The origins of Earth Day began 43 years ago in 1969 when it was discussed at a UNESCO conference. It was originally celebrated on March 21, as that is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. The United Nations, then in 2009, designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day. It is a day to show appreciation for our planet Earth and to focus on our environment.
To commemorate Earth Day, the Children’s Museum of Houston will be holding numerous exciting activities for children including an animal show-and-tell, seed paper making, bird feeder making, and shade hat making. It is sure to be an educational day for all who attend.
Childrens Museum of Houston 1500 Binz Houston TX 77004 Monday, January 16, 2012
Special Event $5 General Admission Brought to you by State Rep. Garnet Coleman
SPECIAL EVENTS: • State Rep. Garnet Coleman and Gardere Oratory Speech Winner Recital: Listen to the uplifting words of State Rep. Garnet Coleman as he introduces this year’s Gardere Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Competition winner.
• Caryakid Award: Join us as we pay tribute to a local community leader for his/her service.
• Peace Rally Led by CMH Kid’s Committee and MLK “I Have a Dream Speech” rendition: Join the Kid’s Committee in a peaceful march down Kid’s Hall to celebrate our civil rights then hear the speech that changed it all.
• Young Harmonies of Houston: Listen to the moving and inspirational sounds of this young group of performers.
• Freedom Hands: Dr. King taught us to work together toward freedom. Express with your hands freedoms you have at the Alexander Art Academy.
• Dream Portraits: Reflect on your own talent, personality and dreams for the future by making a life size portrait of yourself in Tree Top and One World.
• Dream Wall: Dr. King had dreams, and we know you do too. Come to Junktion, write down your dream and share it with us on our Dream Wall.
• Family Seal: Design a special symbol which represents the beliefs of you and your family at Junktion.
• Paper Cranes: Embrace a different culture and Dr. King’s message of peace through symbolic origami cranes at Junktion.
• African American Scientist and Inventors: Learn about their achievements and explore how they have impacted our society at Science Station.
New Year’s Noon is Houston’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebration just for kids! This end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop, just like they do in Times Square! Kids don’t have to stay up till midnight to celebrate! Welcome the New Year kid-style and stick around for our after party!
New Year’s Noon is included with $8 general admission; it’s FREE for Museum Members!
SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVENTS:
New Year’s Eve Parade with High Steppers New Orleans Style Brass Band: Dance to jazzy tunes as the High Steppers lead our exciting New Year’s parade throughout the museum!
Parade begins: 11:30a.m.
Brilliant Ball Drop and Countdown: Watch as we celebrate the beginning of a new year just like they do on TV!
Countdown begins at 11:45 a.m.
After Party with DJ Zin: Stick around as we leap into the New Year and dance the afternoon away!
Event Time: Noon in the Allen Family Courtyard following ball drop.
ON-GOING NEW YEAR’S NOON BASH ACTIVITIES:
New Year LED Masks: Start off the New Year with a bright, new look and outlook at the Inventor’s Workshop.
Sound Sandwich: Make some holiday noise! Manipulate craft sticks, straws, and rubber bands into a noise maker that uses vibration to create noise at Science Station.
Straw Oboe: Turn an ordinary straw into an extraordinary oboe at Science Station.
Alka Seltzer Rockets: Shoot on over to Science Station to blast off a film canister rocket and salute the New Year.
NEW YEAR’S EVE HOURS:
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Countdown to NOON begins at 11:45 a.m.
Museum closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
Museum OPEN Monday, January 2
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