Enjoy Favorite Children’s Books on Putnam’s GIANT Screen

I will admit, I set the bar low as our two little guys and I headed to the Putnam Museum to see “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” for Story Time on the GIANT Screen. My kids might not behave in the big theater…the book might not be that good as a movie..the “fun activity” might be too advanced or not advanced enough.

Well, let me tell you: the experience FAR exceeded my expectations!! What a fun visit! We can’t wait to attend more. Story Time on the GIANT Screen at the Putnam needs to go on your must do with toddlers and preschoolers list this year! Did I mention: It’s FREE?!

Each month the Putnam is putting stories up on the big screen. Actual pages of the book are “turned” on the screen as the story is read aloud. The kids loved it. Then, after the film there is a fun activity.

For our visit in November, the activity was to color and then tape together a house. My 4-year-old was meticulously coloring and still has his house intact. My 2-year-old wanted to be the Big Bad Pig and destroyed his house. Hours later as he was drifting off to sleep our littlest guy was still talking about the Big Bad Pig: “He happy, Mama. He happy.” (I love this story’s ending.)

The remaining dates and books are:

Tuesday, February 10
“The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle

Tuesday, March 19
“A Bad Case of the Stripes” by David Shannon

Tuesday, April 23
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond

Each showing starts 10:15 a.m. with a fun activity following the projected reading. It’s recommended for ages 3-6, but my 2-year-old also had fun. One note is that the lights stay on during the show so little ones are not frightened. No one is concerned with noise and voices because let’s be honest: #allkidsmakenoise

Be sure to Like the Putnam Museum on Facebook to get info on the Story Time events.

We were lucky to see lots of other kids at the event. Pictured at the top: Ella Age 5 and Lily Age 3 both from Bettendorf. Lilliann Mae Age 2 1/2 also from Bettendorf. We hope to see you there, too!

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Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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