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Egyptomaina! – Experience the Ancient Past Behind the Glass
The Penn Museum brings Ancient Egypt front and center this weekend with Egyptomaina!. Being held this Saturday (March 19th, from 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the event takes you behind the glass of a normal museum exhibit and gets you and your family up close and personal with a wide variety of informational, interactive and educational activities.
Each activity is packed with a host of information, both old and new alike. How about a showcase of hieroglyphs where you can see the scribe’s mistake and how he fixed it (they would have loved autocorrect!). Or, for the mummy aficionado, a Mummification workshop. Get hands on experience for your future career as “Mummifier to the Stars”!
The showcase of this event however, is the Colossal Sphinx that resides at the center of the museum’s permanent collection. Weighing in at over 13 tons, the statue is one of the most iconic images given to us from that ancient civilization. In conjunction with this showcase, the writing team of Josef Wegner and Jennifer Houser Wegner will be on hand to discuss their book, The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia: The Story of the Colossal Sphinx in the Penn Museum. The story, written for the centennial of the Sphinx’s arrival to the museum in 1913, describes the course of events which led to the statue’s arrival at the museum, as well as the unexpected ways in which the Sphinx’s story intersects with the history of Philadelphia, the Penn Museum and the University of Penn around the time before the first World War.
So if belly dancing lessons, ancient Egyptian animal tours and a slew of games and crafts sound like a good time to you, be sure to take your family out to see Egyptomania! at the Penn Museum this weekend!
The celebration is free with General Museum Admission ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. military, STAMP & PennCard holders)
This past weekend, my family and I had the great pleasure of celebrating the Chinese New Year at The Penn Museum in Philadelphia. It was a day full of music, crafts and history. We were transported to another country through demonstrations and hands on activities. In a few words I would describe the Chinese culture as Colorful, Spirited, Traditional and full of exquisite Talent. This annual celebration of 33 years included a complimentary themed menu, intriguing sword and fan dances, an informative Tang Horse presentation celebrating The Year of the Horse and a calligraphy instruction, among many other events and activities.
Our absolute favorite part was witnessing and participating in Chef Joseph Poon’s humorous and extremely talented food carving art demonstration. He created beautiful and intricate art from fruits and vegetables that were truly too good to eat. My daughter was mesmerized by his craft and storytelling. Chef Poon is a terrific entertainer – capturing the entire audience for an engaging performance. See our video below for a glimpse of his presentation.
Please find our short videos highlighting the Eastern vs. Western Music Demonstration and our overall experience at the Penn Museum. This was sure an event not to be missed but in case you have, there are some additional upcoming events and ways that you and your family can celebrate the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture.
Here are some of those upcoming Chinese New Year festivities in the Philadelphia area:
January 30, 2014 – Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA
Midnight Lion Dance Performance
Fireworks and lion dance parade beginning 10th and Race Streets running through Chinatown.
January 31, 2014 – Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA
Chinese Lunar New Year 4712 Banquet at Rising Tide Restaurant
Experience Chinese culture tradition through a ten course banquet.
February 1, 2014 – Wilmington, DE
Chinese New Year Celebration
Held at the Delaware Art Museum and Hanlin Chinese Culture Association from 11 AM to 3 PM
February 2, 2014 – Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA
Martial Arts Performance
Takes place at 10th and Arch Street
February 2, 2014 – Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade
Parade to include martial arts performances and fireworks. It begins at 10th and Spring Streets at 11AM.
February 5th – Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA
Chinese Lunar New Year 4712 Banquet
Place:Located at the Sang Kee Peking Duck House from 6-9 PM. Ten course banquet fully immersed in Chinese culture and tradition.
February 7, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
14th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Held at the International House of Philadelphia at 7PM
February 9, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
The Tet Festival
From 11 AM to 7 PM at Boat People SOS – Delaware Valley
February 12, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
Chinese Folk Tales, Dance, Music & Lion Dance
Held at the Philadelphia Free Library – Independence Branch at 12:30 PM
April 25-27, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
Shen Yun 2014
Elegant and mesmerizing Chinese live production with a live orchestra using ancient Chinese instruments. This is a breath-taking, colorful, extraordinary experience taking the audience through dynasties and into another world.
Whether you partake in any of the above, you can also engage your children with these additional resources. (Disclosure: We are happily partnered with Barefoot Books who offers an amazing line of children’s books and games. We are also affiliated with Amazon.) Lin Yi’s Lantern is a fictional story about a boy who wants a lantern for the Chinese Moon Festival (includes educational notes on Chinese culture and the Moon Festival). Also by Barefoot Books, please find The Great Race, a book about the Chinese zodiac. Little Leap Forward – A Boy In Beijing is a fictional chapter book option discussing the culture of China. Additionally, Exploring Chinatown: A Children’s Guide to Chinese Culture is a great resource with insight on Chinese tradition. For those looking for lessons on Chinese instruments should consider meeting with Kurt Jung and Qin (Nancy) Qian, the musical performers from the Chinese New Year Celebration at Penn Musuem. They can be reached via email: email@example.com and by Ms. Qian’s website www.qinqianerhu.com for more information on classes.
Penn Museum is a great launching pad for any discussion or lesson on world culture, whether your children are learning about a specific country in school or you are exploring as a family. Penn Museum has many upcoming events in addition to their on-going exhibits. Some of these include the Annual Celebration of African Cultures on February 8th and Native American Voices exhibition opening on March 1st from 11 AM to 4 PM. A great friend of mine from Jersey Family Fun had just spent the night at Penn Museum with their 40 Winks with the Sphinx program. I’ll link her blog review here shortly but the next opportunity to participate in this overnight program is on February 28th.
Disclosure: This was a sponsored post in that we were compensated or offered complimentary product/tickets for review purposes. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.