“Deadly Explosion at an Illegal Fireworks Factory” benefit lecture by William “Bill” Bass April 23
Thirty-nine years ago, a massive explosion rocked Benton, Tenn. The explosion destroyed a barn disguised as a fishing bait farm. It had been operating as one of the largest illegal fireworks factories in the country. Dismembered bodies flew through the air, creating a challenge for forensic pathologist William “Bill” Bass and his team to recover and identify the victims.
Bass will present a lecture benefitting the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 23. Radio and TV personality Frank Murphy will serve as emcee.
Children’s Museum gym doors open at 5:30 pm The lecture is at 7:30 pm Tickets at https://bit.ly/drbasscmor.
Bass will discuss the science behind his identification of the bodies, and he will take questions from the audience. This lecture is for mature audiences and perfect for people who are fascinated with crime scenes and forensic anthropology.
Tickets include a VIP meet and greet with Bass and a commemorative tote bag containing a Children’s Museum family pass, and many other surprises. Before the lecture, guests can shop for books and merchandise from BoneZones.com and get them signed by Bass. Food will be available for purchase from Mucho Gusto, a food truck specializing in International cuisine with a Hispanic flair to burgers, pizza and hotdogs. Complimentary water and soda will be available. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $125 per person plus a small processing fee at: https://bit.ly/drbasscmor. No refunds will be issued unless the event is canceled by the Children’s Museum.
Summer Camp Registration Open Imagination Station Summer Camp June 6 – July 22
The camp is for children in grades K-5 morning, afternoon, or all day.
This year marks the 48th year of summer programming at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Registration is now open for CMOR’s Imagination Station Summer Camp.
“This is a great way to increase a child’s learning fun over the summer,” the Children’s Museum news release stated. From art to gardening to physics to superheroes to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), there are many sessions from which to choose. Children may attend for one week, several weeks, or all seven weeks. Rates are as follows.
- Single Camp Members – $115
- Non-Members – $135
- Same Week Discount Rate* Members – $190
- Non-Members – $220
Save money when registering a child for two half-day camps in the same week. Discount rate applies to a single child registered for morning and afternoon camp, or two siblings registered for camp during the same week. The complete list of sessions and registration information are online at https:// bit.ly/campatcmor. The week of July 4 will have a four-day camp that is prorated for the holiday. For more information, call the Children’s Museum at (865) 482-1074.
Alvin Weinberg Birthday Celebration April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On April 20, the Children’s Museum will hold a family friendly celebration of Alvin Weinberg’s birthday. Visitors will enjoy a STEM activity in the Discovery Lab and can explore the Museum’s collection of science books for children. Visitors will also receive a cupcake as they leave the Museum. In the week leading up to the Celebration, visitors will be invited to enter into a drawing for a STEM themed gift basket. The basket drawing will take place on April 20 at 4 pm The event is free with admission.
Weinberg was born in Chicago on April 20, 1915, and he died in Oak Ridge on Oct. 18, 2006. A world class physicist, he donated his personal papers to the Children’s Museum in the 1980s. Many of those papers can now be explored in a digital archive at https://bit.ly/digitalweinberg. For more information about the Alvin Weinberg Archives Project visit: https://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org/weinberg
Charlie’s Book Club CMOR Lobby
Thanks to a Lunch 4 Literacy grant, CMOR offers “Charlie’s Book Club,” a school-year book giveaway program for children ages 6 through 10. CMOR has a different book to give away each month.
April’s selection is a gardening book: “The Best-Ever Step-by-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas For 5 to 12 Year-Olds, From Growing Fruit And Vegetables And Fun With Flowers To Wildlife Gardening And Outdoor Crafts,” by Jenny Hendy (2017). Books are available free on a first-come first-served basis with 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.
Free Visit Day for Girl Scouts April 9 from 10 am until 4 pm
Girl Scout Day on March 12 was canceled because of snow, so the Children’s Museum will offer free admission to Girl Scouts in uniform, sash or vest, and their immediate family on Saturday, April 9.
Other Regular Programs @ CMOR
Each week the museum has drop-in programs that are free and registration is not required.
This is a great opportunity for children to get out of the house, play with others, or make music.
- Toddler Playtime – Tuesdays from 10 am – noon in the Preschool Room
- Crafty Wednesdays – this popular program returns on Wednesdays from 1 – 4 pm in the Discovery Lab
- Musical Mornings – Thursdays from 10 am – noon in the Music Room
COVID-19 safety guidelines
The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge no longer requires visitors to wear face masks. Masks are optional for visitors, but unvaccinated people and those who are at higher risk are encouraged to wear a mask indoors.
“From the beginning of the pandemic, the Children’s Museum team has worked hard to provide a safe environment for our visitors, staff, and volunteers and will continue to do so.”
This includes continuing to encourage social distancing, continuing enhanced cleaning protocols and wearing of masks by staff and volunteers when in public areas of the building or working with the public.
The Children’s Museum will continue to monitor the pandemic and re-evaluate as necessary. Check for updates at https://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge is at 461 W. Outer Dr. Oak Ridge TN 37830. 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 until 4 pm The Children’s Museum is closed on Easter.
Admission for adults is $8; Seniors, $7; and children, ages 3-17, $6. Children ages two and younger and CMOR Members receive free admission. The website is http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org.