APRIL SHOWERS CELEBRATION
Children’s Museum of Houston explores Mother Nature’s spring colors
April 4 – 10
April showers bring May flowers!
April is a time of change and transition. During this time, we explore the phenomena of rain.
Come to the Children’s Museum of Houston and learn a bit about how rain is created and what colorful things can happen when Mother Nature lets it all out.
Don’t forget to explore the great outdoors, indoors at the Museum’s EcoStation exhibit.
· Cloud Guide: There are four types of clouds: cirrus, cumulus, nimbus and stratus. Make a cloud guide and learn how to observe the sky and predict the weather at Junktion.
· Thunder Maker: Compress air and make a “bang”! Learn about what causes thunder with this fun (and loud) activity at Junktion.
· Rainbows: What makes a rainbow and what gives it its colors? Make rainbows to hang in your home window at Junktion.
· Hidden Rainbow: Help the leprechaun keep his pot of gold! Guess the hidden rainbow by playing a weather-related algebra and pattern exercise at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
· Roll a Rainbow: Practice one-to-one correspondence and probability skills by being the first person to place all the counters on the rainbow game board at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
· Clingy Colors: Discover how water can act like glue! Use water and acetate paper to design colorful abstract art at the Alexander Art Academy.
· Hydraulics: Having an opportunity to experiment with hydraulics, or producing motion from forces in fluids, allows wonderful understanding of the mechanisms behind automobile brakes, bulldozer arms, or dump trucks. Using moving fluids, make bird wings, bulldozers, and robotic arms that move at your own command at the Inventors’ Workshop.
Texas Wildlife Rehab Center: Stick around for a wild show-and-tell of animals including reptiles, opossums and owls. Event time: Noon – 4 p.m. at EcoStation.
- Texas Wildlife Association: Participate in a skin crawling presentation of skulls and skins. Event Time: Noon – 2 p.m. at Junktion.
- Water Bottle Birdfeeders: Make a birdfeeder to take home using recycled water bottles.
Event Time: 2 – 4 p.m. at Kid’s Hall.
- Trees for Houston: Take home free tree seedlings to plant in your backyard and receive tree cartons to decorate. (While supplies last) Event Time: 4 – 6 p.m. at Alcove.
- Native Animal of the Week – Bald Eagle: Learn about our nation’s symbol at EcoStation.
I Pledge To: Pledge to do one “green” thing in honor of Earth Day at EcoStation.
- Re-Usea-Palooza: Re-use recycle materials to create something new at EcoStation.
- 3-D Earth: Make a 3-D Earth souvenir to take home at Junktion.
- Texas Wildlife Symbols: Stop by Junktion and create a Texas-shaped guide of our wildlife.
- Recycle Pinwheel: Remind everyone the importance of recycling at Junktion.
- Earth Mosaics: Piece together your world at the Alexander Art Academy.
- Sources of Power: Where do we get most of our energy? Find out at Science Station.
- Turbines: Check out how rotating turbines create power at Science Station.
- Solar Car: How efficient is solar technology? Experiment with it at Science Station.
- Jump like a Frog: Check out math concepts found in nature at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
- Good Catch!: By regulating the size of fish people can catch and keep, fish populations are kept in check so that they don’t dwindle. Learn about it at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
FITNESS, FUEL AND FUN!
Children’s Museum of Houston’s Nutrition Expo spotlights chefs, food tasting and healthy eating habits as part of Museum Experience Zone 4
United Airlines Day, September 28
Did you know the average person eats almost 1,500 pounds of food a year? Healthy eating habits begin now.
Join the Children’s Museum of Houston as we celebrate nutrition during our annual Nutrition Expo.
You’re invited to discover what’s yummy for the tummy and learn cool facts about the fuel your body needs to get up and go.
Plus, visit Zone 4 museums as part of the Museum Experience!
· Taste Tasting with Chefs: See food being prepared by local experts and try their exquisite concoctions!
