Character Education

Character Education

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Queens, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Family Trips and Programs

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Preschool Weekday Programs

After School

Family and Adult Programs

Annual Events

Birthday Parties at APEC

Make your child’s birthday joyful and enriching!

APEC’s birthday parties are learning experiences which will be remembered for a lifetime. Your child and guests are given the opportunity to appreciate nature first hand. We look forward to helping you celebrate your child’s special day!

Our 2-hour parties include:

An indoor, age-appropriate discussion about nature which includes the handling of live animals
A guided nature walk on the trails (weather permitting)
A nifty craft to make and take home.

Your child is the guide. He or she chooses the craft from our wide selection prior to the party. On party day he or she gets to choose the animals that will make a special guest appearance at the party. Program lasts about 1 ½ hours, followed by about ½ hour for refreshments and birthday cake.

Please view our Birthday Party Brochure for more details.

Click here to view our current craft choices (call to confirm; subject to change).

Theme parties for Tweens

New This Year!

Designed for Ages 8 & up Fee: $275 for up to 12 children (12 children maximum)

Spa Day Birthday

Treat your guests to a spa like experience inclusive of calming nature sounds, soothing aromatherapy and mini massage lesson. Guests will have fun creating and using all natural “spa”sentials to take home. Recipes included.

LOG CABIN LAB Owl Pellets

What’s in an owl pellet? Don a lab coat and immerse yourself in the world of dissection. Using common lab equipment guests will discover the snacks and facts about owl food.

Inquire about these themes and others at ext. 205Party Information

Ages:

2 and up

Days:

Saturday and Sunday (some after school and holidays available)

Times:

10 am – 12 noon or 1 – 3 pm (4 – 6 pm depending upon availabiliy)

Fees:

$250.00 for up to 15 children

$12.00 for each additional child

Maximum of 30 children

$30.00 second instructor fee for over 20 children

Food and Decorations:

You supply all food, cake, beverages, paper goods, decorations, and goody bags. You may arrive before the party to decorate the room and set up.

Please remember that APEC does not allow balloons in the building, due to safety concerns for our animals. Please do not include balloons in your decorations or give-aways.

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830 5th Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

CPF (City Parks Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

We connect teachers, students and families through hands-on classroom, after school and teacher-training programs in parks, schools and Recreation Centers across New York City. Annually, our programs reach 7,500 students and community members and 600 teachers.

Information on Events and Calendar Dates for the City Park Foundation can be found here

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City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SUMMERSTAGE KIDS

City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SWEDISH COTTAGE MARIONETTE THEATRE

Bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics.

PUPPETMOBILE

One of the oldest marionette companies in the country presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools.

CPF provides FREE sports instruction to over 13,000 kids and 1,000 seniors annually, at over 60 parks citywide. Whether its tennis, golf, track & field or fitness – the name of the game here is FUN for all ability levels!

TENNIS

These lessons make the sport freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment.

GOLF

Fun and easy for kids ages 6 to 17, these free lessons make the sport accessible to kids of all skill levels.

JUNIOR GOLF CENTER – BROOKLYN

This state-of-the-art par 3 facility offers free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 7-17.

TRACK & FIELD

Learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw.

KIDS FITNESS

These fun-filled fitness programs help keep young kids active, and help to develop positive, life-long attitudes toward healthy exercise and nutrition.

SENIORS FITNESS

Join New Yorkers ages 60 and over, for free tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in parks across the country.

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28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY, United States

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is located on 28700 Route 25 in Cutchogue, Long Island, about 90 miles east of New York City. Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country, much of the farm dating from 1661. Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, beautiful to behold against the sparkling waters of Peconic Bay.

It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork, approximately 300 acres, of which 200 acres are in fruit, all of which is retailed at the farm. The emphasis is on fruit of the highest quality, and all fruit sold is guaranteed.

A very large proportion of Wickham farm land has been placed in Suffolk County’s Farmland Preservation program, which means that for generations to come, this land is “forever agriculture.” 
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a family enterprise which has taken pride in producing and marketing the choicest of fruit. The retail market is open usually from May through December from Monday through Saturday. 

Wickham’s is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.
Schools and private groups who book a tour in advance can schedule a tour of the farm to pick fruit in season, enjoy the scenic beauty of a farm on the water, observe a live working beehive, and when possible, observe our old historic cider press. 

