In March, the National Children’s Museum will kick off Read Across America and promote literacy amongst its young visitors throughout the month. While I’ve also added these events to our calendar, I decided to highlight them in a post as well! For me, literacy is the crucial cornerstone of education. Without it, children don’t have the tools they need to learn or the confidence to tackle day to day problem solving.
And, sadly, our nation is struggling in this area. Back in 2009, USA Today found that “an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children’s picture book or to understand a medication’s side effects listed on a pill bottle.”
As parents, we all strive to give our children the best foundation. But, maybe your child would rather squirm off the couch than sit in your lap and read a book. What better way to enjoy a fun, hands-on approach to reading than to take him/her to the National Children’s Museum! And, if finances are tight (who isn’t struggling in this economy?!), mark your calendars for March 15th. Geico is sponsoring a Free Family Night between 5-8 PM. You and your family can take advantage of all the wonderful resources at the National Children’s Museum without it hurting your pocketbook!
Here are the oh-so-captivating, literary events that the National Children’s Museum will be hosting throughout the month of March! Aside from March 15 from 5-8 PM, standard admission is $10 per child or adult and $8 for seniors ages 65 and up. There is no cost of admission for infants 12 months or younger.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party
Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (all day)
Help NCM kick off Read Across America month by celebrating what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday! Families can enjoy a Dr. Seuss storytime and other performances in the NCM Theatre, crafts in the Center for Learning and Innovation, and, of course, cake! Pat Lawson Muse, NBC4 anchor and reporter, will read a classic Dr. Seuss book in the NCM Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Please visit www.ncm.museum for more information.
Storytime and book signing with author Karen Leggett Abouraya
Saturday, March 9, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Former journalist, traveler and author Karen Leggett Abouraya will visit the NCM Theatre for a special reading of Hands Around the Library, her beloved story about protecting treasured Egyptian books. A book signing will immediately follow the reading. Families interested in purchasing the book may visit http://handsaroundthelibrary.
Free Family Night sponsored by GEICO
Friday, March 15, 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to the museum as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. March’s Free Family Night will celebrate Read Across America. Please visit www.ncm.museum for up-to-date information on ticketing and special programs.
Storytime with Washington Redskins’ Josh Morgan
Saturday, March 16, 1:30-1:45 p.m., 1:45-2 p.m.
Recently named the Washington Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year, wide receiver Josh Morgan will visit NCM for a special reading of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Written by Verna Aardema, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain features an exciting, rhythmic narrative and brilliant illustrations. Each reading will take place in the NCM Theatre.
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie Screenings
March 23-24, 30-31, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1-2:15 p.m.
Get an exclusive sneak peek of this fast-paced, science-filled adventure before its DVD release in April. Produced by the Jim Henson Company, the feature-length film based on the popular television series airing on PBS Kids, Sid the Science Kid: The Movie follows Sid and his friend as they get a behind-the-scenes look at a new museum before it opens. What happens when one of the museum’s robots goes haywire? It’s up to Sid and his friends to use science to solve the problem. All screenings will take place in the NCM Theatre; no separate tickets are required.
Activities in the Center for Learning and Innovation
In a style that Dr. Seuss himself would love, National Children’s Musuem visitors will learn two techniques that make storytelling so much fun! The program rooms in the Center for Learning and Innovation feature daily hands-on activities that relate to the Museum’s exhibits and core initiatives. Activities in the Center this month will feature an interactive game based on the book Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (ages 3 and under); ugali, a traditional cornmeal dish native to Tanzania; tribal paper beads; sand paper alphabet rubbings; and other science- and literacy focused crafts.
Visitors can purchase tickets to the Museum in person at the NCM box office or online in advance (available for weekend and holidays visits only). If timed entry tickets sell out online, tickets for that day and time slot may still be available for purchase in person at the box office. For more information, visitors may go to www.ncm.museum, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the museum’s main number at 301.392.2400.
The National Children’s Museum has served more than 50,000 visitors since opening in Dec. 2012. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Labor Day and Memorial Day.