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NOV 1: Miami Children’s Museum Receives a Grant as Part of Cultivating Healthy Communities Program

NOV 1: Miami Children’s Museum Receives a Grant as Part of Cultivating Healthy Communities Program

Miami Children’s Museum has been selected as a grantee in the Aetna Foundation’s Cultivating Healthy Communities program and was awarded a $100,000 community grant to implement the Miami Children’s Museum Healthy Families program which will provide families from South Florida’s under-served communities with education on important nutrition information and lifestyle choices that can be easily implemented to improve health.

The Cultivating Healthy Communities program awarded over $2 million in grants to 25 nonprofit organizations in 14 states to advance the Aetna Foundation’s mission to improve health at the local level. Grantees are working    on projects that will address social determinants of health such as improving access to healthy foods, promoting biking and physical activity and reducing exposure to air and water contaminants. The grantees were chosen based on the strength of their strategies to improve the health of their communities in at least one of five domains: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

The series of ten classes will educate families on how to make healthy and affordable food choices, provide practical skills that enhance a healthy lifestyle such as cooking and menu building and teach simple, accessible exercise and self-care techniques and games such as yoga and dancing. Families with children enrolled in early learning centers within our nearby surrounding community such as Head Start and Early Head Start will be eligible to participate. The Healthy Family Program classes will be held at the Museum and will consist of two 60-minute classes at each session: nutrition lessons/healthy meal preparation demonstrations and physical fitness activities.  The project comes at a critical time for our South Florida community as only 36.1% of high school students engage in regular physical activity and 27.9% of teens are overweight or obese as reported by the 2013 Miami-Dade County Community Health Report Card.

“Thanks to the Aetna Foundation, we are able to bring this program to the children of South Florida, educating and empower families to make healthier choices which will enable these children to make better choices in the future, as adults” said Deborah Spiegelman, CEO/Executive Director, Miami Children’s Museum.

“The Aetna Foundation is committed to addressing the social determinants of health in order to reduce health disparities,” said Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation. “By identifying community-specific challenges, and unique ways to combat them, this year’s grantees are a shining example of organizations who strive to make a measurable and positive local health impact. We are honored to contribute towards the great work they are doing in pursuit of health equity.”

This funding addresses the need to improve opportunities for all Americans—regardless of income, education or ethnic background—to take an active role in living healthier lives. For more information on the Cultivating Healthy Communities program visit, visit www.aetnafoundation.org.

 

About Miami Children’s Museum

Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 17 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The Museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the Museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. The Museum is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE:AET). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 430,000 hours in 2016 alone. For more information, visit www.aetna-foundation.org.

OCT 21: Sip, Savor and Support at Miami Children’s Museum’s Something’s Brewing After Dark

OCT 21: Sip, Savor and Support at Miami Children’s Museum’s Something’s Brewing After Dark

Experience a night at the museum with Miami Children’s Museum’s 3rd Annual Something’s Brewing After Dark Halloween event, co-chaired by Keith Saunders and Andrew Berkowitz, and hosted by the Museum’s young professionals group, the PLAYMAKERS, on Saturday, October 21 from 9PM – 1AM. Become a kid again as you explore the Museum after dark and taste what’s brewing with various local craft beers and full bar sponsored by Bacardi. Enjoy bites from Texas de Brazil, Shake Shack, KRAVE, barkTHINS and more; brave the Haunted House (made extra scary); and don’t forget to dress to impress for the chance to win this year’s costume contest sponsored by Cirque de Soleil’s VOLTA!

All tickets can be purchased in advance at: somethingsbrewing.michimu.net.  Admission is $65.00 per person for Museum members and $75.00 for non-members.  Special 4-Packs are available for $180.00.  Proceeds from Something’s Brewing After Dark will benefit Miami Children’s Museum Very Important Potential Program, which provides free admission, scholarships, events and programs for children living in Miami’s underserved communities. The event is for adults over the age of 21. Identification is required.

Spooky sponsors include CPM Services; Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman P.A. and PP3 Construction. Wicked sponsor for the event is ARF Financial.  Trick or Treat sponsors include Aerosaun, Inc.; Akerman LLP; ALSCO; Andrew & Felicia Berkowitz; Big Ocean Sport; COR Injury Centers; Delta Trucking; JGB Building; Southeast Marine Construction and Property & Casualty Law Group. Brews and Bites sponsors include Baptist Health South Florida; Roho Kitchen; Tank Brewery; Wynwood Brewery and ZICO Coconut Water. Monster Mash sponsors include Brickell Magazine; Key Biscayne Magazine; Yelp Miami; TapSnap; complimentary parking courtesy of Miami Parking Authority and production sponsored by 3 Pillars Events.

Miami Children’s Museum offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. The Museum has 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning, through play, and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, the Museum seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

OCT 17: Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash Raises $100,000

OCT 17: Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash Raises $100,000

All the little ghosts and goblins along with their families were treated to a boo-tiful time at Miami Children’s Museum’s “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash!” on Sunday, October 15th. The event raised $100,000, which will directly support the Museum’s educational programming and the Very Important Potential Program which provides free admission, scholarships, events and programs for children living in Miami’s under-served communities.

Considered one of Miami’s best Family Halloween events, costumed trick-or-treaters made their candy collecting way around the Museum’s galleries. Families had a bewitching time creating miniature pumpkin and sugar skulls, face painting, dancing the Monster Mash and eating delectable treats. This year, the Museum also added a new toddler area including a variety of sensory bins featuring pumpkin guts and fake spider webs, spooky story time and a haunted music play led by the Museum’s Theater Troupe. Guests also enjoyed Miami’s best family friendly haunted house. This 2,500 square foot Haunted House can be as scary as you want it to be, but what makes this one special is its unique collection of zombies, ghosts and haunting music and sounds.

Co-Chairs for the event were Michal & Adam Kuperstein and Kelly & Chris Melchiondo. Sponsors for the event included Pollo Tropical as the official Bites Sponsor providing lunch for all guests. Mayfield Creamery was the official ice cream sponsor along with Golden Sands General Contractors as the event’s Haunted Activity sponsor. Trick or Treat sponsors included Academica, Stearns Weaver, Terra, Berkowitz Development Group, Inc., Richard & Susan Lampen, Michelle & Bob Diener, Dvendo, Broad and Cassel, The Collins Family, Century Risk Advisors, Northstar Museums, Greenberg Traurig, Adam & Jackie Malamed, The Caleb and Calder Sloan Crane Company, IRA Financial Group and Perry Ellis International. Family Sponsors included Magic City Casino, Fabricant & Company, Coastal Building Maintenance, Steven & Virginia Weber, The Melchiondo

Family, Holland and Knight, Alexis & Scott Wagner, Greenspoon Marder, M2E Consulting Engineers, BLICK Art Materials, Medina Family Foundation, Miami FC, Daniel Schmerin, Law Office of Gerald K. Schwartz, Jackie and Joshua Schiffrin, Sol Taplin Foundation, Arnaud and Rebecca Karsenti, Michael & Jolie Berkowitz, The Pardo Family, Melissa & Robert Netkin, Dr. Brianna Varas & Manny Angelo, Verdeja, De Armas, & Trujillo, LLP, Gelber, Schachter & Greenberg and The Sharpton Group

In kind sponsors included Kendra Scott, Yelp Miami, Alsco, Fossil Group/Fossil Foundation, Gogo Squeez, KIND Bars, Viv’s Little Waffle Shop, Cupid’s Bakes, Alsco, Baptist Children’s  Hospital, Frankford, Tap Snap, Glamsquad, Sparkling Ice, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Kona Ice, Atelier Monnier, Gusto Fino and Miami Parking Authority which provided free parking for all guests.

