Here’s what’s happening at the Children’s Museum in March
Charlie’s Book Club, CMOR Lobby
Thanks to a generous Lunch 4 Literacy grant, CMOR is able to offer “Charlie’s Book Club”, a book distribution program during the school year for children ages 6-10.
CMOR has a different book to give away each month. March’s selection is a Native American themed classic and Caldecott Medal winner: “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” by Paul Goble (1978). Books are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, one book per child. Younger children are encouraged to join Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The themes of Charlie’s Book Club books include art, science, history, Native American culture, cooking, and gardening. The books are selected to coordinate with the museum’s mission and exhibits, according to a museum press release.
Girl Scout Week Celebration, March 12, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Free admission to the Children’s Museum will be granted to Girl Scouts in uniform, belt or vest, and their immediate family members. Girl Scouts have an important place in the history of the Children’s Museum since it was founded in 1973 by Girl Scout Troop 69 and its leader, Joyce Maienschein. This year’s Girl Scout Week celebration will include a scavenger hunt, games and more.
Young Child’s Day, from April 4 to 8
The Fête du Jeune Enfant is free with entry and without registration.
Special activities, both virtual and at the Children’s Museum, will be offered throughout the week. Young Child’s Day takes place during Young Child’s Week. Week of the Young Child is an annual observance sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 52 affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to draw public attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The NAEYC created Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years, from birth to age eight, lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later in life. . The Week of the Young Child is an opportunity to plan how we, as citizens of a community, a state and a nation, will best meet the needs of all young children and their families.
Find details soon on the Children’s Museum social networks, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. and website http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.
Third Sunday and opening of the garden, March 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This event is free with admission.
The Kids Go Green Environmental Center and Gardens reopens this month. Visitors will be able to enjoy an open house at the Environmental Center and Gardens, Solar House and Train Garden, weather permitting, tour the Knoxville Area Model Railroad Pavilion, and explore the world amateur radio in the discovery lab. Third Sundays are made possible by members of the Knoxville Area Model Railroaders and the Amateur Radio Club of Oak Ridge, the statement said.
Other regular programs @CMOR
Each week, the museum offers free, registration-free drop-in programs. This is described in the release as a great opportunity for children to get out of the house, play with others or make music.
- Recess for toddlers will take place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the preschool room.
- The Train Garden at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge reopens for the season on March 20.
- The Musical Matinees will take place on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in the Music Room.
- Craft-to-Go will take place on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. in the lobby. The first 20 children to visit receive a free craft kit to take home. The job changes every week.
COVID-19 safety instructions
The Children’s Museum continues to implement safety measures for COVID-19. Based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visitors to the museum should practice social distancing and visitors aged five and older should wear a mask. Masks are optional for children three to four years old. Masks are not required for children two and under.
The Oak Ridge Children’s Museum is located at 461 W. Outer Drive. . You can reach him by phone at (865) 482-1074. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $8, seniors are $7, children 3-17 are $6. Children two and under and CMOR members enjoy free admission. Visit the Children’s Museum website at http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.