Category Archives: June 2013

Summer 2013 Wednesday Family Programs at NCMA

What a fabulous day!

We thought it was going to be rainy, so we planned to skip our homeschool group park day and check out the family programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art instead.  So glad that we did.

First, we stopped by the Drop-In Studio for a little craft time.  Our littlest homeschooler was most excited about this part of the plan.  She LOVES “to art” and usually spends a good portion of her day “arting”.  We do a lot of crafting at home and it was extremely nice to spend some craft time together that I didn’t plan, prep or clean up!  We sat at a spacious table set up with materials, tools, instructions and examples so it was completely easy to understand.  Today the project was a sun catcher and they turned out super cute.

NCMA Craft

NCMA Suncatcher

After crafting, we headed to the auditorium to catch the Family Film that afternoon.  Today it was a series of short films about creativity and color.  Each child was given a program as we entered which made them feel pretty important.  They asked me to read them the film descriptions and were sure to keep tabs on what was coming up next.   All of the films kept their interest and had a positive message.

NCMA Program

Since the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful today, we spent our entire afternoon enjoying the rest of the museum.  The little water fountains outside the entrance are always a hit and the gravel turned out to be quite entertaining as well today.  (You know how it goes right…take them to a fancy art museum and they want to play with the water and rocks outside.)

NCMA FountainWe did make it into the West Building for a bit to check out some of the fancy art.  Our homeschool dude was fascinated by the Ancient Egyptian collection and just could not believe that everything was “real”.  He was also quite impressed that some of the paintings we saw were over 400 years old.  I think he may actually finally understand why we can’t run, jump or touch things in an art museum….there are really, really old things and yes, they are all “real”.  Homeschool dudette, not so much.  She spent most of her time trying to do everything I asked her not to do, over and over and over again.

After safely making it outside again, it was definitely time to run and jump and touch!  There was a lot of time spent rolling down the huge grassy hill and we always have to visit the sculpture of the giant legs.  I do enjoy the art inside, but the Museum Park is my favorite.  Every time we visit, we find something new and it is always relaxing.

Hill

If you want to head out on a Wednesday this summer, remember these programs. The Drop-In Studio and Family Films are scheduled all summer long every Wednesday.  If it’s hot or rainy, you can stay inside and be dry, cool and entertained.  Or if it ends up being beautiful, you can stay all day like us.  And I didn’t even mention – it’s completely free and there is no registration required!  Sweet, right?

Wondering what our little ones though about the day?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”That was fun.  I liked the Art Dog movie the best.  The Egyptian writing was cool.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”I liked all of the movies.  The painting with the ladies was pretty.”

The Details:
NCMA
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC
919-839-NCMA
All Ages (Films are listed as 5+, but siblings seemed very welcome.  Check out the film schedule before you go to see if it will be age appropriate.)
Free (Stop by the Box Office for your ticket.)

 

 

Dinosaurs in Motion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinos In Motion
Have you heard about Dinosaurs in Motion?  It’s the newest special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and it’s pretty cool!

Earlier this week, we went on a field trip with our homeschool group to the museum to check out the new dinos.  There are 14 life-sized metal sculptures created by a North Carolina sculptor and visitors can control them with remotes or lever-and-pulley systems.  My little ones find dinos fascinating so this was right up their alley and I knew they would just love the remote controls.  I was more interested in checking out the art aspect of it all and it was pretty amazing.

We purchased tickets as a group so we were able to get a discounted price, but even at regular ticket price, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out.  Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and had a fabulous time.

You can check out some cool pictures of the sculptures here.

Tickets are available online here.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase group rate tickets at the Box Office.  This exhibit will be at our museum until September, 8, 2013.

Wondering what our little ones thought about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”It was cool.  I loved moving them with the remotes.  My favorite was the swimming one.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”That was fun.  I liked the one with the horn on his head.”

 

Summer Camps 2013 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P Duke GardensSarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Duke University, Durham, NC 27705
919-668-1707

Nature Adventures Camp
Monday, June 17- Friday, June 21: Nature Adventures (K-2); Become a Gardener (K-5)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28: Eco Artists
Monday, July 8 – Friday, June 12: Become a Gardener
Monday, July 15 – Friday, June 19: Nature Adventures
Monday, July 22 – Friday, June 26: Eco Artists
Monday, July 29 – Friday, Aug. 2: Nature Adventures

9:00am – 1:00pm
Ages K – 5th
$175/Week; $150 Each Sibling
($100/Child/Week Deposit to Reserve Spot with Balance Due 2 Weeks Before Camp)

Nature Adventures:
Prowl your way around the Gardens to discover animal habitats, learn how clever plants can be, and become a scientist for a week of nature adventures!

Become a Gardener:
Plant and harvest fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Learn how soil is made and play with chickens as you discover how food gets to your plate.

Eco Artists:
Get inspired by the shapes, colors, and patterns of nature! Explore the Gardens through art as you sharpen your creativity and observation skills.

