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New Castle County

Kids’ Corner
Bring your children to the Delaware Art Museum’s in Wilmington to the daily Kids’ Corner. This is a unique area in the Museum where children finally have the freedom to touch art on the walls and even design their own artwork. “What Can You Create?” the first part of Kids’ Corner is a gigantic white wall that is covered in pegs for hanging colored pieces of foam. Young artist are encouraged to think of the wall as a blank canvas and the foam as pieces of paint. Next is the Art Studio, here children can have fun using large magnetic puzzles pieces to create works of art. This is their chance to touch the actual painted works. This station also provides couches, chairs, and a small library of children’s books. Finally, the Elements of Art allows for direct interaction with three reproductions of the Museum’s priceless works. By feeling a painting’s texture and changing its colors and the patterns, these elements become easy to understand in the world of art. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-571-9590 or visit www.delart.org .

Squid Display at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
If your family is interested in sea creatures, you will want to bring them to see the newest display of the Giant Squid Kiosk at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington. The Giant Squid is on permanent display at the Museum, and in addition to the basketball representation of the giant squid’s eyes, includes a 3D model of a giant squid club – a series of suckers on the squids tentacles, a flip book of various types of squid and their relative size to humans, and a dissection model illustrating the various parts of a squid. This display serves as a complement to the range of other animals on display at the museum. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4:30 p.m. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org.  

Book in the Nook Storytimes
The Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington is excited to introduce “Book in the Nook” storytimes every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Nature Nook, featuring children’s books on nature, science, and more. The Nature Nook is a special place for young children to enjoy hand-on fun at the museum. Children and their parents can experience science and nature up-close with the interactive games, educational activities, and live animals demonstrations by the museum’s skilled docents. The Nature Nook is designed for children ages 2 through 10 with their parents or caregivers, which is an important aspect of early childhood learning and is every Wednesday at 11 a.m. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org .

The Nature Nook
The Nature Nook is a special place at the Delaware Museum of Natural History for children to become natural scientist in a unique, indoor park setting. The Nature Nook consists of four main habitats: woodland, stream, meadow, and cave. The multi-sensory, hands-on activities in each of the habitats are designed to promote parent-child interaction. Plus, now children and their parents can experience nature and science up-close even more. This program is every Tuesday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org .

BUGS: Outside the Box
Come to the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington where you can see a colorful butterfly with a five-foot wingspan, a heavily armored stag beetle with jaws as big as a person’s leg, or a longhorn beetle with antennae more than twelve feet across. These fascinating creatures await you at the newest exhibit featured since June 14 – BUGS: Outside the Box.  With giant sculptures this exhibits showcases the beauty hidden within the mini-beasts of the natural world, and turns the table on how we see bugs. Some of the highlights of this exhibit: create your own bugs in the interactive “Build A Bug” game; learn more about magnification at the “Magnification Station;” and explore the “Touch Zone” and discover the world of insects with your own two hands. This exhibit will be at the Museum until September 1, 2014.For more information and admission fees and Museum hours, please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org.

Art Camp
Looking for an interesting camp for your children this summer, then bring them to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington to experience some summer camp fun with art. The program is for children ages 6 to 12 and will provide a creative experience with professional instruction in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Young artist, divided into two groups, explore drawing, painting, ceramics and more in the Bank of America Educational Wing Studio as well as throughout the Museum’s galleries and Copeland Sculpture Garden. Camp is a full-day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each session ends with a camper art show for family and friends. Session 1: June 16 to June 27- The Great Outdoors; Session 2: June 30 to July 11- Faces and Places; Session 3: July 14 to July 25: - The Artist’s Toolbox; and Session 4: July 28 to August 8 – Animal Tales. For more information, please call Rebecca Howell, Education Assistant at 302-351-8551 or you may email her at: rhowll@delart.org.

Friday, July 11: Glory of Stories – The Big Blue Spot
Join the Delaware Art Museum for their Glory of Stories series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This week, children between the ages of 3 and 6 will hear: The Big Blue Spot by Peter Holwitz.  Once upon a time there was spot; a big blue spot. It was all alone in the world. Until one day it finds a friend, a yellow spot. Follow the blue spot as it drips and races through the pages of this fun, interactive book, eventually finding just the friend it has been searching for.  After the story your child can make a craft. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-571-9590 or visit www.delart.org.

Friday, July 18: Glory of Stories – Art
Join the Delaware Art Museum for their Glory of Stories series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This week, children between the ages of 3 and 6 will hear: Art by Patrick McDonnell. Art a young boy, joyfully tries his hand at all kinds of art. He draws scribble that squiggle, splotches with blotches, zigs and zags, and doodles and dogs and so much more. After the story your child can make a craft. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-571-9590 or visit www.delart.org.

Friday, July 25: Glory of Stories – My Heart is Like a Zoo
Join the Delaware Art Museum for their Glory of Stories series from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This week, children between the ages of 3 and 6 will hear: My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall.  A heart can be hopeful, silly, or happy. A heart can be rugged, or snappy, and lonely. For each feeling, the bold, graphic artwork creates an animal out of heart shapes, from “eager as a beaver,” to “angry as a bear,” to “thoughtful as an owl.” After the story your child can make a craft. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-571-9590 or visit www.delart.org.

