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KidsTown is a spot where children under 48" tall can explore their world in a town designed just for them. Fun abounds for even the littlest scientist in this pint-sized town. This miniature town introduces science concepts through whole-body experiences, hands-on interactives and opportunities for imaginative role-playing. Water tables, automotive garage, orange juice processing plant and more invite the joyful hands-on creative play that is so important to the cognitive development of young children.
This was a really fun book to read. I couldn't believe that some of the greatest inventions were made by mistake. One mistake that worked was the chocolate chip cookie and who can imagine life without the chocolate chip cookie? The best part about this book is you can pick it up and put it down easily while you are doing your other summer activities. Written by Charlotte Jones, this is a great book that teaches kids all kinds of things can turn into something amazing, even if they weren’t on purpose. Don't be surprised if you find your mom can't put it down either! A must read for all ages. Come hang out under the tree and read this book with us!
This book is a delight - it is a great book for emergent readers, but it is more fun to read out loud. When Bridget the alligator arrives in the mail, she's only the size of a keychain! But after Zack soaks her in water, she grows into a real live alligator. When Bridget dries out she shrinks back down to her keychain size.
This book will take your child on a terrific ride to where only imagination can go. This is a book for beginning readers. Check out our NatureWorks exhibit to see a real live alligator feeding and check the Science Live schedule to visit us for story time in KidsTown!
This book is not only fun to read about but is extremely educational - for adults as well as children. This book is also great for pre – teens or teens who read at a lower reading level. It is full of fascinating facts about all kinds of plants. It describes a variety of plants with unusual characteristics including those that give off light and those that eat insects.
Come curl up under our big story tree and listen to a great story! Check our schedule for times!
Pinwheels are an age old craft that your Grandma will remember. Put together these pretty wind decorations and stick them in your garden. Encourage your kids to observe the pinwheel to get a look at wind speed and direction.
What you'll need:
Colored card stock or construction paper
Thumbtack or stick pin
Pencil with new eraser
White craft glue
How to make it:
Print the pattern onto plain copy or printer paper.
Cut the square pattern out, cutting on the solid lines.
Lay pattern on top of colored paper and trace the square. Cut out the square from the colored paper.
Keep the pattern square on top of the colored square. Either hold it in place with your fingers or tape it down lightly on two of the sides.
Cut through the pattern and the colored paper along the dotted lines but do not cut in to the center circle.
Use a thumbtack or stick pin to poke out the holes in every other corner as indicated on the pattern. Set the pattern piece aside.
Take one corner (one with a hole) and fold it toward the center of the square. Fold the next corner that has a hole and fold it toward the center on top of the first holed corner. Repeat with the other two corners with holes until all four are folded into the center. Glue the folds to each other and to the center. Hold together until dry.
Push the thumbtack through the center of the pinwheel and into the eraser of the pencil. Make sure the pinwheel isn’t touching the eraser or it won’t spin.
Glue some sequins to the flaps of the pinwheel and let dry.
As your kids observe the pinwheel moving, ask them these questions...
If the pinwheel blows faster, what does that mean about the wind?
When the pinwheel blows this direction, where is the wind coming from? What if it changes direction?
The first official day of spring is March 20th. A great way to celebrate spring is to start growing your own garden. Check out this activity from National Geographic Little Kids. This is a great way to learn how things grow and take advantage of the great weather.