Miami Children’s Museum offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  The Museum offers 14 interactive galleries as well as many exciting and fun traveling exhibits.  Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning through play and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, the Museum seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

How to Talk to Your Children About Hurricanes

How to Talk to Your Children About Hurricanes

Thank you to the Louisiana Children’s Museum for sharing this article with us after their experience with Hurricane Katrina.

Children look to their parents for guidance, support and the words that assure them that they and your family will be safe. Children also look to adults to measure how safe and predictable the world is around them. As parents living in the gulf/Atlantic region we must now begin to speak to our children about the realities of future hurricanes in a manner that balances reality with reassurance. Here are a few guidelines to help you speak to your children about storms:

Children under the Age of Three: Action more than words

  • Remember that even young babies have emotional and behavioral responses to their parents being anxious or depressed
  • Try to maintain normal routines and favorite activities
  • If evacuating be sure to bring familiar play toys, music and stuffed animals
  • Provide a calm, peaceful environment absent of adult conversations of crisis and disaster
  • Limit exposure to television coverage of the storm

Preschool-Age Children: All Hurricanes are Katrina/Irma

  • Many pre-school children now believe that all hurricanes that enter the gulf/Atlantic will cause the same devastation as Katrina/Irma. “Magical Thinking” at this age will cause children to mix fantasy with reality.
  • Listen and watch your child, children at this age express their feelings through play and words.
  • Do not brush off your child’s questions about the storm. If you do not answer them, they will make up their own answers that are inaccurate and far more catastrophic.
  • Do not dismiss your child’s feelings as being silly or unreasonable. If your child is afraid of your house being flooded, then talk to them about these feelings and the realities of flooding in your neighborhood
  • Limit exposure to television coverage of the storm, and adult conversations of crisis and disaster

School-Age Children: Comfort through Chores

  • School-Age children understand what is reality what kind of damage and disruption a hurricane can cause. Children at this age want and need to help when a storm is approaching.
  • Give your child a few small tasks to assist the family in preparing for a storm. This will give them a sense of control and comfort as well as promote a feeling of cohesiveness within the family.
  • Address your child’s questions and feelings in conversation that include your own thoughts and feelings. In measured amounts, sharing your worry about an approaching storm will send the message that being afraid is normal and “OK”
  • Limit exposure to television coverage of the storm, and adult conversations of crisis and disaster

Teenagers: Focus on Friends  Because friends are so important to teenagers, they often bear the additional worry about their entire circle of friends when a storm approaches. To complicate their worry, the “ups and downs” of natural teenage moodiness can be more dramatic because they are learning how to manage their emotions at a time when their world appears out of their control

  • Reassure your teenager that their friends and their families will be safe from harm
  • Teenagers can easily be overwhelmed by their emotions. Give teenagers “alone time” so that they can organize their thoughts and emotions
  • Limit exposure to television coverage of the storm; include teenagers in adult conversations about the storm when appropriate

Identifying Stress Reactions in Your Child

For many young children the development of another hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico/Atlantic Ocean will bring back all the fear and worry they experienced during and after Hurricane Katrina/Irma. The following are common reactions and behaviors that parents need to look out for:

Children under the Age of Three:

  • Change in their personality that involves being clingy, irritable or tearful
  • Loss of energy or interest in play
  • Regression or change in daily routines of eating, sleeping or toileting

Preschool-Age Children:

  • Fear of being alone
  • Nightmares, fear of the dark
  • Clinginess
  • Changes in speech (baby talk or stuttering)
  • Defiance

School-Age Children:

  • Irritable, whiney
  • Aggression toward peers
  • School avoidance
  • Headaches or other physical complaints
  • Disturbances in sleeping or eating habits

Remember that reactions to traumatic events may appear immediately or after several days or even months. With adequate support from family and school most stress symptoms in children will begin to fade over time. If your child’s symptoms increase or remain over a long period of time, it is best to seek professional mental health services.

National Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network http://www.nctsn.org/
National Institute of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

JUL 17: Grand Opening of Carnival Cruise Line Newly Renovated Upper Deck Permanent Cruise Ship Exhibit

JUL 17: Grand Opening of Carnival Cruise Line Newly Renovated Upper Deck Permanent Cruise Ship Exhibit

All Aboard and Anchors Aweigh!  Experience a tropical adventure as Carnival Cruise Line unveils the newly renovated Upper Deck as part of its permanent Cruise Ship exhibit at Miami Children’s Museum (MCM).  Grab your lei and join Miami philanthropist Tracy Mourning, on a “Tropical Mini Monday” as she unveils the enhanced new space at 11am on Monday, July 17. Be the first to explore the Museum’s latest renovated exhibit and enjoy tropical music, Dr. Seuss Storytime, a part of Carnival’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, create portraits of paradise in our art studio and much more!

The newly renovated Carnival Upper Deck includes exciting interactive components such as: a realistic model of a Navigational Control Station; a Lego table where children will be able to build a ship based off a ship model; a Destination Wall featuring the different ports that Carnival sails to; a Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading area; Cruise Ship artifacts and a 32 ft. I-Wall that allows users to get an in depth look at various areas of the ship.

“Carnival Cruise Line has been a dedicated partner of the Children’s Museum since we opened,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum.  “How many museums host a two-level Carnival Cruise Ship large enough to climb aboard and participate in many fun and educational activities including the latest technology as well as hands on interactive experiences for children and families? Carnival made that possible and their new renovations only add to the allure of the experience.”

”We’re very excited to unveil this enhanced Carnival-themed space at Miami Children’s Museum which has provided both the young and the young at heart an opportunity to learn more about our company and industry,” said Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival’s vice president of entertainment.  “Miami has been our home since the beginning and Carnival has been a supporter for Miami Children’s Museum for nearly 35 years and it’s a great honor to continue to work with this outstanding organization in providing our youth with fun educational opportunities that showcase our community,” she added.

Carnival’s renovated Upper Deck permanent exhibit will open at Miami Children’s Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami on Monday July 17. Entrance to the exhibit is included with regular Museum admission which is $20 for adults and children, $15 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

 

 

About Miami Children’s Museum

Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

About Carnival Cruise Line

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Two 133,500-ton Vista class ships are currently scheduled for delivery – Carnival Horizon in 2018 and an as-yet-unnamed vessel in 2019. Additionally, two new 180,000-ton ships are scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.

JUN 17: Dino Island Returns Like Never Before to Miami Children’s Museum

JUN 17: Dino Island Returns Like Never Before to Miami Children’s Museum

Dino Island is returning to Miami Children’s Museum and it’s unlike anything you have seen before!  It opens on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with a ribbon cutting at 12:30pm, and will run for six months, through Sunday, January 7, 2018. This new hands-on, interactive exhibit takes the dinosaur experience in a new direction, one that will amaze, entertain and spark curiosity.  What if dinosaurs had not gone extinct?  How would they have evolved?  What would they be like today?

At Dino Island, robotic dinosaurs come to life to create a magical adventure for the entire family.  Created, designed and fabricated by MCM, the exhibit will introduce the basics of evolution that could have affected the species if they had continued to survive and thrive.

Attend a Cretaceous Reunion in T-Rex’s “Dinersaurus”, play in a giant dinosaur nest with “Mamasaurus’s” babies, join the Pachycephalosaurus on her wedding day and ask questions from a creature who lived even before the time of the dinosaurs! Through guided tours, theater shows, and self-directed play, children will learn about ancestry, adaptation, extinction, evolution, and other unforgettable science!