Sunday, July 27: Sunday Studios Series – Elaborate Labyrinths
Children and families are invited to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington to experience a new medium and activity each month in the Children’s Studios in the Bank of America Education Wing. This month’s series is: Elaborate Labyrinths. No reservations are required and the event is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This series is also sponsored by AT & T. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-571-9590 or visit www.delart.org.

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Kent County

First Friday
Bring your family to the Biggs Museum in Dover every first Friday of the month to enjoy local art venues and activities. The Biggs Museum provides a FREE, family-friendly program each month. The First Friday programs include First Look Party, lectures, curator-led tours, interactive activities and live performances. For more information, please call 302-674-2111 or visit www.biggsmuseum.org.

Biggs Kids and Mini-Masters
Biggs Kids and Mini-Masters is FREE drop-in programs open to the public and are held at the Biggs Museum in Dover in the Child HELP Studio. Biggs Kids is held the first Saturday of every month for children ages 5 through 10. Mini-Masters is held the Wednesday after the first Friday of every month for children ages 3 through 5. Both programs are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the days that they are held. For more information please call 302-674-2111 or visit www.biggsmuseum.org.

Summer ARTVenture Camp
Parents if you are looking something interesting and fun for your children this summer, than register them in the Biggs Museum in Dover ARTVenture Camp. This camp runs from throughout the month of July. The camps are for children ages 5 through 10. Each week has a theme based on what the children will be learning. From July 7 to July 11: Cartoon Creation; July 14 to July 18: Color Explosion; July 21 to 25: Swashbuckling Pirates; and July 28 to August 1: Puppet Pizzazz. Registration is encouraged and is open now for this camp. These camps will fill up fast so register as soon as possible, For more information and to register, please call 302-674-2111 ext. 101 or visit www.biggsmuseum.org.

Saturday, July 19 through Sunday, July 20: Amtrak Exhibit Train at the Delaware State Fair
Can you hear the sound of the whistle? Then bring your family to the Harrington State Fair, in Harrington, Delaware to see the Amtrak Train Exhibit.  Climb aboard and tour a FREE exhibit to learn about Amtrak’s history and catch a glimpse into the company’s future. Displays include advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia from Amtrak’s creation in 1971 to a model of today’s modern-sleeping accommodations and high-speed rail service displays. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand. Whether you’ve been riding since the company’s beginning, or just part of it, there is something on the Exhibit Train that is guaranteed to strike a chord. You may tour the train on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information please contact: Fern Berk, 302-906-4839, or visit Francine.berk@amtrak.com.

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Sussex County

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Baltimore, Maryland

Mother Goose on the Loose
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday bring your toddlers to the Port Discovery in Baltimore to cuddle and interact with other little ones. This award-winning, early literacy program will feature singing, movement, and fingerplays. It will begin on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday it will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org

Tot Time
Children ages 3 and under are invited with their parents to the Port Discovery in Baltimore on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday for some Tot Time with their toddlers.  Enjoy the award-winner early literacy program, with Mother Goose on the Loose and Jingle, Jangle Music Time. Log onto the museum website for program times. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org

Jingle Jangle Music Time
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday bring your infants and toddlers to the Port Discovery in Baltimore to enjoy some lively interactive musical experiences. This program teaches infants and young toddlers basic rhythm through singing, clapping, and shaking shakers. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the program will start at 11:30 a.m. and then again at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday the program will start at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Whimsical Wednesdays
Bring your little ones to the Port Discovery in Baltimore every Wednesday morning. Enjoy a morning of art, music, and literacy programs designed to develop early learning skills. Percussion Garden, Mother Goose on the Loose, Parachute Games, Circle Time, and Jingle Jangle will all be there too. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Family Fun Day
Families are invited to the Port Discovery in Baltimore every Sunday in May for fun and engaging story times and music, including: Mother Goose on the Loose, Jingle Jangle Music Time, the Percussion Garden, and more.  For more information and activity times please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Play Date Mondays
Join the Port Discovery in Baltimore on Mondays in July and August without all the crowds of camp groups. The Museum does not book external camp groups on Play Date Mondays. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

