MMKids

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Each of the programs and exhibitions at the Museum is designed with the goal of increasing curiosity and learning. For children who visit with their families and schools, the Museum has developed strategies to make learning fun by employing hands-on, participatory activities which engage and focus young visitors.In the Becker Children’s Wing, learning is an active process and exhibitions are designed to offer children an interactive engagement with a subject. Visitors can begin their tour with an orientation in our amphitheater, explore the exhibition, experiment with many hands-on activities and visit the children’s gift shop. The WonderWing is designed for early childhood education with elements that stimulate curiosity, enhance understanding, and draw young visitors to experiment, imagine, explore and discover.

MMKids Theme of the Month

MMKids June Theme:  CREATURE FEATURE: Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs!
Meyer Art & Nature Area Program: June 30, 2016 3:30 – 5:00 PM: Beautiful Butterflies! Visit our Betty Jean & Karl Meyer Art & Nature Area to explore our butterfly garden! Learn about host and nectar plants and the role that butterflies and other pollinators like bees play in our environment. Artists young and old will then create their own beautiful “coffee filter” butterflies!

Green Arts Studio: Wednesday June 29th Make a Spider Web!

MMKids July Theme:  EUREKA: It’s Mad Scientist Summer!
Meyer Art & Nature Area Program: July 28, 2016 
3:30 -5:00 PM Snakes in the Grass! Our slithery friends get a bad rap, but they are essential to the eco-systems in which they make their homes.  We’ll look at the important role that snakes play in the food web and in the maintenance of their habitats.  Then we’ll weave our own snake craft.

Green Arts Studio: Wednesday July 6th Make a Patriotic Windsock!
Summer Special Programming:

STAYCATION DAYS at the Monmouth Museum in July! featuring Outdoor Activities in the Meyer Art & Nature Area

Friday, July 8, 2016:

10:30am MMKIDS Pre-School Story Time & Craft: “Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni, in the Nature Area; Ages 4-6;Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

11:30am Spy Science: Invisible Ink  Learn how to write secret messages with invisible ink and surprise your friends! Ages 7+;Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

1pm MMKIDS Science Magic: Thar she Blows!!  Stand Back and watch as our docent uses simple chemistry to cause explosive fun! Ages 7+;Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

4pm Young Chemist: Bubble Fun  We’ll concoct our own bubble potion and make rainbow bubble snakes! All ages;Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

INDOOR ACTIVITIES:

1:30pm Twinkletots StarLab Planetarium Program  Ages 4-6;

3pm MMKIDS StarLab Planetarium Program Ages 7+; All Day Fun  Nature Area Explorations, Arts & Crafts in the Green Arts Studio, Movies in the Media Center & “Random Acts of Science” in the Becker Children’s Wing.

Thursday, July 14, 2016:

12pm MMKIDS Pre-School Music Fun We’ll create our very own percussion instruments and march around the nature center. Ages 4-6;

1pm Spy Science: Fingerprints! We’ll learn about fingerprints and take each other’s prints! Then we’ll make pictures with our fingerprints; Ages 7+;

2:30pm Science Magic: “Icy Fun in the Sun!” Did you know you can turn ice into glue? You’ll learn how to do it during this short chemistry lesson! Ages 7+; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

3:30pm Young Chemists: “Slime Time!” Come help us stir up a batch of ooey gooey fun and take some home! All ages with an accompanying adult; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

Indoor Activities:

2pm MMKIDS Twinkletots Planetarium Program; $1.00 with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

All Day Fun:

Nature Area Explorations, Arts & Crafts in the Green Arts Studio, Movies in the Media Center & “Random Acts of Science” in the Becker Children’s Wing

Wednesday July 20, 2016:

Outdoor Activities in the Meyer Art & Nature Center

12pm “Spy Science: Code Breakers” Learn how to make a Cryptograph Wheel ad create your own secret code; Age 7+; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

2pm “Science Magic: Hot Air Balloons” With this short experiment you’ll learn how Hot Air Balloons Fly!

2:30pm MMKIDS Pre-School Story Time and Craft; “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

3:30pm “Snakes in the Grass” Craft an “accordion-folded” paper snake while our docent teaches about the importance of snakes to the earth’s eco-systems

All Day Fun:

Nature Area Explorations, Arts & Crafts in the Green Arts Studio, Movies in the Media Center & “Random Acts of Science” in the Becker Children’s Wing

Thursday July 28, 2016:

Outdoor Activities in the Meyer Art & Nature Center

10:30am MMKIDS Pre-school Story Time and Craft in the Nature Center “What do you Do with a Tail Like This?” by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page; Ages 4-6; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

12pm MMKIDS Math Monsters; Ages 4-6; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

12:30 Arts & Crafts in the Nature Center: Origami Boats that Float! Ages 7+; Make your own origami boat – we’ll even let you sail it! Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

4pm Science & Art in the Nature Center: Make your very own Lava Lamp! Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

Indoor Activities:

1:30pm MMKIDS StarLab Twinkletots Planetarium Program; Age 4-6; $1.00 with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

3pm MMKIDS StarLab Planetarium Program; Age 7+; $1.00 with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free

All Day Fun:

Nature Area Explorations, Arts & Crafts in the Green Arts Studio, Movies in the Media Center & “Random Acts of Science” in the Becker Children’s Wing

MMKIDS August Theme: SHARK MONTH: Dive Right In!

Meyer Art & Nature Area Program: August 25, 2016 3:30-5:00pm: “Under the Sea” Come explore the Ocean with us! Our docent/naturalist will engage children age 5+ in a presentation about the sea and the creatures that make their homes in the waters just off the coast of New Jersey  We’ll use natural and human-made specimens to learn about fish, mammals,and shellfish.  Then we’ll make a “Stained glass” style fish hanging!

MMKids Weekly Programs

Tuesdays

4:30 pm – MMKids DISCOVER & EXPLORATION (children age 7+) Go on a learning adventure! Explore cool science facts and trivia, history, the arts and more! This Docent-led interactive 20 minute weekly program is perfect for the young scientist or historian in your family! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Wednesdays

2 to 5:00 pm – MMKids ART HOUR in the Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! Led by our Studio Teaching Artist, kids will make a new project each week using all types of arts & crafts incorporating recyclable materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Thursdays

1 pm – MMKids Math Monsters (children ages 3 – 6 yrs) Who said math was not fun? This Docent-led interactive 20 minute weekly program takes math to the wild side with activities that lead problem solving to places you never imagined it could! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Fridays

10:30 am – MMKids Preschool Story Time & Craft in the WonderWing. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

7:00 pm – MMKids Movie Night in the Becker Wing Theater (all ages) Enjoy a family friendly film! Each week we will show a different feature on our big screen. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Saturdays

11 am – MMKids Preschool Story Time & Craft in the WonderWing. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

10am to 5 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! Led by our Studio Teaching Artist, kids will make a new project each week using all types of arts & crafts incorporating recyclable materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Sundays

12:30 pm – MMKids Preschool Story Time & Craft in the WonderWing. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free. 1:30 and

12 to 5 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! Led by our Studio Teaching Artist, kids will make a new project each week using all types of arts & crafts incorporating recyclable materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.