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SHOP FEATURE 5

05/09/2022

(For the week of September 5, 2022)

Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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Palm Pals Cinnamon Moose
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Thanks to Cinnamon’s tall nature, he can be easily spotted on all his favorite hiking trails! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Palm Pals Hedgie Hedgehog
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Hedgie is set to be a hero hidden behind his tiny spikes. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Leno Lion

Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Brave and strong, Leno is a leader of the pack! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Silver Kitty
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. With a twinkle in her eyes, Silver shines brighter than any diamond! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Stomps Elephant
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Stomps is a special, clumsy little pal treading through life…carefully. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SHOP FEATURE 5

29/08/2022

(For the week of August 29, 2022)

Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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Palm Pals Airy Avocado
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Airy is an on-trend fruit who makes for a hearty treat of a pal. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Bobby Egg
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Soft, small, and never spoiled, Bobby breaks through his shell for fun! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Buttery Toast
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Rise and shine with a home slice like Buttery every morning. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Jolly Green Apple
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish, and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Jolly is so irresistible, he has to be the best pick of the bunch! Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Palm Pals Mellow Peach
Price: $13.99 each

Designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, Aurora Palm Pals are plush toys in an adorable size, shape, and feel. These under-stuffed pals are fun to squish and balance easily in the palm of your hand. Calm and peaceful, Mellow radiates chill vibes only. Measures approximately 5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SUMMER READING: MELLOW MARSH

26/08/2022

In Mellow Marsh, sounds and textures come to life. Take the sensory experience home with these fun books exploring the world around us and what it has to teach us. 


Outside You Notice
Alladin, Erin and Blinick, Andrea

Time spent in the outdoors stirs a child’s imagination. Nature sparks wonder, wonder leads to curiosity, and curiosity brings about a greater knowledge of the world and one’s self. In Outside, You Notice, a meditative thread of child-like observations (How after the rain / Everything smells greener) is paired with facts about the habits and habitats of animals, insects, birds, and plants (A tree’s roots reach as wide as its branches).

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Over And Under The Pond
Silas Neal, Christopher and Messner, Kate

In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the water is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, and tadpoles growing. These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered over and under the pond.

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Who’s Looking? How Animals See The World
Matas, Carol and Li, Cornelia

How do animals see the world? It turns out very differently.

In this nonfiction picture book, a young girl and her baby sister’s outdoor adventure (hiking through the forest, picnicking in the grass and swimming in the ocean) is overseen by the local fauna. The way those animals view the girls is very different from how the girls see each other. Through clever illustrations and scientific prose, we are reminded that while we may see things differently, we all share this life together on planet Earth.

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Our recommended reading is made possible by our partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit your nearest McNally Robinson Bookstore in person or online to secure a copy of the titles listed above.

SHOP FEATURE 5

22/08/2022

(For the week of August 22, 2022)
Check out this week’s Feature 5 – a list of top-selling products from Shop, the Children’s Museum’s gift store!

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Shoulderkins Sam Sloth
Price: $16.99 each

Shoulderkins are magnetic friends that rest securely on your shoulder and accompany you wherever you go! A magnet sits at the bottom of the plush, which allows it to attach to the fabric-covered metal base. Fun, stylish, and convenient, you’ll want to have a Shoulderkin with you at all times! Sam Sloth is brown with cute facial details and is in a lying position. Measures approximately 6”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Shoulderkins Casper Monkey
Price: $16.99 each

Shoulderkins are magnetic friends that rest securely on your shoulder and accompany you wherever you go! A magnet sits at the bottom of the plush, which allows it to attach to the fabric-covered metal base. Fun, stylish, and convenient, you’ll want to have a Shoulderkin with you at all times! Casper Monkey is an adorable monkey with a precious smile. Measures approximately 4.5”.

Suitable for ages 3+

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Balancing Bird (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $1.99 each

Watch this amazing bird balance on the tip of your finger – you’ll keep everyone wondering how! The center of mass of any object is the point where the mass of the object is concentrated. If you support an object at its center of mass, it will balance – or be in a state of ‘static equilibrium’ – which is exactly how this bird maintains its balance!