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Family Trips

 

Farm Tours on the Wickham Farm

Enjoy the rural scenery and ambience of a historic, bicentennial farm that is situated right on beautiful Peconic Bay. Participants climb aboard our old fashioned  wagons for a ride around our farm. Along the way visitors see orchards, row crops, hot-houses, barns, and real old machinery!

Bee Hive Observation

Ever wonder what occurs inside a hive? Everyone is fascinated by the world of the honeybee. You can observe a real, working beehive at our Bee Observation Station.

NOTE: Beehive observation is over by late Fall, depending on weather conditions.

 Picnic Area

Field Trip groups and visitors are welcome to use our picnic area which is nestled among some of our farm’s oldest fruit trees. Visitors enjoy lunches in a beautiful rustic setting. (Bring your own lunch & drink.) There is no charge for using picnic area in conjunction with a tour.

Pick Your own Apples (When in Season)

Enjoy the hands-on experience of picking apples off the trees, and enjoy the healthy countryside beauty of our vast orchards. Snap off your very own ripe apples! (You might  meet a box turtle along the way!)

Pick your Pumpkins (When in Season)

Tip-Toe gently in the pumpkin patch. Pick a tiny pumpkin, a medium-sized pumpkin, or a Cinderella pumpkin! And squashes, cheese pumpkins and many, many more! Wickham’s has the largest, gigantic pumpkins on the North fork!

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800-899 N Madison St, Wilmington, DE, United States

As part of the celebration of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Delaware’s American Bicentennial Commission formed the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame with University of Delaware football coach ”Tubby” Raymond at the helm and Al Cartwright, chair of the hall of fame subcommittee

For periods of time, inductee’s plaques were placed on display at the Grand Opera House, Bank of Delaware, the Wilmington Senior Center and the Balick Store. In later years a search for a permanent home began in earnest.

Horse racing exhibitThe quest finally paid off when in 1993 the Delaware Sports Authority allocated what would become 5000 square feet for a permanent home for the Hall and Museum at the new Daniel Frawley Stadium built for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Click on the museum page for special exhibits and other happenings on the Wilmington Riverfront.


 

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Family Trips at the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame

Located at Frawley Stadium – on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware -the museum offers visitors the opportunity to see and hear Delaware sports figures describe their experiences.

Visitors will witness Hall of Famer “Judy” Johnson tell his story to a young fan. Relive athletes winning Olympic Gold Medals, the University of Delaware’s NCAA Football titles, exhibits honoring Delaware’s Special Olympians, pro baseball, football, basketball and soccer teams.

The Museum has computers and touch screens which allow visitors to learn about all inductees, Special Olympics and individual sports halls of fame.

Delaware sports history from Civil War days to the present comes alive through photos, audio & video presentations, artifacts, and memorabilia. Decade by decade exhibits tell the story of the accomplishments of the First State’s athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, sportswriters and broadcasters. Over two hundred and twenty people have been inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Visitors can access special computers with biographies and photos.

THE “HALLWAY OF THE DECADES”

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3883 New York 97, Barryville, NY, United States

For 38 years, Indian Head Canoes and Rafts has been a leader on the Delaware River, providing all you need to make your visit comfortable.

Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills. The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River”, spectacular in it’s pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feel a world away.

Here at Indian Head canoes get ready for an adventure to remember at Indian Head Canoes & Rafts! Delaware River rafting, canoeing, and kayaking is fun and exciting for everyone. Unique to the Delaware River, we also offer a variety of overnight lodging…deluxe cabins, riverside log cabins, group bunkhouse and campgrounds.

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All Youth Groups (Age 11 and Up)

Schools,  Summer Camps and Scouts 

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for your School or Youth Group to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. We promise to deliver and incredible lasting end to the school year for your students. We can plan a great filled adventure with canoeing, Kayaking, and so much more on the Delaware river.

Give your Students a trip that will forever cherish and remember. Group Discounts available. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure. We’ll go white water river rafting, canoeing, kayaking and even tubing! We make it easy! No experience is necessary and it’s fun and exciting for everyone. You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers.

