having local artisans come to demonstrate their craft. Come by and make your own work of art! We kick off the school vacation week with our "Spring Fling" on April 19th.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
An academic development day (or whatever they’re called) brought many Foxboro students to the museum today. Stonehill has those random days off as well, and they’re always welcomed. It was nice to have an older crowd, since I mostly deal with children under five. I recently was given a giant box of goodies (stickers, pencils, posters, etc.) and was happy to hand them out to the children like a madman. Some children learned that wearing a Ray Allen jersey awards them extra prizes.
Spring arriving leads to the possibility of outdoor FETCH!™ labs (such as kite making), but with the off-and-on cold and rain I’m not getting too excited.
Our website has been updated by my talented and wonderful fellow intern Chris Vacchi (See picture below. And no, I didn’t tell Chris I was doing this). It’s much more colorful, and I believe Chris did an exemplary job.
New England Mamas had a recent post mentioning discount museum prices in Massachusetts. Of course, I have to shamelessly plus that with a mere six dollars (free to members and children under one) a child can experience three floors of fun in the Children’s Museum in Easton. Plus I hear a wonderful intern teaches FETCH! labs on the bottom floor of the museum a couple days a week.
Hope you have a great week, and I’ll be posting soon enough.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Well since this blog is family-oriented I’ll discuss my own family. This past Sunday we had a small surprise party for my mom, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Being 100% Irish and being born on St. Patrick’s Day is pretty sweet I imagine. My mom and I both share an astrological sign (Pisces) as I recently turned 22. Sunday was a good time, especially when my mom arrived at the house and I jumped out and yelled, “Surprise!” scaring the daylights out of her.
You can be sure that Stonehill College also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We had an Irish band called “The Barleymen” play (the bassist is a Stonehill biology professor, and you should check out their myspace page if you like traditional Irish music). I am a huge fan of trad Irish music and they played the usual classics (“The Wild Rover” which you may know as “No Nay Never”) but also other gems some don’t know about (“The Leaving of Liverpool” and “Whiskey, You’re the Devil”). The last St. Patrick’s Day event for me, I guess you could say, is tonight. I will be seeing my favorite band of all time, The Pogues, at the Orpheum in Boston. The Pogues are known for being the first popular British band to incorporate traditional Irish music, the first ever Celtic-punk band, and led by legendary Irish frontman Shane MacGowan.
On a more museum-related note, I will be back next Wednesday with a new post on Friday. I’m glad spring is coming both personally and for the museum. With the outdoor play area soon opening (April 19), I will be able to do some Fetch! ™ labs outside (such as making a boat). Kids really don’t get outside enough, and spring always makes way for new activities and new possibilities.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Another reason for the special day was the St. Patrick’s Day celebration we had. It was quite fun as we had chocolate lollipop making, a scavenger hunt, and a real live leprechaun (played by actor Bill McCarthy, a long-time volunteer for the museum). My activity today was The Exploding Rainbow where using food coloring, whole milk, and dishwashing liquid we made psychedelic patterns.
So I went to Disney last week, and it was pretty incredible. For any parents planning a trip sometime soon, here is my money-saving and kid-related advice:
-Universal Studios is much cheaper, and has a lot of stuff for kids (they have an entire Dr. Seuss section of the park)
-Staying off-site is cheaper but not as fun as staying at a Disney resort
-Disney has a free bus service that goes to everything they own, and anyone can ride it (even if you’re not staying at a Disney resort)
-All the parks have great stuff for kids, even Epcot. Magic Kingdom has the most for kids, but it’s always the most crowded park. Animal Kingdom is great for kids and includes a Bug’s Life 3-D movie, walking trails with animal exhibits, and many Lion King themed attractions.
All interns at the museum recently had their pictures taken, so I’m gonna throw my picture on here so when you see me at the museum you can tell me how incredible my blog is.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t get too crazy.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I added another links list on the left of parenting websites and a museum website worth checking out (even though the museum in in San Fransisco).I'm off for spring break now, so I gotta cut it short. I'm going to... DISNEY WORLD. I'm pretty pumped. I don't care if I'm 5, 21, or 99 years old, I'm going to enjoy Disney World (and rides like Splash Mountain) equally. I probably won't post next week, so I'll see you after my break!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Many kids were attracted to the FETCH! ™ aspect of the scavenger hunt because they were fans of the show. The CSI episode of FETCH aired about a thousand times this week so I could probably quote it word for word. One boy was the highlight of my week with a project he designed in the woodshop room. He asked, “Do you know Ruff?” I responded, “Absolutely I do.” So he gave me a sign that read, “Dear Ruff, Sorry about the girlfriend,” referring to the Whodunit? story I wrote (see entry below).
I just finished watching the Secret Service presentation and the kids loved seeing gas masks, wires, badges, and bulletproof vests. I was fascinated myself, and I have to admit I’m wearing the novelty badge each child received at the end of the presentation right now.The museum was mentioned on New England Mamas. It was an accurate review, and it can be seen here.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I’ve been framed!
Charlene, the poodle next door and the
object of my affection, has received a nasty Valentine’s letter.
The card reads:
I don’t like you. Don’t
ever talk to me again.
Signed, Ruff Ruffman.’
Someone has committed a forgery to slander my good name!
Alright FETCHers, grab your badge and suit up, your assignment is to get to the bottom of this mystery. You have one piece of
evidence: a footprint was left by Charlene’s mailbox. You must hurry and bring the
perpetrator to justice, or Charlene may never talk to me again! Using the footprint as a clue, a keen wit, and a good eye, you must solve the Case of the Anti-Valentine. Go FETCH!
I’m at my wit’s end, but I have faith in you FETCHers. Help me catch this fiend and win back Charlene’s love!”
Kids will have to use their junior detective skills to notice clues, draw sketches, test their memories, and follow leads to solve the crime and catch the one who did this to Ruff. The scavenger hunt will also incorporate a real metal detector and I’m quite excited about that. There’s going to be a million different activities every day next week so you should definitely bring your children in as it’s going to be the best week of the year. There won’t be a FETCH! Lab due to the Whodunnit? but the week after we will be taking Stroop Tests. That’s a psychological test you’ve probably taken before where are asked to name the colors of each word aloud. It looks something like this: RED BLUE GREEN YELLOW. It’s interesting to see how hard it is for adults and how it can be easier for kids who do not read very well.
Have a fun February Vacation!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Check it out here to practice it at home: http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/thermometer.html
Next week we will be constructing a time-honored classic: The marshmallow tower. I think everyone has at one point in school built something out of marshmallows and toothpicks. It’s always a good time.
For February vacation week we are preparing a “Whodunnit?” theme. We have some really amazing activities going on this special week. We are having members of the Beagle Brigade (trained and adorable beagles that work at airports) and an FBI agent come in and speak. We also are being lent a metal detector that will be fun to play with (I think I’m more excited than any kids). The “Whodunnit?” will focus on FETCH! main character Ruff Ruffman, who will lead the children on a scavenger hunt to solve a mystery. The junior detectives will be matching footprints, fibers, DNA, and other forensic tasks like a more age-appropriate CSI. I have a few activities prepared myself, and I will post the Ruff Ruffman storyline on the blog ASAP. Thanks for reading, and let me know your feedback on the museum, the blog, or anything worthwhile.