Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Play Patrol

Hey friends!
Now that summer is officially over, I talked to Nick Viggiano, Marketing Coordinator at Please Touch Museum, about the museum's Play Patrol and all the fun they had this summer. If you haven't seen the Play Patrol out and about at a community event, stop by this Saturday, October 3 from 8 a.m.- Noon as we'll be outside at Eakins Oval across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's East Entrance for the American Diabetes Association's "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes."

Pinky: Hey Nick! What's the Play Patrol all about?
Nick: Our Play Patrol brings the essence of the museum out on the road and into the Greater Philadelphia community. Play Patrols include arts and crafts projects, ABC Games-themed activities, and other open-ended, child-directed play activities. With every Play Patrol appearance, the museum gives away lots of goodies such as Please Touch Museum temporary tattoos and band aids. The Play Patrol is a great way for us to introduce our museum's philosophy of open-ended play experiences and the value of play to parents and caregivers who may not be familiar with what we do here at Please Touch.

Pinky: What kind of activities can kids participate in during a Play Patrol?
Nick: Bubble wands, hula hoops, ABC Games weight sets and sidewalk chalk are all fun and exciting activities that the Play Patrol brings to events when appropriate. As with all Please Touch activities, we want to make sure kids are learning through play. Bubble wands and sidewalk chalk let kids engage their imaginations, while fostering creative thinking and expression. The hula hoops and weights are a great way to teach a healthy and active lifestyle to kids. What more fun could exercising be than lifting giant “barbells” or staging an impromptu hula hoop contest with other kids?!

Similar to the hands-on activities part of the museum's Play Patrol, here are some fun activities fit for fall that you can do at home with your child!

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