Watch closely, while on the Delaware River, and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. Leave your tents at home as we’ll be staying in deluxe cabins and luxurious bunkhouses allowing us to camp Creative Escapes style. Boats, paddles and lifejackets will be provided, along with our healthy energizing signature menu. Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills.

The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River” spectacular in its pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feels a world away. See you on the river!

Activities available for Schools, Camps, Scouts and Families

Delaware River Rafting

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for family and friends to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure.

  • No experience necessary
  • Children as small as 30 lbs can raft!
  • Rafts carry up to 6 people.
  • Kids go free! – see details below
  • Save 50% on 2nd day river trips!

Delaware River Canoeing at Indian Head

You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers. Watch closely while on the Delaware River and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. The canoes at Indian Head are very maneuverable,good for 2 or 3 people and ideal for families with children above 50 pounds. No experience necessary in calm water, some experience in white water.

Indian Head Canoeing rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

We open 8am weekends and 9am weekdays April thru October. Not all bases are open early spring and fall. Please call us toll free at 800-874-2628 for details.

Delaware River Kayaking 

Kayaking is the newest rage on the Delaware River. Indian Head offers both solo kayaks (1 person) and doubles. Our kayaks are designed for river touring, stable, easy to paddle, more maneuverable and quick in the water. Try one soon!

Indian Head Kayaking rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

Delaware River Tubing Rates

Enjoy a lazy float in the water and a hot summer’s retreat. Tube trips are about 3-5 hours long. Plan more time to swim. Must be over 65 lbs. to ride in a tube.

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1740 U.S. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, United States

Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, Excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. Our trips are designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Our equipment is state of the art and all of our tour staff are Registered Maine Guides offering you not only state licensed personnel but truly dedicated and knowledgeable leadership.

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Custom Group & Corporate Adventures – Excursions has become a destination for many youth groups and corporate teams, as well as family and friends. We specialize in designing custom adventures for groups of varying sizes, interests and expectations. We offer everything from coastal day tours to sunrise, sunset and moonlight excursions. In addition to great paddling and exploring, our food packages add just the right touch. Coffee and muffins or wine and cheese – picnic lunch or barbeque – or maybe you would like to experience a good ol’fashioned downeast lobster bake? You decide – great food, great fun, great company. Our staff of outdoor professionals will provide you with a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Call today and let us design an exciting adventure for you and your group!Scheduled daily for groups of 8 or more
Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect.
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Overnight Adventures – Join us for a weekend getaway that will be the highlight of your summer. Our paddling destination includes the picturesque islands and pristine rivers of Maine’s Casco Bay Region. We will spend two days paddling and exploring and one unforgettable evening relaxing and camping on a remote Island. All meals are provided by us, so kick back and enjoy as your guide prepares delicious food around the campfire and entertains you with tall tales and the art of stretching the truth. We will provide all the necessary paddling equipment, camping gear and transportation. Just bring your personnel gear, spirit of adventure and a few tall tales of your own!Overnight trips for custom groups of 6 or more can be scheduled anytime throughout the season. Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect. Contact Excursions for more details.

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Coastal Explorer – This half-day trip is scheduled daily and is the perfect trip for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Conducted at a leisurely pace, we usually manage to cover 3 to 5 miles of interesting coastline. We provide all the equipment you’ll need as well as transportation to and from our launch site. Launch sites vary daily depending on wind, weather and tides. A registered Maine Guide will lead your trip and insure that everyone gets the attention necessary for a successful and enjoyable outing. Cost: Adults 14 and up: $60 per person Children 13 and under: $50 per person 10% discount for all persons staying at Dixon’s Campground Coastel Explorer click image to enlarge
SK101 Clinic – This four-hour clinic is designed to provide a thorough introduction to the basic skills needed to enjoy the sport of sea kayaking. We will begin by discussing kayak design, equipment, proper clothing and safety issues. You will learn fundamental paddling strokes and braces so that you can maneuver your kayak with ease and confidence. You will also learn how to safely wet exit your boat during a capsize, as well as self-rescue techniques used to re-enter your kayak. There will be plenty of opportunity to review techniques with your instructor and ask any questions you may have. This class is open to participants 16 yrs and up. Please call for schedule Maximum 6 people per class Cost: $85.00 per person

Private Lessons – For those who want more individual attention private lessons may be scheduled on request.

