Category: Bloomsburg

The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow

The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow

The Children Features BTE Founder Laurie McCants’s Final Bow
January 16th – February 2nd
at The Alvina Krause Theatre

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is proud to present their third show of their 42nd Season, The Children by Lucy Kirkwood. The three-person play stars Elizabeth Dowd, James Goode, and Laurie McCants (in her final mainstage role before she retires from BTE).

The Children tells the story of Hazel and Robin (Dowd and Goode), retired nuclear scientists, living a life of relative seclusion in the wake of a recent nuclear meltdown. Out of the blue, their old co-worker and friend Rose (McCants) shows up in their kitchen, and brings with her some shocking memories and tough questions. Old secrets are revealed, dormant rivalries flare up, and sparks fly in this darkly funny drama that examines what kind of world we hope to leave for our children.

Lucy Kirkwood’s Tony-nominated play was a hit in London before moving to Broadway, Melbourne, and Chicago. The Guardian’s Helen Meany calls The Children “a taut tale of human and atomic meltdown.”  

The Children plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30PM, and Sundays at 3:00PM at The Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg. January 16th, 17th, and 18th are “Pay What You Decide” performances; entry is free, but you decide what your ticket was worth at the end of the show. 

Following the performance on Sunday, January 26th at 5:00PM, BTE will host a “Conversation With Laurie McCants,” during which Ensemble guests and audience members can ask Laurie about her 42 year career with BTE as well as her countless travels and eclectic theatrical endeavors.

Tickets are available at www.bte.org or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181. The Children is also included with a  BTE monthly subscription.

Rated MA for Mature Themes, Adult Humor, and Explosive Drama

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces January 2020 Kids Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces January 2020 Kids Programs

The Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its programs for January 2020.

**New**

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will be open on Mondays in January from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

First Lego League

Tuesday, January 7, 14, 21 and 28

4:30-5:30 p.m.

First Lego League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6-10. Discover your sense of wonder during the 2019/2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season, BOOMTOWN BUILD!. More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. Lego Expo Mar. 7th. Team #1 6-7 year olds Team #2 8-10 year olds. Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm for 10 weeks starting Dec. 3rd-Feb. 25th. Registration required. $80/student (members $72). Includes team t-shirt. Spaces are limited.

Winter Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 8: Snowmen

Enjoy special winter-themed crafts along with free adult admission. Special craft from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Little Sprouts: Tumble & Move

January 9, 16, 23 and 30
10:15-10:45 a.m.

Ages 2-6 and their caregivers will tumble and move, experiencing whole body motion through fun themes each week. Taught by Katie Rude of MomBoss Fitness. Four class session is $28 per family (same household); registration required.

Music Together ® Family Classes

Friday, January 10 (8 week session)
10:15-11:00 a.m.

This internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program is led by certified music teacher, Kerry Kenny. Music Together ® stimulates a love for music, movement, and learning in children ages newborn to kindergarten and the adults who love them. Music CD and songbook included. Registration required. Register at www.MusicTogetherofbloomsburg.com or email at

[email protected].

Art Lab: Watercolor Snowflakes

Saturday, January 11

11 a.m.-12 noon

A one-hour class exploring and introducing fine art techniques. Recommended for ages 6 and up. $2/per student plus Museum admission. Space is limited, register online today.

The Mitten Day

Saturday, January 11

10 a.m.-12 noon

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum to read a wintery story, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We will have mitten-themed crafts and activities for all ages. Free with Museum admission.

Homeschool Hangouts

Wednesday, January 15 and 29

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families.

Girls Who Code

Thursday, January 16

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Girls Who Code is a FREE after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. All while having fun and making friends!

 

Thursday, January 16

Science Fair

5-8 p.m.

Students in grades 7-12 are invited to enter a project in the fair which will take place on January 16, 2020. To enter a project, complete the registration form found on our website or pick one up at the Museum’s office. Registration forms are due no later than December 6, 2019. CASH PRIZES are awarded to top projects. NASCO gift cards are awarded to top 3 teachers or homeschooling groups with the most students participating. All students receiving first awards will move on to the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair which takes place in March.

