Crafts, storytelling, and fitness challenges will be among activities planned for the Celebration of the Young Child from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.
Children’s author Adele Roberts will tell stories from her “Sammy the Skunk” series of books, accompanied by her Sammy puppets. Her stories are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and to teach character values based on the situations the animals encounter, a press release said.
Physical Education teacher Josh Johnson from Linden Elementary School will kick off the morning with gym activities. Children will be “kids in motion” with the National Fitness Center’s obstacle course. And children will learn about fire safety from firefighters with the Oak Ridge Fire Department.
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee will invite the museum’s young gardeners to “plant” a garden of pinwheels for prevention, a symbol of child abuse prevention, in the Environmental Learning Center and Gardens, the press release said.
Lindsey McGeehon from the University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Office will help kids “Learn, Grow, Eat and Go.” The Anderson County Health Department will also offer healthy living advice for kids.
Several crafts activities will be available for children, and exhibits will be open throughout the Museum, the press release said.
As part of the Week of the Young Child celebrated in April across the country, the Children’s Museum is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives with its celebration. The week celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The Celebration of the Young Child is supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest early childhood education association. NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life, the press release said.
The celebration is free with admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children 3 and older, and free for children under 3 and museum members. The Children’s Museum, offering children and families the opportunity for learning through play, is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, see the Children’s Museum website at http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/ or call (865) 482-1074.
The Children’s Museum is at 461 West Outer Drive in Oak Ridge.
Celebration of the Young Child Schedule:
- 10-11 a.m. – Gym activities with Linden Elementary physical education teacher Josh Johnson
- 1-11:30 a.m. – Adele Roberts tells stories of Sammy the Skunk’s adventures.
- 11:30-noon – Kids on the Block: Stranger Danger
- 12-12:30 p.m. –Fire Safety: Oak Ridge Fire Department
- 2:30-3 p.m.. – National Fitness Center Obstacle Course Challenge
This press release was submitted by Kay Brookshire.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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