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Come enjoy the Holidays at The Children's Museum! 9:15am to 12:30pm-

"Holiday on Main Street" w/Santa, Sat, Dec. 6th,

& then Dec. 20th, 2014 ending with a "Special Lunch w/Santa" & Prizes!

Festival of Trees & Lights up until end of January! Ck Event Calendar

Looking forward to "Holiday on Main Street": Enjoy fun family events that celebrate the holidays & cultural events of our diverse community! Share wishes w/Santa & Mrs. Claus, View our Festival of Trees & Musical Light Show w/Village, Help feed our Critters, Interact with our numerous train exhibits, Pilot our real airplane, Have a blast on our LED Play Dance Floor, Enjoy our Healthy Kids Hut, bring your cameras! (Not to be confused w/Christmas on Main Street at train station, a separate group from which we receive no funding - their event is being held 11/22. Auction items available in The Children's Museum at 50%-65% off! View 2011 OD & WKTV coverage. (admission $6. children 3-17; $7. seniors & vets; $8. adults; members & children 2 & under free includes all activities)- no coupons can be used w/this special day & no admission after 11:00a


Santa & Mrs. Claus are always a big hit!

L. to R. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, wife Erica Brindisi (CM Board member), Councilman Joe Marino (who's on our CM Board member), his wife Danielle Marino, Marilyn Dropkin (CM Board member), Lorraine Griffi (Assemblyman Joe's wife)

Assemblyman Joe Griffo chatting with CM Bd member Celia Domser


A Scout Troop enjoys the holidays and qualifies for badges!

Left: Airplane rides in our real plane are always a favorite!


GE Elfun's & CM Board members & Exec Dir. unveiled our interactive Erie Canal exhibit!

. The Utica OD shares with readers that children can Mail your letter to Santa Claus at The Children's Museum during the holidays! - Santa & Mrs. Claus are at The Children's Museum in Utica NY during Holidays on Main Street and Family Festival of Trees. The Children's Museum Annual Festival of Trees & Lights holiday event kicks off with the Preview Party on Friday, November 20th, 2009.Arts & Crafts for children of all ages, at The Children's Museum .The Children's Museum  Mother Son Fathr Daughter Dance. Santa & Mrs. Claus are at The Children's Museum in Utica NY during Holidays on Main Street and Family Festival of Trees. Enjoy the holidays year round at The Children's Museum in Utica NY!



Lou Parrotta mans the computer database at our 50th Children's Museum Anniversary Gala/Festival of Trees! Appreciate you so much & know God will get you through these tough times!


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Celia Domser (a museum board member and former MVCC STEM instructor) and her Engineering Club students perform activities once a month at the Children's Museum. Above, they are helping children make 'Nano-Tech Thank You Cards for Santa'.

Each year, The Children's Museum celebrates the holidays with our 'Gala Fundraiser', 'Holiday On Main Street' & 'Family Festival of Trees'.


Above photo by Utica OD photographer Kathleen Duncan

An Nov. 27, 2011 article in Utica OD by Dan Miner reports that "Santa and Mrs. Claus sat on the third floor of the Children’s Museum of History, Natural History, Science and Technology. They welcomed a steady stream of young children, listening to their fondest wishes.“We come every year,” said Kate Entwistle, of Litchfield. “It’s our first stop to see Santa.” More than 180 people made use of the building’s four floors, many interactive exhibits and holiday elements by day’s end. Executive Director Marlene Brown said the day is "to honor the diverse cultures of people that live in the region and make the museum a place where children can learn by taking part in activities. They learn best by doing has always been my philosophy..” On Saturday, that seemed to have worked, as children and parents took part in exhibit after exhibit. Brown said the event has grown each year in its number of volunteers, exhibits, attendees. It impressed at least one-first attendee, Jeanne Schmidt, of Richfield Springs. Schmidt, a New Hartford native, showed up with her husband, one-year-old daughter, and members of her extended family. “It’s just awesome,” Jeanne Schmidt said of the museum. “There’s so much to do, and it’s very kid friendly.”


Not only did the kids climb on Santa's lap, families also got in on the photo sessions!


Legos are popular with folks of all ages, no matter what the season!


Our train exhibit has some new trains & design (left) and our dollhouse draws!


Adult Gala/Adult Festival of Trees fundraiser: TOP Suzuki Violin Studio (w/conductor Tina Oyer Ponce) enthrall attendees as they enter museum with beautiful holiday string music!

TheTina Oyer Ponce Suzuki Violin Studio performing beautiful music at The Children's Museum Annual "Holiday on Main Street".

L. to R. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, wife Erica Brindisi (CM Board member), Councilman Joe Marino (who's on our CM Board member), his wife Danielle Marino, Marilyn Dropkin (CM Board member), Lorraine Griffi (Assemblyman Joe's wife)

Assemblyman Joe Griffo chatting with CM Bd member Celia Domser



2010 - A portion of our Musical Light Show - with trees and wreaths and houses and more dancing to "Carol of the Bells"!
 

Youngsters in awe as they take turns moving the trains down the tracks with foot pedals!

Santa & Mrs. Claus listened to wishes!
 

The four floors were bustling!

With folks of all age enjoying..
 

And our new HO train exhibit on the 4th floor, operated by foot pedals, is a big hit! .

12-10 Multi-cultural holiday celebration decorations adorn our front foyer, along with Santa & our BIG tree!
 