 

 

 

 

June 2013 at the NC Museum of Art

NC Art MuseumNorth Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
919-839-6262

You can read about our experience attending the Drop-In Studio and Summer Family Film here.

Drop-In Studio
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
12:00pm
Free

Join us for a little hands-on art making time with the kids.

Summer Family Films
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (Capturing Color)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013  (Ancient Worlds)
1:00pm
Ages 5+ (Under 12 Must be Accompanied by an Adult)
Free (Ticket from Box Office Required)

This series showcases new and classic live-action and animated films, with themes changing weekly. Viewing time approximately 1 hour.

Family Fun Saturday: All That Glitters
Saturday, June 22, 2013
10:00am and 1:00pm
Ages 5 – 11
$3 Members/$5 Nonmembers

Artists in medieval times sometimes used sheets of gold pounded thinner than paper to adorn their work. In this workshop you’ll see the delicate process of applying gold leaf to a painting and then create your own “golden” masterpiece.

Gallery tour plus studio workshops for families. Kids and adults delight in exploring the Museum’s collection, creating projects together, and discovering one another’s creativity. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to explore. Register online, by calling (919) 715-5923, or in person at the Museum Box Office.

Summer Movies – Madagascar 3
Friday, June 28, 2013
9:00pm
All Ages
$5 (Free for Members)

Open-air cinema has been a popular NCMA tradition for over 20 years. Our summer series features recent Oscar winners, family favorites, and timeless classics. Occasionally we program special Music/Movie Combos that combine a live performance with a film screening.

Gates open 90 minutes before screenings, and patrons often arrive early to enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Movie concessions are available for purchase, and beer and wine are sold before and during most shows.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Museum Box Office in East Building, by calling (919) 715-5923, or online.

Weekend Family Tours
Saturdays and Sundays
10:30 am
Ages 5 – 10
Free

Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries. Each free tour lasts 30 minutes and is designed for kids age 5 to 10 and their adult companions. Themes change monthly, so be sure to visit often. Meet at the West Building Information Desk. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

 

 

 

June 2013 Programs at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge EcostationPrairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Dr
Raleigh, NC 27607
919-707-8888

Citizen Science Saturdays at Prairie Ridge
Every Saturday in June (June 8, 15, 22, and 29)
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages Welcome (Recommended for 8+)
Free

Citizen science is a big part of what we do at Prairie Ridge, so we welcome one and all to our weekly citizen science walks!  These Saturday morning adventures will introduce you to a citizen science project and enlist your help collecting and entering data as you enjoy a walk around the grounds with one of our naturalists.  Topics will vary from week to week, and may include gathering data on tree and garden budding/blooming, pond dragonflies, ladybugs, or birds.  Come once or come every week, we’re happy to show you how YOU can contribute to science as a citizen scientist!  For more information please contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Dragonfly Walk
Saturday, June 8, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages (15 and Under Must be Accompanied by Registered Adult)
Free (Preregistration Required)

Join us at Prairie Ridge as we discover dragonflies!  Our naturalists will lead you on a tour of the aquatic habitats of Prairie Ridge to look for these spectacular and fascinating insects.  You will learn how to identify common dragonfly and damselfly species found in the Raleigh area, enjoy a walk around the grounds at Prairie Ridge, and learn how you can help scientists discover more about dragonflies by participating in citizen science projects.  Bring your cameras, your binoculars, and your enthusiasm for dragonflies!  For more information or to register please contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Firefly Watch
Saturday, June 8, 2013
8:00pm – 9:30pm
All Ages (Under 16 Must be Accompanied by Registered Adult)
Free (Preregistration Required)

Fireflies have always brightened our summer evenings, but in recent year their populations have dwindled.  You can help scientists discover why our fireflies are disappearing as a citizen scientist!  In this hands-on evening program, you will learn about fireflies, how and why they glow, and two easy projects you can get involved in to help scientists learn more about firefly populations in your area.  Come prepared to collect and observe fireflies by bringing a flashlight and wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes.   For more information or to register please contact Chris Goforth at 919.707.8882 or chris.goforth@naturalsciences.org.

Walk Through the Seasons
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Tuesday, June  25, 2013
9:00am – 10:30am
All Ages (Under 15 Must be Accompanied by Registered Adult)
Free (Preregistration Required)

Discover what time it is in nature! Explore the native plant garden, prairie, and lowland arboretum as you take a leisurely 1-mile walk with a Museum naturalist through our 45-acre Prairie Ridge Ecostation. All trails are natural with some uneven surfaces and small hills. Off-road strollers should be fine on the trails. Register for one walk or more; every walk is different. For more information and to register, please contact Cathy Fergen atcathy.fergen@naturalsciences.org.

National Pollinator Day
Saturday, June 29, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00pm
All Ages (Under 16 Must be Accompanied by an Adult)
Free

Celebrate National Pollinator Day at Prairie Ridge! Find out about our native pollinators and how you can help them. Learn to dance like a honeybee, have a Butterfly Adventure and explore a Pollinator Garden.  For information, contact kimberly.smart@naturalsciences.org.  This is an outdoor program so please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.