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SPRING into the Museum!
Tuesday, April 15 - Friday April 18
Families | FREE

Calling all learners! Come explore the Museum's exhibitions and discover something new by participating in a variety of exciting activities.

TUESDAY, April 15

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Design and CANstruct
(Classrooms 2 and 3)
Using a variety colors and shapes of cans, create a 2-D or 3-D CANstruction design with art instructor Peggy Steinbach. A Can-Do creative project for all ages.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
"Can" We Talk About Nutrition?
(Fourth Floor Terrace)
Cornell Cooperative Extension's nutrition activities are fun for the whole family! Discover healthy recipes, take a nutrition quiz, learn about MyPlate and more!

2:00 PM
Wild Turkeys in New York: Past, Present, and Future
(Huxley Theater)
Wild turkeys are a common sight in forests and fields across New York, but this beautiful bird was once gone from our state. Come learn about how the wild turkey was restored to New York's landscape and what the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is doing to make sure that future generations of New Yorkers can continue to enjoy this important species.



11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM
*Pick up FREE tickets from the Main Lobby Desk and meet in the Huxley Theater
Join us in the Huxley Theatre for StarLab! Crawl inside our inflatable planetarium and listen to a seasonal sky tour. Space within the StarLab is limited. Free tickets will be available at the main lobby desk one hour before each showtime on a first come, first-served basis. StarLab presentations are approximately 35 minutes long and are best suited for ages 5 years and up.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Nutrition Magician
(Classroom 4)
Come and explore the magic of food with the Nutrition Magician! Janet Micheli, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, will help children examine the healthy and not-so-healthy effects of nutrients and food products on the human body. This class is best suited for ages 8-12.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mammals, Museum, and Me!
(Colvin Tower in Adirondack Hall)
Join Museum staff to learn about our New York State mammals, view and draw museum specimens, and create a personalized field guide of mammals. A worthwhile activity all will enjoy!

THURSDAY, April 17

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Healthy Fun & Games

(Kid's Cove)

Join Museum staff in a fun game of nutrition bingo with hand-outs and coloring for all ages!
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hands-on Activities with
Capital District Community Gardens
(Colvin Tower in Adirondack Hall)
Capital District Community Gardens makes healthy eating fun for the whole family. Stop by for hands-on activities and to learn about local agriculture happening right here in the Capital Region. CDCG organizes 50 community gardens, two mobile produce markets, an urban farm, and much more!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Something Fishy
(Museum Clubhouse)
Examine fish and measure speciation characteristics, did we find a new species? This is real science in action!  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

FRIDAY, April 18

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sesame Street: Get Healthy Now
(Huxley Theater)
Sesame Street: Get Healthy Now, a 21-minute episode of Sesame Street, will play continuously.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sesame Street Healthy Habits
(Sesame Street Exhibition)
Join WMHT Public Television for family activities focusing on nutrition. Children and their parents can "Try for Five" with a Sesame Street fruit and vegetable activity, and create menus for a healthy breakfast.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Casting for Beginners*
(Bird Hall)
Join your guide Fran Martino from River Haggie Outdoors as she teaches children how to cast a fishing pole. Learn how to bait your hook, cast your line, catch a fish, and release a fish safely. If you want to catch a fish, you've got to think like a fish!
*Includes educator presentation that describes the NYS Department of Health's Fish Advisory.
2:00 - 2:45 PM
Fish Tales with Loki, the Husky Dog Reading Program
(Kids Cove)
Children will enjoy reading stories to Loki the Husky, a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. Program includes an educator presentation that describes the NYS Department of Health's Fish Advisory.


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