For the Love of the Picky Eater!

Carrie Fitzsimmons

“But, mom! I don’t like peas!”

“Dad, please don’t make me eat my broccoli!”

As memories reel from my childhood, I had two creative parents who encouraged healthy eating habits, but the struggle for them was real! My parents would come up with creative approaches such as, “Eat your dinner, and you can have a cookie.” Or, “Eat this bite for pappaw! Eat this bite for your cousin!” As I ate for everyone in the family tree, it seemed like the three bite rule was going strong in my years as a toddler. You know the one… “Eat three more bites, and you’re done!” Continue reading →

Sometimes the Best Gift for a Child is your Time.

LizaBy: Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Sometimes the best gift for a child is your time.

chocolate-crinkle-cookieA few months ago, my two kids were spending time with their cousin, Danny, who lives in New York and only visits once a year. A rainy day caused a bump in our plans and gave us some extra time to fill. So, we decided to bake cookies.

It was one of the highlights of Danny’s visit.

Danny helped me collect ingredients, measure flour and salt, mix batter, and spoon cookies on to the baking sheet. Once the cookies were in the oven, Continue reading →

Don’t Knock It ‘Til You’ve Tried It

Allie (headshot)By Allie Karnes
Teen Volunteer

Never believe you can’t do something until you try.

This past summer, Creative Discovery Museum’s Museum Apprentice Program (MAP) received a grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund to create an app for children.

Many of the other MAPs (including me) were hesitant to join the project at first, because we thought we would have to write computer code—something most of us knew nothing about. However, thanks to a little “healthy” pressure from Museum staff and our parents, we decided to join the group.

We had no idea how much we would learn and what great opportunities working on the Mozilla grant would open up for us in the future. Continue reading →

Dew vs. Frost

KarenBy: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of cold weather science outside your front door this time of year. Experiencing the snow, sleet, frost, dew, fog, and blustery north wind of the season are great ways to foster an interest in the science of weather.

Try this simple experiment to explore the difference between dew and frost: Continue reading →

Go Ahead – Destroy It!

KarenBy: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

Kids love using grown-up tools and taking things apart. Broken or outdated, electronic equipment is the perfect foil for safe tool exploration and can help children develop multiple skills.

Not every child will be so inclined, but many enjoy using electrical component pieces, glue, wire, and tape to create something from their imagination. The results are usually wild, wacky, and wonderful! Continue reading →

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