A Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston

September 2016 Happenings

AGENTS UNITED NOW – SEPTEMBER 7

Become the ultimate spy by using all of the skills you learned this summer! Blend into your environment when you make a wig disguise at Junktion, construct S.E.C.R.E.T. mirrored glasses to make sure no one is following you, then join hands together with other Kidtropolis artists to create a unique piece of community art.

FIESTAS PATRIAS – SEPTEMBER 9 – 15

On September 15, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo climbed atop a church and encouraged people to fight for Mexico’s independence. This “cry” for liberty marks the anniversary of Mexico’s “Grito de Dolores” and it’s celebrated with music, fireworks and parades. Join the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center as we commemorate Mexico’s fight for freedom. Design an independence flag inspired by Mexican folk art. Make your own Mola design. Engage in activities where you’ll learn about the national arthropod of Mexico, the grasshopper. And finally, create a drum to join in the celebration!

MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 16 – 26

Revel in the majesty of the moon and the joys of the harvest as we celebrate the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival. Celebrate with activities which include, creating a scene of floating lanterns, learning about the Moon Rabbit and making your own rabbit ears, constructing a flip book of the moon phases and more! Plus, take a whirlwind adventure through Vietnam in the exhibit, Dragons and Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam through Folktales.

See photos by Cody Duty

HOOKED ON BOOKS WONDER WEEK – SEPTEMBER 23 – 29

Explore the world of books! Engage in literacy by etching an image from your favorite book and stamping it on a piece of paper to create your own story print, creating your own velvet botanical bookmark and other story time activities!

EXHIBITS:

CYBERCHASE – THE CHASE IS ON!

Located in the “Can I Solve That?” gallery sponsored by ECOLAB®

It is the classic good vs. evil adventure! Hacker, a power-hungry villain, is on a mission to take over Cyberspace. Now, it is up to you, three curious kids and a cyber bird to use wits and smarts to save the Cyber world! Join forces with the Cyber Squad: Matt, Inez, Jackie and Digit, in an original quest to save Cyberspace! Blast off into Cyberchase – The Chase Is On!, an out-of-this-world, math adventure in which you play hero and save the day.

See photos by Cody Duty 

DRAGONS & FAIRIES: EXPLORING VIET NAM THROUGH FOLKTALES

Located in the “How Are We Alike?” gallery sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants of Greater Houston in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston

Enter a magical place where aspects of modern day life in Vietnam interweave with centuries-old folktales. Created by the Children’s Museum of Houston, Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam Through Folktales provides a profusion of hands-on, interactive experiences about the culture of people in Vietnam.

See photos by Cody Duty

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Located in the “How Does it Work?” gallery sponsored by Ann and John Johnson

Explore how the natural world works! How Does It Work? is a physical science-themed exhibit which challenges you to discover the answers to your own scientific questions. How Does It Work? uses concrete examples to examine scientific principles, prompting you to make meaningful connections between the phenomena you encounter at each component and real life experiences.

See photos by Cody Duty  

KIDTROPOLIS

Located in the “Where Does It Come From?” gallery sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land

It’s a city for kids, run by kids! Kidtropolis marks a brand new spot on the map as a real-life kid-metropolis complete with skyline, city government, occupations and systems which make a city work. It’s where kids can choose to be whatever they want to be! The exhibit, which mirrors and highlights the diverse community of Fort Bend County, engages you in financial literacy and civic engagement.

See photos by Cody Duty

TOP*SPOT

Located in the “How Does My Baby Grow?” gallery

This kid-friendly, bilingual exhibit will give tots, 35 months and under, the opportunity for exploration, discovery, experimentation and wonder using all of their senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight within distinct areas designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving, fine and gross motor skills, as well as oral language development. Tot*Spot is a safe environment which provides multiple opportunities for for quality interaction between child and parent, and allows parents to have positive experiences with their child through play.

ABOUT FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center – A Very Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston is located at 198 Kempner St., Sugar Land, TX 77498. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. General admission for adults and children (Ages 1+) is $12. For more information, please visit www.childrensdiscoveryfb.org or call (832) 742-2800. Also, “like” the Museum on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FortBendDiscoveryCenter

ABOUT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON

“America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine, listed among Forbes, LA Times and USA Today’s “Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.,” winner of Houston A-List “Best Museum 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015,” Kids Out and About “Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Houston, 2013, 2014 & 2015,” and one of “Houston’s Must See Museums” by Travel Channel, the Children’s Museum of Houston is a Playground for Your Mind™. It is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children. Founded in 1980 and housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. The Museum serves more than 1,100,000 people annually and operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors. For more information, please visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138. Can your mind come out to play?™

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