“Kids in the Kitchen” Fall Series Offered by Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

“Kids in the Kitchen” Fall Series Offered by Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will again host a “Kids in the Kitchen” series this fall, offering three different events: Fall Treats, Spooky Spider Candy and Gingerbread House Decorating. All Kids in the Kitchen events will be held at Forest and Field Demo Kitchen, 1072 Alliance Park Drive in Bloomsburg. Registration is required.

Fall Treats will be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 6-8 p.m. The apples for this event will be donated by Rohrbach’s Farm Market in Catawissa. Students will make their own caramel apple slices and mini-apple pies. The event is recommended for ages 6+ and adults are welcome, too. The cost to attend is $30; register online at: https://bit.ly/bcm-kitchenapples

Spooky Spider Treats will be held on Wednesday, October 19th from 6-8 p.m. Kids will learn how to make delicious and spooky spider truffles with Rose in Bloom Candies! These allergen-friendly delectables will please everyone. Ingredients for this class are vegan and gluten-free (soy is present in the candies). All participants take home their own spider truffles. The event is recommended for ages 8+ and adults are welcome, too. The cost to attend is $30; register at https://bit.ly/bcm-kitchenspider

Gingerbread House Decorating will be offered on Wednesday, November 16th from 6-8 p.m. The class includes a large pre-assembled gingerbread house, royal and cake icing, assorted candies, sugar lay-ons, and much more. The class will feature instruction on making trees, windows, and decorations to make your house a work of art. Recommended for ages 6+, adults are welcome too. The cost to attend is $30; register at https://bit.ly/bcm-kitchenhouse

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Pennsylvania State Junior Academy of Science State Winners

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Pennsylvania State Junior Academy of Science State Winners

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum hosts a science fair for local students every January. This past January, 35 students from 8 schools competed in the fair which was held at the Bloomsburg Fire Company. From that, 17 students were sent to the regional Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PJAS) fair at Susquehanna University on February 26. At the regional fair, students from 10 counties compete for a chance to move on to states. Seven of the 17 students the Museum sponsored at this fair moved on to the PJAS state science fair.

This past Monday, May 16th, these 7 students joined over 1200 other students from across the state at Penn State University to showcase their work and compete for prizes.

Philip Polstra Jr. (Bloomsburg Christian School) captured a First Award in Junior High School Chemistry for his project “Acid Erosion.” Kathryn Polstra (Bloomsburg Christian School) was awarded a Second Award in Highschool Biochemistry for her project “The Digestibility of Gum.” Brooke Rhoads (Bloomsburg Christian School) was awarded a Second Award in Highschool Chemistry for “Freezing Point Depression.” Josiah Stoffer (Bloomsburg Christian School) won a Second Award in Highschool Biology for his project “How Well Brine Shrimp Hatch in Different Salinities.” Kaitlyn Westover (Benton Area High School) was awarded a Second Award in Biology for her presentation on “What Fruit Produces More DNA?” Brooke Woll (Danville High School) took home a Second Award in Highschool Behavioral Science for her project “Does highlighting text help or hinder memorability.” Gwendolyn Greene won a Third Award in Highschool Biology for her project “Beet This.”

“We want to congratulate each of these amazing students. They worked for months on their projects and rose to the top level of competition,” Dr. Ginny Weibel, the Director of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum said. “I also want to recognize the contributions of the students’ parents and teachers who worked with the students and supported them through this.”

Sekisui/Kydex, the PPL Foundation, and The Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum helped to sponsor these students as they advanced through all levels of the science fairs.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Expands Summer Programs

Due to the popularity of summer camps, the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is thrilled to announce that they acquired an additional space to host even more camps and events this Summer.

The address of the new location is 1115 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, PA, 17815. It’s located approximately one mile from the Museum and is near Incredible Popcorn.

Some of the camps that will be held at the new spot include Lego Construction Crew, Snack Attack-Around the World, Golf Course Construction mini-camp, and Animated Digital Storybook Camp with Rand Whipple from Box of Light Studios. The Museum will also hold a few different art camps including a Fine Arts camp, Drawing for Teens 101, Art Attack for Teens, and Drawing with Annie.

The Museum will also offer two camps where teenagers will learn how to create calligraphy and learn the art of italics hosted by Annie Barnhardt.

From arts and crafts, making yummy snacks, and digital storytelling there’s something here for virtually everyone. Since some of these camps are geared towards school aged students (6-12) and others are for teenagers (13+) there’s fun to be had for the whole family!

All of the camps listed above are going to be held at our new location in addition to the ones held at the Museum. These camps fill up fast, so we recommend you reserve a spot ASAP.

You can register to attend any summer camp at https://the-childrens-museum.org/summer-camps/ or call the Museum at 570-789-9206.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Will Host 7th Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 23

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Will Host 7th Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Sat., April 23

Bloomsburg, PA – The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum will host the 7th Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 10 am-4 pm. Crafters, inventors, hobbyists, and artisans will be able to showcase their skills and talents in a family friendly environment. As usual it is free to attend.

The event will be held on the grounds of the Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, in Bloomsburg. This event brings together amateur and professional artists, crafters, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. We like to call it the greatest show and tell on earth, where families will get to experience inventions, creativity, and resourcefulness.