The Art of Sesame Street: From Pictures to Pages – New Exhibit
Bring your family to the Port Discovery in Baltimore to explore their newest art exhibition. This exhibit highlights over 40 years of illustrations that depict the characters you know and love from Sesame Street. Plus, enjoy special story times, a puppet play area, and themed craft activities. This exhibit will be at the museum until September 1, 2014. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious
Bring your children to the Port Discovery in Baltimore to see the newest exhibit for a limited time: Curious George – Let’s Get Curious. Get up close with the most curious little monkey, and engage in math, science, and engineering activities modeled after his own adventures in this hands-on exhibit. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Friday, July 4: 4th of July FUN
Its Independence Day so come on down to the Port Discovery in Baltimore and share in the holiday celebration. Enjoy a day of play before seeing the fireworks. Make Star Spangled Medallion, patriotic themed Hoop Gliders and play The Monkey Game. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Saturday, July 5: Healthy First Saturday
Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery in Baltimore, community health fair featuring Circle Time, Creative Dance Movement, Exploration Station, and FIDOS for Freedom, and more. This healthy event is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Sunday, July 6: Adventure to the Imagi Nation
Bring your family to the Port Discovery in Baltimore on every Sunday in the month of July. Enjoy a special show each Sunday featuring magic, story-telling and interactive play to take children of all ages on a journey to the Imagi Nation – a faraway place, found within each one of us. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Saturday, July 12: Littles’ Day – Teddy Bear Picnic
Bring your children ages 5 and under to the Port Discovery in Baltimore. To share in a day dedicated to children.  Bring your favorite furry friend to our Annual Teddy Bear picnic and enjoy these special activities: Moonbounce by Astro Events, Circle Time, Organic snacks samples and coloring station with Happy Family Brands, make your own teddy bear ears, and Teddy Bear Picnic with the Kindersinger. The events will begin at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Friday, July 18: Target $2 Family Fun Night
Bring your family to the Port Discovery in Baltimore for a family fun-filled night of activity. Every third Friday during this month the museum will stay open until 8 p.m. and general admission is just $2 per person after 4 p.m. tonight’s special activities include: Bike rodeo and Safety demonstration, and family crafts. Ticket for this evening cannot be purchased in advance and can only be purchased at the door.  For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Thursday, July 24 through Friday, July 25: Negro League Baseball Meet & Greet and Memorabilia Display
If your children love baseball then you will want to attend this meet and greet at the Port Discovery in Baltimore. Children and parents can experience living history with the Negro League Baseball legend, Luther Atkinson, and historian, Ray Banks, of the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball. This event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org. 

Saturday, July 26: Sensational Saturday
Looking for some interesting fun then come to the Port Discovery in Baltimore and make a banarama, help George fin his tail at the Exploration Station, and participate un creative movement and yoga with Magical Mats from 1 to 1:45 p.m. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

World Culture Afternoons
Come on down to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia and enjoy an afternoon in the Museum’s galleries, classrooms, and auditoriums as they come alive with music and dance, performances and workshops, and talks and tours in these popular family-friendly programs. These events are FREE with Museum admission donation. For more information and admission fees please call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.

Gallery Romps
On selected Saturdays the Penn Museum in Philadelphia has a new program designed for families and preschoolers. Young children ages 3 to 6 and their favorite grownups are invited to explore the Penn Museum galleries through stories, crafts, and play. This event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is FREE with Museum admission donation. For more information and admission fees, please call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.

“Drums Around the World” Celebration
Families are invited to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia to share in this special program featured as part of the Museum‘s 2014 – 2015 Year of Sound. As part of the day’s musical theme, guest can take a self-guided tour of instruments on display throughout the museum. From 1 to 4 p.m. there will be workshops for all ages and abilities, where visitors can enjoy a make-and-take craft station plus brows the Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop for Children. At 3:45 do not forget to see the closing event, a spectacular drum circle finale, a medley of drums, cultures and goodwill.  All activities are FREE with Museum admission donation. For more information please call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.

 “Anthropologists in the Making” Summer Camp
This summer adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a unique day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the University of Penn Museum in Philadelphia. This summer of 2014 “Anthropologist in the Making” offers nine theme-oriented, week-long sessions from June 23 through August 22, 2014. Details about the popular camp, coordinated by the Museum’s Learning and Museum’s Programs Department are online. Session 1: June 23 to June 27 – Worn and Adorn; Session 2: June 30 to July 3 – Gift of the Nile; Session 3: July 7 to July 11 – Digging China; Session 4: July 14 to July 18 – When in Rome; Session 5: July 21 to July 25 – World Mythology; Session 6: July 29 to August  – Gift of the Nile; Session 7: August 4 to August 8 – Heroes, Giants, and Monsters; Session 8: August 11 to August 15 – Ancient Egyptian Magic;  and  Session 9: August 18 to August 22- Way of the Warrior. The Museum is encouraging Early-Bird registration is available now for the camp. Children may attend one or more of this year’s weekly themed programs. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with optional pre-camp hours 8 to 9 a.m. and post-camp hours 3 to 5 p.m. For more information please call 215-898-4016 or email summercamp@pennmuseum.org or visit the website www.penn.museum/camp.

Hot Deal
For the months of July and August the Penn Museum in Philadelphia is offering all visitors a Hot Deal $10 general admission. During the hot summer days only children, adults, and seniors can get in for this cool price. Summer is the ideal time to visit a great museum and discover something new about the world. Some of the highlights for those taking advantage to the Hot Deal visits are: Summer Nights Wednesday evening concert series, Summer Wonder Family Programs, Unearthed in the Archives, and In the Artifact Lab-Conserving Egyptian Mummies. There will be FREE bottled water at the admission desk, while supplies last; also take a break with ice cold, fresh squeezed lemonade for just $2 or FREE with a lunch entrée. For more information please visit summer specials: http://bit.ly/1mi8lgy or call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.

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