Miami Children’s Museum Calendar February 2013

Miami Children’s Museum February Calendar
February 2013
Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132.
www.miamichildrensmuseum.org
305.373.KIDS (5437)

Cross Country February
Wobble from Coast to Coast!

Mini Monday Mornings
Every Monday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Join us for a special time with the littlest members of your family. Mini Monday Mornings are designed for children under three years old to have a quiet time to explore the Museum and enjoy programs made just for them. We will engage all of their senses with painting, sand play, story times, and a music activity. There will be no school group visits on these mornings.
 
Wear Red Day
Friday, February 1, 2013
Join us in a country-wide effort to raise awareness about healthy hearts. We will teach children how to be heart smart by eating right and being physically active. Come wearing red to receive a special prize!
 
Groundhog Day
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Legend says that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, winter is over and spring is upon us. Join us for a reenactment of the Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at 12:00 pm at our Sandcastle!
 
Marilyn’s Cooking Cart
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Help Marilyn cook healthy dishes from across the country and then take the recipes to try at home.
 
Fit and Fun with Panache
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Exercising is fun with Panache Fitness Company. Join them as they take you through different exercises that the whole family can do at home.
 
Super Bowl Sunday
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Come to MCM before the Super Bowl kickoff to run practice drills with real tackle dummies, learn football cheers, and get your face painted with your team colors!
 
Thank a Mailman Day
Monday, February 4, 2013
Join us to celebrate this special day by making a thank you card for your mailman in our Art studio!
 
Sensory Saturday
Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
The Museum reserves these hours specifically for families of children with special needs. Lights and sounds will be dimmed to create a comfortable environment for children to explore. Special activities will include yoga, art and music. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Angelica at (305) 373-5437 ext. 126 or sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org.
MCM opens to the public at 11 am
 
Brazilian Carnival
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Come celebrate carnival at MCM! We will have a parade with confetti and Brazilian drummers and dancers, a special samba class, make our own masks, and more!
 
Zumba Class
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Working out is fun and easy to do! Join our Zumba Master Trainer for this 60-minute high energy and motivating Zumba class with unique moves and combinations set to lively music.
 
Chinese New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Join us at MCM for a special celebration of the Chinese New Year. We will make good luck goldfish, Chinese paper lanterns, and even have a parade with a Chinese dragon!
 
Dance Performance by the Dance Gallery
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Come enjoy a special dance performance by children from the Dance Gallery!
 
New Orleans Mardi Gras!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Join us on Fat Tuesday to make special Mardi Gras masks in our art studio. We will also be giving everyone a strand of celebratory beads when they come in!
 
Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Bring your children to MCM after school on Valentine’s Day to receive a flower! We also be making Valentine cards for the special people in our lives.
 
Target Free Friday
Friday, February 15, 2013
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Come enjoy a special geography-themed Friday at the Museum with free admission for everyone. We will have fun activities inspired by the United States, and we will be open late until 9:00 p.m.
 
Marilyn’s Cooking Cart
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Help Marilyn cook healthy dishes from across the country and then take the recipes to try at home.
 
Environmental Explorers Day
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Learn about our planet and environment at MCM! We will be planting our own plants, creating a mangrove diorama, learning about different forms of life in our environment, and seeing what we can do to protect it!
 
President’s Day
Monday, February 18, 2013
Join us on this day off of school for a fun day celebrating our country and our presidents. We will have patriotic crafts in our art studio, and even a historical story times with Benjamin Franklin and Clara Barton!
 
Love Your Pet Day
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Come celebrate Love Your Pet day at MCM. We will be making our own homemade dog treats and cat toys, having a puppet show of the story of Dog and Bear, and having a special reading of The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems.
 
Drumming for Wellness
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Jeffrey Deen lets family follow his rhythm each month. Performing on various percussion instruments from around the world, Jeffrey captivates his audience and then invites them to join the fun by handing out a drum to each member.
 
Pioneer Day
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Pioneers were brave Americans who travelled across the country in covered wagons to start a new life on new land. Come learn more about their lifestyle as we make homemade butter, write and draw with homemade ink and quills, and create our own yarn dolls. You can even pose for a family photo in the covered wagon photo op in our Weebles Coast to Coast gallery!
 
 
February Drop Ins:
11 a.m.         Baby Block Builders (Port 1)
11:00 – 3:00         Art Studio Open (AIR)
11:30 a.m.      Weebles World Sandbox (Sandcastle)
12:30 p.m.      Track a Florida Panther (Weebles)
1:30 p.m.       Rock N Roll Dance Party
2:30 p.m.       American Character Story Time
3:30 p.m.       State of the Day
4:30 p.m.       Campfire Circle Time
          
On weekends:
4:00 p.m.              Space Needle Challenge
 
Baby Block Builders- We will take out blocks for our younger visitors to play with and practice hand-eye coordination and motor skills. An educator will be there to facilitate imaginative play.
Weebles World Sandbox- Our giant sandbox has been infested with Weebles! Children can make up a whole world and stories for the different characters while they play in the sand.
Track a Florida Panther- Children will learn directions and how to use a compass with this activity. An educator will meet them in the Weebles gallery and show them how to use a compass to move in certain directions. The children will then get a scavenger hunt with directions like “Go south for about 20 steps, or until you see a sign from the panther.” We will put picture clues around the museum they will find, and the final picture of the panther will be up in the teddy bear gallery. If they write the correct location of the panther on their paper, they will get a prize at the front desk.
Rock n Roll Dance Party- Children will be able to get their groove on to classic American hits
American Character Story Time- We will have children’s stories that tell the story of important American historical figures, ie Amelia Earhart and John Adams. One of our educators will then dress up as the character and read “their” story to the children.
State of the Day- Educators will pick out a state, show the children where is located, and talk about what is important about that state. Afterwards, they will do a activity with the children, i.e. a Hawaiian hula lesson or make monarch butterflies since they are the state insect of Alabama.
Campfire Circle Time- We will set up a pretend bonfire and pop up tent in the gallery and gather the children around. Educators can then teach a sing-a-long (like the Fifty Nifty United States and other patriotic songs) or teach wilderness skills (like how to set up a bonfire, pack for a camping trip, or use a compass)  or just pretend play with the children while explain normal camping activities. Each activity is dependent on the age and amount of children.
Space Needle Challenge-  This is another name for the Marshmallow Challenge. Contestants will try to make the tallest free standing structure out of the given materials that will support the marshmallow on the top, so the entire structure will resemble the Space Needle.
 
Artist in Residence Studio:
Come out and work with our resident artists and enjoy the art activities they have created. 
Open Studio Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Closed on Wednesday & Thursday
                   
MCM in the Community:
Here is a list of upcoming events that Miami Children’s Museum will be participating in: 
Story Time at Books & Books  At Coral Gables on Saturday, January 26th at 10 a.m.

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