The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum recently partnered with United in Recovery, part of Columbia Montour United Way, to bring “Hidden in Plain Sight” Temporary Exhibit to Bloomsburg

“Hiding in Plain Sight” is an exhibit, meant for parents and caregivers, that simulates a teen’s bedroom in which parents learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about risky behavior. Amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies, and personal care products are items that can signal that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful, or even illegal activity. Visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the items on display.

Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction & Education Coordinator for United in Recovery explains the importance of this exhibit.

“The ‘problem’ that our Hiding In Plain Sight exhibit addresses is substance use among young adults. Within the ‘teen’s bedroom’ that is set up, there are many places where one may hide illicit substances. Our exhibit strives to make parents and caregivers aware of not only where these hiding places are, but also of what challenges a teen may face when they use these illicit substances. We also provide resources and information for the family to take with them if interested, and the hands-on experience is a conversation starter for many individuals. This simulation is not meant to scare families and loved ones but be a conduit to have an open conversation on safety and prevention concerning illicit substance use among youth. ”

The exhibit is currently open and runs through September 18th. Visitors can view the exhibit by entering a separate program space adjacent to the Museum’s exhibit galleries. The exhibit is open during regular Museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about United in Recovery please visit https://cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces August Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces August Programs

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its August programs.

PDF calendar attached.

The Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

GENERAL PROGRAMMING
S.W.O.R.D. at the Museum: Presented by T-Mobile
Sunday, August 1, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
1 pound and 3 pound combat robots battle it out in intense one-on-one mechanical matchups! Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits and watch these combat machines try to win a match by incapacitating the opponent or pushing it off the combat stage. Kids will have a chance to “battle” with the Museum’s “playable” battlebots. Register to compete a bot for $20. This event is free for spectators and open to the public.

Dog Days of Summer
August 4: Under the Sea, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

Saturday Sing-along with Miss Kerry
Saturday, August 7, 11:30 am-12:00 pm
Join Miss Kerry for this sing-along Saturday! Wiggling, singing and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place. This event is included in Museum admission.

Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, August 14 @ Rohrbach’s Farm, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Join us at Rohrbach’s Farm Market for a fun-filled day with trucks of all kinds. Get an up-close, hands-on look at loaders, campers, tractors, fire engines, and more! Free admission.

Two Dollar Tuesday
Tuesday, August 17, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10 am-2 pm.

Honey Bee Awareness Day
Saturday, August 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Did you know the honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans? Learn more about these insects and why they are important to our ecosystem. Included with regular admission.

Celebrate Peach Month
Saturday, August 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum as we celebrate peach month. Learn all about these delicious fruits while learning some new recipes. Included with regular admission

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Hosting Battlebot Competition this Sunday, Aug. 1, Presented by T-Mobile

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Hosting Battlebot Competition this Sunday, Aug. 1, Presented by T-Mobile

On Sunday, August 1, 2021 the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, located at 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is hosting a battlebot competition that is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD).
Come see 1-pound and 3-pound combat robots battle it out in intense one-on-one mechanical matchups. While you are there you can also enjoy the Museum, grab some food, score some swag from event sponsor T-Mobile, and try out our kid-friendly battlebots in our small arena!

“The Museum hosted a battebot team for the past 6 years,” Ginny Weibel, Children’s Museum Director said. “Our team, Infectious Intelligence, is comprised of middle school and high school-aged students. We started the club as a way to get kids involved in the engineering design process. It is a real challenge to design a robot that can withstand the attacks from the other robots and it’s a lot of fun to see these machines in action.”

The competition is open to all ages but is limited to ant weight (one-pound) and beetle weight (three-pound) robots.

Ryan Bohenek is the President of the SWORD Club. Bohenek says the sport of battlebots, “gives students the opportunity to take an idea and follow through with the design, manufacture, and assembly processes until they have a functioning robot. Then at these competitions learning what worked properly and what did not and improving and building upon those skills.”

Admission to the competition is free for spectators and it includes Museum admission.