The new Dino Island exhibit will be at Miami Children’s Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami Saturday June 17, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Entrance to the Dino Island exhibit is included with regular Museum admission which is $20 for adults and children, $15 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

APR 25 – MCM Launches a Brand New Exhibit Based on Disney Junior’s Hit Series “The Lion Guard”

APR 25 – MCM Launches a Brand New Exhibit Based on Disney Junior’s Hit Series “The Lion Guard”

Miami, FL (April 25, 2017) – Miami Children’s Museum will launch the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s hit series, “The Lion Guard,” which continues the epic storytelling of “The Lion King” and follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse group of friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands.  The exhibit will debut at Miami Children’s Museum in January 2018 for six months and then travel to other children’s museums across the country through 2022.

Spotlighting important learning areas such as social and self-development, problem solving, creative thinking and arts & culture, this one-of-a-kind exhibit will bring “The Lion Guard” story to life for young children and their families. Through hands-on activities and interactive and imaginative play, guests will be transported to the Pride Lands to discover the unique traits of each member of The Lion Guard team – Kion, the leader of the group and the fiercest in all of the Pride Lands; Bunga, a fearless honey badger and the Pride Lands’ bravest; Fuli, a confident cheetah and the fastest in the Pride Lands; Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo and the strongest in the Pride Lands; and Ono, an intellectual egret who is keenest of sight – that allow them to work together to maintain balance in the Circle of Life.

“We are honored to be working with Disney on this unique exhibit for children and families that will encompass important learning areas such as social and self-development,” said Deborah Spiegelman, CEO/Executive Director for Miami Children’s Museum.

“Helping kids learn to appreciate teamwork and recognize the attributes that contribute to being a strong leader is an important milestone in their development and we are delighted to be working with the Miami Children’s Museum on their exhibit featuring the characters and themes from our much loved Disney Junior series, ‘The Lion Guard.’  Giving families a chance to experience our stories beyond the screen is a vital part of what we do and an example of how we can work together in communities to make a lasting impact,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide, and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

About Miami Children’s Museum

Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About The Lion Guard

Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, “The Lion Guard” stories are designed to communicate positive lessons about teamwork, community and diversity. Ranked as 2016’s #1 series across preschooler networks in Total Viewers and Kids 2-5, the series was recently renewed for a third season. The Education and Science experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants, inspiring original stories based on their first-hand experiences, and advising on the characteristics, behaviors and habitats of various African animal species. Each episode incorporates Swahili words and phrases and includes original songs.  Ford Riley (“Special Agent Oso”) is executive producer and Howy Parkins (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) is co-executive producer and supervising director. “The Lion Guard” is a production of Disney Television Animation.

 

MAR 13 – Miami Children’s Museum’s  2017 Be A Kid Again Gala “Le Grand Carnaval”  Raises over $2 Million  For Educational Programming And Honors Chairman Jeff Berkowitz

MAR 13 – Miami Children’s Museum’s 2017 Be A Kid Again Gala “Le Grand Carnaval” Raises over $2 Million For Educational Programming And Honors Chairman Jeff Berkowitz

On Saturday, March 11th, at Soho Studios in the arts district of Wynwood, Miami Children’s Museum thrilled more than 800 attendees at its Annual Be A Kid Again Gala “Le Grand Carnaval,” a world of unique performers, exotic cuisine and a night filled with fantasy!  Over $2 million was raised to support educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high end live auction. The event, emceed by journalist and former CBS4 Anchor Shannon Hori Cogan, also honored MCM Chairman of the Board, Jeff Berkowitz, for his many years of great leadership and service to the Museum.

Premier Sponsors for the event were Fairholme Foundation, Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin & Mr. Alan Potamkin. Presenting Sponsors included Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Bilzin Sumberg, Comras Company, Heidi & Jose Dans, Greenberg Traurig, Susan & Richard Lampen/Opko Health Inc., Medina Family Foundation and Terra. The event was co-chaired by Christy & David Martin and Daniela Swaebe & Michael Comras. The silent auction was curated by auction chair, Melissa Netkin and Wine Auction Chair, Steven Haas.

Among the nearly 800 attendees were: Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Susan & Richard Lampen, Romero Britto, Christy & David Martin, Daniela Swaebe & Michael Comras, Patricia & Phillip Frost, Jessica & Jack Collins, Lisette & Manny Medina, Matthew & Eva Gorson, Tom Wood, Ana & Neisen Kasdin, Vanessa & Lee Krelstein, Melissa & Robert Netkin, Jennifer & Javier Cervera, Bruce & Tracey Berkowitz, Jessica & Gary Reshefky, William Talbert, Jennifer Valoppi & Christian de Berdouare, Michael & Nicole Simkins, Marianne & John Devine, Jenny & Kevin Faith, Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Guests felt like a kid again from the moment they entered “Le Grande Carnaval” at Soho Studios. The night kicked off with a not to be missed cocktail reception with an extensive silent auction filled with unique pieces.  Then the curtains dropped opened revealing the large splendidly decorated main room with aerial artists and other performing acts from The Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota.  Partygoers were also treated to a tempting array of treats provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design and then danced the night away to the sounds of the Valerie Tyson Band.

The highlight event of the evening was an energetic live auction, raising nearly $200,000, featuring spectacular items including: a $10,000 Shopping Spree courtesy of Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, Audi Q5 24 month lease courtesy of The Collection, Personalized Portrait by Romero Britto and once in a lifetime luxury vacations.

 

The celebration continued with the After Party hosted by our young professionals group the Playmakers and Co-Chaired by Michael Berkowitz and Janet C. Moreira!  At 10:30 pm in Soho Studios, Miami’s most influential emerging professionals joined with gala goers and together the party continued into the night with entertainment featuring DJ Twillo and DJ Zog along with a premium bar and late night treats. Sponsors for the After Party included Jolie & Michael Berkowitz, Felicia & Andrew Berkowitz, 13th Floor Investments, Weber Law, Janet C. Moreira / MAVEN Intellectual Property, Ironview Capital Management, 3 Pillars Events, Duffy’s Foundation, Wells Fargo, Golden Sands General Contractors, Donna Melnuk and Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A.

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits, programs, classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  The Museum has 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits.  MCM is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.’

For more information about Miami Children’s Museum call: (305)373-KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

FEB 22 – Miami Children’s Museum Launches Museum in a Box

FEB 22 – Miami Children’s Museum Launches Museum in a Box

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Will Now Experience the Museum’s State Of The Art Educational Exhibit Inside the Classroom! 

Miami, FL (February 22, 2017) – Miami Children’s Museum (MCM), with the support of the Miami Marlins, Marlins Foundation, NBCUniversal Foundation, NBC 6 (WTVJ) and Telemundo 51 (WSCV), is launching Museum in a Box on February 23, 2017 at Lenora B. Smith Elementary School. This initiative is a new community satellite program that will take MCM’s immersive arts-based exhibits and programming into underserved schools in our South Florida community that are unable to visit MCM and benefit from the Museum’s educationally enriched programming that has been shown to help students develop skills required to succeed in school. The pop up exhibit will be available to elementary schools for three months at a time each during the school year at no cost.

“Museum in a Box is a labor of love for us. We are thrilled to be able to take our programming to schools in our community and do so alongside wonderful partners like the Miami Marlins, Marlins Foundation, NBCUniversal Foundation, NBC 6 and Telemundo 51,” said Deborah Spiegelman, CEO/Executive Director, Miami Children’s Museum.

