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Children’s Art Exhibit & Hands-On Program: Art Splash

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While this article is sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art by way of complimentary program admission, the opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. #sponsored

Creative – Engaging – Inspiring: Art Splash

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More colorful than ever, Art Splash returns at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Perelman Building. Expect the same hands-on kid-friendly programs, tours and crafts as years past in this spacious and well-lit venue.

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This year’s Art Splash program was inspired by Africa.  Everything from the contemporary photography to bronze sculptures and mask… the artistic African culture is present.  In true Art Splash form, children (and their adults) are welcome to a variety of art projects based on the five exhibit areas:

Look Again – Contemporary Perspectives on African Art “A major exhibition drawn from the collection of the Penn Museum” – Phila Museum of Art, Press Release July 2016

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Vlisco – African Fashion on a Global Stage ” Explores the celebrated company’s most enduring designs, examines the process of creating a new textile, and showcases a selection of contemporary fashions by African and European makers as well as Vlisco’s in-house design team” – Phila Museum of Art, Press Release July 2016

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Threads of Tradition “Focuses on traditional patterns in West and Central African textiles and the techniques used to create them, including strip weaving, resist dyeing, piecing, applique and embroidery” – Phila Museum of Art, Press Release July 2016

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Three Photographers/Six Cities “Presents an in-depth look at three photographers who create powerful pictures of six African Cities: Cairo, Egypt; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Bamako and Tombouctou (Timbuktu), Mali.” “The images offer unique perspectives on contemporary African experience” – Phila Museum of Art, Press Release July 2016

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Architecture of Francis Kere – Building For Community “Features a site-specifi, immersive environment designed by this world=renowned Burkina-Faso-born architect” – Phila Museum of Art, Press Release July 2016

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The studio space is certainly accommodating with vaulted ceilings and plenty of sunlight. Sunlight casts a vibrant glow on the most colorful exhibit, “Colorscape” (See above picture) and of course, no art studio would be complete without workshop space for crafting.

African inspired Crafts

The Art Splash program runs through September 5, 2015 and offers many components: art studio projects, interactive exploration, book signings and festivals. There is so much to consider that I suggest bookmarking the Museum’s Art Splash page to get all the details. Here is the general schedule:

 

July 1 – 10 Travel
July 11 – 24 Design
July 25 – August 7 Build
August 8 – 21 Print
August 22 – Sept 5 Sculpt

 

Family Festivals & Art Workshops. The Sight & Sound festival is being held on August 7 (10 AM to 5 PM) with award singers, musicians and dancers, as well as, the Liberian Women’s chorus. Pay what you wish and perfect for all ages. Their music inspires and promotes change and social justice. Family Art Workshops are being offered July 16 & 23 for Design & Sew; July 30 & August 6 Sound Structures, and August 13 & 20 for Light Prints. Registration is required and classes are in addition to museum admission prices.

And there’s more… Family Art Cart, Splash Studio and Family Tours, all enhance your visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Highly suggested, entertaining and educational Early Bird or Art Explorers family tours are available for the youngest explorers. These tours take you on a path through the exhibits to introduce children to pieces of art through discussion, music, drawing, story and more. Having been on a many of their  tours, I must say these are definitely a highlight to our summer visits to Art Splash.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. 215-684-7840

“Evolving year over year but always true to being educational, creative and engaging for families, not just children.” H@H 2015

Be sure to add this to your summer plans.

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Tarantulas: A Family Museum Exhibit

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Tarantula myths debunked; a new appreciation for these giant, fuzzy arachnids.

We are happy to partner with Academy of Natural Sciences to provide this exhibit review as part of a sponsored arrangement. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.

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My daughter has had a fascination with spiders for several years… so imagine her excitement when she learned that her favorite science museum is showcasing a special exhibit on tarantulas. Yeah, it was kinda a big deal.

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The Academy of Natural Sciences opened its “Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close” exhibit this past Saturday, January 30. It will show until May 30th, 2016 with a small admission price. Get all the details here.

Taking notesWith an invitation a couple months back, we waited for what felt like “forever” for a five-year old but finally the media preview date arrived. Victoria was afforded the day off from school to attend this event, and again this was because spiders are a big deal to her and I knew she would get a lot out of this day trip. Upon check-in, she was given a tiny notebook and pen, and from there we began our journey.

In usual Academy fashion, the exhibit has a variety of show pieces to include an interactive map, photo cut-out and plenty of easy to digest narrative and picture displays. Personally, I appreciated the “Anatomy of Tarantulas” oversized book display. The Tarantulas exhibit has a colorful backyard back drop area and tarantula costumes perfect for photo ops and imaginary play.

open presentationVictoria, being in Kindergarten, isn’t exactly the best note taker… but that didn’t stop her from paying absolute close attention and attempting to capture the important facts that Invertebrates Specialist, Karen Verderame was sharing in the Opening Presentation.

Victoria asked "What do tarantulas eat for breakfast?"

Victoria asked “What do tarantulas eat for breakfast?”

 

Victoria, never without a question, took an opportunity to ask Ms. Verderame what tarantulas like for breakfast before moving about the live spider exhibits. Thank you to Philly Voice for quoting Victoria and capturing the perfect picture of my little journalist in action, as well as this quick snippet on 6 abc news.

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That little notebook came in handy, when Victoria learned about the most impressive species of tarantulas. She was quick to copy the name of her new favorite into the notebook. And if you’re curious, her favorite tarantulas are Martinique Pinktoe sporting a unique ability to change from a bright blue color as spiderlings into pink/purple legged adult tarantulas. And then that little notebook accompanied every question she had for the Academy’s staff.

This tarantulas exhibit is ideal for spider enthusiasts, like my daughter, AND those who fear the creepy-crawlers because there is so much misunderstood about these arachnids. I loved NJ.com coverage of this event to highlight some of those myths and truths.

