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Vol. 15 • Issue 3 • Fall 2010

Kaleidoscope is published quarterly by the expERIEnce Children’s Museum and is provided FREE to our members.

n e e w o l l a H abaloo Hull

Halloween without the BOO!

expERIEnce a fun, hands-on learning event for the whole family. We provide a fun alternative to the traditional, spooky Halloween. Learn about bats, spiders, pum pkins and more! D

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Fri. Oct. 22nd 6pm-9pm

Halloween Hullabaloo kicks off Friday night with “Halloween Chemistry Spooktacular” presented by students and faculty from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Slimy ghouls, spooky apparitions and creepy pumpkins are all part of the fun as young ghosts and goblins (suggested ages 7-12) help us explore science with a distinctly Halloween theme.

$3 Members – $8 Non-members

Please NOTE: Museum will be CLOSED Thurs, Nov 25th Fri, Dec 24th Sat, Dec 25th Sun, Dec 26th Sat, Jan 1st, 2011 Museum will be OPEN 10am-4pm Mon, Dec 27th thru Fri, Dec 31st

Sat. Oct. 23rd 10am-4pm Sun. Oct. 24th 1pm-4pm

You Could Win $2,500

Max & Erma’s FUNdraiser

BOARD OF DIREC TORS President John Bongiovanni Vice-President Mark Raimy Treasurer Kara Onorato Jay Alberstadt, Esq. Pierre Bellicini Neal Devlin, Esq. Vickie Hill Jeffrey Johnson John Mizner, Esq. Brenda Sandberg Ray Schreckengost

MUSEUM STAFF Executive Director Tami Netkowicz Education Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator Tina Kociolek Gallery Floor Manager & Birthday Party Coordinator Marlene Martin

Thursday, October 21st 11am – Close y not make Everyone needs to eat – right? Wh a’s on it a family dining night at Max & Erm carry out or in upper Peach street? If you dine October on rs hou s during their normal busines r bill you of 20% ate don 21st, Max & Erma’s will ply Sim y! eas t tha It’s m! back to the Museu enjoy a present the coupon to your server, museum! r delicious meal and … support you eum Get your coupon by visiting the Mus : site web our from one t prin or

Support the Children’s Museum programming, services and exhibits, e! and you could win a $2,500 cash priz Tickets for this special raffle are $25 each and include 5 chances to win!

Receptionist/Office Assistant Abby Dinges

Saturday, November 20t nes Week 2010 theme: Behind the Sce Celebrate the National Chemistry n day issio adm Children’s Museum. The free with Chemistry at the expERIEnce ions and trat ons dem al eriments, fabulous chemic will include hands-on science exp re. atu liter and ater cts used in the movies, the much more to explore special effe al mic Che an eric Local Section of the Am This event is sponsored by the Erie tion h Henne Rees Charitable Founda Sara Society, the John Nesbit Rees and tion rma College.  Additional info and Penn State Erie, The Behrend be found on-line at can k on National Chemistry Wee

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ng Gift Manad ki

Sat. Nov. 27th, Dec. 4th 11th & 18th: 9am-11am

Enjoy a hot breakfast, entertainment, – a VISIT from SANTA – and gift making in the Museum! Please call Museum for reservations. $8/members $12/non-members


Only 200 tickets will be sold – get yours soon! Tickets are available at the Museum front desk.

MISSION EVENT Chemistry Day FREE AD h 10am-3pm

Education Assistant Outreach Coordinator Theresa Tonelli Front Desk Manager & Membership Coordinator Mary Kay Williams

The winner will be drawn during our New Year’s at Noon celebration on Friday, December 31st.

Museum Healthy Happenings This past summer LECOM student Edward Skicki spent seven weeks at the Museum teaching Museum guests, children and the Museum staff how to be healthier. Ed completed a Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in it’s 15th year of community service. The Children’s Museum thanks Ed for his time, enthusiasm and dedication.

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Ambassadors of Laughter On Wednesday, September 29, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum hosted the Ambassadors of Laughter, presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The special program, designed to promote literacy, included story telling, traditional circus-clown skills, a little silly magic, a lot of animated movement and a great deal of interaction with the children. A group of more than 40 children from Early Connections Child Care were able to enjoy the event free of charge thanks to a generous sponsorship from Iadeluca Chiropractic Center.