The ArtRageous! Exhibit will educate children about the six basic elements of art: line, shape, form, space, color and texture. Each of these elements will be presented in its own interactive kiosk which will enable children to participate in exploring the featured element. Each kiosk will be supplemented by artwork highlighting this element. For example, the line drawing activity will engage children in drawing with their fingers on a pressure-sensitive material to create an image that will fade so the next child could participate. The color activity will be based on color mixing using transparent, colored shapes on a light table. Texture will be represented by art made of different sculptural qualities such as wood, clay and marble. By interacting in the exhibit students will be able to exercise their creativity as they produce their own original works of art using different materials. The exhibit will support Language Arts and Mathematics Florida Standards for grades K-5. 

“The Miami Children’s Museum is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation.  The Museum in a Box is a fun way to offer kids an educational experience and we’re proud to be a part of it,” said David Samson, President, Miami Marlins.

 

“We are proud to support innovative local organizations that help to inspire creativity and a passion for learning among children. “Museum in a Box” is an outstanding new program that will take the best of the Miami Children’s Museum directly to our communities to highlight the importance of the learning and the arts,” said Larry Olevitch, President and General Manager, WTVJ, NBC6.

 

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. There are 14 interactive galleries as well as many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

About Miami Children’s Museum

Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

FEB 8 – SID THE SCIENCE KID VISITS MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

FEB 8 – SID THE SCIENCE KID VISITS MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Miami  – Beginning Saturday, February 11, 2017, kids can join Sid the Science Kid on an amazing, scientific adventure when Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! opens at Miami Children’s Museum! This exciting, new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. It’s sure to be a super-duper-ooper-schmooper good time!

Created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, the exhibit is generously made possible by The Boeing Company, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, Sally and Bill Canfield, the Crawford Taylor Foundation, Judy and Jerry Kent, Monsanto Company and Sigma-Aldrich.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit will be at Miami Children’s Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami Saturday February 11 through Sunday, May 14, 2017.  It is free with Museum admission which is $20 for adults and children, $15 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

 

 

About Miami Children’s Museum

Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominated “Sid the Science Kid,”  “Dinosaur Train,” “Wilson & Ditch: Digging America,” “Pajanimals” and “Doozers.” Features include “The Dark Crystal,” “Labyrinth,” “MirrorMask,” and “Unstable Fables” and television productions include “Fraggle Rock” and the sci-fi cult series “Farscape.” Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. www.henson.com

 

DEC 3 – MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OPENS MUSIC MAKERS STUDIO

DEC 3 – MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OPENS MUSIC MAKERS STUDIO

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) will open the newly renovated Music Makers Studio on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  It will showcase many interactive exhibits that share with children and their families the experience of the vast variety of instruments and musical styles and what makes them work.

Made possible in part by an anonymous family foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant # MA-10-16-0213-16), the new Music Makers Studio provides children with a stimulating and interactive musical experience involving kinesthetic, auditory and visual modalities.

The new Music Makers Studio, located on the second floor, will pulse with sound and light, incorporating eight distinctive interactive components that allow for full engagement in a variety of music-based activities.  Children will explore different instruments, discover how musical sounds are made, be introduced to the concept of musical notation, collaborate with others to make music, and compose unique pieces of music.

Walk into the center of the exhibit where 14 musically interactive, color changing clouds are overhead. When a child passes underneath it strikes a note and changes color creating a unique musical light show.

Then enter the Symphony Orchestra Room.  The complete orchestra is laid out through tiles on the floor.  From the strings to the woodwinds, from the brass to percussion, all the components of the orchestra are there. As you step on a tile the sound of the instrument comes through as well as the visual projection of it being played.  Combine with others and you can bring the whole symphony to life!  Through the Symphony Interactive children can explore the sounds of the orchestra groups by listening to them individually or work collaboratively to hear the whole piece.

And there is so much more!

In an exciting development MCM has had the opportunity to collaborate with world renowned brilliant artist and inventor, Remo Saraceni, who has played an integral part in the creation of the new Music Makers Studio. Remo is a creator and visionary of many interactive exhibitions that connect the imagination of childhood with the technology of the future. He is best known for inventing the Big Piano™ from the movie BIG, starring Tom Hanks. The Music Maker’s Studio will include MCM’s very own Big Piano.  Additionally in extending the music theme to more of the Museum, the main staircase will be transformed into an interactive musical instrument playing a variety of notes and melodies as one goes up and down the stairs.

“Recognizing that early childhood is the time when children learn about their world, primarily through the process of play, The Music Makers Studio will offer children meaningful interaction with the sights and sounds of music,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of MCM.  “Music enriches our lives and the exposure with musical performance and familiarity with the instruments can inspire the next generation of musicians.  Miami has a rich cultural music landscape and it is never too early to encourage children to attend programs such as the New World Symphony.”

The opening of the new gallery coincides with the Museum’s Season of the Arts series which will introduce children and their families to high caliber fine arts each Saturday in December. To commemorate the opening of the Music Makers Studio, New World Symphony will offer several performances throughout the day including an interactive performance where children will have the opportunity to explore brass instruments.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

 

DEC 2 – MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM PRESENTS SEASON OF THE ARTS

DEC 2 – MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM PRESENTS SEASON OF THE ARTS

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is proud to present “Season of the Arts,” every Saturday during the month of December from 11AM – 3PM.  The “Season of the Arts” series will introduce children and their families to a different form of art each week. The Museum has partnered with local artists and organizations such as, Xavier Cortada, New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera and dancers from Miami City Ballet,in an effort to expose youth to the arts via this special programming during the holiday season.  The “Season of the Arts” is made possible through a special grant given to MCM by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Miami Children’s Museum is always looking for ways to create the new cultural generation,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of MCM. “In most cases, we offer children their first introduction with many forms of artistic expression.”

The “Season of the Arts” schedule includes:

Saturday, December 3rd:

It’s Art Basel weekend, so we are kicking off our Season of the Arts with all things visual. Create with Miami artist Xavier Cortada a collaborative eco-art project inspired by Florida’s wildflowers. Channel your creative side to make Seminole art and patchwork clothing with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

 

Saturday, December 10th:

Opera Special! Come and explore the world of opera with Florida Grand Opera through hands on activities, live performances, interactive experiences, and the thrill of live theater. Florida Grand Opera brings all the aspects of opera to life both in front of and behind the curtain. Our activities have something for everyone: stage make up, special effects, set design, and of course singing! To make the experience a memorable one, live performances and roaming acapella singers highlight the day, concluding with the hilarious family friendly opera “Toy Shop”. Watch as toys come to life in this exciting and colorful opera and be sure to receive your special gift at the end!

Saturday, December 17th:

Symphony Special! Expose your little ones to the magical of musical instruments. Join the New World Symphony for a series of special performances and a musical workshop. Create musical jewelry, enjoy a singalong story time, and have a chance to play a giant piano!

Saturday, December 24th:

Tropical Christmas Eve! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and here at MCM, we had magical moments and fun ‘til the end! Join us for a tropical celebration. Create seashell ornaments and Christmas leis, and meet our sun-kissed Santa. Sing along with our Christmas carolers and catch our MCM Player’s original theater production: The Extraordinary Explorers and the Search for Santa! Please note: the Museum will be closing at 4:00 pm.

