Everyone in the Capital District is excited that the New York State Museum will reopen on Sundays again starting this weekend but the Museum is also bringing back several educational programs for toddlers to school age kids this Fall. When I was home on maternity leave with a newborn and 3 year old we all looked forward to getting out of the house for our monthly excursion to the Museum for Story Art days. Story Art and the other educational programs the Museum offers provide a first glimpse at understanding the exhibits around the Museum. Kids love it and the museum instructors clearly love what they do as demonstrated through their interest in getting the kids excited about the subject matter.
For an added bonus the Discovery Place has remodeled and added new interactive tables and activities. Mark your calendars for these FREE preschool and school-age focused programs.
Rain Or Shine … It’s Reading Time
Families of preschoolers meet in the Kids’ Cove to hear a story read by Museum staff and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State. This is a great introduction to the Museum for young children and a chance for everyone to learn a bit more about New York State.
When: Rain or Shine…It’s Reading Time begins at 10:30 and currently scheduled for the following Wednesdays in 2012: September 26, October 10 and 31 and November 7
Furry Tales And Touchables
Kids love touching things and this program is a chance for them to really explore! Parents of children age 4 to 6 years meet at the Discover Place to hear stories and touch real animal skins, bones and plants while learning about a new topic.
When: Furry Tales and Touchables is held on Saturdays at 11:00 and the following dates are currently scheduled for the Fall of 2012: September 15 and 29, October 20, November 3 and 17, December 1 and 15.
Toddlers and preschoolers can learn about different exhibits at the Museum through listening to a story and exploring objects from the teaching collection’s hands-on objects. Following the story, kids are led to the Kid’s Cove area where they create a fun art project related to the topic. We still have the mastodon magnet we created during one of our visits! The themes are announced on the day of the program and tickets are required but can be picked up the morning of the program.
When: Story Art is usually held on the first Friday of the month beginning at 11:00 and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Current dates for the Fall of 2012 are: October 5, November 2, December 7.
Museum Mystery Tour – NEW
The Museum has designed a new enrichment program for children 4 to 10 years old focused on uncovering mystery objects within specific areas of the Museum. The Mystery Tours will include hands-on materials from the museum’s numerous collections along with clues to identify the mystery objects and/or images. This new program encourages children to look more closely at different elements of the exhibits that they may otherwise have missed. Time is set aside at the end for further questions and additional exploration. This looks like a fun new program for parents and kids alike and great for homeschooling families.
When: The Museum Mystery Tours will generally be held on the 3rd Friday of the month at 11:00 and will last approximately 30 minutes. Current planned dates are scheduled for October 19 at the Adirondack Wilderness exhibit, November 16 at the Focus on Nature – Natural History Illustrations exhibit and December 28: Civil War theme
And remember that the Museum continues to offer Family Fun Days on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 1 to 4 PM. Family Fun Days provide games, crafts and other activities related to the current season, holiday or other fun exhibit topics.
Go Explore!New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 222 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12230
Adrienne Veglia Mazeau | Adrienne lives outside of Albany, NY with her archaeologist husband, creative school age daughter and a very active toddler. When not dreaming about where to take her family next she works as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for New York State. Combining an insatiable appetite for breaking out of routine and discovering new destinations with her family while working full time keeps the balancing act interesting. Writing as become her creative outlet. Email: AdrienneVegliaMazeau@AlbanyKid.com, Twitter: @AdrienneVMazeau