Category: Kids

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Fall Programming

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces Fall Programming

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West Seventh Street, Bloomsburg is pleased to announce its fall programming which includes clubs, programs and events for all ages. Clubs include Nerf Modification, Robotics, and Girls Who Code.

The Museum is offering a new preschool program that is free with admission and runs every-other Wednesday. Ready, Set, Grow is designed to help develop executive function skills in your preschooler to make sure they are kindergarten ready!

Homeschool Hangouts start again in October. This popular program provides parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12.

Upcoming events at the Museum include Super Hero Saturday on October 17th and Turkey Day on November 21st.

Discount days at the Museum are $2 Tuesday, every 3rd Tuesday of the month and Fall Fun Fridays, every Friday in October, which features free adult admission and a special fall-themed craft.

Guest favorite Saturday art classes, Meet the Masters and Paint Me a Story return to offer art classes for PreK-12th grade students.

Virtual offerings include PreK nature camp, Painting and Drawing Camp, and virtual field trips.

For a complete listing of all programs, visit www.The-Childrens-Museum.com or see the 2020 Fall Program Brochure.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Museum will be closed from September 25th-October 5th for an annual construction and renovation period. They will re-open on Monday, October 4th.

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.

The Exchange’s Art Cart crew helped distribute 300 art kits to students this past week!

The Exchange’s Art Cart crew helped distribute 300 art kits to students this past week!

Working with the art teachers in the Bloomsburg elementary schools, our Art Cart facilitator Anne Cosper put together 300 art kits for the students to work on at home; the kits got distributed on Friday, the 14th of May. More than half of the kits got delivered directly to homes along with lunches, with the rest picked up by parents while picking up lunches in front of Memorial Elementary on 5th St.

We have had all sorts of donations of all sorts of art supplies over the years, and Anne sorted through the boxes in storage here at The Exchange to find appropriate materials for this project, a homemade sketchbook and drawing implements. Anne tells the story:

“When the possibility of adding an art project to the school lunches was brought up, Tara, art teacher at W.W. Evans, mentioned her concerns that since her students’ sketchbooks were unavailable in the school, they might find it difficult to complete art prompts. I found a make-it-yourself sketchbook on line that we could adapt for the art kits. It was budget-minded as well, requiring only cardstock, paper, a craft stick, and a rubber band.

“The district provided lunch bags and we were set — all we had to do was fill three hundred of them with the sketchbook kits and other items. The Exchange is fortunate to have donors who pass along items for the Art Cart: craft stems, buttons and beads, stickers, yarn, foam shapes, pencils, markers, kid scissors — all perfect additions to the lunch bags.

“The bags took over my front room. Three hundred of them in regimented rows like that army of terra cotta soldiers in China.
The bags contained the art project, art supplies, and odds and ends from the Exchange’s Art Cart stash — an extra something for students who are coping with changes to their routines.

“While it’s nice to have my room back, my cat will miss his new-found hiding places among the bags. A big thank you to everyone who donated items for the Art Cart, to the Bloomsburg Area School District, to art teachers Tara and Kim, and to Art Cart accomplices Gini, Steve, and Lisa.

“I’m off to watch the bags go out, from a safe, social distance, of course.”

How Can the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Help You This Summer?

How Can the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Help You This Summer?

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum would like to gather opinions and input from caregivers about our summer day camp programs for 2020.

At this time, the museum is following the state and national guidance from the governor and the CDC in order to make decisions that are safest and best for the community.

This survey is simply to gain some insight about how families and caregivers are feeling about summer camps.

We hope to make a decision about doing in-person or virtual with our summer camps by June 1st.

Take the Survey

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is now offering virtual field trips!

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is now offering virtual field trips!

You and your class can receive a one-on-one virtual meeting with one of our expert exhibit presenters for just $25.
Each 45 minute field trip includes interpretation of the exhibit, question and answers, downloadable activities and enrichment information sheets, and an educator’s guide.
Field trips can be arranged using Zoom, Google Meet, or platform of your choice.
They are offered for preK – high school aged students.

Field trips are offered for the following exhibits: Pennsylvania Greenway (with Stinky ad Molly the turtles), Eastern Woodland Longhouse, We Traveled Their Paths (Lenni Lenape), Pennsylvania Coal Mine, Old Fashion One Room School House, Passage to Pennsylvania (Immigration), Ancient Egypt, Maker Space

Museum exhibits meet Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards.
To book a trip, fill out the online reservation form go to https://bit.ly/BCM-virtualtrip
For more information, please call the museum 570-389-9206, email us at [email protected]
Call for entries: YOUR drawings will become a coloring book

Call for entries: YOUR drawings will become a coloring book

Hey there, friends, we have another coloring project for you — but this one has a twist: We would like you artists out there to do black & white drawings that we can compile into a coloring book for free download by people everywhere!

You may draw any subject — we only ask that you please keep them family-friendly — on regular 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper (landscape or portrait), aiming to encourage coloring.  One of our Art Cart facilitator Anne Cosper’s drawings appears above as inspiration.

As always, we open this up to everyone of every age and every level of experience: We would love to see kids’ entries too!

Please send your drawings, high-res jpg or pdf (ideally full size at 200 or 300 dpi), to [email protected] by Monday, the 4th of May.  We will put them all together into one pdf to download from our Web site, ExchangeArts.org. Although we cannot offer payment for the drawings, we do encourage you to include your name and any contact info you wish to share — Web site, Instagram page, etc.

Thanks for your efforts, and we look forward to seeing what you send in!

Introducing BTE’s Virtual Theatre School

Introducing BTE’s Virtual Theatre School

Schools have closed, stay-at-home orders have been issued, kids and parents are looking for things to do at home, so BTE has moved some of its educational programs online.

The BTE Theatre School is creating videos that can be viewed free-of-charge on a variety of topics including stage combat, stage makeup, and theatre crafts, and, for older kids, theatre history and performance technique. New videos will be added on a regular basis.

VTS videos can be found at www.vimeo.com/channels/btetheatreschool. Please, if you know kids or parents who might be interested in BTE’s Virtual Theatre School, send them this link.

BTE Virtual Theatre School: Making a Mask from Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble on Vimeo.