Cost: $50 per hour (2 hr minimum)

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121 Webster Avenue, Chelsea, MA, United States

Started almost 20 years ago in a warehouse in Boston next to the “Old” Boston Garden – Boston Paintball is in it’s Fourth and FINAL location in the Parkway Plaza in Chelsea Ma. It has been a long road, one could say this has been 20 years in the making. Boston Paintball largest indoor playing facility in New England by far since 1992. Conveniently located off of Rte. 1 in Chelsea MA near the Parkway Plaza next to Home Depot. Easily accessible from Commuter Rail (Chelsea). We cater to players of all skill levels and specialize in first time players.

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Birthday Party?

Celebrating a birthday? Kids outgrown a lot of the old options? We have got your new go-to for guaranteed party success!  Boston Paintball offers 2 versions of the game and BOTH are enormous amounts of FUN!! Paintball is an option for players Ages 10+ while Splatmaster is aimed at a little bit younger crowd Ages 8-11 or for groups that maybe aren’t quite ready for the real thing.

We offer a variety of options when it comes to making reservations to play – and making reservations is as simple as a few clicks!

Group Packages start at $350 for up to 10 players and include: 3 Hours of Private Play, All Necessary Equipment and Paintballs. They also include Pizza and Soda (optional instead of some paint for Paintball party / included with Splatmaster) Paintball parties are discounted on weekdays Monday – Thursday on Non-Vacation / Holiday days (Save $50)

All Private Groups are booked into Sessions as follows:

Monday & Tuesdays: 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7pm

Wednesday Thursday & Fridays: 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7pm and 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturdays: 10am – 1pm / 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7 pm / 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Sundays: 10am – 1pm / 1pm – 4pm / 4pm – 7pm

Have less than 10 players? You can make Standard Reservations for Splatmaster Monday – Friday or for Paintball 7 days a week!

 Paintball Options:

  

Splatmaster Options:

 

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4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States

Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is a children’s theater company offering year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes in drama, acting, dance musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages. Summer theatre camps give campers the opportunity to take part in a full production of a musical or play.

Imagination Stage is the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. We offer a year-round season of professional shows (adult actors performing for families and classes), after-school programs and summer camps for ages 1-18, and arts-integration professional development training for teachers, students, schools, and families. All of our programs are informed by our core belief in making the arts inclusive and accessible to all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or financial status.

‘Rapunzel’ at Imagination Stage

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Groups & Parties

Groups

Whether a group of friends or family, a birthday, a social occasion or a fundraiser–a trip to Imagination Stage is guaranteed to delight everyone!

Group Reservations 

Imagination Stage makes bringing a group easy and fun!

  • Split PaymentHold a seat block with a deposit and pay the balance when you have your final headcount.
  • Group Reservation CodePick a performance and we’ll give your group members a discount code to purchase their own seats at their leisure.
  • Backstage ToursAdd-on a tour after most 4 p.m. performances. Tours cover our costume shop, scene shop, lighting and sound booth, and more! 
  • Grab a bite–Groups can eat at our on-site Just Imagine Cafe, check out Hard Times Café right across the street, or try one of the numerous ‘Woodmont Triangle’ restaurants in easy walking distance of our theatre!
  • Don’t forget about Meet-the-Actors in our lobby after every 1:30 and 4:00 weekend show, and fun and creative souvenirs in our Gift Shop!

Prices for our Lerner Family Theatre

Groups of 10-49 20% off
Groups of 50-99 30% off
Groups of 100+ 40% off
Buy-Out (372 seats) $4,500 (includes rental of our gallery space)
Imagination Stage is working hard to keep your ticket price low. We have kept our facility fee at 7% of your total order for online or phone sales. (*Please note that orders of 10+ are not available online.)

Birthday Parties

Having a birthday? Celebrate with tickets to a  show or a private  workshop, then have cake in our party room! Year-round options for all ages and every budget.

 

Fundraisers

Dramatically increase your fundraising by purchasing a block of tickets (or the whole theatre!) for a weekend day or evening show as a fundraiser for your organization. We provide a volume discount (cost as low as $9 per ticket) and you sell the tickets at a premium to your event attendees. It is both wonderful family fun and highly successful.

