The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is inviting children to participate in its first coloring contest featuring the Museum’s mascot, Charlie the Curious Bear. Children from one-year-old toddlers through fourth graders are invited to submit entries by April 30.
Families may print the official coloring page from the Children’s Museum’s home page at https://www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org. Once the page has been colored and the form at the bottom of the page is completed, the original artwork may be mailed to the Children’s Museum at 461 W. Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, TN, 37830. Original artwork is preferred, but entries may also be scanned and emailed to [email protected].
“Our team really cares about how disrupted family routines have become because of COVID-19, and we know that children need fun and safe things to do while they remain out of school,” said Beth Shea, Children’s Museum executive director. “Having a Charlie the Curious Bear coloring contest will remind families that we are still here and that we look forward to the day when the Museum can reopen.”
One winner will be selected from each of the four following groups: toddlers (ages 1 and 2); preschool (ages 3 and 4); grades K-2; and grades 3-4.
Each winner will receive a CMOR family membership, valued at $90, good for one year. If a winner’s family is already a CMOR member, they will receive a free one-year membership extension. All entries will be on display in the Imagination Gallery when CMOR reopens to the public.
The Children’s Museum temporarily closed to the public because of COVID-19 on March 13. It is losing revenue each day that it is closed, not only from a lack of admissions but also because of revenue generating programs that had to be canceled, such as the popular Spring Break Camp and birthday parties, Shea said.
“Support from the community would be greatly appreciated at this time,” Shea said. Donations can be sent to the Children’s Museum at the address mentioned above, or online at https://bit.ly/givetocmor. The Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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