Saturday, December 31st:

Noon Year’s Eve Special! 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Well, not quite, but it’s never too early to kick off a fabulous New Year’s celebration. Ring in the New Year (a few hours early) with a countdown and an unforgettable balloon drop! (Make sure to arrive by 11:30 am for the balloon drop!) Then, meet some ballerinas, take a ballet class, and enjoy a special presentation from the dancers of Miami City Ballet! Please note: the Museum will be closing at 4:00 pm.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

OCT 17 – NOT SO SCARY FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH  AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM RAISES $100,000!

OCT 17 – NOT SO SCARY FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM RAISES $100,000!

All the little ghosts and goblins along with their mostly costumed parents were treated to a boo-tiful time at Miami Children’s Museum’s “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash!” on Sunday, October 16th at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island. The event, chaired by Jessica & Jack Collins and Alexis & Scott Wagner, brought in nearly $100,000 which will directly support the Museum’s educational programming.

Considered one of Miami’s best Family Halloween events, costumed trick-or-treaters made their candy collecting way around the Museum’s galleries.  They created crazed crafts and became part of the fun and colorful costume parade.  Families had a bewitching time creating miniature pumpkin and sugar skulls, face painting, dancing the Monster Mash, eating delectable treats and taking part in the silent auction featuring many exciting items.

Additionally they enjoyed Miami’s best family friendly haunted house. This 2,500 square foot Haunted House can be as scary as you want it to be, but what makes this one special is its unique collection of zombies, ghosts and haunting music and sounds. The Haunted House is open to Museum visitors through October 31, 2016.

Sponsors for the event included: The Collins Family (Haunted House Sponsor); GreenbergTraurig (Haunted Activity Sponsor); and Pollo Tropical (Haunted Bites Sponsor).

$100,000 RAISED @ NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN
The Miami Children’s Museum offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits.  Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

For more information go to the website at www.miamichildrensmuseum.org or call (305)373-KIDS (5437).

About Miami Children’s Museum
Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to reach their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Gloria Martin Kid Smart Educational Gift Shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. To learn more about the museum, please visit our website: www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding.  MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

SEPT 20 – GARY RESHEFSKY NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD FOR MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

SEPT 20 – GARY RESHEFSKY NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD FOR MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

MIAMI (FL), September 20, 2016 – Gary Reshefsky, a respected insurance industry professional and lawyer, has been named President of the Board of Directors of Miami Children’s Museum. A board member since 2005, Gary has previously served as Vice President and Finance Committee Member.  In this role he provided guidance and set policy for this valuable community resource and attraction.

Gary is a principal in Century Risk Advisors, an insurance agency with offices in Boca Raton and Coral Gables.  Gary is involved in all facets of CRA’s operations with his primary focus being delivering excellent service to CRA’s clients. Gary also leads Public Risk Advisors, a related risk management consulting firm that provides consulting services to public entities and other similar institutions.   Gary earned a BBA in Finance from The George Washington University in 1996, and a JD and MBA from the University of Miami in 1999.  He is a member of the Florida Bar and holds multiple insurance licenses.

Dating back to college, Gary has continuously served in a leadership role in some form of community board or organization.  This includes the City of Miami Homeland Defense Bond Oversight Board from 2002 to 2010 where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee.  The Board was charged with oversight of the expenditure of proceeds from a $255 million municipal bond offering.  He helped establish practices and procedures for efficient expenditures and timely delivery of projects.   Additionally, Gary has served on the University of Miami Citizens Board, and the UM Law School Alumni Board of Directors where he chaired the 2009 Reunion Committee.

GARY RESHEFSKY NEW MCM PRESIDENT
The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

About Miami Children’s Museum
Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Century Risk Advisors
Century Risk Advisors, with offices in Boca Raton and Coral Gables, is an independent insurance agency offering risk management and insurance brokerage services. The agency is comprised of many highly-experienced key independent insurance executives offering its clients literally more than a century of proven Risk Management and Insurance Brokerage expertise. For more information, visit www.centuryra.com.

AUG 01 – Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails  Traveling Exhibit Makes Debut at  Miami Children’s Museum

AUG 01 – Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails Traveling Exhibit Makes Debut at Miami Children’s Museum

Miami, FL (August 2016) – The world’s most beloved #1 blue engine rolls into Miami Children’s Museum  this fall. Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails, an interactive exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS in the US, and Treehouse and Télé-Québec in Canada, will steam into Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island, Miami, FL on September 24th, 2016 for a 3 month stay through January 8th, 2017.  The Thomas & Friends exhibit was designed and developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. Fisher-Price, the #1 Infant/Preschool Toys manufacturer1, is the presenting sponsor for the exhibit. 3M is the national tour sponsor.

Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) -focused exhibit seeks to engage children, ages 2 through 7 years, and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.

“We hope the exhibit will develop skills and proficiencies that children will learn and refine through play in the early years and set the stage for future learning and success from the kindergarten classroom to the workplace,” said Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum. “We know Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit will deliver high-quality playful learning experiences rooted in science, technology, engineering and math that will allow our children and their families to Play, Learn, Imagine and Create!”

 Visitors to the 1500 square foot exhibit will be delighted as they find themselves surrounded by the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. In the exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles, such as completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation. As children confront new challenges and test their abilities, the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Victor and others are there to offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” they all are.

Inside the Exhibit:

  • Climb into Thomas’ cab and explore the engine’s inner workings. Flip levers and investigate other moveable parts that trigger train noises such as braking, whistles and steam.
  • Fix Percy’s wobbly wheel by removing and replacing parts and experimenting to find a combination of wheels, rods and bolts that work.
  • Explore the favorite Island of Sodor destinations including: Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks and the Sodor Search & Rescue Station on an over-sized Thomas Wooden Railway train table.
  • Work with old and new friends loading luggage, livestock and other freight into the coaches of two train cars.
  • Collaborate with others to get Percy moving by loading coal into his coal box and filling his tank with water from a water tower.
  • Suit up as the conductor to exchange money and sell tickets to other visitors taking a ride on the train.
  • Wander through a Thomas & Friends retrospective featuring model engines from the original live action series produced in London, copies of the original drawings and manuscripts from the Rev. W. Awdry, the creator of Thomas & Friends, and a collection of memorabilia documenting the history and evolution of Thomas & Friends through books, television, and toys.

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails brings to life kids’ favorite characters and destinations from the Island of Sodor in a fun and educational way,” said Sid Mathur, Vice President, The Americas, HIT Entertainment. “With their expertise and creativity in designing and producing top-rate interactive experiences for kids, the Minnesota Children’s Museum has been an enthusiastic partner developing this exhibit and delivering to fans a new way to experience the brand.”

3M National Sponsorship
Minnesota Children’s Museum’s long-time supporter 3M has signed on for a 5-year national sponsorship of the Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit, providing a strong connection to their history of innovation in science and engineering.

“Minnesota Children’s Museum delivers high-quality STEM learning opportunities for children across Minnesota and beyond. We’re thrilled to take our collaboration to the next level and impact children and families across the country as the national sponsor of Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails,” said Kim Price, Vice President, 3Mgives.

Admission to Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! is included with regular Museum admission, which is $20 for adults and children, $15 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

ABOUT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.  Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create.  The 56,500-square-foot facility includes 14 galleries, classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, 200-seat auditorium and outdoor exhibits, including a new playground. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes, including special needs classes; Subway restaurant; Kid Smart educational gift shop and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT THOMAS & FRIENDS®
Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created by a father for his son nearly 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and teamwork. Thomas & Friends is the #1 preschool toy license in the US, according to The NPD Group, Inc., and makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS® and Sprout in the US and on Treehouse and Télé-Québec in Canada and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com. Follow Thomas on Facebook at facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @ThomasParent.

