Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Curator's Corner by Don Bogart

The museum is already decorated for Halloween—pumpkins galore! It is a very festive environment. But there’s even more fun on the way…

Exhibit updates

We just opened a new display on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is a display of figurines from Mexico celebrating that special holiday.

We will also be bringing up more Native American artifacts soon, to celebrate Native American Heritage month in November.

Where’s Earl (the squirrel)?

Also, we have a taxidermied black squirrel that likes to “migrate” around the museum. He is usually very hard to find for both staff and patrons alike. He usually “goes out for a walk” at least once a week, making him hard to keep a finger on. Look for him next time you visit!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Going Batty at the Children's Museum!

We’re going batty for Halloween at the Detroit Children’s Museum!

Join us this Saturday for Spooky Science. We have extended our hours for this event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all activities are free with admission.

Learn about bats and see an actual bat skeleton. Play a game of pumpkin bowling. Go on a bug hunt. Guess how many candy corns fit into a jar. We will also have a costume contest, our fall night skies planetarium show and so much more.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Julie's Journal - From the Director's Desk

Fall has arrived at the Detroit Children’s Museum!

  • Who is Johnny Appleseed?
  • Why does it get dark so early in the evening?
  • What is a gourd?
  • Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?

You can find out all these answers plus a whole lot more at the DCM. Join us this weekend for hands-on activities for all ages. Make your own Johnny Appleseed hat, see our new Fall skies planetarium show and much more.

While you're thinking about pumpkins and seeds, a fun (and yummy) Halloween activity besides carving pumpkins is cooking the seeds! Try this recipe!

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat oven to 350°F. Separate the pumpkin seeds from the fibers. Wash, drain, and dry the seeds on paper towels. Coat 11/2 cups seeds with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Toss the seeds with salt (or omit salt and toss seeds with any of the suggested seasonings below), and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Deviled Pumpkin Seeds

Add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper.

Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Add 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice.

Cheesy Seeds

Add 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Popcorn Month, Teacher Day and Birthday Parties

Shout it from the rooftops!

The Detroit Children’s Museum is open to the public and to all school/organization groups.

Our hours:

Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

Saturdays are Special at the Children’s Museum and this Saturday we have twice the fun! Celebrate National Popcorn Popping Month at the DCM with 3, 2, 1 POP! where you can learn about the history of popcorn. Learn more about National Popcorn Month here including really great recipes, popcorn trivia and more!

POPCORN FACTOID: Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it's popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn't crumble.

Saturday also features our first Teacher’s Appreciation Day. All educators (with valid ID) will receive free admission to the Children’s Museum. We will have information packets, free drawing for a class field trip to the DCM and much more. Tell the teachers in your life about this wonderful opportunity.

Our new BIRTHDAY PARTIES have been very popular! We have special parties just for the youngsters in your life. Check out our website to see what all the excitement is about or call our reservations department for information at (313) 577-8400 option 5.