How Does Your Garden Grow Summer Camp

Summer is a time of summer camps here at Curious Minds.  Yesterday was our first of four older kids summer camps.  There were fourteen amazing kids that participated.  We learned about plants, bugs, worms.  They made wildflower seed bombs, grass caterpillar, wiggle worms, and a seed glove for them to discover seeds growing at home.

In groups they created  worm habitat for others to observe for the next week here at the museum.  This morning we had a few that tried to escape from their new home.

Soon the worms will be relocated to their more permanent location the CMDZ garden area. In groups of two campers filled their containers with soil and beautiful flowers.  They did a great job creating some colorful container gardens for us to enjoy.  The containers are located out our back door.  It adds some much needed color to our colorless alleyway.

 

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Closed for Easter

Just a reminder that we will be closed Sunday, April 16.  We hope everyone has a great Easter Sunday.

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Saturday Family Science

Stop by the museum on Saturday, March 4th from 9 am- noon to enjoy some exciting science projects.  Children of all ages will enjoy creating and participating in science experiments that will be set up around the museum.  There will be no admission charge during the event.

We hope to see you there!

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Dr. Curious Lab

We are excited here at Curious Minds for our new weekly event…Dr. Curious Lab!

Every Thursday from 4:00-4:45 pm school age kids can participate in a special STEAM project at Curious Minds.  There is no extra cost to participate and children are required to have a guardian at the museum during the event.    Any age is welcome to participate but, younger children may require adults help to complete.

Check out our Dr. Curious Lab Page to see what project we will be doing each week.

Missed our first week of experiments, try this one at home.

SURFACE TENSION

Equipment:

  • Penny
  • Dropper
  • Glass of water

Directions:

  1.  Write your prediction down on how many drops of water you can put on a penny.
  2. Using dropper slowly place one drop at a time in the center of the penny until it cannot hold any more droplets. Make sure to count your drops.
  3. Record you results.

Why???  The penny can hold more water due to surface tension.  Surface tension the cohesive forces of liquid molecules.  Water molecules on the surface cohere strongly to the other water molecules causing a strong bond along the surface of the water.

Have fun!

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Great time at Christmas Science Camp

Our Christmas Science camp was small but packed full of fun. Campers created crystal candy canes, binary ornaments, holiday light circuit, gumdrop tree, new sled for Santa and Rudolph slime.

Registration for next weeks camp, Winter Camp-in, is closed.

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Holiday Closings

CMDZ will continue to have regular hours with the exception of the following dates:

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Curious Minds Closed for the Day

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Support Curious Minds

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Giving Tuesday

Curious Minds is very excited to be working with Parsons Area Community Foundation for the upcoming event “Giving Tuesday”.

Match Day on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, holds incredible opportunity for Curious Minds Discovery Zone. On that day, the Parsons Area Community Foundation will match donations made to our endowment fund—our long term savings.

Donations will allow Curious Minds to continue operation, providing a safe and fun location for children to explore and be creative.  It will also allow us the security for future funds to improve and add new and exciting exhibits thereby making each visit to the museum fresh, offering varying educational experiences for children in our area.

Here’s how it works:

  • Come to the event and make a donation

               Date: Tuesday November 29

               Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

               Place: Wall Family Center, 2605 Main, Parsons

(You may also donate online at parsonsareacf.org, or mail a check to PACF, PO Box 894, Parsons, KS 67357. Envelopes must be postmarked November 28-30 to be eligible for the   match)

  • A $30,000 match pool will be divided between the participating organizations in proportion to the total amount raised. 100% of your donation PLUS the match amount will be placed in our organization’s fund. There will be additional monetary incentives given to the organizations receiving the greatest amount and number of contributions.
  • Refreshments will be provided at the Wall Family Center and we invite you to come in person for an UNselfie picture, holding the enclosed form telling why you give.
  • There is no minimum donation required; however matching funds will only be awarded for donations up to $2500.
  • Cash, credit cards and checks made payable to Parsons Area Community Foundation will be accepted. Receipts will be given on-site, or mailed as needed.
  • Donations are tax deductible and may be divided among multiple organizations.

For more information contact Curious Minds or visit PACF website.

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Wicked good time!

We had a great time at the “CMDZ Witches Tea” on Sunday.  The kids were creative making their witch hats and wands.  They enjoyed playing ring toss and pumpkin rolling games and then put there potion making skills to the test stirring up some potions and creating their own worms. They finished the event drinking some witches brew and enjoying some sweet snacks.

Thanks to all our witches and wizards that attended!

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