Friday, March 27, 2009

Family Fun

One of the best features of the Children's Museum in Easton is the opportunity for parents and children to work together to learn and explore at the Museum. The possibilities are endless, from the arts and crafts room where they can make fun and creative projects, to the Enchanted Forest where kids can learn to tell stories to their parents, to the FETCH! Lab, where I see parents and children on a regular basis work together on the numerous projects we offer.

This week we have been working on gumdrop domes in the FETCH! Lab, and it has truly been a family experience. Parents worked with their children to help them design their domes, making them as strong as possible, while identifying patterns and shapes within their buildings. This is just one of the many examples of the opportunity for family interaction here at The Children's Museum in Easton.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mardi Gras Was a BLAST!

Hey guys! Sorry its been a while, I've just been so busy this past week and a half. I had a blast at the Mardi Gras Madness! We had a long day setting up decorations, but the outcome was worth it. There were fire jugglers and magicians and great music that kept everyone dancing, especially Bill and Rosemarie. I still have my purple bear balloon animal that the magician gave me. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and attended for all of our donations and sponsors!

I missed my FETCH! Lab hours this past week because I was away for Spring Break in New York City, which was really fun. I went with my roommate Paige, who also goes to Stonehill with me. We did some sightseeing around Times Square, which was where we stayed, and even went and saw a show on Broadway. We had a great time, but its good to be back here with you guys!

Did you happen to see our recent review on One Mom's Review? Mandy Grenier who run's the blog took some time with her son to visit The Children's Museum in Easton a few weeks ago. She had so much fun that she gave us a 4.5 out of 5 smile rating! We're glad that they had such a good time during their visit, they especially enjoyed our golf ball raceway! Be sure to check out her blog and read our review as well as the numerous others she posts on her site!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

25 things about the Museum

The Museum is a magical place with a long history of FUN stuff! We've been open almost 20 years! So we've read everyone else's 25 facts, we thought we would share our fun facts with YOU!

1. Our wood working room is 100% green, all the wood we use is recycled!

2. The C.M.E. is a non-profit organization run by a small army of volunteers and a small, dedicated and underpaid professional staff! (People who love kids and families!)

3. The first major project in the Museum's history was replacing the whole Main Exhibit Hall floor! We tried scrubbing out the oil stains from the fire engines, but the boards were soaked through and had to be destroyed!

4. Our elephant, a long standing resident in the "Wild Place" is named "Rising". He is a young male african elephant who was created by a young art student from the College of William and Mary.

5. Executive Director Paula is one of the four original founders!

6. When the Museum was still a fire station, adorable dalmatian puppies were born in the basement!

7. The Museum now sees over 50 thousand people who come through the door each year!!!

8. The Wild Place Gazebo was created by "Romancing the Woods"

9. The "Look into Infinity" is one of our original exhibits and has been here since the Museum first opened to the public in 1991

10. We use 3 different types of paper towels!

11. The exact location of the museum is Latitude 42.02 Degrees north/Longitude 71.12 Degree's west

12. Our current coat closet is the former staircase down to what is now, the FETCH Lab!

13. This year will be our 15th Annual Fathers Day Road Race!

14. Years ago, one artist was so dedicated to the Museum she used to sleep in the attic and work on projects!

15. 24 golf balls can be found racing down the Golfball Raceways at any time!

16. 6 stuffed dalmations are the permanent inhabitants of this old fire station

17. The Museum is capped by a still functioning (but closed to the public) Fire Tower

18. The "Enchanted Forest" is where the area Civil Defense Dept. used to have their local office.

19. There are 68 stair steps in the Museum

20. We do not kill the insects in our FETCH! Lab Bug Viewer or our "Wild Place" insectarium!

21. Our brass firepole is the ORIGINAL, many lives have been saved after courageous men slid down it!

22. Television Star Ruff Ruffman has visited the Museum 3 times! (along with with 3 different cast members from his show FETCH! on PBS)

24. Television shows; "Chronicle" and "SuperNanny!" have both been filmed at the Museum! (Look for us on SuperNanny! soon)

25. Originally, only two floors of the Museum were open to the public.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mardi Gras Madness

I know its only Wednesday, but I'm really excited for this weekend! The whole gang from the Children's Museum in Easton is going to our Annual Mardi Gras Madness! We'll be over at the Shaw's Center in Brockton starting at 7 p.m. for some grown-up festivities. There's going to be music from DJ Rob Peters as well as the Hot Tamale Brass Band to keep us dancing all night. Be sure to try some of the scrumptious New Orleans cuisine and raw bar. And don't forget our silent auction, where we'll have some great items up for bid, including Red Sox Tickets, four one day Park Hopper Passes for Walt Disney World, and a private tour and wine tasting for ten people at Sakonnet Vineyards. Its going to be so much fun. The money raised from the auction will benefit your FAVORITE local museum as well as the Brockton Day Nursery. Tickets are $60 a person. Hope to see you there!