If you have a battlebot and want to compete, you can register it at www.robotcombatevents.com/events/627

Registration is $20 per robot. All proceeds are being donated to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. If you don’t have a battlebot but always dreamed of operating one, there will be a novice ring sponsored by Dyco Inc. and FIngertech Robotics where you can try out operating a scaled-down version of the battle bots.

Food will be available for purchase on-site.

Doors open at 9 a.m., first fights start at 10:30 a.m. Battles will continue throughout the day until 6 p.m. when the final awards ceremony takes place.

For more information about the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit  https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces July Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces July Programs

GENERAL PROGRAMMING

Firework Extravaganza

Saturday, July 3, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Get ready for July 4th with firework extravaganza! Come learn about fireworks and create some crafts! Included with regular admission.

Saturday Sing-along with Miss Kerry

Saturday, July 3, 11:30 am-12:00 pm

Join Miss Kerry for this sing-along Saturday! Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place. This event is included in Museum admission.

Dog Days of Summer

11:00 am-1:00 pm

July 7: Popsicles

July 21: Winter in July

Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

Teddy Bear Picnic

Saturday, July 10, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Bring your favorite teddy bear and enjoy a picnic! Create your own teddy bear sized food and basket. Included with regular admission.

Two Dollar Tuesday

Tuesday, July 20, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Ex-change will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10am-2pm.

May The Force Be With You Day

Saturday, July 17, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Meet and take pictures with professional Star Wars characters, make your own lightsaber, enjoy new games, crafts, food vendors. Plus dunk-a-trooper, jedi obstacle course, blast-a-trooper and new activities for this year. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character! Purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/bcm-maytheforce21

This Day in History: Amelia Earhart Birthday

Saturday, July 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

On July 24th, 1897 Amelia Earhart was born. Did you know she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean? Celebrate her birthday with an airplane-themed craft. Included with regular admission.

Water Day

Saturday, July 24, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

We will have a variety of activities for kids to cool off while having fun. Play in our lazy river, take the water balloon challenge and enjoy our inflatable water slides! Caution you will have fun and get wet. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Town Pool. Purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/bcm-waterday21

Avocado Day

Saturday, July 31, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Did you know an avocado has more potassium than a banana? Learn more about these fruits (yes, avocado is a fruit) and take home some delicious recipes. Included with regular admission.

CLUBS AND CLASSES

Preschool Under the Sea Summer Camp

June 28-July 2, 8:30-9:30 & 10:00-11:00 am

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum this summer and dive right into this summer camp. Preschool campers will dip their toes in the sea, explore the depths of the ocean, make friends with a squid and cuddle an octopus…without even getting wet or jumping into a submarine! Every day will be an exploration of a different part of our beautiful oceans and the creatures that live there!

Music Together® of Bloomsburg

Every Friday, 10:15-11:15 am

Music Together is an early childhood music curriculum that’s known around the world for its ability to engage children and adults in musical play together.

Enchanted Princess Mini Camp

July 7-9, 10:00 am-11:00 pm

Dreams will come true this summer at our mini-camp perfect for the princess in your life with all kinds of royal activities. Each day will focus on a different favorite princess as our campers enjoy a week of singing and dancing along with tea parties, arts & crafts, and making new friends. A fun and magical week will all lead up to a coronation ceremony. Your little one’s fairy tale summer camp is just around the corner!

Young Engineers

3:00-4:00 pm

Friday, July 16: Hydraulic Platforms

Friday, July 23: Fans

Friday, July 30: Mechanical Hand

Grab your lab coats and goggles for these science class! Students will learn about pneumatics, circuits, hydraulics, and more! Perfect for students ages 6+

Maker Camp – SOLD OUT

July 19-23, 10:00 am—1:00 pm

What do soldering, 3D printing, sculpture, electronics, painting, laser cutting, food, and hammers all have in common? MAKER CAMP! Makers will explore, experiment and play. They are inquisitive hands-on learners who like to try new things! Ages grouped by activity. Taught by Dr. Ginny Weibel and Dr. Kristene Baldwin.

American Girl Summer Camp – SOLD OUT

July 26-30, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Campers and their dolls (any kind of doll or stuffed animal) will discover adventures a-plenty in this camp full of miniature projects and friendship. Ends with an American Girl Party.

