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LOVE LOCAL: SPARK CREATIVE LEARNING WITH THESE MANITOBA PARTNERS

28/03/2020

We have some wonderful Manitoba-made content for you to help spark creative learning from home.

Prairie Exotics is using their YouTube channel to educate the public about their exotic reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

For all the farm-and-agriculture-loving kids out there, Manitoba Agricultural Museum has an online collection that showcases their unique artifacts to learn about agriculture history. 

Assiniboine Park Zoo is going live on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00PM for a Creature Feature. The videos also get saved to their page so don’t worry if you can’t watch it live, you can go back and watch it at any point!

If you’re looking for a fun way to explain social distancing to your little ones, check out Ace Burpee’s Twitter page for the Social Distancing Song by Fun Direction.

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!

FEATURE FRIDAY: READING RESOURCES

27/03/2020

(Source: Scholastic.com)

 

Not only can it be hard to keep your kids occupied during these times, but it can also be tough to find resources for activities to do with them, all while keeping education in mind. We have put together a list of reading and literacy resources for you and your little ones to make learning easier while you’re at home.

Josh Gad – Olaf from Frozen – is doing daily children’s book readings on his Twitter account. The book choices and character voices are a sure way to keep your children entertained and engaged – you can check them out on his Twitter page here.

Scholastic is a great resource when it comes to looking for recommendations and activities to do with your kids while you’re at home. They have reading lists broken down by age so you can find the perfect read for you and your family.

Ages 0 – 2Ages 3 – 5Ages 6 – 7Ages 8 – 10

Lillypost is a fun way to discover new books, and they have a great variety of book club subscription boxes curated specially for kids. Starting at $21.95/month, get multiple books delivered directly to your door each month!

If you’re looking for some French resources, Bibliothèque et archives national du Québec is hosting daily virtual storytimes that can be accessed on your phone, computer, or tablet.

Heure du conte collects virtual story times on one platform for children to enjoy. Not only do they offer recorded story times, they also have many live readings every day.

Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!

COVID-19 Updates

13/03/2020

Closure Notice

Manitoba Children’s Museum To Close Until Further Notice

With the health and safety of our visitors in mind, and in light of recommendations from public health authorities, the Children’s Museum will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 due to the public health risks associated with COVID-19. All bookings and special events are also being suspended.

“We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and the community. We understand this will have a significant impact on the communities we serve, however we consider it our social responsibility to support the recommendations to practice social distancing as a means of trying to flatten the curve of impact on our public health services,” says Sara Hancheruk, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum. “We will continue to look to federal, provincial, and local health authorities to determine the length of this closure.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Health continue to assess the COVID-19 public health risk as low for the general population, but notes that this could change rapidly.

The museum plans to contact all booking, programming, and special event participants. We encourage friends and visitors to check the Children’s Museum’s website (childrensmuseum.com) and social media channels for up-to-date facility information.


Additional Resources

Make health and safety fun AND educational for your children with the following resources:

A. SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB
We encourage visitors to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the Children’s Museum. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also posted throughout the Children Museum.

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Image © Portland Children’s Museum

Hand Hygiene Guidelines:

  1. Safe & SOUND: Wash your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds.
    Pro Tip: Sing the ABC’s or Happy Birthday – or, try these Best Hand-washing Songs for Kids!
  2. When soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  4. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue and wash hands.
  5. Consider a seasonal flu shot.

B. TALKING WITH CHILDREN

C. A PLAYFUL HOME EXPERIMENT
Click play below to watch an interactive experiment courtesy of for children illustrating the importance of hand-washing.

D. TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY?

Stay healthy. Be well. Lead by example.

For your safety and the safety of others, please stay home if you or your child experience:

  • A cough or fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Flu-like symptoms

Works Consulted

  • World Health Organization
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)
  • Manitoba Public Health
  • Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
  • Healthy Child Manitoba
  • SafeWork Manitoba
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • Association of Children’s Museums

Employee Of The Month: January 2020

02/03/2020

Riche Ann is one of the museum’s Guest Service Interpreters. Her favourite gallery is Illusion Tunnel because the slide is super fast and she loves going for a quick slide before we open in the mornings!

Recess games such as Grounders, Wall Ball, Tether Ball, and Foursquare were amongst Riche Ann’s favourite things to play with her friends. She also enjoyed caring for her Tamagotchi and reading pretty much any Robert Munsch book.

Fun Fact about Riche Ann: As a child, she would put ketchup on EVERYTHING.

 

Helping Hands

03/02/2020

We’re excited to showcase our new Helping Hands exhibit, courtesy of pico ARCHITECTURE inc. See it on display in our Welcome Centre during your next museum visit!

About Helping Hands
The intent of the Helping Hands installation was to create something that was useful, interactive, and playful. The original concept was to have arms coming out of the ground, providing additional hands to hold your coffee, your bags, and more. The ‘hand’ – a universal form and gesture – became the focus of the design, which evolved to feature a giant seat, creating a more prominent and inviting presence to the installation. The final product is made out of a single sheet of 3/8” thick steel and weighs approximately 500 pounds.

