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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.  

Rainforest Adventure
Bring the family to the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington to discover and learn all about the rainforest. This exhibit introduces visitors to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests way that families can make a difference. Some of the highlights are: become a research assistant through assignments, costumes and props, climb through a tree log to discover animals that make their home there, discover products that comes from tropical rainforests, and visit children around the world and learn how their families help protect the rainforests. This exhibit will be opened Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 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 .

Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary adventure
Children of all ages along with their parents are invited to the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington for an adventure and discover link between dinosaurs and modern birds in the museum’s newest display Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure. Using kid-friendly storyline this exhibit follows a boy named Charlie as h works on a book report about kiwis, a flightless bird found in New Zealand. To understand how kiwis evolved, Charlie travels back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Visitors will learn with Charlie by unraveling puzzles, playing games, exploring computer interactive, and observing live birds. This exhibition tackles the subject of evolution in a way that appeals to kids, with drawings by Peter Reynolds and award-winning illustrator Judy Moody and other children books. The adventure will be on Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. This exhibit is FREE to museum members. For more information and admission fees, please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org.

Friday, April 4: Glory of Stories – The Tiny Seed
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 Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.  This is the story of the life cycle of a flower as told through the adventures of a tiny seed. This story will encourage your children to plant their own seed and watch as it grows from the tiny seed into a beautiful flower.  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, April 11: Glory of Stories – When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins
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: Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross. Cast out to the refrigerator because of a small crack, Eggbert sets out in the world, using his talent for painting to try and blend in. Eventually he realizes there are cracks everywhere and reminds us all that our flaws are perfectly natural.  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, April 13: PNC FREE Sunday Morning
Families are invited to the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington this Sunday. Museum admission will be waived from 9:30 a.m. to noon courtesy of PNC Bank. PNC FREE Sunday Mornings are funded as part of the Grow Up Great with Science grant program, which provides local preschool children with opportunities to learn science basics and experience related activities that are educational and fun. For more information please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org.

Friday, April 18: Glory of Stories – Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg
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: Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross.  This is the perfect book for little ones to learn the different shapes. A line is thin. A line is narrow – curved like a worm, straight as an arrow. Squares, circles, triangles, and many more shapes abound in this lively story. 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, April 25: Glory of Stories – How I became a Pirate
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: How I became a Pirate by Melinda Long.  Pirates have green teeth, when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view. So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate’s life. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food, but he also learns there are no good books or good night kisses on board. “Pirates don’t tuck.” 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.

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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.

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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 Trials
The Port Discovery in Baltimore Tot Trails is designed for infants and toddlers. This exhibits encourages caregivers and their children to play, interact, and observe their children as they discover new ways to connect learning and play. You and your infants/toddlers will explore some very unique landmarks and landscapes of Maryland, you will engage in hands-on exploration in a space that sparks imagination and inspires curiosity. Your child can crawl, roll, and wiggle through the cushioned mirrored “tidal pools” and “dune walk”; climb the Mountain Trail and catch butterflies outside the Paw Paw Tunnel: cuddle up for a story in the Book Nook, or dig for fossils in the sand pit. 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.

Wonderful Wednesdays
Bring your little ones ages 5 and under to the Port Discovery every Wednesday through March and April. Every Wednesday there will special programs designed for early learners. Enjoy Mother Goose on the Loose, Jingle Jangle Music Time, Parachute Games, Circle Time, and more. The programs change weekly so check “Cool Things To Do” upon arrival at the museum. 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.

Saturday, April 5: Healthy First Saturday
Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery in Baltimore, community health fair. On hand will be performances from the Kindersinger, Cook and Tell with Wegman, FIDOS For Freedom, Circle Time, 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, April 6: Family Fun Day
Families are invited to the Port Discovery in Baltimore for some fun, educational activities that the entire family can enjoy. Don’t miss the hands-on activity of discovery entitled: Percussion Garden. Participants are encouraged to play on (or with) a wide variety of percussion instruments. Through play, children learn about amazing sounds that can be produced and the different techniques for producing these sounds. Along with this activity other daily activities such as Mother Goose on the Loose, Jingle Jangle Music Time, and Kamishibal are scheduled.  For more information and activity times please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Saturday, April 12: Littles’ Day
Bring your children ages 5 and under to the Port Discovery in Baltimore to participate in special programs for child of their age group. Participate in a game called “Puddle Jumping” with the Kindersinger. Enjoy nature programs with Robinson Nature Center and make crafts with Susquehanna Bank. Plus, join Happy Family Brands for organic family-friendly superfood snacks, nutrition facts, coupons, and a coloring station for kids. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 21: STEM in Spring
School may be out for spring break, but your kids can still learn while they have FUN at the Port Discovery in Baltimore. The Museum has planned special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs all week long for your children. Some of the events planned are a UMBC Health Fair, Robinson Nature Center activity table, Fun Activities with Susquehanna Bank, Eric Energy Science Spectacular, Magic Mats Yoga and Creative Movement, Money game, and such much more. These events are planned different days and times so please check with the Museum. For more information and fees, please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Saturday, April 12 through Saturday, April 26: Discovery Days at Robinson Nature Center
Families are invited to join the Port Discovery in Baltimore at the Nature Center for an exploration of nature through artistic expression and music “Under the Dome.” Each 45 minute session is FREE and available on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 30 children. For more information, please call 410-313-0400 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.

Friday, April 18: Target 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. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Wednesday, April 26: Countdown to Kindergarten
Bring your kindergarten aged to children to the Port Discovery in Baltimore for a day of fun educational activities. At this annual celebration that prepares parents and caregivers will learn how to successfully transition their kindergarteners into school. For more information please call 410-864-2657 or visit www.portdiscovery.org.

Wednesday, April 30: Talking about Tots – Why Buy It When You Can Make It
Parents and their tots are invited to the Port Discovery in Baltimore to participate in the latest installment of Talking about Tots Jessie Holman, Research Assistant at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, will present: “Why Buy It When You Can Make It.”  This presentation will discuss how parents can creatively make toys and engaging activities out of common household items. We will discuss how to create fun and engaging toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Parents will see examples of DIY toys, games, sensory activities and more. This program will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets for this event must be purchased at the door and cannot be purchased in advance. 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.

Saturday, April 5: “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 – 2014 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.

Sunday, April 13: Second Sunday Workshop
Kids and families are invited to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia to join in this drop-in workshop between 1and 4 p.m. Attending this workshop will out you just in time for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia. Families can also explore the Japanese culture with an afternoon of crafting located at the Museum’s Warden Garden. All activities are FREE with Museum admission. For more information please call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.

Friday, April 25: Teen Toga Party
Teens; ages 14-19 are invited to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia for a toga party. Partygoers will work with pen and ink to write their names in ancient Greek, etch a cameo to take home, participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt, sample some Mediterranean snacks, and explore artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome. Visitors who come dressed in the best toga will win a prize. This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Classical Society and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Admission is FREE and is presented in conjunction with Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP), which offers free admission to a selection of the city’s top museums and attractions for Philadelphia high school students. For more information about STAMP visit www.phillystamppass.org. or you may visit www.penn.museum.org or call 215-898-4000.

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