Monday, August 31, 2009
There were all kinds of things going on including a Q&A with Harsha. She told us a lot of interesting things like how it was to audition for the show. Harsha said that the key to auditioning is to be yourself and to not worry about the camera, advice she gave to anyone out in the audience who may be thinking of auditioning for an upcoming season. She also told us what her favorite challenge was: scavenger hunt in Boston!
A lot of those in the audience agreed that scavenger hunts were fun, and when asked if they would join a scavenger hunt club a lot of hands were raised! Looks like a lot of kids want to have their own scavenger hunting adventures like Harsha does too!
While Harsha was not the grand champ of the season it was ok since she had such an awesome experience and made friends with the rest of her cast of "FETCHers!"
After the Q&A kids got to meet Harsha and Ruff himself as they signed autographs and took pictures! Not to mention we got to have cake, before lunch too! Talk about a cool day! Meeting a tv star and cake! What could be better!?
There were also other fun activities going on in the Wild Place! There was coloring activities where kids got to color and decorate pictures of Ruff, which he then signed! Other fun activities included making a kaleidoscope! It was a great day!
Be sure to check out FETCH! when Season 4 premieres with a very special, almost all animated, episode on the 11th of September on your local PBS station.
Also this was our last Summer Drop-In-Day, we hope you have enjoyed them as much as we have! Be sure to look for some fun fall activities coming your way, like the Scarecrow Stomp or the Halloween Romp!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thanks a bunch to Ms. Candy and the Easton Police Department! Ms. Candy of Ms. Candy's Animals in Berkley brought her bunnies, goats and chickens out for our very own petting zoo! Ms. Candy from Beverly and specializes in petting zoo's for local schools, city functions or libraries. She also has a special educational petting zoo!
Easton's very own policemen also came down for fingerprinting! Kids could meet Easton's finest and fingerprint their own fingers and learn all about safety.
Thanks everyone for stopping by and partakeing in our rodeo! Make sure to come back for our last Drop-in-Day of the season featuring none other than Ruff Ruffman himself! It's definitely going to be a blast!
Friday, August 21, 2009
After that Dean brought out a cute, furry little chinchilla named Charlie! Dean told us that this kind of chinchilla is found in Peru, South America. Turns out that Charlie is a cousin to the squirrel, but unlike squirrels he is nocturnal. This means that he sleeps during the day and is awake at night! But one of the most interesting (and funny!) things about Charlie and chinchillas is how they take bathes! They don’t use water like us, but dust!
Then we got to meet a turtle and it was big enough for kids to ride (and they got a chance to after the show!)! A cool thing about the turtles is how it’s shell feels. Do you want to know? Touch your fingernails, yes right now! Yup that’s how the turtle’s shell felt! Weird huh?
And then came the snakes, big and small. First we met a Mexican Milk Snake, it was about a foot long and had red, white and black stripes. Dean told us that even though it looked poisonous it really wasn’t, it’s more like a typical garden snake- just very brightly colored!
Other cool animals that we got to meet included a hedgehog that was a little shy and stayed all wrapped up like a ball. There was also a tarantula, a big furry spider! Did you know that it’s head and body are all one- so it had legs that come out of it’s head, crazy! In addition to these cool creatures we also got to meet other lizards and some Australian frogs!
Next we met an American alligator but it was only baby so it was about 1 ½ foot long and it was actually loosing its baby teeth! But don’t go near it when it grows up, its teeth are SUPER strong! A cool trick Dean taught us was that if you turn that alligator on it’s back it will go right to sleep. He tried it and it did! Other fun facts about this type of alligator is that it likes to lay in the sun since it’s a reptile and when swimming it uses its tail like a paddle.
All in all it was a great day! And a big thanks goes out to Honest Tea who came and gave out free drinks, perfect for a hot and humid day like today!
Also be sure to check out our last Drop-In-Days of the summer next week when the Children’s Museum meets the Wild West Thursday August 27th and gets a visit from FETCH! on Friday August 28th! Hope to see you all there! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
To set the colors iron the t-shirt on medium high using an ironing cloth between the shirt and the iron. Let it set for 24 hours before washing. We'd recommend you wash it seperately first, just in case :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We can set you up with a historic walking tour! If not, how about a stroll down the street to the Shovel Shop Pond? There is a walking trail that loops around the pond. Or you can hop into your car and head down Main Street to the N.R.T. (Sheep Pasture). You can enjoy the rich grounds and interact with the farm animals who live there. Across from the N.R.T. is Hilliard’s House of Candy. This is chocolate at its’ best! During the summer months, check out their ice cream. Further down on Route 123W, stop along New Pond and let the kids do some light cast fishing or just enjoy the sounds of the waterfall.
One of my favorite activities is to take my family geocaching at Borderland State Park , located at the top of Lincoln Street (about 2 miles from The Museum). Geocaching requires the use of a GPS (I use the one from my car). You simply go online to geocaching.com, punch in the coordinates and you're off! In addition to the beautiful grounds of the park, there is nothing more rewarding than to find a hidden cache of trinkets! Geocaching is very family friendly and fun for people of all ages. Please check it out, you won’t be disappointed. There are some great caches hidden in Borderland.
Now I need your ideas. I was asked to write an article on how to transition kids back to school and I thought, what? Help the kids transition? What about us moms? Why is it that I don’t care about sand or wet things all over the house during the summer or the fact that I never run out of chips and salsa? But when school starts, I want to cut off the limbs of the child that brought the dirt in and heaven help the child who tells me they need to bring chips to school to celebrate Cinco de Mayo ! There must be someone out there who has ideas on how to keep that summer attitude all year long. Please friend The Museum on Facebook, we would love to hear your thoughts.
~ Karen Frick - Director of Visitors Services
Monday, August 10, 2009
But the summer isn't over yet! There are still a few great weeks left to enjoy the season, and hopefully with less rain! Some great activities to do with kids of course is going to the beach, where you can enjoy a day of sea and sand! Another fun activity for the beach is flying a kite! The wind off the water can make for some great height for kites; also you can find kites at a variety of locations for very affordable prices in the $10-15 range. But kites aren't just for the beach; local parks, fields and even your backyard are all great places for a kite to take flight.
Also be sure to stop by on Thursday and Friday, August 13th and 14th, for our Drop-In-Days! On Thurday we have the Dog Days of Summer II and Friday we get to meet Aexeous Robot! It is sure to be a great time and we hope to see you there!
Friday, August 7, 2009
And if you have trouble at first keep practicing! One circus performer said, “Circus tricks are about going for it and practicing a lot!” So keep at it, and one day you too could hula hoop like a pro!
Make sure you check back for next week's Drop-In-Days! On Thursday August 13th we have the Dog Days of Summer II and on Friday the 14th meet Aexeous Robot! For more information please check out the museum's website.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This next recipe is a special take-home recipe that, unfortunately, we didn't get to try today. Let us know next time you come by what you thought about it!
Cinnamon Apple Clay
what you need:
White school glue
1. Mix in a bowl
1 cup or applesauce
1 cup of flour
1 cup of cinnamon
1/2 cup of white school glue
2. Be sure to store the clay in an airtight container.
**Use the food coloring to make lots of different shades.
**Use a Styrofoam meat tray as a backdrop or base for your crazy creations!
Thanks for dropping by and concocting some crazy creations with us! Can't wait to see you all tomorrow for our Under The Big Top day with a special guest - magician, Awesome Robb!