ABOUT HIT ENTERTAINMENT
HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories. HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.

HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families. This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions. HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com

ABOUT FISHER-PRICE
Fisher-Price, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) located in East Aurora, N.Y., is the leading brand of infant and preschool toys in the world. The company’s legacy of high quality toys has enhanced early childhood development for more than 82 years. Some of the Company’s best-known “classic” brands include Little People®, Power Wheels® and Imaginext®. Fisher-Price is also a leading developer of baby gear products (infant swings, bouncers, high chairs), as well as a wide array of character-based toys inspired by high quality children’s programming such as Dora the Explorer™, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Thomas & Friends®. The Company’s website, www.fisher-price.com, as well as its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fisherprice provide valuable information and resources to parents and grandparents around the world.

ABOUT 3Mgives 3Mgives is a recognized leader in corporate giving, philanthropy, volunteerism and community engagement. Since 1953, 3M has invested $1.3 billion in cash and products around the world and was most recently honored with the United Way Spirit of America Award, the Silver U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Excellence in Mentoring Award for Corporate Leadership. For more information, visit www.3Mgives.com or follow @3Mgives on Twitter.

JUN 10 – MCM Receives Prestigious 2016 MUSE Award

JUN 10 – MCM Receives Prestigious 2016 MUSE Award

Miami Children’s Museum was presented with the prestigious MUSE Award in the category of Media and Technology during a champagne reception on Thursday, May 26th at the 2016 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. This award recognizes MCM’s achievement in the application of media and technology to Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum (GLAM) programs for their Sketch Aquarium Exhibit. The MUSE Awards competition received nearly 200 applications from a wide variety of GLAMs in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. MCM was the only Children’s Museum to be recognized for this award.

Sketch Aquarium, is an interactive wall projection where visitors’ artwork become an animated part of a virtual environment. Developed in collaboration with TeamLab, a technology group based in Japan, the Sketch Aquarium is a completely novel application of existing animation and projection techniques. In the Sketch Aquarium, children use their imagination to create colorful sea creatures on paper which are then scanned and brought to life on the screen. Fish, octopus, sea horses, sharks and other creatures swim and change directions in the water, creating schools and swimming together making the exhibit interactive, educational and fun. The exhibit adds another level of interactivity, through motion detection which causes fish to swim away at once when approached. Children are also engaged to feed the fish by bursting bags of fish food that fall into the virtual aquarium.

Now in its 27th year, the MUSE awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in GLAM media and technology efforts. The competition is an activity of the Media & Technology Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums. Over 90 GLAM professionals from across the world participated as jurors in the process of reviewing and selecting the winners. Winning entries were expected to demonstrate outstanding achievement in their content, interface, design, technical merit, innovation, utility, and appeal.

Enjoy Sketch Aquarium with the whole family at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami.  Regular Museum admission is $18 for adults and children, $14 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

JUN 08 – Summer Games Exhibit

It is the season of the Summer Games and Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is getting ready to debut an exciting competition of its own.  It’s the return of MiChiMu’s Summer Games exhibit!  Created entirely by MCM’s educational staff, the newest exhibit is an interactive wonderland of athletic competition and cultural diversity. The Opening Ceremonies of the exhibit, complete with a torch relay, will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 11 AM to 6 PM and will be inspired by the upcoming games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This memorable day will include obstacle courses, medal making, straw javelin throwing and much more!

MiChiMu’s Summer Games offers multiple innovative and interactive components that focus on teamwork, fitness and healthy lifestyles while spotlighting different nations from around the world. The exhibit will feature fun interactive components such as; Traditional Torches, where visitors can light the torch flame and try to keep the flame going, Fantastic Gymnastic will encourage children to test their skills on a balance beam or dance away in the fun filled gymnastic area as well as learning about the different sports like swimming, cycling, running and the high jump. Badminton, basketball, table tennis, and golf will also be featured.

Enjoy the Summer Games with the whole family at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami Saturday, June 4th through Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Entrance to the exhibit is included with regular Museum admission, which is $20 for adults and children, $15 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org. Please note this is not an official Rio 2016 event.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

JAN 28 – Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit

JAN 28 – Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit

Miami Children’s Museum will open Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival on Saturday, January 30, 2016; a new traveling exhibition that explores Vietnamese culture.  Children and their parents will delight in the opportunity to discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through its most important celebration of the year, Tet. Funded through a highly competitive national initiative by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, and developed by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Voyage to Vietnam exhibition is traveling to nine children’s museums as part of a national tour.

Through the initiative, Miami Children’s Museum was specially selected as one of the nine museums nationally to host Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival for a three month period through Sunday May 8th.  The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series is funded by the Freeman Foundation, and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.

Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet and the New Year.  Through interactive exhibits, families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children in Vietnam.

Visitors will be welcomed into the exhibit through the New Year gateway, and transported to the Tet Festival in modern day Vietnam. The immersive Marketplace experience is the perfect place to select traditional flowers and faux food items to prepare for the celebration.  Back in the home section of the exhibit, families can pose for interactive family photos and dress in customary Ao Dai.  Children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask and engage with the parades, games, and music and enjoy a Vietnamese puppet show by our MCM Players.  It is perpetually midnight in the Courtyard area of the exhibit where the visitor-created Fireworks burst in the night sky and signal the coming of the New Year.

Discover Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival with the whole family at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami Saturday, January 30th through Sunday, May 8th, 2016.  Entrance to the exhibit is included with regular Museum admission, which is $18 for adults and children, $14 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for MCM Members is complimentary.  For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

JAN 04 – Be A Kid Again Gala 2016: Miami Vice and Spice

JAN 04 – Be A Kid Again Gala 2016: Miami Vice and Spice

Considered by many to be the most unique and playful event of the South Florida social season, Miami Children’s Museum’s Be A Kid Again Gala features exceptional live entertainment, luxurious auctions and a culinary experience unlike any other. This year’s gala, chaired by Michael and Paula Fay, will be held on Saturday, February 27th at 6:30 PM at Soho Studios located at 2136 NW 1st Ave in the arts district of Wynwood. Miami Children’s Museum will take you to “Miami Vice & Spice,” a world of fast cars, fast boats, exotic cuisine and the pastel streets of Miami and Miami Beach with Crockett and Tubbs! The event will honor community leader Merrett R. Stierheim who for the past five decades, has been a visionary in so many roles for Miami-Dade County. The gala will also showcase a one of a kind live auction. All funds raised for the event will directly support the Museum’s educational programs.

Guests will explore the night with a performance by “Party on the Moon,” considered the world’s greatest party band, that will have them heating up the dance floor. This year’s event will also feature a unique theme based on the landmark TV series Miami Vice, showcasing the very best of Miami and the 1980’s.

Premier Sponsors for the event are Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin and Mr. Alan Potamkin and the Fairholme Foundation and presenting sponsors include Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz, Northern Trust Bank and the Miami Marlins.  We are excited to be honoring Merrett Stierheim for his service and dedication to all of us in Miami-Dade County,” says Jeffrey Berkowitz, Chairman of the Board for Miami Children’s Museum. “Additionally the funds raised at the Be A Kid Again Gala help us provide exceptional educational programming to children and families throughout South Florida. We are dedicated to ensuring that all children continue to have access to these programs.”

