Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Celebrate our Earth!


Starting tomorrow with Earth Day (April 22) and all the way through Arbor Day (April 30), Please Touch Museum will be celebrating Earth Week with the goal of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. By building for their own futures and understanding their role or place in the world, children grow to care for nature and learn about individual responsibility.

Join us for Earth Week themed Story Times in the Story Castle where families will receive "Creative Re-Use and Play for Everyday!" booklets, which are filled with wonderful ideas on how they can be "green" while playing with their children and having fun. The booklets are printed on recycled paper and offer tips on how to support environmental awareness by using recycled materials, reducing waste and learning to practice creative re-use at home. In addition, Earth Day Kits donated by Plan Toys will be given out tomorrow, April 22, specifically for Earth Day. Be sure to get yours!

Check out this list of educational programming:

• Recycled print making and 'decorate the museum' with high school ACES students in the Program Room on Saturday, April 24 by creating recycled collages on chairs to be used in front of the Kids Store.
• March, move, shake, rattle and roll using recycled musical instruments at the End of the Day Parades.
• Hide and Seek out author Dan Lipow's Original Prints from "I Love Our Earth" (pictured above and below).
• Take a trip to the great outdoors without even leaving the Program Room during the Creative Dramatics Camping Kids Playtime.
• Join the silly Chefs Charlene, Sean and Sheldon at the Kooky Cooks Recycling Show in the Supermarket as they discover how to renew, reuse, and remake using everyday household items, a little imagination, a very special cooking pot, and lot of laughs!
• Look for appearances from Corny the Acorn Puppet: Corny is often seen in the Exploring Trees: Inside and Out exhibit, making sure visitors are doing “Oak-Kay” while they play and learn about trees and nature.

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Week at home?

• Read Dr. Suess’ book "Lorax" and Dan Lipow's "I Love Our Earth"
• Plant flowers
• Sign up for a park or community clean-up
• Create a family tree, literally! Get together with your family to spend the day outside and plant a tree. You will be able to watch it grow as your family grows!
• Enjoy the outdoors by taking a nature walk through Fairmount Park

Happy Earth Week!

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