Sunday, November 6, 2011

Duluth Children's Museum First Fridays Event

On August 23, 2011, I posted a story about our visit to the Duluth Children's Museum and indicated how much I always enjoy visiting. Well, Emily Halbakken, Program Director, invited us back to be part of an event they call First Fridays. Since this event was to have a farm theme, Nancy and I were to display our props and books and talk to kids and adults about the farm.

Nancy behind the table of books

Me by our display of pictures of children doing farm work.
 Children like to put their fingers into the can of oats.
Parents and grandparents asked the children if they could identify the farm activity. Everyone could identify the kids milking cows.
Children enjoyed coloring the black and white pages of illustrations from our books.

And there was so much more to do!

View a seed demonstration and take home some bags of seed.

 Make butter and then eat it
 Play in the really cool permanent displays.

 Make a variety of crafts.
 Or explore some exciting stairs to view natural history.

The event lasted from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and although the children showed signs of getting tired, none of them wanted to leave. I can understand why. The place is filled with fascinating displays and activities and volunteers and professional staff who work hard to make it fun and educational. 

Duluth Children's Museum was established in 1930 and is the fifth oldest in the nation. Go to their website at to learn about the attractions to visit and programs they offer.

I thank Emily for inviting us to be part of this event. Nancy and I greatly enjoyed talking to the kids and adults. Thanks to those customers who stopped to talk and especially to those who bought my children's books about farm heritage.
Also thanks to Mary Davis, Program Director, and all the kind staff members and volunteers who helped make our visit enjoyable.

Photographs by Nancy A. Fredrickson

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