Suitable for ages 4+

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LED Keychain Light Box
Price: $3.99 each

Get creative and make your own message for this LED Keychain Light Box using the included letter, number, and symbol stickers – then flick the switch and watch your statement come to light! (Batteries included.)

Suitable for ages 5+

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Fingertip Mechanical Top (Assorted Colours Available)
Price: $6.99 each

Fidget your way to happiness with this cool addition to your collection. Manipulate the arms of this Fingertip Mechanical Top into different shapes & spin away! Each sold separately.

Suitable for ages 3+

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SUMMER READING: MILK MACHINE

19/08/2022

Our summer reading fun continues with an animal focus tailored around our Milk Machine gallery. This week we look at stories about animals, farms, funny barnyard dancing and a chicken who has magic powers. Or does she? 


Petal The Angry Cow
Fergus, Maureen and Demidova, Olga

Meet Petal, a cow with a very bad temper. When her temper might cause her the chance to go to the water park with all the other animals, Petal turns to a swan for help on behaving. This laugh-out-loud story will tickle even the surliest reader, and Petal’s outsized tantrums will feel very familiar to parents and kids alike. But like Petal, this story also has a heart of gold and a core of pure warmth.

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Farm Block
Franceschelli, Christopher and  Peski Studio

It’s time to plant some crops, harvest the veggies, and make jam to take to the farmer’s market! Explore life on a farm in this addition to the bestselling Block Book series! Like the previous titles, Farm Block explores a concept–in this case, seasons. From a rooster crowing at the crack of dawn to picking pumpkins for Halloween, there is so much to do all year-round!

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Barnyard Dance!
Boynton, Sandra

Sandra Boynton has a knack for creating baby books with bounce. Her Barnyard Dance! Is a true romp of a board book, with cartoon farm animals that are wacky enough to make you laugh out loud, and rhymes clever enough to sustain those nearly infinite re-readings: “Stand with the donkey /Slide with the sheep / Scramble with the little chicks – cheep cheep cheep!”

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Gladys The Magic Chicken
Rubin, Adam and Rex, Adam

Gladys the chicken must be magic. After all, for everyone who encounters her, a wish is granted. The Shepherd Boy wishes to be beautiful, the Brave Swordsman wishes to join the Royal Guard, the Purple Pooh-bah wishes for his only daughter to be happy, and the Learned Princess wishes to escape the palace. And one by one, each of these wishes comes true. But . . . is Gladys really magic? Or is everyone making their own fortune? Either way, it adds up to one heck of an adventure for a chicken named Gladys.

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Our recommended reading is made possible by our partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit your nearest McNally Robinson Bookstore in person or online to secure a copy of the titles listed above.

Request For Proposal

PROJECT: OWNERSHIP LINKAGE

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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 35 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: September 16, 2022
  • Notifications For Interviews: Week of September 26, 2022
  • Interviews: October 11 – 14, 2022
  • Notifications: Week of October 24, 2022
  • Start Date: November 2022
  • Project Completion: May 2023

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: Friday, September 16, 2022


G. Questions

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

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

17/08/2022

This week’s area of focus is SCIENCE, and we’re making water balloons.

In this experiment, your child will learn about liquid density and why some balloons float or sink.

You will need:

  • Balloons
  • Sugary drink
  • Diet sugary drink
  • Large container

Once you have your materials, fill your balloons and label them. Then, fill your large container with water. After, have your child place the balloons in the large container with water and watch to see which ones float and which ones sink. 

Sugary drinks sink, but why? This activity teaches children the scientific process that sugar-filled drinks sink because sugar is heavier. You can learn more here

SHOP FEATURE 5

15/08/2022

(For the week of August 15, 2022)

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Building Blocks – Dinosaurs
Price: 3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one complete Dinosaur measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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Mini Express Train Set
Price: $8.99 each 4.27 7

Choo-choo! This Mini Express Train Set is battery-operated* and sure to delight. Set includes: 1 Locomotive, 1 Tender, 1 Gondola, 1 Caboose, 3 Curved Tracks, 2 Switch Tracks, and 2 Straight Tracks. Measures approximately 6″ x 11″.  (*Requires 1 AA battery – not included).

