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Special events and activities at Minnesota Children's Museum offer more ways to get your little ones laughing and learning. From music classes to special guest Story Time readers, the Museum's special events keep your kids discovering new experiences with family fun activities year-round.
State Arts Board Teaching Artist Series:
The Teaching Artist series offers a guided learning experience that will usher the child toward taking a creative leap for arts learning. The Museum has recruited Philip Blackburn, Julie Kastinger-Boada & Rhiana Yazzie, local artists who have experience guiding children through meaningful arts learning workshops. These artists will be present for 49 weekend hours from November 2013-May 2014, reaching an estimated 4,400 visitors based on past attendance.
In January 2014 Philip Blackburn Ph.D. held a musical instrument residency as part of the State Arts Board Teaching Artist series. Visitors explored music learning through a variety of unique, handmade instruments, culminating in two group video compositions created by Philip.
Check out the music videos created by Philip Blackburn! Each video features Museum visitors and staff during his musical instrument residency in January 2014.
Julie Kastigar-Boada presented a puppet show and lead a Paper “Star Quilts” workshop in which visitors learned about the tradition and symbols integral to making a Star Quilt. Young artists built an understanding of the artistry of the time-honored tradition of quilt making in the Native American culture, reflected on who they are and responded to what they learned by making their own paper version through color expression and patterning.
Join us for this upcoming Series event:
Wednesday, March 19 – 28 • 10:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Performed with ASL Interpreter March 21 at 10:30 a.m. and March 28 at 12:15 p.m.
Experience the traditional Dakota story Unktomi and the Ducks performed by Rhiana Yazzie in the Dakota language accompanied by English translations and pantomimed to illustrate the story’s plot. Interact with, and be a part of the performance during specific story moments. Learn key Dakota phrases and words. Reflect with the artists and actors on the lessons in the story.
Stages Theater Company Teaser Performance: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tuesday March 11 • 10 a.m.
Pity poor Alexander. He went to bed with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. And things went downhill from there. Don't miss this teaser performance about the hilarious results of a single day in the life of a beloved children's story book character.
Saturday, March 15 • 10 - 11 a.m.
Encourage your child's love of reading in a comfortable environment by reading a favorite book to a therapy dog from the Pals on Paws chapter of Therapy Dogs International at the Museum. Stop by anytime between 10 and 11 a.m.
University of Minnesota Toy Testing
Saturday, March 15 • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Students from the University of Minnesota’s Toy Product Design Class need your help to create great toys! Learn about the process of designing new products and vote for your favorite ideas. The students presented poster boards of their ideas in February and will be bringing “sketch models” on Saturday, March 15. Come back to see their final stage prototypes on the final Play Testing on April 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Special Imagination Corner with the MacPhail Center for Music
Tuesday, March 18 • 10:30 a.m.
Join Early Childhood Music Specialists from the MacPhail Center for Music in a fun, musically interactive program focused on the seasons, movement and instrument play!
Special Opportunity for Members: MacPhail Family Music Class
Tuesdays, March 25 – May 20 • 10 – 11 a.m.
Pair your Tuesday morning play time at the Museum with a fun and interactive Family Music class taught by MacPhail Center for Music. The class will feature activities for adults and children (infant through age 4). Children will gain exposure to melody, rhythm, and a wide variety of musical instruments. Every class will include plenty of singing, movement, instrument exploration, children’s literature, and hands-on creative play.
Tuition: Museum Members $138.60 first child, additional children $75.60 each. Non-members pay Museum admission + tuition. Call 651-225-6036 for pricing or to become a member.
Ages: Birth–4 years with parent/caregiver
To register: call MacPhail Center for Music at 612-321-0100 or register online at macphail.org. All families are encouraged to arrive early or stay after class to play at the Museum. Class will be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met.
University of Minnesota Toy Testing
Friday, April 11 • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Students from the University of Minnesota’s Toy Product Design Class need your help to create great toys! Learn about the process of designing new products and vote for your favorite ideas. The students presented poster boards of their ideas in February and brought “sketch models” in March. Now see their final stage prototypes!
Super Pet Saturday
Saturday, April 19 • 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Encourage your child's love of reading at Dog Tales starting at 10 a.m. Practice literacy in a comfortable environment by reading a favorite book to a therapy dog from the Pals on Paws chapter of Therapy Dogs International at the Museum. Stop by anytime between 10 and 11 a.m. After, join us for FutureVet Camp at 11:30 a.m., and meet a veterinarian and a friendly therapy dog “patient.” Learn about choosing and caring for pets at home and about how veterinarians care for pets in their work. The program will conclude with a mini-graduation complete with goodie bag, diploma and stethoscope for each child (while supplies last).