Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We're looking for a summer intern!!!

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding internship this summer? We are currently searching for our next summer intern! Outgoing and energetic individuals are needed for this position. Develop and implement fun, educational and interactive programs for our museum audience. Assist the Education Director in scheduled outreach programs on or off museum property. Encourage positive interaction between children and adults. We are looking for the best and brightest to deliver dynamite programs to kids of all ages. You’ll receive hands-on experience in the Educational Programs department. This is an unpaid internship. Must be a team player and a great sense of humor is a plus. Prior experience teaching or working with children in an informal setting is encouraged. Must currently be enrolled in College or University.

Sound awesome? Download the intern application here: and email it along with a resume to

here's a little more info!


Educational Program Duties and Responsibilities

• Facilitates scheduled learning labs on or off museum property

• Assists Education Manager in developing and implementing new educational programs

• Participates as directed in implementation of programs developed by the Program Manager

• Creates fun, educational, and interactive programs and executes them effectively

• Key figure in Preparation of program materials, activity set up, clean up, and re-organization and inventory of supplies

• Encourages positive interaction between children and adults

• Attends staff meetings as assigned

• Stays informed and current about museum activities and events Other

• Exhibits a willingness to perform whatever duties are necessary, even if not specifically stated in job description • Supports the mission, core values and philosophy of The Children’s Museum of Memphis and adheres to all work rules, policies and procedures.

• Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Experience

• Currently enrolled in College or University

• Prior experience teaching or working with children in a program setting • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills

• High Energy, stamina and enthusiasm for informal education

• Ability to manage multiple tasks

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Recycled Crayons!

We go through a lot of things here at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. In our Art Smart Studio we had a tub of crayon nubs. They were still useful so we didn’t want to throw them away, but…they were nubs. So we did the next best thing! We recycled them! It’s super easy to do. All you need is a cupcake tin, an oven (we used a toaster oven) and old stubby nubby crayons.

First, remove all the paper from the crayons. While you are removing the paper, it’s a good time to pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees. Most of the paper from ours was already missing. After the paper wrapper is removed, sort the crayons into different colors. Unless you want rainbow crayons, then just toss them in the cupcake tin. Once sorted fill the cupcake tin about ¾ of the way.

Place the crayons into the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they look melted. It doesn’t take long. When they are finished take them out and let them cool for about 15-20 minutes.

We used cupcake liners for most of them. It’s easier to pop them out. If you don’t have cupcake liners, I’d suggest greasing the pan just a bit. We’ve found that these recycled crayons fit better with younger hands, and they’re perfect for our tots who are developing their motor skills!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Erin Go Bragh! Irish Dancers @ CMOM!

Celebrate St. Patricks Day a wee bit early with CMOM. This Saturday(March 12) The Children's Museum of Memphis will have a performance by Inis Acla Irish School of Dance students. These young dancers will take the Little Oprheum Stage at 1pm. These are some very talented Memphians and CMOM is glad to have them back. Don't know what Traditional Irish Dance is? Think Riverdance...except awesome-er! See you this weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fabulous Fine Art with Frida on Friday!

As seen by the title of this post, I love alliteration. Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican artist who often painted self-portraits. And she’s the subject of tomorrow’s Fabulous Fine Art! Come join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. for this exciting program! And if you can’t make it tomorrow, Fabulous Fine Art is every Friday at 10 a.m. Hope to see you there!