Kids, learn UAE his­tory with fun on this Int’l Mu­seum Day

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter

abu dhabi — Eti­had Mu­seum an­nounced a spe­cial ‘Fam­ily Pack’ in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day on Thurs­day, to pro­vide chil­dren with a range of fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties as they dis­cover the mu­seum.

The Fam­ily Pack is the lat­est in a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes that have been launched by the Dubai Cul­ture and Arts Author­ity (Dubai Cul­ture).

The ac­tiv­i­ties in the Fam­ily Pack in­clude trea­sure hunts, draw­ing projects, in­ves­ti­ga­tion tasks, quizzes and other en­gag­ing chal­lenges — all of which will stim­u­late cu­rios­ity and cre­ativ­ity to help chil­dren learn about UAE his­tory and the in­spir­ing Found­ing Fa­thers in a mem­o­rable way. Cre­ative work­shops be­ing hosted at the mu­seum as part of the Fam­ily Pack in­clude ‘Desertscap­e’, ‘Paint­ing with Chai and Qahwa’, ‘Sun Ex­po­sure Pa­per’, ‘Tex­tures of the UAE’ and ‘Dal­lah Sculp­ture’, where chil­dren will be en­cour­aged to take in­spi­ra­tion from ob­jects in the mu­seum and UAE cul­ture to cre­ate unique art­works.

The work­shops will run on May 19 and 20, Fri­day and Satur­day, and chil­dren will also be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in sto­ry­telling ses­sions that shed light on UAE his­tory and sup­port the Na­tional Read­ing Strat­egy 2016-2026.

By tak­ing chil­dren on a vis­i­tor’s jour­ney, the Fam­ily Pack hopes to strengthen their na­tional pride and pro­vide a fun day out for the whole fam­ily. The Fam­ily Pack is suit­able for chil­dren of all ages and will be avail­able later this month in both Ara­bic and English for any fam­ily vis­it­ing the mu­seum.

“Our Fam­ily Pack has been launched in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day and de­signed by education ex­perts to bring the na­tion’s story and her­itage to life. It of­fers chil­dren and fam­i­lies a new and en­gag­ing way to en­joy all that the mu­seum has to of­fer,” said Ab­dulla bin Mas­sam Al Falasi, Di­rec­tor of Eti­had Mu­seum.

“The Eti­had Mu­seum is not only an im­por­tant na­tional and touris­tic land­mark but also a cru­cial his­tor­i­cal source for a young Emi­rati gen­er­a­tion, so we are fully com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the ed­u­ca­tional as­pects of the mu­seum for chil­dren.”

The Eti­had Mu­seum tells the story of the 1971 Union Agree­ment through the eyes of the Found­ing Fa­thers, giv­ing visi­tors valu­able hu­man in­sights into this piv­otal era of UAE his­tory. In­di­vid­u­als from all walks of life can fol­low their shin­ing ex­am­ple in na­tion build­ing.

The mu­seum is open from 10am to 8pm, seven days a week and in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Mu­se­ums Day, the mu­seum will wel­come visi­tors on Thurs­day free of cost.

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Chil­dren will be en­cour­aged to take in­spi­ra­tion from ob­jects at Eti­had Mu­seum to cre­ate unique art­works as part of the Fam­ily Pack of­fered to mark In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day.

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