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Kids Museum Offers Variety Of Activities

A variety of activities are being offered this month at the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, 5100 Museum Drive.

¥ ÒFlat Stanley’s Adventure” is held Thursdays at Oak Lawn Children’s Museum.

The basic principle of The Flat Stanley Project is to connect your child, with other children from the museum participating in the Project by sending the museum Òflat” visitors, created by the children, through the mail or simply bringing into the museum on Thursdays to post.

Kids then talk about, track, and write about their flat character’s journey and adventures. Although similar to a pen-pal activity, Flat Stanley is actually much more enriching because children don’t have to wonder where to begin or what to write about. The children will already have a mutual friend, Flat Stanley.

Writing and learning becomes easier, flows naturally, and tends to be more creative. This is what teachers call an Òauthentic” literacy project in that kids are inspired to write of their own passion and excitement about the project, and are given the freedom to write about many things through the rubric of the Flat Stanley character

Jenise will be at the museum on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for a Stanley experience.

She will hand out Flat Stanley’s to visitors, mount any incoming Stanley’s on the” Museum Map,” read stories about Stanley, and lead the group in discussions.

Children share with everyone, telling where his or her Stanley has been and what he has been doing.

This is a free program with museum admission.

¥ Firefighter Friday is held this month at the museum. Oak Lawn firefighters will be at the museum to read stories, do a show and tell, and give safety tips.

Kids may attend at no additional fee, and no registration is necessary.

Upcoming dates are today, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24. The sessions meet at 10:30 a.m.

¥ The Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge is a summer Educational Program that was developed by BKFK in cooperation with Sikorsky Aircraft, and is presented exclusively through selected museums across the United States.

The Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge Ñ a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) focused program Ñ supports the museum’s initiatives by recognizing and supporting the creative potential of children.

The program challenges young visitors to envision the future of helicopters while learning important scientific and engineering principles.

Program dates are every Friday at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 24. Mallory will be the instructor for this class.

Parents or guardians may register their children with Tracey, (708) 423-6709, ext. 206.

The suggested age for the class is from 9 to 16.

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Creative Culture sessions are being held this month at the museum.

¥ Children may take a Òtrip” with Katelyn each week in a different part of the world. Kids will learn about different cultures and diversity through crafts, activities, role play and games.

This class is free through the Children’s Museum and NEA, and is available for children of all ages.

Classes meet at noon. Sessions will be held today, July 13, for a Òtrip” to Mexico; July 20, for a Òtrip” to Italy; and July 27, for a Òtrip” to China.

¥ An Art Clay World Class will be held during July at the museum. Jen Bethmann, a certified Art Clay instructor, will teach children about Art Clay.

This class is free due to a National Endowment of the Arts grant.

Adults should accompany children. To register, contact Tracey at the museum.

Classes are held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, July 18, Aug. 8; Aug. 15 and Aug. 22.

¥ Smart Art is held at noon Thursdays, July 26 through Aug. 23. Bernadette will give a hands-on introduction to the Visual Arts. This drop-in program is for all museum members and visitors.

There is no additional fee due to the National Endowment of the Arts grant, and no need to register. The sessions are held in the Art Room. Adult supervision is required.

¥ Music and Story Time is held at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at the museum.

Karen will be teaching songs and reading stories. This program is for all museum members and visitors. There is no additional fee and no need to register.

¥ Story Time is held at 11 a.m. every Thursday and Friday at the museum. This program is for all museum members and visitors. There is no additional fee and no need to register.

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The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is looking for volunteers. High school students who need service hours for graduation may take part.

Volunteer orientation is at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, July 13 and July 27. Applicants will learn the basics about volunteering at the museum and be given the application forms that need to be completed.

Also, the museum accepts volunteers ages 13 years of age and older. Court appointed hours are not taken.

More information may be obtained by contacting Barb McMillin at (708) 423-6709, ext. 203, or [email protected].

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