Charlie’s Book Club, CMOR Lobby
Thanks to a generous Lunch 4 Literacy grant, CMOR is able to offer “Charlie’s Book Club,” a school-year book giveaway program for children ages six through 10.
CMOR has a different book to give away each month. March’s selection is a Native American-themed classic and Caldecott Medal winner: “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” by Paul Goble (1978). Books are available free of charge on a first-come first-served basis, one book per child. Younger children are encouraged to join Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Book themes for Charlie’s Book Club include art, science, history, Native American culture, cooking and gardening. Books are selected to coordinate with the Museum’s mission and exhibits, according to a museum news release.
Girl Scout Week Celebration, March 12, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Free Children’s Museum admission will be given to Girl Scouts in uniform, sash or vest, and their immediate family members. The Girl Scouts hold an important place in the history of the Children’s Museum as it was founded in 1973 by Girl Scout Troop 69 and its leader, Joyce Maienschein. This year’s Girl Scout Week celebration will include a scavenger hunt, games and more.
Celebration of the Young Child, April 4-8
The Celebration of the Young Child is free with admission and registration is not required.
Special activities, both virtual and at the Children’s Museum, will be offered throughout the week. The Celebration of the Young Child is held during the Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 52 Affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years, birth through age eight, lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we — as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation — will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
Look for details soon on the Children’s Museum’s social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. and website http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.
Third Sunday & Garden Opening, March 20, 1 to 4 pm
This event is free with admission.
The Kids Go Green Environmental Center and Gardens reopens this month. Visitors will enjoy an Open House of the Environmental Center and Gardens, Solar House, and Train Garden, weather permitting, visit the Knoxville Area Model Railroad clubhouse, and explore the world of amateur radio in the Discovery Lab. Third Sundays are made possible thanks to members of the Knoxville Area Model Railroaders and the Amateur Radio Club of Oak Ridge, the release stated.
Other Regular Programs @CMOR
Each week the museum has drop-in programs that are free and registration is not required. This is described in the release as a great opportunity for children to get out of the house, play with others, or make music.
- Toddler Playtime will be Tuesdays from 10 am until noon in the Preschool Room.
- The Train Garden at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge reopens for the season on March 20.
- Musical Mornings will be Thursdays from 10 am until noon in the Music Room.
- Craft-to-Go will be Sundays from 1 until 4 pm in the Lobby. The first 20 children to visit receive a free craft kit to take home. The craft changes each week.
COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
The Children’s Museum continues to implement safety precautions for COVID-19. Based on current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, museum visitors are expected to practice social distancing, and visitors ages five and older are required to wear a mask. Masks are optional for children ages three through four. Masks are not required for children ages two and younger.
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is at 461 W. Outer Drive. . You can reach it by phone at (865) 482-1074. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm until 4 pm Admission for adults is $8, Seniors is $7, Children, ages 3 to 17 are $6. Children ages two and younger and CMOR Members receive free admission. Visit the Children’s museum website at http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.