Butterflies Live

Saturday, January 18

10 a.m.-12 noon

Join Folk’s Farm at the Museum in experiencing a live butterfly enclosure. Learn all about the life cycles of these winged beau-ties with hands-on activities. Free with Museum admission.

Panera Bakers in Training

Monday, January 20

2:00 p.m.

During this fun-filled culinary experience, your child will try their hand at bread making by stretching and scoring a mini French baguette. They will also sample from Panera’s Clean Kids Menu, and decorate their own cookie with pro tips from Panera’s artisan bakers. Register online at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. Class is held at the Panera Bakery, 60 Plaza Drive, Bloomsburg. $25/child, includes chef’s hat, apron, tastings, and baking activity.

Two Dollar Tuesday

Tuesday, January 21
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

$2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2 p.m.

Exploring Club

Tuesday, January 21

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Exploring Club is for boys and girls ages 10 –17 who are interested in learning about exciting career choices through activities, guest speakers and field trips to take an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers. Exploring Club is run through the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life. $140/ student for the entire year. (No meetings in July and August)

Winter Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 22: Jack Frost

Enjoy special winter-themed crafts along with free adult admission. Special craft from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nerf Modifications

Saturday, January 25

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the Museum for this NEW club! Modifying your Nerf blaster is a fun and interesting way to expand on your new hobby. When done safely, modding can be a fun lesson in physics and mechanics. $25.00 for the year, ages 8 and up.

National Seed Swap Day

Saturday, January 25

10 a.m.-12 noon

Celebrate National Seed Swap Day with us. Gardeners of all ages can come together and swap the seeds from their best plants, which is great for improving the biodiversity in the local area. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Kid Power Self Defense

2 sessions: 10-10:40 a.m. and 11-11:40 a.m.

Students will get empowered by learning to use key phrases and “get away” moves based on martial arts. Taught by teen instructor, Erik Weibel, black belt in taekwondo and Karate with ten years of martial arts experience. Adults must stay at program with children under 12. $2 fee plus regular admission. Spaces are limited.

Families with Special Needs Night

Friday, January 31

4-7 p.m.

Come to a fun night out for families with special needs! Enjoy a performance from IMAGE. IMAGE is a Sign Language performance group from Bloomsburg University. Their main goal is to promote American Sign Language, ASL, as a true language. Enjoy reduced number of visitors, a quiet area, fun craft and sensory activities, and an opportunity to network with other families. Admission is FREE.

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.the-childrens-museum.org or call 570-389-9206 for more information.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $80,500 grant from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $80,500 grant from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Receives $80,500 grant from
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources
Grant Submitted in Collaboration with Columbia County Commissioners

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum was recently awarded a $80,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources (DCNR). The successful application was written by the Museum’s newly hired Director, Dr. Ginny Weibel, in collaboration with Columbia County Commissioners.

The grant will renovate the lobby of the Children’s Museum, adding a wheelchair ramp to replace the current wheelchair lift, and will refurbish the ever-popular Greenway exhibit.

Dr. Weibel says of the award, “The Museum exists to serve our community and ignite the imagination of every child and adult that enters our building. This grant from DCNR is instrumental in our ability to deliver this message.”

The renovated Greenway will provide additional hands-on and interactive exhibits on topics such as local outdoor recreation, camping, geo-caching, native and invasive turtle and plant species, waste recycling, and water conservation and protection, to name a few.

Chris Young, Columbia County Commissioner, says, “The Columbia County Commissioners were thrilled to partner with an outstanding organization like the Children’s Museum. We are even happier that DCNR recognized the importance of the grant application.”

The Columbia County Conservation District and the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeepers will support this effort with programming within the exhibit. The Museum’s refurbished Greenway exhibit will detail the locations, activities, and amenities at Columbia Montour outdoor recreation areas and include interactive areas to educate visitors about the health and wellness benefits of participating in outdoor activities. The new exhibit will also educate visitors on the value of these areas for protection and the vital role they play in our lives and community health.