Let’s Dance ! Want your child to learn the very basics of modern dance in a relaxed, fun setting? Our newest program allows children that chance. Your children will be given an introduction to basic dance steps, movement and posture. This program will be led by Museum volunteer Jennifer Dennehy, who has been dancing since she was 3 years old! Classes are held every Thursday for six weeks beginning Thursday, October 7th. Ages 3-5 5:00-5:30pm • Ages 6-9 5:45-6:15pm Cost for the six week session is $40. Please call the Museum at 453-3743 to reserve your spot!

Toddler Story Time Every Thursday at 10:30am Parents and children are invited for a story or two and a hands-on craft related to a different theme each week. Story time is included with Museum admission of $5/person. Free to members and children 1 and under. November                                           October                                           4th Popcorn                                 7th Scarecrows                                 11th Everyone is Special                                               14th Dragons                                        18th Thanksgiving                                          21st Spiders                                          28th Halloween 


Razzma r e t n i w fall -Camps Mini

Camps 9am-noon unless otherwise noted

Pumpkin Patch

Sat Oct 30th Is pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable? Can a pumpkin roll? How does a pumpkin grow? Children are invited to explore all there is to know about this popular fall decoration.

Fall Fun

Ages 4-10

around them by explore the world to ce an ch ch e th n related topics. Ea Provide childre th science and artwi n rty di s-o s nd nd ha ha e, the them getting their i-lessons based on in m of s ist ns co A k. RAZZM and a small snac activities, stories

is required. Pre-Registration 453-3743.

Register by calling for non-members. and $20 $15 for members udes a small snack. cl in e fe Class

Beach Party

Mon Dec 27th For a few hours, let’s all escape the cold winter weather and remember those hot days of summer! Kids wear your sunglasses, shorts and t-shirts. Bring your favorite beach towel, and get ready to have some fun. Come join us as we search for hidden “treasures”, make a craft with Lake Erie beach glass, use sand to create artwork, and more!

Express Yourself

Why do leaves change color? What does “fall harvest” mean? From leaves to apples, fall animals to harvesting crops, we’ll explore what fall is all about in this class!

Tues Dec 28th Bring out the artist in your child! Children will explore many different art mediums, textures and methods to express their inner artist. We’ll use paint, clay, fabric, tiles to create your child’s take home masterpieces!

Harry Potter Experience Sun Nov 21st

Grossology Tues Dec 28th

Visit Hogwarts in the Children’s Museum! We’ll start it all off with the sorting hat – which class do you think you’ll be in? Make your own wand or let your wand choose you. Try your hand at Potions Class and visit the different rooms in Hogwarts. Wizards are encouraged to come dressed in costume!

When you crack your knuckles are you really cracking anything? Are there hiccup cures that actually work? Based on the book series by Sylvia Branzei, we’ll explore some really gross things about our bodies.

Sun Nov 14th

Special time: 1pm-4pm

Special time: 1pm-4pm

Thanks to Thanksgiving

Wed Nov 24th Does your child truly understand the meaning of Thanksgiving? We’ll teach them about the Mayflower, pilgrims and Indians and why it’s important to be thankful everyday for everything we have. It’s a great way to kick off the Holiday season.

Holidays Around the World

Fri Nov 26th Ever wanted to travel the world? Students will “visit” several cultures around the world to learn about winter celebrations and cultural traditions. Their passports will take them to places such as France, Italy, Mexico, Israel, Africa and more.

Gifts Galore Sat Dec 11th Special time: 1pm-4pm

Children love making special gifts for their loved ones. Bring them to the Children’s Museum while you do a little shopping of your own and we’ll help them create wonderful gifts for special family members.


Special time: 1pm-4pm

Celebrate Science with Dr Seuss

Wed Dec 29th Join us while we read some favorite books, do some cool experiments and learn exciting science facts and math too! Can you believe that you can really sit on an EGG without breaking it? In “Horton Hatches the Egg” an elephant sat on an egg and we will too! Let’s read “The Lorax” and get thinking about recycling how can we help our environment? One foot, two foot let’s read “The Foot Book” and get counting! Thing 1 and Thing 2 are welcome to register...

Winter Wonderland

Mon Jan 17th (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday) Ever wonder how a snowflake forms? How do salt trucks melt the ice on roadways? We’ll investigate the science (and art!) behind snow, learn some snow safety and explore animals that live in cold places.