Guests will feel like a kid again from the moment they enter Soho Studios. The night kicks off with a not to be missed cocktail reception filled with an extensive silent auction with unique pieces.  The main event of the evening is an energetic live auction featuring spectacular items. Included among these items are: a Miami Heat Experience that includes tickets and a chance to attend pre-game and post-game action in the TV Studio; a 4 night, 5 day stay at a private home in exclusive Ocean Reef; an Epic Hotel Presidential Suite Package; and much more. Value of the items: Priceless. The live auction will be followed by an exciting musical performance by the world’s greatest party band, “Party on the Moon”. And adding the Spice to our “Miami Vice & Spice” themed extravaganza is a taste tempting array of treats provided by Chef David Schwadron Catering and Event Design with a Miami Vice twist, that bring to life all the iconic visions of this landmark television legend. But then there’s the After Party!

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) invites you to attend our 4th annual Gala After Party, “Play After Dark,”10:30PM at Soho Studios. Chaired by Adam Haas and Laura Juncadella, Miami’s most influential emerging professionals will join gala goers and together the party will boogie into the night featuring popular Freestyle Dance singer Debbie Deb and DJ Zog along with DJ’s and a premium bar with late night treats. Sponsors for the After Party include 3 Pillars, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, and Roho Kitchen. For sponsorship and ticket information for the 2016 Be a Kid Again Gala “Miami Vice & Spice” contact:Hannah Hausman at hhausman@miamichildrensmuseum.org or call 305.373.KIDS (5437) ext. 142 Tickets for the 2016 Be A Kid Again Gala are $500 per person and ticket packages are available online. Please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/gala.

For sponsorship and ticket information for the 2016 Play After Dark After Party contact Sarah Moradi at smoradi@miamichildrensmuseum.org or call (305) 373.KIDS (5437) ext. 140. Tickets for the After Party are $65.00 in advance and $85.00 at the door and are available online at miamichildrensmuseum.org/playafterdark.

MAR 01 – MCM raises almost one million dollars for Educational Programming

MAR 01 – MCM raises almost one million dollars for Educational Programming

On Saturday, February 28th, at Miami Children’s Museum (MCM), more than 500 attendees had their martinis “shaken, not stirred” at the James Bond themed 2015 Be A Kid Again Gala, “You Only Live Twice”. Almost 1 million dollars was raised to support educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high end live auction hosted by Big 105.9 FM Morning Host Paul Castronovo. Premier Sponsors for the event were Dr. Brigitt Rok Potamkin and Mr. Alan Potamkin and the Fairholme Foundation.  Presenting Sponsors were Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz and the Miami Marlins.  The event was chaired by Richard and Susan Lampen and Adam and Jackie Malamed.  Honorary Chairs were Alonzo and Tracy Mourning.

Among the 500 attendees were:

  • Romero Britto
  • Michael and Paula Fay
  • Ana and Neisen Kasdin
  • Jack and Jessica Collins
  • Gloria Porcella and Ernesto Mucci
  • Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff

Upon arrival Guests found themselves swept into the shadow world of spies versus spies.  They were titillated with an array Bond themed taste-tempting culinary delights and danced the night away to “Party on the Moon,” considered the world’s greatest party band.  They also were treated to a Casino Royale where they matched skills with evil villains or other gala friends in charitable games of baccarat, poker and roulette.

One of the night’s highlights was the exciting live auction emceed by Paul Castronovo which included: a unique “Training Day with the Navy Seals!” (not available to the general public); a three-year luxury car lease from the Collection; an original portrait from Romero Britto; an Aston Martin 007 Race Adventure in Sonoma, California; Custom created paper airplane installation by Artists Blue and Joy, courtesy of Ca D’Oro Gallery; a private dinner hosted by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning and much, much more.  In addition to the live auction, guests supported educational programming by bidding on over 200 items in an extensive silent auction.

And then there was the After Party!  At “Play After Dark,” inside MCM, Miami’s most influential emerging professionals joined gala goers and together they partied into the night to the spintastic talents of  DJ Zog from Power 96 and a premium bar with late night treats.

FEB 07 – Ahoy Mateys! It’s time to set sail for Pirate Island!

FEB 07 – Ahoy Mateys! It’s time to set sail for Pirate Island!

Once again the excitement and adventure of “Pirate Island” makes its home at Miami Children’s Museum from Saturday, February 7th through Sunday, September 6th.  A boatload of Pirate fun awaits at the Museum’s Watson Island location that is sure to thrill the whole family. Join us as a fantasy world of Pirate adventure comes to life with interactive games, stories, theater shows and even some live pirates!

The centerpiece for the exhibit is a pirate ship in which children can go in and explore and safely blast cannons at “attackers.” At Pirate Academy, visitors have the opportunity to walk on a plank and apply their sailor skills to tie knots and handle ropes. Learn to speak Pirate with phrases like: Yo Ho Ho; Davey Jones Locker; and Shiver me Timbers!  Everyone gets a map to follow that leads to pirate treasure.  Will you find it?

Children and adults alike will be delighted and intrigued by the legends and lore of pirates. This exhibit promises to fulfill the imaginations of our visitors.  Pirate Island will be a quest for adventure designed for the young at heart—no matter what your age!

Pirate Island is a marvelous adventure for the whole family and only at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami, from Saturday, February 7 – Sunday, September 6, 2015 / 10AM to 6PM daily.  Entrance to the exhibit is included in each regular admission to the Museum.  Admission is $18 for adults and children, $14 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for Members is complimentary.  For more information contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

NOV 21 – National Adoption Day

NOV 21 – National Adoption Day

Friday November 21st will be a special day at the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM). MCM will be hosting the Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe County Inc. and DCF National Adoption Day event. This special day in the lives of young children and their new families is one of the most exciting and uplifting events of the year as they finalize the process by which they are joined together as a family unit. As a special present to these many new families that have completed their journey to adoption, MCM will award each of them a one-year membership to the Museum. This allows them to visit 14 interactive Galleries and Special Exhibits as many times as they want for the whole year.

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

OCT 19 – Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash

OCT 19 – Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash

It’s not so scary, but all your little ghosts and goblins are guaranteed to have a boo-tiful time at Miami Children’s Museum’s “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash!” on Sunday, October 19th from 1 – 6 PM at Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) on Watson Island. All the proceeds from the Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash benefit the Museum’s educational programs.

Considered one of Miami’s best Family Halloween events, you and your family are guaranteed to have a ghostly and phantastic time as your costumed trick-or-treaters make their candy collecting way around the Museum’s 14 galleries, including our newest exhibit, Nickelodeon’s “Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore!” Experience Miami’s best family friendly haunted house, create crazed black light arts and crafts and sing along with a special Halloween performance around the Museum’s iconic Castle of Dreams.  Families are bound to have a bewitching time and will enjoy creating miniature pumpkin and sugar skulls, face painting, dancing the Monster Mash, eating delectable treats from Epicure Market, taking part in our a silent auction and much, much more. There is even a special fun-tastic Toddler Area for the tinier ones to show off their costumes!

Individual tickets to the “Not So Scary Halloween Bash” are just $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. A Family Package for $200.00 is also available that includes 6 tickets For more information, to learn about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/halloween or call 305.373.KIDS (5437), ext. 142.

Plan on enjoying a “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash” Sunday, October 19th from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami.  Co-Chairs for the event are Steven & Virginia Weber and Warren & Nicole Zinn.  Honorary Chairs are Jason & Diana Starkman.  Please note, MCM will be CLOSED to the public for this spook-tacular event!

The Miami Children’s Museum offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.  They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits.  Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

For more information go to the website at www.miamichildrensmuseum.org or call (305)373-KIDS (5437).

OCT 05 – Dora and Diego – Lets’s Explore!

OCT 05 – Dora and Diego – Lets’s Explore!

Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) in the new exhibit “Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore!” The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for children to explore as they learn and play along.

This new, interactive traveling exhibit, created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, will open at MCM’s Watson Island location Sunday, October 5, 2014 and run through Sunday, January 11, 2015. Be sure to bring your little explorer to play along with Dora, Diego and their friends so they too can say “We did it!”

Dora the Explorer follows the adventures of the 7-year-old Latina heroine Dora and her friends in an imaginative, tropical world. Go, Diego, Go! stars Dora’s 8-year-old cousin Diego, a bilingual animal rescuer who protects animals and their environment. The exhibit gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego to engage in problem-solving and active play. Young children play along as they join an adventure and learn how to solve problems, be a good friend, and care for animals and the environment. Spanish vocabulary is incorporated throughout the exhibit to introduce Spanish-speaking skills to preschool children.

Dora the Explorer is a ground-breaking children’s series that draws kids into an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques in every episode. Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! carries the play-along theme throughout the exhibit as children are encouraged to actively play while they solve problems, share and learn about the natural world.

Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit including:

The Purple Planet
Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.

Rocket Ship
Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.

Constellations
On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation.

Isa’s Flowery Garden
Dora’s friend Isa the Iguana demonstrates how to take care of flowers, plants, and animals. Preschool visitors can tour Isa’s Garden to pickflowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings. Even the littlest visitors will enjoy smelling the flowery scents and picking soft-fabric posies.

Tico’s Tree and Car
Dora is a good friend to Tico the squirrel and young visitors are invited to be a good friend to Tico too. Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic. Children can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket. Tico’s car is in need of fuel! Visitors can help Tico fill up his car with nuts so he can begin his journey.

Pirate Ship
In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew and dress like a pirate to pretend-play along sailing the ship and divvying up the treasure. Visitors can raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.

Animal Rescue Center
Young children can practice caring and helping rainforest animals in Diego’s Animal Rescue Center. Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer, like Diego, as they diagnose and address an animal’s problem from the ‘Scanner’ bed, bandage and apply cold packs at the ‘First-Aid Station,’ and bathe stuffed animals at the ‘Care Station.’

Rainforest Maze
Preschoolers will explore a rainforest to locate rainforestanimals. Active play is encouraged as children swing across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawl through a fallen tree, climb across Jaguar Mountain, and jump or hop across the River Rocks.

The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Amerigroup Foundation. The Amerigroup Foundation’s support of Dora and Diego — Let’s Explore! provides underwriting for preschool field trips to the museum for youth populations identified as most at risk for childhood obesity. Information about healthy, active lifestyles is available to parents via the exhibit’s Family Guide and website, and free school curriculum is available to teachers as well.

Dora and Diego — Let’s Explore! is a marvelous adventure of self-discovery for the whole family, only at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami, from Sunday, October 5, 2014 – Sunday, January 11, 2015 / 10AM to 6PM daily.  Entrance to the exhibit is included in each regular admission to the Museum.  Admission is $18 for adults and children, $14 for Florida Residents, free for children less than 1 year and admission for Members is complimentary.  For more information contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

AUG 01 – MY GREEN HOME

AUG 01 – MY GREEN HOME

“My Green Home,” the first of what is scheduled to be major exhibit upgrades at the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM), will debut on Friday, August 1st / 10AM. An interactive exhibit, its goal is to educate children and their families on energy and energy efficiency in and around the home. MCM is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami.

A modern style South Florida home now sits to the right of the entrance to the Kidscape Village entrance in the Museum. It features alternative energy technologies such as solar panels and a wind turbine on its roof. An introductory graphic panel introduces the concept of energy and why it is important to conserve and use alternative and efficient technologies in our homes. The home features a variety of these technologies and emphasizes how changing some of one’s habits at home can also be an important way to conserve energy. The exhibits interactive components allow children a hands on approach to learning important lessons on efficient energy knowledge.

The new “My Green Home” exhibit debuts at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami Friday, August 1st / 10AM. Entrance to the exhibit is included in each regular admission to the Museum. Admission is $18 for adults and children, $14 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for Members is complimentary. The Museum is open daily from 10AM to 6PM. For more information contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

 

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. They have 14 interactive galleries as well as housing many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the “town center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.

JUN 19 – MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM LAUNCHES “PLAYMAKERS”

JUN 19 – MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM LAUNCHES “PLAYMAKERS”

Miami Children’s Museum’s reputation as the place where South Florida comes to play welcomes a whole new age bracket with the launch of its new “Playmakers Group,” a social and networking set for adults. With a goal to bring South Florida’s professional and civic leaders together, MCM will launch Playmakers with “Art After Dark,” an innovative art sale and cocktail party in association with the Bakehouse Art Complex and sponsored by Douglas Elliman on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:30 -9:00 p.m at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. The evening is a benefit for the Bakehouse, its resident artists, and Miami Children’s Museum.

MCM CEO/Executive Director Deborah Spiegelman noted, ”With MCM’s ‘Be A Kid Again Gala’ lauded annually as one of the most fun events of the social season, we thought it was time to bring the Museum’s signature events to the community year-round. In joining with Douglas Elliman and the Bakehouse, we are welcoming guests to the first of what we believe will be the most creative and fun networking group in town with the Playmakers Group.”

Hosted in conjunction with Douglas Elliman, one of the nation’s largest real estate companies with offices in key markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, the event will offer guests an opportunity to browse and purchase works from the over fifty resident artists of the Bakehouse Art Complex. The Bakehouse is one of the leading creative centers in Miami’s flourishing artist community.

As Co-Chair, Jay Phillip Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage, comments, “It is a pleasure to support the Miami Children’s Museum and this type of creative programming. As a company, we are passionate about being a part of the communities we serve and this event in particular is a great cause that benefits the most important group out there: our children.”

Guests may register for Art After Dark by June 17, 2014 on www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/afterdark or via email on slibbin@miamichildrensmuseum.org.

MAY 27 – MCM CHARTER SCHOOL SEES RECORD NUMBERS ENROLLED FOR FORMAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

MAY 27 – MCM CHARTER SCHOOL SEES RECORD NUMBERS ENROLLED FOR FORMAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Miami Children’s Museum Charter School held their graduation ceremony at the Miami Children’s Museum on 27 May 2014. Thirty-three children made up the third graduating class of the MCM Charter School which benefits from the unique learning atmosphere of the Museum. Located on Watson Island in Miami, the Museum is one of two museums in the entire country to host a Charter School. More importantly, it is the only museum to host 400 children a day entirely for formal education programs.

CEO of MCM Deborah Spiegelman who spoke at the ceremony explained, “The admiration for our program is clear. Every day I interact with educators, parents and even students themselves who express their admiration for the unique creative opportunities we create for children to learn. Most of these students come from our very own Early Childhood Institute and we continue to fulfill a growing demand by parents for creative progressive learning. We are pioneers in the field with this museum –based learning.”

For the third grade 2013-14 FCAT reading exam, the MCM Charter School was 25% over the average for Miami Dade Public Schools mastery level. The FACT Math exam also saw the MCM Charter School exceed the Miami Dade Public School FACT mastery level by 19%. As a public school, the MCM Charter School is subject to the tests, methods and curriculum objectives of other public schools. However, the MCM Charter School uses a different approach from most schools to meet students’ learning objectives. By utilizing the museum’s exhibits and programs, students have a special creative, project-based learning approach.

The Miami Children’s Museum has 14 permanent exhibitions housed at its facility in Miami with many more traveling exhibits and activities held throughout the year. Visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org for more information.