Monday, April 14, 2014

Join the Club!

Recently our family was invited to be among the first to view the Missouri History Museum's latest endeavor, History Clubhouse: Let's Build It.  The idea behind the FREE exhibit is to invite families with young children to visit this "gallery-in-the-making" between now and October, 6, 2014 to be a part of the process in developing a fun and engaging permanent children's gallery set to re-open in 2015. 

From the Missouri History Museum web: The Let’s Build It! gallery is open during regular Museum hours.  We expect high attendance during our Let’s Build the History Clubhouse weekends. To ensure that everyone has a quality experience, we are implementing a timed-entry system during those weekends. Upon arrival, families must get FREE tickets for a 45-minute session in History Clubhouse: Let’s Build It! Sessions will begin 15 minutes past each hour, and tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. On those weekends, members have a special opportunity to visit from 9 to 10 am on Saturdays prior to the Museum opening.    

Additionally, your family photos could be part of the History Clubhouse as the museum plans to feature five area places that families enjoy: Cahokia Mounds, The Mississippi River, Soulard Market, Forest Park and Downtown St. Louis.  If your family has visited any of these places—whether it was yesterday, last summer, or 30 years ago— bring in your photos to hang in the gallery. You may also email your photos to letsbuildit@mohistory.org, and they will display them for you.

Finally, the museum is holding an art contest for kids. Ten winning masterpieces will be enlarged to gigantic proportions and hung on the Missouri History Museum building for all to see in 2015! Kids are asked to draw, color, or paint their favorite St. Louis places. Families must use the designated museum template and return entries to the museum before October 5. Templates are available at the information desks.


Dramatic play galore
Natalie's friend, Ava, plays a few Native American games.


The curtained area is a space for kids who may need a sensory break.
 





Puppet theatre - always a hit
Books, puzzles and more!
Voting Area
The Museum asks kids to vote on what they would like to see in the permanent exhibit.

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