Quaint Corner Children's Museum

Quaint Corner Children's Museum Member of the Association Of Children's Museums
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4 floors of fun for families, in a Victorian mansion! Large indoor sand box, science room, drama room, art room, transportation room, grocery store, vet hospital. ONLY $5 per person 2 years old+

Due to COVID19-related social distancing, Screen-Free Week 2020 is now Screen-Free Saturdays! Click here to learn more: ...
04/16/2020

Due to COVID19-related social distancing, Screen-Free Week 2020 is now Screen-Free Saturdays! Click here to learn more: https://www.screenfree.org/about/

Hi there! While we are awaiting the time we can all return to regular activities, we are offering a delayed expiration o...
04/02/2020
Family Memberships at Quaint Corner Children's Museum

Hi there! While we are awaiting the time we can all return to regular activities, we are offering a delayed expiration on our two membership options. Purchase a Basic or Deluxe Membership now, and it will expire one year from the date that we reopen, rather than one year from now. This is one way you can help us stay afloat. Thank you, thank you!

Enjoy the benefits of a family membership at Quaint Corner. Become a member today and help support an invaluable Altoona PA landmark and community resource.

Hello friends,We hope that you are all holding up well at home. Quaint Corner is closed, and hopefully reopening in May....
03/15/2020

Hello friends,
We hope that you are all holding up well at home. Quaint Corner is closed, and hopefully reopening in May. Please stay healthy and visit us next month. If you would like to schedule a birthday party or field trip for April and beyond, you can contact us here / by email [email protected] / leave a message (814) 944-6830.

We hope to see you there!
02/21/2020

We hope to see you there!

Look at this great book by our own Dr. Edward Zovinka! It can be purchased on Amazon, or in our gift shop for $10.https:...
02/04/2020
Real Chemistry Experiments: 40 Exciting STEAM Activities for Kids

Look at this great book by our own Dr. Edward Zovinka! It can be purchased on Amazon, or in our gift shop for $10.

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Chemistry-Experiments-Exciting-Activities/dp/164152684X/ref=sr_1_18?keywords=chemistry+for+kids&qid=1580851608&sr=8-18

Full STEAM ahead!―21st-century chemistry for kidsChemistry for kids can be so much fun! Real Chemistry Experiments has 40 exciting and engaging experiments with a real-life STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) connection for kids.Become a better problem-solver, inventor, and innova....

01/17/2020

Hands-on science with Saint Francis University until 4:00... Come on by!

12/27/2019

Why, yes, we WILL be open Friday and Saturday 10:00-5:00!

Thank you, Leadership Blair County Youth, for volunteering today! We got a good cleaning. The Blair County Chamber of Co...
12/17/2019

Thank you, Leadership Blair County Youth, for volunteering today! We got a good cleaning. The Blair County Chamber of Commerce

Are you looking for an experience gift?
12/13/2019

Are you looking for an experience gift?

Gift certificates are available in any amount.
~Admission price x number of family members
~Small amount for gift shop
~$60 covers Basic Membership (admission for household to Quaint Corner for 1 year)
~$75 covers a Saturday afternoon party
~$125 covers Deluxe Membership (half-price admission to children's museums all over the world + birthday party and free admission to QC)
Give us a call at (814) 944-6830 or stop in to purchase. Thank you for supporting a small non-profit business!

A big thank you to our helpers!Sheetz Fellows Program Marquez Family Dentistry Kinsley Raine Palilla And donorsMARTIN’S ...
12/07/2019

A big thank you to our helpers!
Sheetz Fellows Program
Marquez Family Dentistry
Kinsley Raine Palilla
And donors
MARTIN’S Food Markets
Weis Markets
Walmart Altoona - Plank Road Commons
Target
Giant Eagle

Cookie decorating and crafting
12/07/2019

Cookie decorating and crafting

Santa had lots of sweet visitors today.
12/07/2019

Santa had lots of sweet visitors today.

12/03/2019
Gift certificates are available in any amount. ~Admission price x number of family members~Small amount for gift shop~$6...
11/29/2019

Gift certificates are available in any amount.
~Admission price x number of family members
~Small amount for gift shop
~$60 covers Basic Membership (admission for household to Quaint Corner for 1 year)
~$75 covers a Saturday afternoon party
~$125 covers Deluxe Membership (half-price admission to children's museums all over the world + birthday party and free admission to QC)
Give us a call at (814) 944-6830 or stop in to purchase. Thank you for supporting a small non-profit business!

Quaint Corner Children's Museum
11/28/2019

Quaint Corner Children's Museum

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone! We will be open as usual Friday and Saturday 10:00-5:00. Come and play after Turkey Day!

We got fan mail!
11/23/2019

We got fan mail!

11/05/2019
There are Halloween picture books and Goosebumps in the Little Free Library 🎃
10/30/2019

There are Halloween picture books and Goosebumps in the Little Free Library 🎃

We received a lovely donation of craft and office supplies from Karen (mother) and Shawna (sister)⚘in memory of Patience...
10/26/2019

We received a lovely donation of craft and office supplies from Karen (mother) and Shawna (sister)
⚘in memory of Patience Ferguson⚘

A big thank you to Amber from Sheetz Fellows, who volunteered to help on this full party day!
10/05/2019

A big thank you to Amber from Sheetz Fellows, who volunteered to help on this full party day!

