December 17, 2013
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GO FIGURE!

IntroChildren’s Museum of Central Nebraska to host GO Figure! Traveling Exhibit

Storybooks present enjoyable, meaningful, interactive math explorations to children and adults in Go Figure!—a national traveling exhibit that opens for a 4 month stay at the Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska on Friday December 20th.

 

Go figure! Transforms charming children’s books into a kid-sized world where children and adults can have fun exploring math with familiar characters such as Arthur, Frog and Toad, and the Three Bears.  Each of the five colorful larger-than-life books in the exhibit includes a math-related activity such as measuring, counting, or sorting, along with labels to guide parents.  Featured books are Arthur’s Pet Business, The Doorbell Rang, The Quilt, Frog and Toad Are Friends, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

 

“Using familiar children’s books, the exhibit offers our community delightful experiences with simple math and demonstrates that math is learned naturally by the inventive, curious mind.  Children ages two to seven years old and their parents or caregivers will enjoy the lively graphics of the exhibit and the related programs and activities,” said Deb Bosle, Ex. Director.

 

Go Figure! Is an interactive exhibit that opened at Minnesota Children’s Museum in January 2000 and is traveling around the country.  Created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota, the traveling exhibit is made possible, in part, through a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska will host this exhibit through April 27th, 2014

January 4, 2013
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A New Years Resolution: Play More!

It’s that time of year again when we all resolve to make some changes that will have a positive impact on the lives of our families. What could be more life-enhancing than nurturing creativity? How you ask? The Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska offers a simple answer. Resolve to make (more) room in your life for play.
So this new year join us at CMCN in resolving to play more!

I recently ran across this list of the Top 10 Things Children Really Want Their Parents To Do with them… Maybe add a few of these to your New Year Resolutions as well!
1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in, sing me a song, and tell me stories about when you were little.
2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.
3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.
4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.
5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.
6. At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family etc.
7. Let me play outside (and at the Children’s Museum) alot!
8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.
9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.
10. Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.

June 6, 2012
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New Additions and Exhibits At The Children’s Museum

Hope everyone is having a good summer so far! Be sure to come in and enjoy the new additions/exhibits that are coming to the museum! The new BIG Firetruck has arrived and has already become a very popular addition to our Fire Safety Area. Also coming is a HUGE train table and a News & Weather Station…kids can role play being a anchorwoman/man and or give the local or national weather! See you soon and remember… PLAY is children’s Work!! These new additions are thanks to the BIG Success of our Fundraiser in late March!

April 4, 2012
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Wow…what a FUN-Raiser Night!!

Thanks to all who helped in the organizing, set-up, clean-up, donation of auction items, ticket sales, etc. The Adult Fun-Raiser night was a huge success! Tonya (Event organizer) YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!! Now the fun of deciding on new additions/exhibits for the Children’s Museum with the funds raised.

March 1, 2012
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Play is Children’s Work…

A Word from Raffi (Children’s singer, entertainer and advocate)

 Maria Montessori, one of the last century’s most brilliant educators, said that “play is the work of children.”  I often quote her when speaking to groups of parents and teachers, and then add, “and young children are 100% employed, all the time.”

It’s through play that children make sense of things, from their own physical bodies to the web of animals and people in their lives.  In a society dominated by “work,” adults sometimes trivialize play, forgetting that it inspires both imagination and creativity—what we all need to become the best we can be.

Play takes its own time; remember, it’s called “play and not “fast forward.”  Lifelong learning and emotional health begin with child’s play.  Play’s the thing!  So get on out to your Children’s Museum and PLAY!!