We couldn't resist sharing these two amazing photos - taken just two days apart - of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront and our lovely little museum. River towns are the best!
The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is working toward a world in which each and every child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth. MHCM is the ideal destination for families with young children.
With exhibits that promote play and early learning, the museum welcomes over 70,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, Rivertown, The Science Center @ MHCM, Imagination Playground, My Backyard Adventure, and The Children's Garden @ MHCM. The museum also features weekly drop-In educational programs, and is a popular location for birthday parties as well as weddings and other private functions in its outdoor riverfront pavilion. MHCM is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson's Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization that is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).
Mission: To empower young children and their families.
We couldn't resist sharing these two amazing photos - taken just two days apart - of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront and our lovely little museum. River towns are the best!
MHCM extends our congratulations and thanks to Todd Poteet, who was honored by The Art Effect during tonight's Art After Dark event. In addition to teaching countless students in art and introducing them to art careers, he led the student group that created our whimsical, interactive mural that welcomes visitors into our upstairs Science Center Gallery.
Which one would you have been? The alarmist? The goofball? The lover of carbs?
When a 2nd grade teacher at Parkland Elementary in Texas lost internet and left of her virtual classroom, her students realized the conversation was being re...
TOMORROW NIGHT at 8PM! - - Free Virtual Event for Parents hosted by PBS KIDS
With children across the country learning at home, parents and caregivers are facing new challenges. PBS KIDS invites parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 8 to come together for a discussion with educators, a child psychologist and parents.
The forum will answer questions and share tips on how you can maintain a strong connection with your child’s school, help your child stay motivated to learn, and develop a learning routine for your family.
This Wednesday join teachers, a child psychologist, and parents from across the country for a discussion on how to encourage your child while they are learning from home. Have questions about virtual learning? Ask them here and they could be answered during the live discussion. Register for the event here: https://to.pbs.org/1118ParentEvent
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household.
If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, the CDC offers up these steps to make your celebration safer: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html
Important Reminder: As of November 13, New York State has restricted indoor and outdoor gatherings statewide at private residences to no more than 10 people.
Stay safe, everyone! Together we can control the spread!
Today is a perfect fall day to take a walk around your yard with your little one and notice all of the critters that call it home.
It's fun for kids to see their yard as habitats and space we share with animals. One thing we can all do to keep things in balance is to Leave Leaves Alone.
Want to learn more?
Check this out: https://www.leaveleavesalone.org/
COVID-19 has magnified the fragility of food systems around the country. We invite you to tune in TOMORROW to hear about what two New York State museums - (including MHCM) have done to increase food access within our communities and to better support those we serve.
Pre-registration is required.
We are so excited to welcome Meredith Horsford from Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Lara Litchfield-Kimber from Mid-Hudson Children's Museum and Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham from Museum Hue _ Colorful. Cultured. Cool this Friday for our discussion in the Essential Work in the Cultural Field Series: Food/In Security.
The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum are bridging the food insecurity gap in their communities by encouraging urban farming, increasing accessibility to fresh, locally sourced food, and educating the public on nutrition and meal preparation. This discussion will look at how each museum is helping to reduce food insecurity among the communities they serve.
This virtual program is free; advance registration required. Virtual program recording will be available for MANY members.
Register here: https://nysmuseums.org/event-3968487
Early Learning Junction is a learning space designed specifically for children ages 0-4.
Dressing the kiddos up for Halloween today? Be sure to post a pic - then tag us and use the hashtag #PostParade.
We are joining with children’s museums across the country to have a virtual costume parade to bring a bit of extra fun to this Halloween! 🎃
#halloween #halloweencostume #halloween2020 #costumeparade #childrensmuseum #PostParade #besafe #trickortreat #saycheese
Whoo HOOO! Sam! You go, bud!
#YouCanBeABCs from Sam - 6 year old raps about careers A through Z
Sam shares a little inspiration about what kids can be when they grow up. #YouCanBeABCs
We celebrated Halloween on the last day of our 2020 Farmers Market with a Touch-less Trick-or-Treat!
EmbraceRace is hosting an online webinar for parents and educators to introduce a new initiative to use children’s books as a departure point for expanding the capacity of families with children under 5 to engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Registration is FREE!
Don’t miss our last Outdoor Storytime of the season - this Saturday, October 3rd at 10am! Designed for kids ages 3-4 and their grown ups, this program is themed around Lois Ehlert’s story "Leaf Man" and features silly songs, movement and hands-on art projects.
Cost: FREE for MHCM members; $4 per child for non-members.
Pre-registration required as space is limited.