Are you a Group that just wants tickets?

Contact the box office | 301-280-1660, daily 10 am- 5 pm | boxoffice@imaginationstage.org

Questions about Group Options, Scouts or Fundraisers? 

Contact our Group Sales office | 301-280-1664 | groupsales@imaginationstage.org

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Early Childhood

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My First Imagination Stage is our Early Childhood program that focuses on children aged 1-5, providing fun and developmentally exciting experiences through classes and live performances. Play is serious fun for the very young.

Classes

You And Me (Ages 12-36 months) Be the flower while your child becomes the butterfly! These caregiver and child classes use props and materials to stimulate the senses and promote your child’s development of social and motor skills.Register Online

My Friends And Me (Ages 3–5) Older children are ready to play on their own! Students play together, develop relationships, and enter the world of make believe. Through the use of music, movement and dramatic play, these classes ignite your child’s imagination while flexing his or her problem-solving, language, and physical skills.

Register Online

Single-Session Workshops

Sunday Fun-Day

We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.*

Schedule Varies – $10 per personRegister Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660 Saturday Song Circle 

You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.* 

Schedule Varies – $6 per person, Register Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660. Watch a video preview!

*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

Shows

The My First Imagination Stage theatre series offers intimate, interactive performances designed for the very young in our Reeve Theatre. Tickets are on sale online, or at our Box Office (301-280-1660).


telltale heartsFrom Here to There October 25–November 24, 2013. Two friends build bridges from cardboard boxes and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune. It’s like jumping inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some of the props! Ages 2-5.

ASL-interpreted show 11/9 at 11:15. 

Tickets  

Watch a video preview!

Try our From Here to There Activity Guide!


aquariumAquarium December 17, 2013–January 26, 2014. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 1/11 at 11:15.

Tickets

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inside out 300Inside Out March 1–April 6, 2014. It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some items used in the show. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 3/15 at 11:15. 

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mouse_onthe_moveMouse on the Move June 28-August 10, 2014 Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, there are many opportunities for audience participation. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.  Ages 1-5

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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibitions

Welcome to the Chicago Architecture Foundation! We offer engaging ways for educators, families, and young people to explore Chicago’s amazing architecture.

Through hands-on, real-world explorations discover how to turn your local community into a dynamic setting for teaching and learning.  Buildings, structures, people, and events help young people discover how architecture and the built environment impact their lives everyday.

Our programs and resources include multi-disciplinary teacher workshops, award-winning curricular resources, place-based field trips, hands-on workshops for teens, scout badge programs, and A+DEN-a network for people interested in design education.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers more than 80 different tours including the Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady. Also offered: FREE exhibitions, programs and workshops, youth education, family programs and an architecture and design-themed retail store.

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FAMILIES & KIDS

We offer exciting architecture-themed activities for your family or kids group. Join us for CAFamily Studio Sundays and exhibitions, or schedule a time to bring your Scout, youth, or school group to the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a special field trip to explore Chicago’s amazing architecture.

We have wrapped up our Family Programming for 2013. Join us in the new year for monthly Saturday programs. Dates and times coming soon!

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Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions Available by CFA

Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibitions encourage people to discover the spaces, places, and structures that shape Chicago and all communities. The unique installations encourage people to understand how architects, engineers, and planners design environments—and how we all participate. The exhibitions inspire people to imagine the future of metropolitan regions everywhere.

Learn more about this exhibition>>

THE UNSEEN CITY:

DESIGNS FOR A FUTURE CHICAGO

COST: Free and open to the public

HOURS: Daily 9 am to 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Four Chicago academic institutions present visions for the future of city life in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s exhibition Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago. The participating designers encourage us to ask, “What might this neighborhood and city become?”

Come see a 19th century boulevard transformed for the 21st, a horizontal deconstructed Willis Tower, an industrial district as creative hub, and a skyscraper that scrubs the air.

What future do you imagine for your neighborhood?

  Learn more about this exhibition>> 

COST

Free and open to the public

HOURS: 

7 days a week from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

LOCATION :

CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago is preparing to debut a bold plan for giving public transit riders a speedier and smarter way to ride: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). By combining cutting-edge technology with specially-chosen routes, BRT promises to make Chicago a more connected city.

