Fam­ily fun be­fore school re­sumes

Fin­ger pup­pets, kitchen lessons and an imag­i­nary visit to Ja­pan will help keep kids oc­cu­pied

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The presents have all been opened and New Year’s “Auld Lang Syne” has been sung. Now the kids are get­ting rest­less, but there’s one more week­end l eft be­fore school re­sumes. Here are some ideas for fam­ily fun from the Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum, 321 Ch­est­nut St.


The mu­seum’s cur­rent trav­el­ing ex­hibit, “Hello From Ja­pan,” closes Sun­day, Jan. 6. This highly in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit teaches chil­dren about life in present-day Ja­pan.

CDM vis­i­tors will dis­cover two dis­tinct ar­eas of Tokyo that ex­ist side by side: one serene and ex­quis­ite; the other, too cute for words. To­gether, they show how old and new tra­di­tions co- ex­ist in Ja­pan to­day.

In Kawaii Cen­tral, chil­dren may serve their own bento boxes, cre­ate a mas­cot, sing karaoke tunes in Ja­panese and English, and help con­struct t he streets of Tokyo. In the Shinto Shrine Park, chil­dren find a bam­boo for­est, make a wish on the wish­ing tree and get their very own for­tune.


Tonight, Jan. 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. chil­dren with sen­sory sen­si­tiv­ity and their fam­i­lies are in­vited to play in the mu­seum with a low-sen­sory en­vi­ron­ment that oth­er­wise might not be pos­si­ble dur­ing reg­u­lar op­er­at­ing hours.

Dur­ing this time, over­head an­nounce­ments, food smell sand other sen­sory in­puts will be lim­ited as much as pos­si­ble.

Reser­va­tions are re­quired be­cause space will be lim­ited to 100 peo­ple. Save your spot at cdm­fun.org/sen­sory.


Open Art Stu­dio ac­tiv­i­ties are of­fered 1-3 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day, 11 a.m.-3 p. m. Satur­day and Sun­day. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude:

› Batik Pat­terns: Guests will cre­ate a pat­tern to take home us­ing wax, fab­ric and metal stamps.

› Fin­ger Pup­pets: Guests will cre­ate a fin­ger pup­pet us­ing felt ma­te­ri­als, hand- sewing and/or tacky glue.

› Dio­ra­mas: Guests may cre­ate a tiny model of the real world us­ing only pa­per, scis­sors and tape.

› Kitchen Les­son: Soba noo­dles les­son at 2 p.m. Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan. 4-6. ›

Science Show: Elec­tri­fied Sun­day, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.

The Cre­ative Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to­day through Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is $ 14.95 ages 2 and older, $ 9.95 mil­i­tary with ID, free for lo­cal po­lice and fire­fight­ers with ID.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.cdm­fun.org.

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