Penguin Paluza

Mon Feb 21st (President’s Day Holiday) Penguins are more than just cuties in tuxedos! Did you know there are 16 types of penguins in the world? Come dive into the world of penguins as we discover what they eat, how they stay warm, places they live and more!

Provide children ages 4 through 10 the chance to explore the world around them by getting their hands dirty with science and art-related topics. Each RAZZMA consists of mini-lessons based on a theme, hands-on activities, stories and a small snack.

Pre-Registration is required.

Register by calling 453-3743. Classes are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Class fee includes a small snack.


fall-winter Class Registration

Class Registration Include this form with payment to reserve your spot in our class. Upon receipt, an ECM Staff member will contact you to finalize your reservation. Make check payable to ECM and mail to: expERIEnce Children’s Museum 420 French Street, Erie, PA 16507

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION Please print and check boxes for your preferences. Adult #1 Mr. Mrs. Ms. Atty. Dr. etc. _ _____First name_____________ Last name___________________________ Adult #2 Mr. Mrs. Ms. Atty. Dr. etc. _ _____First name_____________ Last name___________________________ Address__________________________________ City_ ______________ State_____ Zip_ ______

Child #1 Name_____________________________ Age_ ______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Number of Classes _ ________________________

Phone_______________________________ Email____________________________________

Child #2

Museum Member?

Name_____________________________ Age_ ______



Membership Expiration Date______________________________

Class Name__________________________ Date_______

PAYMENT Mastercard





Class Name__________________________ Date_______

Card #_________________________________________________Expiration date_ ___________ Class Name__________________________ Date_______

Three-digit Card Verification Code on back________________________________________________


TOTAL $ ______________

PHOTO RELEASE I DO DO NOT give permission for my child(ren)’s photo(s ) and names to be used in expERIEnce Children’s Museum materials and print/video media coverage.

Reservations are required. Limited spaces are available. –•– Please make reservations at least 3 days in advance. Minimum of 5 kids required to hold the class. If classes need to be canceled due to lack of enrollment, you will be refunded any deposits made. If you are registered for a class and must cancel for any reason, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum will keep $2 for every class registered.

Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Number of Classes _ ________________________

Child #3 Name_____________________________ Age_ ______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Class Name__________________________ Date_______ Number of Classes _ ________________________

If enough kids are signed up for each theme, ECM will split the group based on age.


All Hands Were on Deck! ORT SUPPHE T

for an evening to…

Children’s Museum

On Saturday, September 11 more than 120 people attended a special fundraiser for expERIEnce Children’s Museum aboard the Victorian Princess! Cocktails, hors d’ouevres, dj/dancing, views of the Tall Ships, silent auction themed around hands-on experiences. Special auction items included: • golf package and lesson at Lake Shore Country Club • pitching/hitting lesson with the Erie Seawolves • shoot-around with the Erie Bayhawks • ride and drive experience at Lake Erie Speedway • Swedish massages from LECOM Wellness Center • dinner-in-your-home package from Petra Restaurant • and, a one-of-a-kind giraffe encounter at the Erie Zoo. Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this event.

Special thanks to the event committee: Wendy Johnson | Vickie Hill | Jenny Weigold | Tami Netkowicz

And to our event sponsors: Pierre and Nancy Bellicini Doug and Laura Boldt John and Julia Bongiovanni Donna Carlino and Jack Sherlock Erie Regional Airport Authority


Erie-Western PA Port Authority KidderWachter Architects and Designers LECOM John and Melissa Mizner

J. Gordon and Debra Naughton June and Larie Pintea Mark and Kathryn Raimy Roth LLC Architects and Planners Urban Engineers


Receive special discounts at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum during the three winter months when the Zoo is CLOSED.




Show your current Erie Zoo Membership card and receive BUY ONE GET ONE free admission!


New Year’s at Noon

Friday, Dec. 31st • 11 AM–12:30 PM A fun, family celebration! New Year’s countdown at NOON, New Year’s apple-juice toast and a resounding BUBBLE STOMP ending! All included in Museum admission.

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The expERIEnce Children’s Museum receives operating support from a GOS (General Operating Support) grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the Arts Erie United Fund and the Erie County Regional Assets Funding Committee.

Plan Your Museum Visit Winter hours September – May: Wednesday – Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 1pm-4pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Summer hours June – August: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-4pm Sunday 1pm-4pm Closed Mondays

Admission $5 per person FRee to Museum members and children 1 and under Group rates are available

(814) 453-3743

Erie, PA Permit No. 515


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