The day features live entertainment, hands-on activities for children, over 60 vendors selling one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, and great food.

The event will be sponsored by UGI, MAKE: Community, and PPL Foundation.

Jen Zarko, from Zarko Hill Craftery, will be demonstrating the process of soapmaking. She says she’s looking forward to doing a cold process soap making demonstration, while looking at the science behind the suds.

Zarko said, “Kids are naturally born artists and it’s so amazing to see their imaginations kick in when introduced to soap as a medium,”

Caeley Looney, the CEO of Reinvented Magazines, says Reinvented is excited to bring their “princess with power tools activity” to the Mini Maker Faire.

Looney said, “Our princesses can’t wait to help students learn how to use their first powertool and show everyone that #brilliantisbeautiful!”

For more information about Mini Maker Faire visit the events website. https://bloomsburg.makerfaire.com/

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach.

For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

Regional Science Fair Winners Announced

Regional Science Fair Winners Announced

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is excited to announce that seven students that participated in the Science Fair held at the Museum on January 20th are moving on to state Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (JPAS) after finishing first in the Regional PJAS Fair. The museum had 35 students from 8 schools competing at the local science fair held at the Bloomsburg Fire Company. From that, 17 students were sent to the regional fair at Susquehanna University on February 26.

Seven of the students the Museum promoted achieved first in the Regional Fair. These students will be moving on to the State PJAS Science Fair, which will be held at Penn State University on May 16, 2022.

Josiah Stouffer (Bloomsburg Christian School), Philip Polstra II (Bloomsburg Christian School), and Gwendolyn Greene (Bloomsburg Christian School) all won first awards. Kaitlyn Wendover (Benton Area High School), Brooke Woll (Danville High School), and Kathryn Polstra (Bloomsburg Christian School) finished with top scores in their overall section. Brooke Rhoads (Bloomsburg Christian School) finished first in her section and received a three-year award.

Students that finished second in the event include Chase Leatherman (Bloomsburg Christian School), Trevor Leatherman (Bloomsburg Christian School), Lorelai Hess (Benton Area Middle School), Wyatt Rhoads (Bloomsburg Christian School), Ashley Lucas (Benton Junior High School), Audrey Mood (Benton Junior High School), Micah Campbell (Bloomsburg Christian School) and Isabella Campbell (Bloomsburg Christian School). While Piper Karcher (Benton Junior High School) and Madisyn Hess (Benton Junior High School) finished with a 3rd place award.

Ronn Cort, the COO and President of SEKISUI KYDEX, a local manufacturer that invents and develops next-generation materials for global markets, was thrilled to sponsor the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum science fair, an event he says helps develop young minds for STEM careers.

“These students are creative innovators and visionaries. The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Science Fair provides a platform for these students to present their ideas and inventions using presentation and communication skills that are the hallmark of future leaders and creators. I don’t think of it as a sponsorship. I consider it a partnership. These students are OUR future,” said Cort.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach.

For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/

6th Annual High School Art Show Now On Display: Winners Announced

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum held its 6th Annual High School Art Show on Friday, March 4th. The show featured 54 pieces from local high school students. The event was sponsored by the Exchange in Bloomsburg. Prizes were sponsored by Blick Art Materials and Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies. Cabot Cheese provided refreshments. The show will be on exhibit until April 22, 2022.

The exhibits ranged from watercolors to woodburning and acrylics to photography. They were produced by students from Bloomsburg Christian School, Danville Area High School, Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy, Benton Area High School, Bloomsburg High School, and homeschooled students.

Oren Helbok, the Executive Director of the Exchange in Bloomsburg, felt grateful to participate as a judge in the event.

“As an organization dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange commends and celebrates the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum for its energetic support of high-school artists, and we feel grateful to have the Museum as a partner. We look forward to these young people bringing their artwork for Exchange Gallery shows as well,” he said.

Winners are below and pictures can be found here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZzL5398ifg52Qyv36

1st Place Overall: Brooke Woll, “Bee,” Danville Area high school, grade 10

2nd Place Overall: Felicia C., “Me, Myself & I” Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy, Grade 12

3rd Place Overall: Sam S., “Vroom Vroom,” Bloomsburg High School, Grade 11

Honorable Mention Overall: Kaitlyn Gabel, “If I Could Fly,” Danville High School, Grade 11

1st Place Best Collection: Riley S., Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy, Grade 11 with “Bear,” “Chickadee,” and “Nefertiti.”

Honorable Mention Best Collection: Anna Maffei, Danville Area High School, Grade 11 with “Her Ambience,” “Chloe’s Mind,” and “Mother Nature’s Outcry”

Best Acrylic: Lydia S., “Feathered Fiasco” Acrylic Paint, Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy, Grade 10

Best Charcoal: Helenne B., “Father” Charcoal, Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy, Grade 12

Best Digital Art: Felicia C., “Dark Academia” Digital, Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy, Grade 12

Best Mixed Media: Ryan-Elizabeth Fluke, “Venus in Mixed Media,” Bloomsburg Christian School

Curator’s Choice: Malakai S., “Elk” and “Safari” Pyrography, homeschool, Grade 10

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit overseen by a board of directors. This organization strives to offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. For more information, please visit https://the-childrens-museum.org/.