Painting and Drawing Camp II – SOLD OUT

July 12-16, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Young artists will scribble, splatter, and create! This camp is all about learning how to draw and paint. From using teeny tiny to larger than life, we will be exploring every surface using brushes, pencils, and the unexpected! Presented by Art Space member and artist, Sara Mika. Two dates, same great camp!

DIY Art for Kids!

3:00-4:00 pm

July 6: DIY Dinosaur

July 13: DIY Tore Bag

July 20: DIY Puzzle

July 27: DIY Flower Bowl

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum to create a fun DIY Craft. Suggested for ages 6+ .

Spark Labs with the Crazy Science Lady: Geology

Saturday, July 31, 10:30-11:30 am

Invent, experiment, and explore at this lab that ignites curiosity about the world around us.

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, in partnership with the McBride Library and United in Recovery, recently partnered to provide a pop-up exhibit in Berwick.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, in partnership with the McBride Library and United in Recovery, recently partnered to provide a pop-up exhibit in Berwick.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum has created a pop-up exhibit for the McBride Library that promotes healthy habits for good mental health and teaches visitors how their brains work. The temporary exhibit reflects a small part of the Museum’s new health and nutrition exhibit titled “The Superpower of You,” slated to open July 23rd.

Ginny Weibel, Director of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum said the pop-up exhibit pays homage to the museum’s past. “Thirty-six years ago, the museum actually started as a traveling organization. We moved around to different locations putting up temporary exhibits in schools and community centers for limited engagements,” said Weibel.

Weibel explained the choice of topic for the pop-up exhibit. “The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a need in our community to better understand stress, anxiety, and depression, particularly in children and teens. We want people to have the knowledge and tools to take charge of their health and work towards developing healthy habits that strengthen both body and mind,” Weibel said.

In the exhibit, visitors will learn about how the brain functions, how your senses work, tackle some brain games, and learn what you can do to take charge of your brain’s health.

Christine Curley, Director of the McBride Memorial Library emphasized this point. “Mental health plays a key role in our overall health. A child’s mental well-being is just as important as their physical well-being and deserves the same quality of support. We are very grateful for our partnership with the Children’s Museum in bringing this exhibit to our patrons, which not only gives our patrons a chance to learn more about mental health and how the brain works but also helps to connect them to valuable mental health resources.”

Some of the resources available within the exhibit were provided by the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties, United in Recovery. Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction & Education Coordinator for United in Recovery, emphasized the importance of this message. “Providing evidence-based education for youth and families is a key part of prevention when talking about addiction. Substance use disorder is prevalent in many families within our community; learning about the disease from a scientific and biological approach is a great way to teach that it can happen to anyone, and how we can help our kids make healthy, positive choices,” Oden said.

The exhibit was sponsored by Berwick Youth In Philanthropy, The Community Giving Foundation, and T-Mobile. You can visit the exhibit at the McBride Memorial Library from now until September 30th.

For information on programs and operating hours of the McBride Memorial Library, please visit https://mcbridelibrary.org

For more information on the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its June programs

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, is pleased to announce its June programs

The Children’s Museum follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID mitigation. Masks are required for entry for anyone over the age of 2. The Museum has enacted a strict sanitation schedule to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our guests. You can learn more about our efforts at: https://the-childrens-museum.org/.

The Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

GENERAL PROGRAMMING:
Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Celebrate Dairy Month

Did you know a dairy cow can produce more than 2,300 gallons of milk each year? Learn more interesting facts about dairy while creating crafts! Included with regular admission.

Wednesday, June 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dog Days of Summer: Strawberries with Rohrbach’s Farm

Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

Friday, June 11, 3-7 p.m.

All Abilities Night

Come to a fun night out for All Abilities Night! Enjoy a reduced number of visitors, space and freedom to explore at your own pace, adapted exhibits, a quiet area and an opportunity to network with other families. All Abilities Night is a FREE event held regularly. This All Abilities Night will be held in memory of Erika Shultz.

Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Living History Day

History comes alive! Learn about living in years past. Enjoy listening to presentations, learning through educational interpretation, hands-on demonstrations and exploring various booths. Join the Daughters of the American Revolution as they do a demonstration based on the book “Gingerbread for Liberty!” This event is included in regular admission.

June 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Two Dollar Tuesday

Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day. The Ex-change will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10am-2pm.

Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This Day in History: 1978, Garfield

On June 19th, 1978 the first Garfield comic was printed. Learn more about this popular orange, lasagna loving cat on this day. Included with regular admission.

Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 3 sessions

Ariel’s Royal Tea Party

Join Ariel for an afternoon of games, stories, songs, and snacks! Ages 2-12. Costumes are optional. Tickets are required for admission.

Wednesday, June 23

Dog Days of Summer: Silly Sunglasses

Beat the heat and come to the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum! Enjoy a special summer-themed craft every other Wednesday with free adult admission!

CLASSES, CLUBS, CAMPS:

Every Friday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Music Together® of Bloomsburg

Music Together is an early childhood music curriculum that’s known around the world for its ability to engage children and adults in musical play together.

Young Engineers, 3-4 p.m.

Friday, June 18: Dinosaur

Friday, June 25: Ball Launcher

Grab your lab coats and goggles for these science class! Students will learn about pneumatics, circuits, hydraulics, and more! Perfect for students ages 6+

Saturday, June 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Spark Labs with the Crazy Science Lady: Let’s Take Flight

Invent, experiment, and explore at this lab that ignites curiosity about the world around us.

June 14-18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Snack Attack Summer Camp

During this week-long camp, campers will learn about some easy (and healthy) snack hacks. Campers will learn about each section of the MyPlate food guide and make and take yummy treats each day. Campers will also learn about the science behind some of your favorite foods.

DIY Art for Kids, 3-4 p.m.

June 8: DIY Cups

June 15: DIY Windchime

June 22: DIY Birdhouse

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum to create a fun DIY Craft. Suggested for ages 6+

June 21-25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Painting & Drawing I Camp

Young artists will scribble, splatter, and create! This camp is all about learning how to draw and paint. From using teeny tiny to larger than life, we will be exploring every surface using brushes, pencils, and the unexpected! Presented by Art Space member and artist, Sara Mika.

Saturday, June 26, 1-3 p.m.

Nerf Modifications

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.

Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Art Attack: Grid Drawings

In this one-hour class, students will explore fine art techniques. Whether you are a seasoned artist who wants to brush up on your skills or you are a beginner, this Saturday workshop is perfect for you!

Saturday, June 26, 10-11 a.m.

Paint Me a Story: “The Color Monster”

This Saturday morning story time-art-studio-mashup is a whole lot of fun for your little ones ages 2-6. Story time ignites preschoolers’ imaginations for creating hands-on art activities exploring colorful book themes and characters. Build language skills, color recognition, and small motor skills.

Saturday, June 26, 2-3 p.m.

Introduction to Tap Dancing

Come learn the basics of tap dancing with Bob Lippi. No experience needed! Tap shoes provided. Suggested for ages 10+. Included with regular admission.

June 28-30, 2-4 p.m.

Fine Arts Mini Camp

Students will get individualized instruction in fine art techniques. The camp will start off with an introduction to drawing and shading with different types of pencils and techniques for shading. Students will be asked to stop and think about what they are drawing while learning about blind contouring and then try their hand at India ink rapid drawing!

June 28-July 2, 10-11 a.m.

Preschool Under the Sea Summer Camp

Join the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum this summer and dive right into this summer camp. Preschool campers will dip their toes in the sea, explore the depths of the ocean, make friends with a squid and cuddle an octopus…without even getting wet or jumping into a submarine! Every day will be an exploration of a different part of our beautiful oceans and the creatures that live there!

For a complete listing of all programs, visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

In order to maintain a safe public space for our guests and comply with our community standards, masks are required for entrance to the Museum. The Children’s Museum has increased sanitation of all touchable surfaces, removed many loose exhibit pieces to reduce touchable surfaces, instituted “Discovery Bags” to still allow hands-on participation for individual learners, and increased air exchange in the Museum.