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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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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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Get Lost in Learning with Lost Egypt at The Franklin

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Partnered with The Franklin Institute, we are excited to offer insight into Lost Egypt. While they compensated us with admission to Lost Egypt, the opinions expressed herein are strictly mine. #Sponsored #Terrific

Hands On Learning collage

You may have seen our social postings raving about Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science… but seriously, NOW is the time if you haven’t made it to the exhibit. Lost Egypt closes Aug 28th. Let’s take a look at what makes this Franklin Institute exhibit stand out.

Well, first of all, how can you decline an opportunity for a selfie with a camel? Hop on up and be transported to a different place and time.

say cheese

Experience the physics of building a pyramid.


Then give it a try on the model pyramid exhibit. There’s a little surprise buried in the center… just a little something to peak your child’s curiosity.

Egypt pyramid model

Decoding hieroglyphics feels more like a puzzle than learning. Go figure… or figures.


Whoop – there’s that selfie again. This camel just can’t get enough.


We don’t want to give away all of the surprises but let’s just put it out there that this is an incredible opportunity to actually experience Ancient Egypt; reconstruct ancient pottery (plastic replicas, of course), put your critical thinking skills to work with an archaeological dig, and yes… get a close up look at an actual mummy tomb, while learning the story of  “Annie”, the 17 year-old girl preserved inside.

This is sure to be an exciting experience for the whole family. And while we are on the topic of Egyptian exploration and mummies, be sure to check out the Penn Museum’s exhibits and live artifact lab. Jewels, mummies, hieroglyphic language, pyramids… what about Ancient Egypt has you intrigued? We’d love to hear your story in the comments section.

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Beautiful Rainbow World – Closing the Year with a Colorful Perspective

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Beautiful Rainbow WorldBeautiful Rainbow World – a photo book by Suzee Ramirez & Lynne Raspet

In all the hustle and bustle the holiday season and year end brings, this delightful and playful picture book and song bring it all home.  Beautiful Rainbow World – reminding us to appreciate one another, well beyond the holiday ho ho ho’s but to truly take a moment to take in all the beauty in diversity.

With each page, each photo there is a warm familiar feeling of belonging.  The colorful and artistic pictures draw us in with those wonderful, everyday children from around the world, doing wonderful everyday sorta things all children enjoy doing.  This brings us all a little closer to one another.

What a delightful discussion piece around teaching differences, tolerance and acceptance.  Beautiful Rainbow World 2Education is so much more than reading and writing.  A solid appreciation for world cultures and a healthy perspective on diversity is equally important, if not more so.  Beautiful Rainbow World offers a fantastic lesson on diversity and inclusion. It showcases the globe in a unique way, one that children of all ages can relate to and enjoy.  I highly recommend Beautiful Rainbow World as a unique resource for discussion around cultural awareness and inclusion. Children everywhere play, laugh, ponder and dream.  Opening our hearts and homes to embrace such awareness will only open their eyes to possibility and a Beautiful Rainbow World.

You may enjoy reading our review for a children’s CD: “Someone Else’s Shoes” by Recess Music, also an excellent resource for celebrating diversity.

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Ringing In The Chinese New Year

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LionDancer2Hello 2014! January is well on it’s way and many of you have probably made (and perhaps broken) new year’s resolutions. For me the start of a new year is the opportunity to refresh my perspective – in many regards. It is a time for self reflection and certainly a time for setting goals (personal goals, business related ones and definitely family goals). For me a new year is an extension of the Christmas spirit and warmth. So much time is spent in December setting the stage for Christmas, preparing our hearts and homes for the coming of Christ. Efforts are made to make hand-made gifts, provide meals for elderly neighbors and donate toys for the less fortunate. People have a tendency to hold the door for strangers and offer warm greetings around every corner. More than gifts and twinkling lights – I love the warmth and sincerity that surrounds the holiday season. And I ask aloud – why should this end when the tree ornaments get packed away and the children start back at school. January should be a time to celebrate cultures around the world – after all we all experience the turn of the year and celebrate what is to become of the next year. As you are making or trying hard to keep your new year’s resolutions, consider exploring how other countries take in the new year, traditions and resolutions that are part of those cultures. It’s January half way across the world, so what makes it different than ours and better yet what is celebrated the same?

MeiMei1And speaking of world cultures and celebrating the new year… we are very excited to be attending the Penn Museum’s Chinese New Year Celebration on January 25th. This is sure to be an exciting day-long family event in one of the most amazing museums on the East Coast. The celebration begins at 11AM and offers a variety of demonstrations, exhibits, food and fun and you don’t want to miss the Lion Dance Finale. The celebration is free with museum admission and in honor of the Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014), guests born on the Year of the Horse (or expectant moms due in 2014), can gallop on in for free—when you bring at least one non-Horse paying guest with you!


Celebration activities are as follows and additional information can be obtain by visiting the Penn Museum website.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Calligraphy Drop-in Workshop
11:30 am – 12:15 pm – MeiMei Dance Performance & Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club Performance
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm– East vs. West Chinese Music Demonstration
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Language Class
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Ba’z Tai Chi Demo & Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Gallery Talk: Tang Horses
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – East vs. West Chinese Music Demonstration
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Tangram Workshop
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – PennYo A Cappella Performance
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Falun Gong Demonstration
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Kung Fu Demonstration and Lion Dance Finale

Photo Credit: Penn Museum

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post.  We were either compensated or given product/passes for review.  The opinions expressed herein are strictly mine.

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