This exhibition outlines the features and benefits of BRT while exploring how it is transforming cities around the globe. See how features like dedicated bus lanes and innovative station design are improving bus transportation and people’s lives.

These programs are made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust.

 

Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop

Learn more about this exhibition>>

COST: 

Free and open to the public

HOURS: 

7 days a week from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

LOCATION:

Arcelor Mittal CitySpace Gallery, 224 South Michigan Ave.

In a nation obsessed with acquiring the most stuff at the lowest price, how well do we understand the value of the buildings and products we buy? How do our purchases impact the future of our neighborhoods? Visit Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and find a new design for your city and your life. It’s a shopping trip unlike any you’ve experienced before.

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COST: 

Free and open to the public

HOURS: 

7 days a week from 9am-6:30pm

LOCATION: 

Atrium Gallery, 224 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago Model City is the only accurate and up-to-date three-dimensional portrait of Chicago’s downtown. This 320-square-foot work-in-progress enables you to see Chicago as you’ve never seen it before. The model became an instant icon when it opened in 2009, beloved by tourists and locals alike. It has become the centerpiece for exhibitions in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s atrium gallery. In addition, the model is the departure point for CAF tours, a gathering place, an orientation point for visitors, and a great photo opportunity! Famous visitors to the model include Mayor Richard J. Daley, architect Jeanne Gang, and television personality Geoffrey Baer. CAF is currently developing exhibitions that will make Chicago Model City a richer and even more exciting experience.

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2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, United States

It might seem that an institution like a museum is carved in stone, but since its founding in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum has actually changed a great deal. Our Centennial Timeline, installed in the Museum’s Orientation Hallway, is a look at how things were and how they have changed, both here at the Museum and in the community that we serve. To put the Museum’s historical achievements in context, the Timeline mirrors notable Museum milestones with important local and world events.

A century ago, the Museum started life with an original purchase of approximately 100 Howard Pyle paintings. That collection has grown to include 12,000 works of art by great American masters such as Winslow Homer, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and well-known American illustrators. The Museum’s name and physical space have also changed considerably. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. And although we spent decades traveling around—with no permanent gallery space—the Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a sprawling 9-acre sculpture park—the first of its kind in the region.

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KIDS’ CORNER

Kids’ Corner is a unique area within the Museum where children finally have the freedom to touch the art on the walls and even design their own artwork.The first part of Kids’ Corner that children usually visit asks the question, “What Can You Create?”  A gigantic white wall is covered in pegs for hanging colored pieces of foam.  Young artists are encouraged to think of the wall as a blank canvas and the foam pieces as paint.  They can use as many pieces as they like and leave their masterpiece up for others to see.

Next, in the Artist’s Studio, curious children will have fun using large magnetic puzzle pieces to create works of art represented in the Museum’s collection. Remember, this is their chance to touch actual painted works. The Story Station provides couches, chairs, and a small library of children’s books.  Adults can relax and share one of the many stories available with their kids.  All of the stories are related to art in some way.

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 line patterns, these elements become easy to understand in the world of art.

PUBLIC TOURS

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m. and a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays

Highlights Tour at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour at 2:00 p.m.

Tours are free with admission

THE ART OF STORYTELLING

The Art of Storytelling is an interactive program for children produced through a collaboration between the Delaware Art Museum and Night Kitchen Interactive, a multimedia design firm specializing in online learning and interactive exhibitions.

The Art of Storytelling website was created to allow online visitors to engage with our collections in a unique and creative way. Beyond experiencing our rich variety of art works in the traditional museum setting, this online project allows visitors to create their own pictures and stories inspired by works in the Museum. These visitor creations can then be shared, both as an email to a friend and published to this site as an entry for all to experience.For more information on Night Kitchen Interactive, please visithttp://www.whatscookin.com or contact the Education Department at the Museum by calling 302-571-9590 ext. 509.Click here to visit http://www.artofstorytelling.org.

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Workshops for families provide a venue for intergenerational groups to create art together. In these workshops, adults assist children in brainstorming ideas as well as aid with the creation of the artwork. In addition to specially scheduled family workshops, drop-in family workshops are regularly featured during our special events, such as Groundhog’s Day, A Day at the Fair, Anniversary Arts Party, Summer Social and Lights On. Past family workshops have included bubble wrap sculptures, story collages, and natural pigment creation.

