Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Here are some other weird things about the children's museum you might not have known:
1) We have bubble-gum scented deodorizers in our restrooms.
2) The Parrish House, one of our four historic buildings, got stuck under Marion Street Bridge when it was relocated to our site. They had to let the air out of the truck's tires that was carrying the house in order to squeeze it through!
3) Kids can learn about digestion by pretending to be a piece of food and crawling through our gigantic digestive system in our Body Basics exhibit.
4) We go through approximately 1.5 gallons of our secret bubble solution every day in our Bubble Room.
5) And the secret bubble solution? Just Dawn dish washing soap!
6) The Outdoor Discovery Center -- that awesome playground with a wooden maze, giant animal cell and amphitheater -- was built in just 19 days by over 6,000 community volunteers.
7) The museum is named after A.C. Gilbert, the famous toy inventor, who also set the world record in the pole vault!
8) The daydreaming girl just outside the children's museum was sculpted by
Margie and Ken Scott and modeled after their daughter. The statue is called "Our Dreams."
9) A stegasaurus was approximately 80 feet long. About the size of a semi-truck! You can learn more about the size of dinosaurs in our Dinostories exhibit.
10) Our resident turtle was rescued from the Coquille River and brought to the museum. His name is Coqui Ami and means "Shell Friend."
Want to know more? We're open 361 days a year. Visit us soon!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Held in Salem's beautiful Riverfront Park on the banks of the Willamette River, the Salem World Beat Festival is a two-day, non-stop program of international music, dance, food, hands-on crafts and folklore. The Beat is a professional-quality event celebrating the people and traditions of every continent.
And if you visit on Saturday, please make the suggested gate donation of $3. A portion of the gate proceeds will support A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village and its educational programs. Enjoy the Beat and help out two local nonprofits at the same time!
To find out more about the festival, visit their website: http://www.worldbeatfestival.org/.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Silly Summer Days are here again! Enjoy these free drop-in programs from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. throughout the summer. See the full schedule of silliness below.
TOMORROW! Kick off summer with this swashbucklin’ event!
A Pirate Parrrty!
Friday, June 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Down on the Farm
Friday, July 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
National Gummi Worm Day
Wednesday, July 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3, 2, 1 … Blast Off to the Moon
Friday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Under the Sea
Friday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, July 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Wednesday, August 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wild, Wild West
Friday August 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Snow Much Fun!
Friday, August 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Afternoon Tea Party
Friday, August 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Game Night: July 25, 5:05 pm
Members and friends of the museum can purchase bonus value tickets that include reserved seating and a free baseball (a $14 value) for just $10. Tickets are available now exclusively at the museum store, and $3 of every ticket sold goes directly back to the museum to support our programs.
With a pre-game Corvette display in the parking lot and a post-game concert for families, this special event is sure to be a home-run hit. Get your tickets during your next visit!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
the present you love most
-- Bill Cosby
Hey, Dads. Clean yourself up with that new soap-on-a-rope and head on down to the children's museum for a day of fun. All dads get in free today with one child's admission. We're open from noon to 5 pm!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
This is a chance for the community to learn about what Public Works employees do every day. Get a close look at some of their "big toys" -- backhoes, plows and dump trucks. Plus there's lots of free stuff: free refreshments (hot dogs, chips, drinks) and even free child-size construction hats.
Stop by our booth for some bug-themed kids' activities. We'll make crawling caterpillars, butterfly magnets and bug-eyed glasses! Though the event is free, we encourage you to bring a canned food or cash donation for the Marion-Polk Food Share.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Members of Leadership Salem, a community involvement group organized by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, are hard at work today in the Outdoor Discovery Center. Pulling down cobwebs with brooms and applying stain, the Leadership Salem team will ensure that the museum's play structure maintains its original beauty for the 80,000 plus visitors each year.
Because we want to keep you safe (and your clothes stain-free), the Outdoor Discovery Center will be closed today. Please enjoy our indoor exhibits!
Monday, June 15, 2009
If you know an industrious kid who would benefit from this program, please encourage him or her to apply today! More information, including the registration form, can be found on our website here.