· Recipe 4 Success Cooking Demo: Learn how to make healthy, nutritious granola.
· More Matters Bracelets: To remind you to eat more fruits and veggies.
· Registered Dietitian: Ask questions and get answers about diet and nutrition.
· M&M Game: Jump around to find out how many calories are in M&Ms.
· Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapults: Fling “pumpkins” at the Inventors’ Workshop.
· Eat This, Not That: Check out what’s healthier at the Power Science Lab.
· Food Trivia Challenge: Go on a nutrition mission at the Power Science Lab.
· My Plate: Bring home the bacon and play with what’s on your plate at Junktion.
· Fruits and Veggies Quiz: Test your knowledge of greens at Junktion.
· Wheel of Fitness: Bring variety to your exercise routine at Junktion.
· Just a Minute: Put yourself to the 60 sec. fitness test at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
· Fun Fruit Logic Game: Win it by saving the best for last the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
Your favorite cyber-heroes are back with more than math power and an all-new season! The Children’s Museum of Houston will host a viewing party to celebrate the premiere of Cyberchase’s three new episodes on Nov. 9 and 10, 2013. An Urchin Matter, Going Solar, and Trash Creep will premiere during a viewing marathon complete with Digit character appearances and giveaways (while supplies last). HoustonPBS members will receive $3 off general admission with valid membership card (up to six people).
Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning math series and transmedia project on PBS KIDS, enters its ninth season. Tapping into children’s love of nature and concern for protecting Earth, stories focusing on math and the environment will send your favorite CyberSquad characters and young viewers on epic new eco-adventures to tackle timely issues. The season’s content will address STEM topics including keystone species, solar powers, habitats, waste reduction, bar graphs, area, fractions and more. More episodes and a one-hour special will debut on HoustonPBS in April 2014.
Don’t forget to experience the Cyberchase – The Chase Is On! exhibit at the Museum’s lower level. In the exhibit, you get to play the hero and save the Cyberworld!
Cyberchase Viewing Party ***Activities, events and times subject to change.
- Sat., Nov. 9 Showings: 9:15 a.m. (For Museum members and HoustonPBS members), 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
- Sun. Nov. 10 Showings: 12:30, 2 and 4 p.m.
From the sky, trees, plants, animal life, all of these aspects of life make our human life possible. For 44 years, Earth Day has inspired awareness and appreciation for the planet we call home. Spring into action and celebrate the wonders of the world during Earth Day WonderWeek at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Protect the environment by first learning about it.
Spotlight Performance – Storyteller Linda Befeld: In honor of Earth Day, Linda will tell wonderful nature-based stories.
Even Time: 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 in the Brown Auditorium.
• Young Planters: See how beans start to grow in a plastic bag and learn about different parts of a plant at EcoStation.
• Earth Day Fans: Create a fan out of recycled materials and learn how glossy paper can be recycled at Junktion.
• The Giving Lemon Tree: Make your own Lemon tree with eco-friendly materials at Junktion.
• Recycled Newspaper Flowers: Craft beautiful flowers by reusing newspaper at Junktion.
• Earth Mosaics: Create your own wonderful picture of Earth at the Alexander Art Academy.
• It’s a Wide World of Science: Learn about the science of Earth through various activities such as creating your own elephant toothpaste or recycling at the Science Station.
• LED Bling: Be fashionable by making a necklace, bracelets, or earrings out of LED lights and see them sparkle at the Inventors’ Workshop.
• Roll a Rainbow, Spider Squares: Discover numbers that correlate with colors or identify numbers on boards through their differences at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.
MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
- Included with general Museum admission: $9 per person and $8 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
- For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.
EARTH DAY BASH
April 23, beginning at 10 a.m.
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
For 45 years, Earth Day has inspired awareness and appreciation for our environment.
Spring into action and celebrate the wonders of the world during our Earth Day Bash.
Explore nature’s creations, discover ways to make a difference, and practice protecting the planet we call home!