Suitable for ages 8+

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Shoulderkins Tal Turtle
Price: $16.99

Shoulderkins are magnetic friends that rest securely on your shoulder and accompany you wherever you go! A magnet sits at the bottom of the plush, which allows it to attach to the fabric-covered metal base. Fun, stylish, and convenient, you’ll want to have a Shoulderkin with you at all times! Tal Turtle is green with a brown shell and is in a lying position. Measures approximately 6”. 

Suitable for ages 3+ 

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Yay Kiji Slime Buddy
Price: $7.99 each

So squishing cute! This Kiji Buddy comes with its own slime. Use your imagination to have fun with the Kiji and its slime. If your Kiji gets dirty, simply wipe off with soap and water.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Building Blocks – Creator Train
Price: 3.99 each

Blind box-style plastic egg containing assorted plastic building blocks to create one train car measuring 3”! Contents vary. Each egg sold separately.

Suitable for ages 6+

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SUMMER READING: LASAGNA LOOKOUT

12/08/2022

Our Lasagna Lookout gallery is all about food and, more importantly, playing in it. If this is one of your favourite spots to visit in the museum, you’ll enjoy these books about food, how it’s produced, recipes to try, and how enjoying food with others makes the experience better.


Every Night Is Pizza Night
Lopez-Alt, J Kenji and Ruggiero, Gianna

Pipo thinks that pizza is the best. No, Pipo knows that pizza is the best. It is scientific fact. But when she sets out on a neighborhood-spanning quest to prove it, she discovers that “best” might not mean what she thought it meant. Join Pipo as she cooks new foods with her friends Eugene, Farah, Dakota, and Ronnie and Donnie. Each eating experiment delights and stuns her taste buds.

Warm and funny, with bright, whimsical illustrations by Gianna Ruggiero, Every Night Is Pizza Night is a story about open-mindedness, community, and family. With a bonus pizza recipe for young readers to cook with their parents, Every Night Is Pizza Night will make even the pickiest eaters hungry for something new.

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What’s Cooking in Flowerville?
Sala, Felicita and Recipes from Garden, Balcony or Window Box

Young cooks will learn about the edible gifts that each season brings in this warm and inviting collection of recipes from the author of What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street. In lush double-page spreads featuring Sala’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations, we visit the yards, balconies, and rooftops where the citizens of Flowerville grow their vegetables. Each month features a different member of the town and a delicious recipe inspired by a fruit or vegetable.

Kids will learn not only how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals but also how they grow and when they ripen. The book also includes charmingly illustrated tips and tools for growing your own food. A celebration of gardening, cooking, and community, this unique and beautiful cookbook is certain to become a perennial favorite in family kitchens.

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Dragons Love Tacos
Rubin, Adam and Salmieri, Daniel

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

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Our Little Kitchen
Tamaki, Jillian

In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourceful neighbours come together to prepare a meal for their community. With a garden full of produce, a joyfully chaotic kitchen and a friendly meal shared at the table, Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and people looking out for one another.

Includes two recipes and an author’s note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.

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Our recommended reading is made possible by our partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit your nearest McNally Robinson Bookstore in person or online to secure a copy of the titles listed above.

ALL ABOARD: WE’RE GATHERING STEAM

10/08/2022

This week’s area of focus is ENGINEERING, and we’re making a pulley system. 

Even though pulleys look simple, they are powerful, ingenious machines that are used in everyday life to help make jobs easier. Your kids will love learning about this simple machine.

You will need:

  • An old ribbon spool
  • Dowels/chopsticks
  • String
  • A container

Once you’re done building your machine, take turns putting different items like toys or snacks in your pulley and reeling it up. You can learn more here about pulley systems. 

If you try this at home, please share how it went and don’t forget to tag us on our social media pages so we can enjoy it too!