So this past weekend was Campus Philly College Day & also Free Museum Day!
To start off, I’d like to restate my absolute love for educational museums & areas of academia. It’s a very rare & wonderful thing to see knowledge being transferred from one person to another, especially children who have minds like sponges.
And I think a testament to that is all the visitor passes & volunteer badges I have accumulated! It’s my new favorite thing to collect now 🙂
My personal favorite is the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
I’ve been volunteering at The Academy of Natural Science here in Philly starting the beginning of this summer, and I absolutely love working there.
Especially because I got to talk to so many children. Kids ask some the best questions. The best way I can describe it is through a poem (haha don’t judge my corny-ness):
“Dog where do you get that bark?
Dragon where do you get that flame?
Kitten where do you get that meow?
Rose where do you get that red?
Bird, where do you get those wings?”
– Student poem by Desiree Lynn Collier, 3rd or 4th grade
These are the questions that grown up people find too trivial to ask in their busy everyday lives. The how’s and why’s that we have stopped asking because it’s far easier to memorize an answer to get the grade or take orders to get some money. And I feel as though museums are one of the greatest tools to keep inspiring kids (and big kids aka adults) to keep asking these questions and keep that desire to want to keep learning about the things around us. To keep life interesting and intriguing and well fun really.
This is why I think we need to invest more time, money, & energy into education and putting forth the effort to help kids want to actively engage in learning. It is one of the most valuable gifts they will ever receive, and one of the first people to show them that (besides their parents & family) is their teachers.
Anyways, to start off this weekend, I volunteered at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Members’ Night where patrons of the museum can see what their money is going into! Again, I worked at the Changing Exhibit Hall, where we did painting! Members and their kids got to actually contribute to the artwork featured for the new exhibit “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway.” The Academy describes the new limited time attraction as:
Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson features the fossil-inspired artwork of celebrated artist Ray Troll and explores questions about evolution, extinction, and early life on Earth. Troll’s whimsical illustrations of imagined scenes from prehistoric times are placed side-by-side with real fossils.
Highly encourage you all to visit if you can 🙂 Open from Oct. 23 to Jan 2 in Philadelphia and is included with the base entry fee!
Now onwards! On Saturday we celebrated Free Museum Day by jumping at the chance to go to The Franklin Institute for the wonderful payment of NOTHING :D!
I absolutely love this museum, and sadly I have not been able to explore the main museum (I have seen some special attractions for a lower price like The Bodies Exhibit II & Toy Story 3 in 3D) in about 10 years actually. I went on a field trip in 5th grade to see the almighty Big Heart.
I took advantage of my kid-size & went through a lot of the children interactives! Especially the Big Heart! After taking soooooo many credits worth of biology & chemistry & physics, I think I got to fully appreciate the wonderment this museum had to offer! Such simple & fun ways to teach complicated physical science theories and concepts 🙂 I totally approved. Suffice to say, I had way to much fun, and would love to go again soon (especially because we missed out on the Planetarium 😦 ).
So in summary: Museums are awesome. Especially if you want to show something awesome & bond with kids. And typically, most museums are bunched together in a location. Here in Philly, The Franklin, Academy, and other cool places are all within the vicinity of Logan Square & its beautiful fountains.
And P.S. We found Waldo. FINALLY.
Well til next time :)!