10/01/2019
09/25/2019

A Quaint Corner Children's Museum is looking for a dependable Party Helper/Office Clerk/Exhibit Maintainer for our growing non-profit. Part-time positions start at $8.50 with flexible hours, MOSTLY WEEKENDS. Criminal background and child abuse clearances required. Please email your resume to be considered - [email protected]

Thank you to a mysterious scissor fairy!
09/18/2019

Thank you to a mysterious scissor fairy!

For parents and caregivers 💕
09/06/2019

For parents and caregivers 💕

It’s futile to try to gain control of a child by commanding, yelling, punishing or engaging in cognitive manipulations to respond to difficult behaviour.

When a child surrenders, from a #brain state point of view, it can fuel fear or intimidation and put the child in a ‘lower brain’ state. This is why children can become reflexive and their emotions and behaviour can escalate in challenging situations.

The lower in the brain that a child is operating—that is, the closer to their brainstem— the less time-perceptive, less cognitive, more reflexive and more emotional they will therefore be. And the brain state of a child has significant impacts on their ability to listen, learn, comprehend and cope with life circumstances.

There are different reasons why a dysregulated brain state can occur, and sometimes children who are labeled with #ADHD or #ADD are operating more in the lower part of their brains due to #traumatic sets of events. Whether that is the situation or not, it can always be helpful to remember that their little brains developed originally from the bottom to the top, meaning brainstem first and then the rest of the brain sequentially, up to their neocortex. Therefore in order to deal with a child who is dysregulated, we should always be working from the bottom to the top of the brain in the style in which we engage and connect with an upset child.

A memorable three-step method to help a child to come to a place of calm and clarity can be seen in Dr Bruce Perry’s use of the “three R’s” for this process. It begins with techniques for regulation, then it moves to relationship, and then it progresses to reason. This brain-based approach can vary a little with each individual child in timing or depth, and can usually be determined with some trial and error once you recognise how your little one is experiencing the world.

Not sure where to start? Choose some of these easy tips to remind yourself about most effective responses. Reflect on what is appropriate for each child, keeping in mind their personal circumstance and character.

Note: We've created some print-outs of the lists below that might come in handy. They are attached as JPEGs in pictures below this post.

#REGULATE
⚖️ Encourage somatosensory experiences: move the muscle groups with hugs, weighted blankets, or rhythmic and repetitive activities such as playing catch, rocking or drumming.
⚖️ Engage in patterned, repetitive rhythmic activity: walking, running, dancing, singing, or repetitive meditative breathing.
⚖️ Offer top-down reassurance: say things such as “I’m not mad,” “You're not in trouble," “This doesn't seem like a big deal," or “You’re safe”.
⚖️ Use relational tools: with reflective listening, clarifying questions, or authentic empathy where you actively and truly try to understand what's being experienced by the child.
⚖️ Practice disassociation: let it happen. Time can be a friend, and sometimes that's really ok, and the best thing for your little loved one to regulate them self.
⚖️ Get down low: standing over the child can make them feel overwhelmed, while kneeling down at their level creates safety.
⚖️ #LetThemPlay: nature's greatest self-regulator is simple, uncomplicated, unstructured play.

#RELATE
👥 Play together: the ultimate connector that creates sacred space.
👥 Love that child: say “I love you,” or focus on love and nurturing. Follow your heart.
👥 Use language to bond: remind them of all the fun things that are planned, or the little things about them that you’re proud of.
👥 Realign yourselves: genuinely connect with their interests so that they can feel you’re working towards the same goals.
👥 Hug: the age-old way of producing oxytocin, hugging helps to calm the nervous system and create a relaxed state.
👥 Share activities: think on what your child loves to do and do it.
👥 Be silly: a 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, compared to our 17 times a day. Let them help you connect with yourself, too.
👥 Really see each other: focus on each other, not the problem. Problems make us forget ourselves, but we need ourselves to fix any problem.

#REASON
🧠 Use collaborative problem solving: find solutions to problems that work for everyone - adults and kids alike.
🧠 Explain the ‘why’: it helps change behaviour when reasons are known.
🧠 Share your feelings: some children haven’t yet developed full ‘theory of mind’, where they understand others’ realities, so let them understand.
🧠 Reflect together: package what happened neatly and chronologically, emphasising cause and effect; and also reflect emotionally.
🧠 Ask questions: learn something new from each other.
🧠 Articulate: words sometimes need multiple exposures to gain meaning or nuance. Keep trying.
🧠 Encourage confidence: action requires empowerment. Give compliments, highlight what was done well, and fan the flames of courage.
🧠 Simulate to stimulate: Walk through solutions with doll play, telling or creating stories, putting on puppet shows, or drawing reflective pictures or artworks to encode learning deeper and make it easy to remember.

Responding to difficult behaviour in a way that supports the whole child and their whole brain will make interactions easier and kinder. Be mindful that challenging behaviours can trigger our own fight-flight-freeze responses, and so whole brain responses can actually be easier and kinder for everyone involved.

#neurochild #brainscience #familygoals #bekind

09/03/2019
According to a new study from the Children’s Museum Research Network, 70% of parents and caregivers observe their child ...
08/23/2019
How Caregivers See Learning Happen in Children’s Museums

According to a new study from the Children’s Museum Research Network, 70% of parents and caregivers observe their child learning when they visit a children’s museum. Come learn with us! http://bit.ly/31ZUodF

In a recent study, 70% of caregivers reported observing something about how their children learn during their children’s museum visit.

08/07/2019
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You know what to do.
07/22/2019

You know what to do.

Address

2000 Union Ave
Altoona, PA
16601

General information

Park on either side of 20th Street, or in the lot of the yellow brick storage building. Founded by Susan Foreman

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(814) 944-6830

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