Monday, June 30, 2008

Vote Early and Vote Often!!

I’ll start off with a reminder, PLEASE remember to vote for us in the 2008 Parents’ Picks awards for the Boston and Providence regions. The voting ends tonight and again, we would really appreciate your votes. Remember- more than one email address means more than one opportunity to vote, so spread the word!

Lately, summer thunderstorms have been putting a damper on my plans, as I’m sure is true for parents. Indoor/Outdoor activities are a great solution to your weather blues. What better ‘weather-friendly’ day trip than the Children’s Museum in Easton? We will be kicking off our Summer Drop-in Day programs on July 10th from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm and would love for you and your family to come by! We always hope for outdoor activities, but in the case of rain, they are sometimes moved inside. To top it all off, the kickoff will star Ruff Ruffman from the PBS show FETCH!. We’ll have challenges, activities and CAKE (therefore it is a definite must!) Friday July 11th is our 'World of Music' themed drop-in day! Come on over and learn a few simple dances- i'll be teaching!

Monday, June 23, 2008

2008 Parents' Picks Awards and MY museum story!

First, I want to apologize for not posting in about two weeks. I was out sick for a while and am now back and ready for a great summer at the museum. Speaking of the museum, and summer, take a look at the Parents' Picks Awards link that I have included! The Children's Museum in Easton is in the running for 'Best Children's Museum' in the Boston AND Providence area in this wonderful contest. We would love love love your votes! The voting is open until June 30th so please take just a few minutes to vote for us on the awards website. The image to the left will link you right to the voting webpage, or you can get to the page from our museum website! We are very excited and would really appreciate your vote!

And now, as promised in my last post, I would love to share why the Children's Museum in Easton is so near and dear to my heart. Believe it or not, this museum was the first museum I ever visited as a little girl. Venturing back and reflecting on my earlier realization that time flies, I will never forget the day my Auntie Karen decided to take me to the museum in Easton. I feel like it was yesterday that I stepped through those giant doors, entering a young child's interactive paradise. Years later I returned to the museum with the same aunt's children. We spent hours in the museum, constructing in the wood shop, doing arts and crafts, and exploring every inch of the old restored firehouse. All of the memories came back to me this day, as I was able to share such a great experience with my cousins, in the same place my aunt had introduced me to years before.

It is amazing to think about the great circle in all of this, now that I am interning at the museum. Three distinct stages of my life have included this museum, and I am so thrilled to be back as a college student for the summer. The museum is just as great, if not better than I had remembered. As I look ahead to my future, I can honestly say that I am leaning towards the small museum setting. And therefore, at this stage in my life and as a college senior, this summer and these experiences have placed me right where I belong.

Monday, June 9, 2008

"The new intern is here, the new intern is here!"

Well hello everyone! My name is Jen Valentino and I am a new summer intern at the Children’s Museum in Easton. I will be blogging this summer, and will hopefully be following in the entertaining, informative and witty footsteps of Tim Cuff, the last intern to post on this blog. I would love to tell you all a bit about myself, as well as my ties to the museum, which truly go way back (more about this later).

I am going to be a senior at Wheaton College in Norton this fall (and I am now a firm believer in the fact that time does fly- I feel like it was yesterday that I was packing up my room to head off to my first semester of college). I am a Hispanic Studies Major, Art History Minor and I am hoping to be one of the first Wheaton students to partake in the new Museum Studies Minor that is currently being developed. I have taken one Museum Studies course at Wheaton and am excited to be one of the guinea pigs in this academic experiment! The class truly inspired and furthered my fascination with museums. I am really looking forward to such a hands-on internship, making it the next step in my journey to the real (after college) world!