 

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Get Up Close & Personal with Bugs at Academy Of Natural Sciences

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 #Sponsored Homeroom At Home is proud to be partnered with The Academy of Natural Sciences to provide our readers with details on upcoming events, exhibits and programs. We were offered a complimentary family membership in exchange for media coverage.

 

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

It seems the summer months bring the peskiest bugs to season. Flies that won’t quit twirling around your corn on the cob, bees buzzing in your ear… or beer and then there are those persistent ants!!  Yikes.

But everything’s got a purpose.

Here’s your chance to understand just how critical all insects are to our environment and food chain. The Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions flies, bees and ants provide, among other bugs.

Join The Academy on August 8 & 9 for an epic opportunity to get up close and personal with insects of all sorts, including a peak at real samples of bug vomit, poo and slime. There are so many events to take advantage of, including live cockroach and maggot painting, as seen in the video below from last year.

Here are some other highlights as provided by The Academy of Natural Sciences:

Photo Courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo Courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Roach Race 500: Cheer on your favorite roach as it tries to conquer three different tracks in the famous Roach Race 500! Every half hour, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bug Picasso: Cockroaches and maggots create unique pieces of art by scurrying through trails of vibrant paint. 10:15-11 a.m., 12:15-1 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Live Invertebrate Stage Show: “B-eww-tiful Bugs” will be the stars of our unique live animal show. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Bug Walks: Join Academy entomologists on an expedition outside the museum to see what species of invertebrates live there. Hourly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Bug Appétit: Enjoy culinary art with a buggy twist. Or, in other words, you get to eat bugs!!! Join Chef David George Gordon as he cooks up some tasty bug cuisine! Demonstrations in the Commons 11 a.m.-noon, 3-4:30 p.m.; Live show in the Auditorium at 1 p.m.

Meet the Entomologist: Talk with Academy entomologists and representatives from the American Entomological Society. Find out about current research projects and get an up close look at some specimens from our collections.

Crafty Critters: Create your own bug-themed craft to take home.

Bedbug Sniffing Dogs: Learn more about the bugs that bug us! Auditorium show at 3:30 p.m.; Demonstrations in Dinosaur Hall at noon and 2 p.m.

Story Time in Outside In: Story time will feature a bug tale, Marty the Moose, and a live animal. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here and additional information on hours, parking, etc can be obtained by visiting The Academy of Natural Sciences. Don’t forget to check out their Animal Grossology exhibit (in it’s final weeks). You can see our review of this totally gross but engaging exhibit here.

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Getting Gross with Animal Grossology Science Learning Fun

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mom and me and the cow“That’s Disgusting!”

Between shrieks of “Ew, that’s disgusting!” and “Hey, check this out!” the Academy of Natural Science has successfully launched an amazingly engaging and totally gross exhibit for all ages in Animal Grossology.

Tapeworm exhibit really puts this into perspective.

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It is a tough time of year to keep kids engaged in learning, with warmer weather settling in and summer camp plans brewing… insert Grossology, the perfect opportunity to keep your children engaged in learning. With disgusting facts of hairballs, vomit and poo, mixed with awesome animal animatronics… this is sure to be an exhibit talked about for months and definitely a little something for them to share with friends in the lunch room.

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“Oozing with disgusting science, Animal Grossology provides a slightly off-kilter view of the animal kingdom at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Get ready to be totally en-GROSS-ed!  Based on the best-selling Grossology children’s book series by Sylvia Branzei, Animal Grossology is packed with hands-on fun that celebrates those yucky topics moms warn their kids not to discuss at the dinner table.  Animal Grossology offers a fresh take on some of the more disgusting things animals do and engages visitors in how blood, vomit, pellets, dookie, and slime can be fun, funky and even fascinating.”

– Press Release, Academy of Natural Sciences

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Many thanks to the Academy of Natural Sciences for the ANIMAL Grossology Trivia below:
* Animals have red, blue, yellow or clear blood. Blood is very nutritious as it contains a lot of protein.

* A cow has one stomach but it is in four parts. A cow’s stomach is equal in size to nine human stomachs.

* Some frogs belch their babies into the world.

* Ticks often relocate by hitching a ride on a migrating bird.

* A Hagfish may be the slimiest creature on earth.

* Tapeworms grow inside the stomach and can grow up to 60 feet-long.

*Animals use smells for recognition, defense and attraction.

* Slime is essential to some animals, providing important functions such as facilitating motion, aiding in digestion and for defense.

* Blood slurpers transmit infectious diseases.

*What is caca, feces, dookie, guano, splay and stool stand for? All are names for “number 2”!

*Sea stars eat by shoving their stomachs out, digests the food and sucking their stomach back in.

* You can identify an animal by its “dookie” sizes, content and shape.

* An animal may feel very different from what you expect, once you have touched them.

* Why do owls purge “pellets”?

* Houseflies taste food using their feet and legs!

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Did you know that copper gives some animals blue blood?
Did you know that flies fly at 4.5 mph?
Did you know that cats use their tongues as natural combs to remove loose hair?
Did you know a cow’s stomach is equal in size to nine human stomachs?
Did you know that shark skin is covered with tiny tooth-like scales called denticles?
Did you know the female mosquito needs a blood meal to lay eggs?

mom and meThe Academy of Natural Sciences is located in Philadelphia with weekday hours Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; and weekend hours of Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information on exhibits, changing exhibits, tools for education and direction please visit their website at www.ansp.org.  The Animal Grossology exhibit is showing until August 30th.

Hands-on exhibits with sound effects

Hands-on exhibits with sound effects

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post, whereas we were invited to a media preview of the exhibit. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. Trivia and Press Release provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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