Our ever popular LED Play Dance Floor on the 2nd floor
 

Kids & parents enjoying our Dino Dig

Writing letters to Santa in CM's arts & crafts area
 

...then depositing those letters in Santa's mailbox!


Meeting Santa & Mrs. Claus at the museum!

 


Airplane rides in our real plane with Board Member Brad Brown always a big hit!


Museum Board Chair, John Nogas, "Johnny Green Thumb" shows children how to decorate pots, then plant tree seedlings to take home & plant to help green the earth!
 

Board Member Mary Cardinale once again excites young visitors w/her going green "clean pennies & move water" activity

Kids & parents enjoying our Dino Dig
 

A Mother & her Son enjoy a holiday dance

Our building & the park next door lit up for the holidays!
 

A Dad & his daughter creating at our Legoes table
The Children's Museum Annual Festival of Trees & Lights holiday event kicks off with the Preview Party on Friday, November 20th, 2009 and continues through to November 28th, 2009!...Friday, November 27, 2009 Children's Museum 1st Annual Mother Son Fathr Daughter Dance...

 
The Children's Museum Annual Festival of Trees & Lights holiday event kicks off with the Preview Party on Friday, November 20th, 2009...The Children's Museum Annual Festival of Trees & Lights holiday event kicks off with the Preview Party on Friday, November 20th, 2009...

Download: Event Flyer / 2010 coverage by: WKTV / Utica OD / CNY homepage

2009 Agenda * WKTV promo / WUTR promo / Radio Interview /Flyer Tickets on secure shopping cart.


View 2008 & 2009 pictures below


Santa & Mrs. Claus always a big hit! The crowd lines up & cameras light up...


While most are happy, note a little one, left!...

Enjoying our many exhibits

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 from 10am to 4pm
The Annual Holiday on Main Street at The Children's Museum
Family & Visitors enjoyed this
fun family event that celebrates the holidays!

Special reduced Admission of $7. per person (members & children under 2 free)
Download Agenda * This year also featured our Festival of Trees!

1st floor: Enjoy our 100's of exhibits (including PlaySpace for 3 and under & Exploration Space for 3 and up) our kitchen/bday room eating space; Bathrooms + Washable Tatoos table 2nd floor: Take part in Kindermusik Dancing & Singing * Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive for the children to share wishes & for parents & grandparents to take pictures * Folks of all ages have fun Learning to Juggle * Our Magician demonstrates animal Balloon Making * All enjoy the music of Carlton Boone & sounds of Tim Perry 3rd floor: Cultural Holiday Arts & Crafts (Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali) * Caricature drawings * Playing with our Trains & Legos * Viewing the Festival of Trees! 4th floor: Enjoying our Space & Science exhibits, including our Space Scale* Taking a ride in our airplane * Viewing Hot Wheels Hall.

 


Saturday, November 24th, 2008: The Annual Holidays on Main Street at The Children's Museum * Family & Visitors enjoyed this fun family event that celebrates the holidays!



Santa & Mrs. Claus always a big hit!


Playing in our Dino Dig

Saturday, November 24th, 2007: The Annual Holidays on Main Street at The Children's Museum * Family & Visitors enjoyed this fun family event that celebrates the holidays!

1st floor: Enjoying our 100's of exhibits & kitchen/bday room eating space * 2nd floor: Pre-K kids took part in Kindermusik Dancing & Singing * Santa & Mrs. Claus arrived for the children to share wishes & for parents & grandparents to take pictures * Folks of all ages had fun Learning to Juggle * All enjoyed the music of Carlton Boone & sounds of Tim Perry * 3rd floor: Cultural Holiday Arts & Crafts (Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali) * Balloon making & face painting & washable tatooes * Andrew Buffington Caricature drawings * Played with our Trains * 4th floor: Enjoying our Space & Science exhibits * Taking a ride in our airplane * Special $8.00 Admission included all activities * Reduced fee of $5.00 for members * Download Agenda


Holiday on Main Street 2006 pictures below


Wide-eyed children of all ages loved Santa & Mrs. Claus - sitting in our special museum Santa & rocking chairs, sharing their wishes!

Our Living Science area critters are always a hit

Interacting with one of our many train exhibits on all floors

Children 3 and under love our Big Wooden train



As are our fun house mirrors, above &
our wooden rocking horses, right

Enjoying our 4th floor NASA & Science exhibits

And our Truck Dig

Prior to the event, museum volunteers check out the lights on the Children's Museum building

Baggs Square decorated beautifully by the GE Elfun's


End of the day, families enjoyed the tree lighting & the

fireworks in the sky over the museum (photo courtesy OD)
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Saturday before Christmas, "Family Holiday Fun Day at The Children's Museum". From 10:00am to 3:00pm, our gaily decorated building features special activities and interacting with 100's of exhibits on our 4 floors. Admission only $9. per person, $5. for members (children under 1 free) allows you to visit all four floors, and take part in all activities - the best family bang for your buck locally!

Saturday before New Year's, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, families take part in a "Family Fun New Year’s Celebration: Welcoming 2008 at the Children’s Museum". Includes: gaily decorated building, plus various holiday activities as families interacted with100's of exhibits on our 4 floors! Admission only $9. per person, $5. for members (children under 1 free) allowed visitors to visit all 4 floors, and take part in all activities - the best family bang for your buck locally! Give the Gift of Love!


The Children's Museum of History, Living History, Science & Technology
311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501
Tel: 315-724-6129
* Web: www.museum4kids.net

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