About pic ARCHITECTURE inc.
pico- \’pe(,)ko \ [symbol p] 1: prefix in the metric system denoting one trillionth 2: peak, beak, bit, small…it really means little. Established in 2010 as Ager Little Architects Inc., pico ARCHITECTURE inc. is a full-service architectural firm providing quality custom service. Their vision is to design socially conscious architecture – spaces that inspire, heal and nurture those who inhabit them.

Employee Of The Month: December 2019

31/12/2019

Katrina is both an Admissions Attendant and a Program Interpreter here at the Children’s Museum. Her favourite gallery is Milk Machine and she loves coming to work because everyday is always a new adventure!

As a child, she could be found playing with her Barbies and building elaborate little Barbie-towns. Katrina loved the movie Beauty and the Beast and to this day she still has a soft spot for movies like Moana and Inside Out.

Fun Fact about Katrina: When she was younger, she would pretend she was Cinderella and Napoleon Dynamite combined to motivate herself to get her chores done and make cleaning a little more fun!

Request For Proposal

02/12/2019

PROJECT: OWNERSHIP LINKAGE

Download Request For Proposal (PDF)


A. Background

The Children’s Museum exists to spark kids’ creative learning. As a registered non-profit charitable organization, we believe in the potential of all children and provide an interactive learning environment that nurtures the power of imagination and spirit of self-discovery. For over 30 years, we have been the place for families to play, laugh, learn, and grow.

The Children’s Museum relies on earned revenue, including donations, to cover approximately 90% of our operating costs.


B. Project

The Children’s Museum is seeking services to support the board in its work to define the Children’s Museum’s Ownership and facilitate Ownership Linkage in meaningful and authentic ways.

The Children’s Museum is working within a new Strategic Plan. However, through work on the Strategic Plan a desire grew to revisit previously identified Ownership through a facilitated exercise that would end with a clear definition of the Children’s Museum Ownership.

With Ownership clearly defined, a facilitated session(s) on Ownership Linkage that culminates with a framework outlining ways to move forward including measurable outcomes is required. The Children’s Museum desires a framework that can be implemented by the board independently OR further supported by the facilitator as an optional activation.


C. Working Team

The Children’s Museum is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who provide oversight to the organization and Executive Director.

The project will be led by the Executive Director who will engage a working team if/as required.


D. Deliverables

  1. Ownership Identification Exercise, including conclusive definition
  2. Ownership Linkage Framework, including measurable outcomes
  3. Optional Activation of Facilitated Ownership Linkage activities

E. Timeline

  • Proposal Deadline: December 12, 2019
  • Notifications For Interviews: December 20, 2019
  • Interviews: Week of January 6, 2020
  • Notifications: January 14, 2020
  • Start Date: January 2020
  • Project Completion: June 2020

The Children’s Museum would like this project to be completed within 6 months of starting, but is willing to negotiate with the successful consultant.


F. Proposal Requirements

  1. Name and background of business/firm and/or project leader
  2. Description of strengths, skills, and expertise as they may relate to the Children’s Museum
  3. Proposed work plan, timeline, and payment schedule
  4. Samples of previous work and letters of reference
  5. Quote detailing rate(s), hours, etc.

Please note that the selected consultant will be asked to sign an agreement outlining mutually agreed upon deliverables, work plan, timelines, payment schedules, confidentiality terms, etc.

Proposals may be submitted electronically or delivered to:
Sara Hancheruk, Executive Director
Children’s Museum
45 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4T6
shancheruk@childrensmuseum.com

Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019


G. Questions

All questions may be directed to Sara Hancheruk, Executive Director, at 204.924.4001 or shancheruk@childrensmuseum.com.

Employee Of The Month: November 2019

30/11/2019

Jaypee is a Guest Services Interpreter here at the Children’s Museum. He loves working at the museum because there are always fun activities and crafts happening around the galleries and he enjoys participating in them when he can. Jaypee’s favourite gallery at the museum is Lasagna Lookout!

When Jaypee was younger, he enjoyed playing tag with his friends around the neighbourhood and playing with his toy trucks. He is still a kid at heart and enjoys movies like Frozen due to its iconic story-line and songs.

Fun fact about Jaypee: His favourite flavour of ice cream is Mint Chocolate.

Employee Of The Month: October 2019

31/10/2019

Jane is one of our wonderful Admissions Attendants at the Children’s Museum. She is patient and attentive, and goes the extra mile to assist our guests. Her favourite gallery at the museum has always been the Engine House (a.k.a The Train!).

As a child, Jane loved reading the “Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jigs” and her favourite movie was “My Neighbor Totoro.” Jane could always be found playing with her Buzz Lightyear doll or running around with her friends during a game of Hide and Seek Tag.

Fun fact about Jane: When she was 7 years old, Jane wrote, illustrated, and bound with yarn her own Lord of the Rings short story.

Drop by and say hello to Jane!

Product Recall Notice: Toysmith Slime Sucker

26/08/2019

For recall returns on the product(s) listed below, please bring your original receipt along with the product and any remaining packaging to the Children’s Museum Admissions Desk, where an Admissions Attendant would be happy to process your return.

Toysmith Slime Sucker (Image 1 of 2) Toysmith Slime Sucker (Image 2 of 2)
Toysmith Slime Sucker Recall Notice – PDF (Aug.22.19)

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