The Museum’s always-popular live turtle exhibit is already an effective means of communicating the effects of invasive species. The expanded exhibit will partner with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Department to include an Eastern Box Turtle, a species of concern. Other aspects of this exhibit will include biodiversity and habitat restoration efforts. One example of an interactive exhibit will be a dramatic play fishing pond and kayak adventure.

The plan also includes a recycling station in the Museum lobby, as well as an ADA-compliant water bottle filling station/water fountain to discourage the use of plastic bottles.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. The Museum hosts 25,000 visitors annually and provides over 500 programming hours per year and over 50% of those hours are for programs that foster outdoor recreation, sustainability and environmental stewardship. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.the-childrens-museum.org or call 570-389-9206 for more information.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM’S NEW DIRECTOR
Dr. Ginny Weibel was hired as the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum’s Director in the fall of 2019. She was formerly employed as the Museum’s Educational Coordinator from 2012-2019. She earned a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and has over 25 years of experience in scientific research and education. Prior to moving to Central Pennsylvania, Ginny was a Research Professor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weibel has been key in developing and implementing the Museum’s STEM-based programming for a variety of ages and abilities.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces December 2019 Kids Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces December 2019 Kids Programs

The Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its programs for December 2019.

 

Infectious Intelligence Club

Monday, December 2 (continues monthly on first Monday through May 2020)

5-7 p.m.

Middle and High School-aged students will design and build tethered robots using engineering design concepts. Robots will be created to compete in a competition. Sketchup, technical drawing, circuits, mechanical engineering, critical thinking, and mathematical skills will be taught. A teacher’s recommendation is required because of the challenging nature of the club. Open to grades 6 and up. Payment required upon registration. $140/student. Pizza dinner included.

 

First Lego League

Tuesday, December 3, 10, and 17

4:30-5:30 p.m.

First Lego League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6-10. Discover your sense of wonder during the 2019/2020 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season, BOOMTOWN BUILD!. More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. Lego Expo Mar. 7th. Team #1 6-7 year olds Team#2 8-10 year olds. Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm for 10 weeks starting Dec. 3rd-Feb. 25th.(No class 12/24 and 12/31) Registration required. $80/student (members $72). Includes team t-shirt. Spaces are limited.

 

Homeschool Hangouts

Wednesday, December 4 and 18

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families.

 

Girls Who Code

Thursday, December 5 and 19

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Girls Who Code is a FREE after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. All while having fun and making friends!

 

Little Sprouts: Tumble & Move

December 5, 12 and 19  

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Ages 2-6 and their caregivers will tumble and move, experiencing whole body motion through fun themes each week. Taught by Katie Rude of MomBoss Fitness. Four class session is $28 per family (same household); registration required.

 

Art Lab: Dream Catchers

Saturday, December 7
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

A one hour class exploring and introducing fine art techniques. Whether you’re a seasoned painter in acrylics or watercolor or new to painting in general, you’ll find oil painting to be a fun and unique way to bring your drawings to life! Recommended for ages 6+. Museum admission plus $6.00 material fee. Register online.

 

Sensory Santa

Sunday, December 8

1-4 p.m.

Visit with Santa in a quiet relaxed environment where kids can take their time with Santa, playing with toys and reading books. Free museum admission.

 

Miss Kerry’s Holiday Music Camp

December 10-13

10:15am-11:15am

This internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program is led by certified music teacher, Kerry Kenny. $70.00 for first child and $30.00 for the second child ages infant to 5. Infants under 9 months can attend free of charge with registered sibling in the camp. Register at www.musictogetherofbloomsburg.com or email at [email protected]

 

Mini Maker Camp

December 11-13

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ages 6-12, $30 per student; Camp C: Super Amazing Chemistry

Students will conduct 12 experiments exploring polymers, color, light, chain reactions, acids and bases all while having fun!

