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Prescription for Happy and Healthy Kids? Play!

Prescription for Happy and Healthy Kids? Play!

It’s all natural, easy to find, fun to take and totally addictive in a good way. It’s called “real play” and your family doctor may soon remind you to make sure your children get a healthy dose of it every day. In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that play is a powerful teacher.

Hearing “I’m Bored”? Don’t Fear the B-Word.

Hearing “I’m Bored”? Don’t Fear the B-Word.

When kids tell me that they are bored, I usually ask them to wait until I can find a chair so I can sit down while they tell me all about it. I want them to know how interested I am in their boredom, considering they are in a classroom full of friends and activities. They usually do not hang around long enough to tell me their woes because the underlying message is clear: their boredom is their responsibility.

School’s Out, Fun’s In

School’s Out, Fun’s In

Kids Power the Play at the Museum this Summer   Summer break is the perfect time to reclaim playtime and let kids be kids. Through unstructured, kid-powered play, children not only have fun, they also build cognitive and social skills that set them up for future...

From Clay to Fabrics: New Experience in The Studio

From Clay to Fabrics: New Experience in The Studio

Photo by Josie Hannum, Marketing Video Intern By Kenzie Willaert, Integrated Marketing Intern Explore the magic of fabric arts this summer in The Studio in the Target Gallery, the museum’s maker space on the 4th floor. The clay that’s been in the studio since December...

5 Questions with Visual Artist and Educator Gita Ghei

5 Questions with Visual Artist and Educator Gita Ghei

Photo by Josie Hannum, Marketing Video Intern By Hailey Almsted, Integrated Marketing Intern Copper, aluminum and rainbows, oh my! Our visitors have had a colorful time collaborating with local visual artist Gita Ghei to create a beautiful Rainbow Spinner, a...

Perseverance

Perseverance

Our children give us a gazillion reasons to capture moments with pictures on a daily basis. And when we snap that pic, what is often the very first thing they say? “Let me see!” Or, if not talking yet they likely just stomp right over and snatch the camera out of your hand to take a look-see for themselves. While today’s societal standard of “instant gratification” is appreciated on one hand, it also can mean a more uphill battle for learning how to persevere when things take a little longer or don’t go as expected on the other.

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