Thursday, July 14, 2011

25 Things!

25 Things to Do!

Back by popular demand! Please find a list of 25 things to do at CMOM this summer.

1. Stick your hand in the tornado.
2. Build a building and make it fall down at the earthquake table.
3. Withdraw money from the ATM at the bank.
4. Play chess with a giant chess board in Playing Together: Games (which will be at CMOM until the end of July).
5. Challenge your mom or dad in a game of Checkers.
6. Put on a puppet show for your friends in the Bookatarium.
7. Watch the train (and the knights standing guard) above Sir Dance-A-Lot.
8. Listen to thunder in The Perfect Storm.
9. Play Rangoli in the Art Smart Studio.
10. Create a masterpiece out of recycled materials in the Art Smart studio.
11. Swivel your hips and sing along to Elvis’ Hound Dog in CMOM-TV.
12. Greet a CMOM staff member at the CMOM castle (also known as the Admissions Desk).
13. Make the hot-air balloon go up in the air.
14. Tinker with a bunch of lights, doorknobs, and doorbells in Your House, My House.
15. Play Human Bingo on Sunday at 3 p.m.
16. Count the number of slides in the museum—then slide down them!
17. Play a Guessing Game with Grandma Willow in the Treehouse.
18. Explore gravity and motion with Totally Tubular.
19. Take your picture with our very own Lady Liberty statue.
20. Learn about the history of the Mississippi River.
21. See a gigantic pen, pencil, and paintbrush.
22. Fly a plane in the Wind Tunnel.
23. Learn (and sing along to) the Booster Seat song.
24. Count the number of cows in Andy Warhol’s Cow (located in the Art Smart Studio).
25. Crack the code in the Bank’s safe.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Patricia Polacco

Yesterday was the birthday of Patricia Polacco, the wonderful and prolific children’s book author. Her works include Mr. Lincoln’s Way, The Keeping Quilt, Chicken Sunday, and Mrs. Katz and Tush. Mrs. Katz and Tush in particular is a Storytime favorite here at CMOM. It’s the story of the bond between an elderly Jewish woman, a young African-American boy, and a cat who’s “such a person.” The last time I read this book at Storytime, I got a little choked up as I read the last page (don’t judge). Happy belated birthday Ms. Polacco. You’re “such a person!”