To reserve your spot, visit https://mhcm.org/event/outdoor-program-storytime-3/
In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when museums around the world were shuttered ... MHCM quickly realized that one of our core public programs - our farmers market - was an essential business and could play an important role in connecting local Poughkeepsie residents to fresh, healthy food. We also moved our children's garden into production mode so that we could grown food for our neighbors at Rip Van Winkle House Apartments.
We extend our thanks to the Association of Science and Technology Centers for helping to tell our story!
Because our Market is usually supported by the Museum's earned revenue, this season's Market could not have happened without grants from the following organizations. We extend our deepest thanks to all!
Humanities New York
City of Poughkeepsie
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Dutchess County Government
Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties
The George Strba Charitable Trust
The Evelyn Davies Charitable Trust
But it was the significant financial support from INDIVIDUALS that helped us extend our Market ... once again. For the first time, our Market will run through October 2020.
Thank you for your support and for helping us help our community stay connected with fresh, healthy food at this critical time!
ASTC members have been at the forefront of combating food insecurity, including by hosting farmers markets, distributing fresh produce, and related food outreach. A new feature in Dimensions highlights examples from spectrUM Discovery Area (Missoula, Montana), Mid-Hudson Children's Museum (including Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in Poughkeepsie, New York), Nurture Nature Center (Easton, Pennsylvania), and Minnetrista (Muncie, Indiana).
Take a field trip with the kids to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market this afternoon and practice your A-B-Cs... and your D-E-Fs ... and... oh you get the point!
Today’s Market is a special Harvest Celebration with great fresh, locally -sourced food and chances to win FREE prizes!
Shopping at a farmers market is a GREAT way to help children learn about where their food comes from.
Shop TODAY - rain or shine - from 3-6:30 pm in our riverfront pavilion. Free onsite parking. SNAP and WIC benefits accepted. Face masks required.
Ready for a good hair day? Join us tomorrow morning in the MHCM pavilion for Electric Science!
Advanced registration is required for this socially-distanced outdoor program.
#handsonlearning #earlylearning #stem #familytime #discovery #electric #static #shocking #goodhairday #outdoorprogram #socialdistancing #hudsonvalley #poughkeepsie
PARENTS: Power Up the #FamilyVote!
This election, critical issues for families are up for grabs. But if we want to be heard, WE NEED TO SHOW UP.
Voting is one of the most important things we can do to create the world we want for our children. Plus, parents who model the importance of voting by participating in elections with their kids, raise kids who later vote themselves.
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The New York State deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is October 9, 2020.
HELPFUL LINKS FOR NEW YORK RESIDENTS:
1) To check to see if you are registered, click here: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
2) To register to vote, click here: https://www.ny.gov/services/register-vote
3) To request an absentee ballot, click here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html
4) If you need help or have questions about the voter registration process, you may always contact the office of your Congressional Representative for assistance.
For Mid-Hudson Valley Residents:
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at 845-561-1259
Congressman Antonio Delgado at (845) 443-2930
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For information on joining the Power Up the #FamilyVote movement, for a collection of election resources for kids, visit:
For information and rules on bringing kids with you to vote on election day (... Yes! It's legal in all 50 states), visit: https://www.mother.ly/news/can-you-bring-your-kids-to-vote
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One year ago today MHCM was in Toronto with Association of Science and Technology Centers receiving the international “2019 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice” for our creation of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market as a targeted strategy to help fight local food insecurity.
At the time, we never could have imagined the crucial role our Market would play during COVID-19. We extend our deepest gratitude to our vendors, sponsors and donors who helped us open the Market early, in the height of the pandemic when so many businesses were shuttered, to help connect #poughkeepsie residents with fresh, healthy food.
We are excited to announce that we will be extending our 2020 season through October to provide a continued open-air shopping option for our neighbors!
Our Saturday Storytime is FAMILY TIME!
Join us this Saturday (9/19) for relaxed, hands-on, socially-distanced outdoor fun that helps work the wiggles out!
To register and reserve your spot, visit: https://mhcm.org/event/outdoor-program-storytime-2/.
This program is designed for kids ages 3-5 and is FREE for MHCM members; $4 per child for non members. Space is limited!
Do you know the story behind our R. Hero Dalmatian Puppy Sculpture?
In 2014, MHCM Executive Director, Lara Litchfield-Kimber, met artist Karen Barone, creator of the R. Hero sculptures, and Bunni Benaron, founder of The Hero In You Foundation at the annual conference of the Association of Children's Museums in Phoenix, AZ. Ms, Barone and Ms Benaron were looking for special venues for R. Hero, which was created to honor firefighters and first responders.