Grounds For Sculpture is an amazing venue where you can experience art firsthand! Throughout the year, Grounds For Sculpture offers hands-on art workshops for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult learners. Workshops taught by artist instructors are an opportunity to engage in the art-making process and expand your creative skills! Please check our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of current workshops.

Workshops for children are extremely popular at Grounds For Sculpture.

  • Tots on Tour, designed for early childhood learners age 3-5, meets monthly, year-round. This program is designed and taught by a certified art teacher. The theme and lesson changes once per month. Tots on Tour features a story time, a child-friendly tour of selected sculptures in the park, and hands-on art making. Projects explore various art media, such as painting, printmaking, collage and more!
  • Young Artist Workshops serve two age groups, children 6-9 and children 10-14. These workshops complement Grounds For Sculpture’s exhibitions by exploring art media and techniques based upon featured artists. Class size is limited and children have the opportunity to work closely with the artist instructor. Young Artist Workshops are very popular and spaces fill-up fast!

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Free Drop-in Tours

APRIL-OCTOBER Tours may be available at 11am and/or 1pm
NOVEMBER Tours are offered at 1pm
DECEMBER Tours are limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

(All of the above Drop-In tours are dependent on docent availability)

We suggest calling 609-586-0616 before visiting, to confirm that a drop-in tour is scheduled for the date/time of the visit. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.  Reservations are not required and there is no additional charge for the tours. On arrival, to confirm place in a tour, a sign-up in the Visitor’s Center is required. Sign-up is available one hour prior the scheduled start of the tour. All registrants should meet their Volunteer Docent in the Visitor’s Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Please note that Drop-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All Drop-In Tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and availability of docents.

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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Learn more by watching our introductory video. When you visit Hawk Mountain, you can enjoy:

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101 Hunter Road, Titusville, Hopewell Township, NJ, United States

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

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Howell Farm’s “Living History” enriches the present through reenactment of the past. But the past holds more than cultural riches. It holds tangible wealth for present and future generations. As you, the visitor, explore history by walking back in time, you will discover that millions of farmers in Asia, Africa and India are using similar animal-powered technology to feed growing populations and to eliminate the drudgery of hand labor. Howell Farm’s Internship Program provides training for small-farm extension agents who will work overseas teaching others how to introduce or upgrade animal-powered farming systems. It will offer you new insights into the relativity – and utility – of history.

Howell Farm is a place where generations meet and share that gift we call heritage. Join us. It is heritage with a future.

Farm Funjoining in farm crafts, games and play; snack time. Each week, FarmHands will participate in the Farm’s scheduled craft program, and in a special activity such as a wagon ride, nature walk, game or storytelling.

This year session in the program meet for 7 Saturdays with the exception of the 2nd Fall session, which is only 6 Saturdays. 

Application: Parents wishing to enroll in the FarmHands program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date unless they have previous been in the program. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Meeting and Session Dates.

Applications cannot be made by mail.

FarmHands is a program for children 6-9 years old or 10-12 years old. It introduces older children to farm chores, crafts, and games and to seasonal activities which are part of the Farm’s actual operation.

The program is staffed by a FarmHands teacher, who is assisted by one or two FarmHands parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3-hour long program from 10:00-1:00 for 10-12 year olds and 1:30-4:30pm for 6-9 year olds, FarmHands spend their time on three different types of activities:

Daily Choresfeeding and watering animals, mixing animal feeds, collecting eggs, etc.
Seasonal Work: helping with actual operations, such as:
Spring — planting potatoes, bottle feeding lambs, digging the garden
Summer — gathering honey, watering the orchard, weighing the pigs
Fall — digging potatoes, husking corn, picking pumpkins, making cider
Winter — collecting sap for maple syrup, gathering firewood, setting
up lambing pens
The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a “first-time” farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational.
The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.
During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:
Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.
Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.
Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft.
Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.
Outdoor FunChildren explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play. Towards the end of the 12 week session, each child will have a chance to ride a horse or pony, and to take a hayride.
Application:
Parents wishing to enroll in The Hatchery program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only. Call the farm at 609-737-3299 for meeting dates and fees.

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