 

Winter Wednesdays: Reindeer

Wednesday, December 11

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy special winter-themed crafts along with free adult admission. Special craft from 11 a.m.-2 pm.

 

Scout Badge Program: Shoebox Archeology

Saturday, December 14
10-11 a.m.

Archaeology is tons of dirt-digging, story-telling, mystery-solving fun. Archaeologists learn about ancient people, how they lived, what they looked like, what tools they used, by digging in the dirt! Learn about this process while earning a scout fun patch! Registration includes fun patch and materials for class. $15.00 per student.

 

Two Dollar Tuesday

Tuesday, December 17
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

$2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2 p.m.

 

Explorer Club

Tuesday, December 17

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Exploring Club is for boys and girls ages 10 –17 who are interested in learning about exciting career choices through activities, guest speakers and field trips to take an in-depth look at a wide variety of careers. Exploring Club is run through the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life. $140/ student for the entire year. (No meetings in July and August)

 

Gingerbread House Reception

Saturday, December 21

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Don’t miss the sights and smells of our 4th annual Gingerbread Competition and Display! Enjoy gingerbread themed crafts and games.

 

Countdown to Noon: A Family Celebration of New Year’s

December 31

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for a Family Celebration of New Year’s at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. There will be New Year’s themed crafts and games, and a “Countdown to Noon” with special musical guest Kerry Kenny.

 

The Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of people in the 10-county region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.the-childrens-museum.org or call 570-389-9206 for more information.

The Exchange Hosts Raffle to benefit Bloom U Art Student Award

The Exchange Hosts Raffle to benefit Bloom U Art Student Award

As part of its mission of bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region and of supporting artists throughout their careers, The Exchange has again partnered with a Bloomsburg University professor to fund the annual award given to a Bloom U. student who has taken the initiative to enter work in Exchange Gallery shows. By building a resumé while also supporting a local non-profit organization’s programs, the winning student demonstrates promise of building a life in art and as a community member.

This year we will raffle off an 8″ x 8″ oil-on-canvas painting by Professor of painting Vince Hron, currently the chair of the Department of Art & Art History. Vince has done paintings of clouds for a long time; one of his giant canvases hung at the top of the stairs in the old Moose Exchange for a couple of years, before the opening of the Stairwell Gallery. Vince has three paintings this size in a gallery in Omaha right now, and they sell for $500 each — so you could take this one home for much less!

Tickets sell for $2 each, three for $5, seven for $10, available with cash or check at The Exchange from now until the drawing, which will take place at the end of the Listening Room on Wednesday, the 18th of December. The winner takes home the painting — and every participant has the satisfaction of supporting the arts at Bloomsburg University.

Chad Andrews, Assistant Professor of printmaking, proposed the idea of the award in 2018; we at The Exchange responded with enthusiasm. “The Exchange owes its ongoing success to collaborations like this,” says Oren B. Helbok, executive director. “By specifically celebrating students who engage with our programming, we highlight the importance of the multifaceted relationship between Bloomsburg University and our whole community.” Chad has had a long association with The Exchange, serving on its board 2011-2016 and founding the Stairwell Gallery, now the Exchange Gallery.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Offers Special X-Mas Event For Elementary School Students

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Offers Special X-Mas Event For Elementary School Students

TreeFest Kid’s Days will be held in the Caldwell Consistory on the square in downtown Bloomsburg at the home of BTE’s annual TreeFest event. Kid’s Days will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on December 3, 4, and 5.

Students will enjoy Story time with the Ensemble, tour two floors of live, decorated trees, engage in a Scavenger Hunt, Craft Time, Holiday Class Photo, and visit with Santa!

Ensemble members will be reading/storytelling Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Twas the Night Before Christmas to name a few.

The fee is $5.00 per person.

School representatives are encouraged to call soon for availability for this special event. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Paula Henry, BTE’s School Programs Director at 570.458.4075, email at [email protected] or visit www.bte.org