At that very same time back in Poughkeepsie, firefighters from Arlington Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2393 were volunteering in our exhibits shop creating a new fire truck exhibit for the Museum. Upon hearing of the many connections that Poughkeepsie and its first responders had to 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts, MHCM was selected as an R. Hero site ... IF ... we could transport the sculpture from the studio where is was created in California to the Hudson Valley.
Enter Arnoff Moving & Storage. They just happened to have a truck leaving California in late summer. Upon learning more about this local fourth generation family-owned business, Ms. Benaron hired Arnoff Moving & Storage to transport other R. Hero sculptures across the country, as well.
On September 11, 2014, MHCM unveiled our 6-foot tall R. Hero Dalmatian Puppy Sculpture in honor of firefighters and first responders, and as inspiration to children and families who visit the Museum.
A couple of weeks later, we unveiled our new fire truck exhibit at a special evening opening for first responder families. If you've ever listened carefully as your child presses the various buttons, you may have noticed that one of the audio buttons is the actual 911 call from September 11, 2001. It was included as a tribute to firefighters and first responders who helped in NYC in the days after 9/11.
We are GO FOR LAUNCH for Saturday’s “Cosmic Painting” workshops. We’ll use real NASA images for reference and inspiration, and then add a bit of whimsy as we create our own painted masterpieces. Two socially-distanced outdoor sessions offered at 10 am and 1 pm. To register visit: mhcm.org. This program is geared for children ages 4-7.
#childrensmuseum #outdoorworkshop #artist #kidsart #create #familytime #socialdistancing #getoutside #handson #expressyourself #cosmic #space #nasa #poughkeepsie
As the sun sets on this "anything but typical first day of school" we wanted to share this short, but powerful reminder of the power that teachers have in the lives of children.
"Is this job tough? You betcha. But it's NOT impossible. We can do this. We're educators. We're born to make a difference." Thank you Rita Pierson. You nailed it.
And THANK YOU to all of the teachers near and far who are standing with our children during this unprecedented time. We salute you!
"Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them. Is this job tough? You betcha. But it is not impossible. We're educators. We're born to make a difference."
Watch Rita Pierson's full TED Talk here: http://t.ted.com/YxdAyD3
Sharing this important message about the 2020 Census from our friends at Community Matters 2 - "CM2".
Every 10 years the United States conducts a census of its population. By participating, you help to ensure that our community receives its fair share of federal aid for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Plus, businesses use census data to determine where to build and grow.
The 2020 Census deadline is September 30, 2020. Don't wait - complete your census online TODAY at: https://2020census.gov/en.html
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
Have you done your 2020 Census? If not you need to do it. Very important that we are counted. Millions of dollars are on the line for the next 10 years. If you don' believe me take it from everyone else in the video.
Your information is kept confidential and it takes 10-15 minutes to do. Got to my2020census.gov and make sure your COUNTED!
U.S. Census Bureau Poughkeepsie Journal City of Poughkeepsie Poughkidsie Dutchess County Government Northern Dutchess Hospital Dutchess Community College iHeartRadio Kiss FM
When is the last time you looked at your frozen, canned or packaged fruits and vegetables to see where they were grown?
Here's an important activity to do with the kids: Check food labels when you shop. You might be surprised to learn just how far what you purchase in the grocery travels to get to you.
Why does this matter? Imported food is not subject to the same regulation on fertilizer and pesticide use - or proper handling - that US farms are. Plus, that little fruit cup has a tremendous carbon footprint with all that travel and processing.
It's important for kids to learn where their food comes from so they can make good choices about nutrition and consumption.
Fruit and vegetable production is naturally seasonal.
Buying in-season produce from local farms is the best option for the health of the planet and gives you the freshest, naturally ripened food available. Buying directly from farmers at farmers markets is affordable and supports local business.
"Pears grown in Argentina, packed in Thailand and then sold in the United States."
We believe that the geographical map is very explanatory of how much this system that we have created is definitely impacting the planet.Transporting a product for tens of thousands of kilometers means enormously increasing its impact on the environment in terms of CO2 emissions, then doing it to pack it in plastic is even more absurd.
The best choice is always to buy local fruit and vegetables, in season and obviously loose.
Do you agree?
#wildaware #climatechange #savethisplanet
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The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that promote learning through interactive play, the Museum welcomes over 75,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, Tell Me a Story, Rivertown, The Science Center @ MHCM, Imagination Playground, and The Children's Garden @ MHCM (Seasonal). The Museum also features weekly drop-In educational programs, and is a popular location for birthday parties as well as weddings and other private functions in its outdoor riverfront pavilion. MHCM is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson's Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park.
In 2017, MHCM launched the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - a new farmers market bringing farm fresh produce to City of Poughkeepsie families, residents and visitors. The Market operates Monday afternoons from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm June through August. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization that is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).