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Play, discover, create!


World on Stage: Chinyakare Ensemble

Saturday, January 23 11 a.m. Chinyakare Ensemble presents the incredibly varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance. Harmonically weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture.  Buy tickets online. World On Stage
Ethnic Performance Series 2010 January 9 – February 27
Discovery Theatre, presented by Wells Fargo Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14  (includes Museum admission) continue reading

World on Stage: SoVoSó


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Monday, January 18 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Come honor the memory of Dr. Martin LutherKing, Jr. with SoVoSó. Be uplifted by this amazing a cappella ensemble’s unique, rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R & B music. Buy tickets online.
World On Stage
Ethnic Performance Series 2010 January 9 – February 27
Discovery Theatre, presented by Wells Fargo Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14  (includes Museum admission) continue reading

World on Stage: Raices de Mi Tierra

Saturday, January 16 11 a.m.
Raices de Mi Tierra presents a lively celebration of the rich, cultural heritage of Mexico. This colorful performance showcases traditional folkloric dance and music performed by talented dancers, wearing a beautiful array of regional dress.  Buy tickets online. World On Stage Ethnic Performance Series 2010 Discovery Theatre, presented by Wells Fargo Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14  (includes Museum admission) continue reading

Creativity: We Are Not Alone

Creativity is our thing here.  And we are not alone.  Two articles out this week from CBS News and The New York Times have our back on the importance of this skill.  Yes creativity is in fact a skill; or as my go to text book Art and Creative Development for Young Children by Robert Schirrmacher states, “Creativity is an attitude not an aptitude.”  These articles offer great research to back up that point.

CBS news cited Daniel Pink speaker at Discovery Forum in 2009, as well as Dr. Nancy Andreasen, psychiatrist who specializes in creativity.  She’s noticed common threads in people who have “creative personalities:”

"They're not just curious about what they do, they're curious about all kinds of things," Dr. Andreasen said. "They're adventuresome. They push the envelope. They are rebellious. They have a sense of humor."

Sound like any 4-year-olds you know?  It reminds me of some of our regular young visitors who exhibit those personality traits here daily, sometimes all at once.  At this point you may be thinking,” Yeah, kids are creative all the time, that’s kids stuff, big deal.”

Enter The New York Times article on how the current trend in business schools is training future CEOs to think... continue reading

World on Stage: ABADA Capoeira

Saturday, January 9 11 a.m. The first performance in our World on Stage series, Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art fuses acrobatics, dance, percussion and song in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind and spirit. African slaves in Portuguese-colonized Brazil developed this rigorous form of self-defense. ABADA shows how they camouflaged the art with music, song and dance so they could practice it undetected. Click here for info about ABADA Capoeira.  Buy tickets online.
World On Stage
Ethnic Performance Series 2010 Discovery Theatre, presented by Wells Fargo Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14  (includes Museum admission) continue reading

Connections Winter Update

When was the last time you spent an afternoon with your hands in the dirt? And I mean really getting messy—digging, mixing, shaking, stirring, and pouring dirt and water. When did you last spend quality time looking at a worm? Did you notice how it moves its body? Or how it feels in your hand? Can you remember the satisfaction of spending endless hours outside? For many of the children participating in the Connections program, visits to the Museum provide a rare opportunity to spend time in the outdoors in a safe, comfortable environment.
In its second year, Connections is providing over 1,250 children time to explore nature through creative play. Through extended programming around the theme On the Bay—the land, sea, and air around the Bay Area—children will mix up mud pies, hold worms, climb around trees, dissect an owl pellet, create flying creatures, visit our beach, and more. And within Lookout Cove’s 2.5 acres, children can spend countless hours discovering the great outdoors. We know it has been a successful visit when they leave the Museum covered with dirt, mud, paint and a smile on their face. Hopefully, these children will remember their time at the Museum and continue to nurture their relationship with their local environment. Here are some simple ideas to support your children in creative outdoor play:
  • Fill a large bin with dirt. Place gardening tools, watering cans, and buckets. Allow children to dig, mi... continue reading

Camp in February? You better believe it!

It's true, for the second year in a row the Museum will be hosting 12 campers in a special 3 day session of our classic Shipwrecked camp, taking place February 17th, 18th, and 19th.   What's more I, Heather Posner, have the ultimate luxury in teaching it.  This is an opportunity I don't have that often, to practice what I "preach" and really hone my skills as an early childhood educator.  More often than not I am behind the scenes planning for camps: working on new curriculum, hiring and training staff, and preparing all the nitty gritty details.  Shipwrecked is such a joy to teach, kids and grown-ups alike get completely immersed in the rich subject matter; you will see me leading a band of bandana clad sailors roaming Fort Baker in search of Treasure (don't worry we are the nice kind of Pirates). Last year during our February Break Camp the kids and I had so much fun building our own boat out of cardboard, baking hard tack and pretending to live life at sea,  I just can't wait to get started this year.  If you want your 4-8 year-old to join us on a magical sea-faring adventure register online.  With only 12 spots available this camp will fill up fast! 3 days, February 17, 18, 19
Ages 4 – 8
Full-day Camp: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended Care
8 – 9 a.m. , 3 – 4 p.m. , 4 – 5 p.m.
$25 per child per ho... continue reading
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