In just a few weeks, schools will be ending for the year and transitioning into summer break. During this time, many parents scurry to find ideas to keep their child engaged, interactive, excited, and avoiding excessive screen time during the summer. It’s important that anything their child does provides learning experiences and/or some sort of physical activity. We are fortunate in the Quad Cities to have multiple opportunities for individuals of all ages in every season — especially, with our local Putnam Museum and Science Center.
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?!
The world is an enormous place. We begin learning about the world starting with the landscape and history of our own country. Then we move on to learn about countries outside of our own.
In the world population of 7.53 billion individuals, only 325.7 million people reside in the U.S., compared to the nearly 7.2 billion that live in other parts of the word. It’s important to begin culturally competent learning and critical thinking at a young age, something the Putnam Museum strives for in their Explorers and Explorers Junior (Jr.) programs. Whether on a mission exploring the ocean or engaging in the worldly travel that comes with this next program, the museum has children “examine, investigate, create, and invent”.
The new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions, at the Putnam Museum is a brilliant blend of literature, fashion and book art. My monthly book club, Reading Between the Wines, decided that this was a fun way to celebrate literature. One of our members made our reservations at the Putnam Museum for the special luncheon which was designed specifically to attract book clubs.
Strong and independent women have graced literature for centuries, leading the way for so many modern-day women, including myself. Of course, my parents raised me to be an intelligent and strong-willed young woman, but Harper Lee’s Scout Finch and Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett only led me to become a more academic, social-justice oriented, and empowered female.
These are the stories the Putnam Museum’s latest exhibit on literary heroines sets out to tell in their new exhibit.
As you look out the frost covered windows during this month, many of us dwell on what the holiday season means to us. Every person you meet will answer that question differently — but most will note the importance of family, giving, holiday decor, and cheer.
During this busy time, most families are constantly on the go with little time to spend together until the holidays arrive. However, in those open pockets of time, the Putnam Museum has their 4-day annual Polar Express Pajama Party, giving an opportunity to spend quality family time together.
As parents, we are lucky to raise our kids in a wonderful spot with tons of great family-friendly events and activities. And the learning opportunities! We live in a community with museums, parks and natural wonders like the Mississippi River!
But if you are anything like me, you may miss some of the hidden gems in the area because you get in the habit of going to your favorite spots.
Research shows that much of your child’s brain development occurs before age 5. We can help that brain development in lots of ways, but I especially love taking my son to local spots to help him learn and grow before he enters kindergarten. As a bonus, I enjoy these spots, too.
If you have kids under 12, the Quad Cities is a great spot to spend a weekend away any time of the year. (And if you are from the Quad Cities, you can have a wonderful staycation.)
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy making memories – even in the middle of the winter. Check out our picks for a trip with your family! (You could stay busy for a weekend or a full week with our added ideas at the bottom of this post.)
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show…”
And “enjoy the show” is certainly what Beatles fans did for decades after the band premiered in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Even after the band disbanded in 1969-70, their music continues to live on for all the generations following.
Now, fans old and new have the chance to relive the decade of some of the greatest rock music to ever exist through the Putnam Museum’s new exhibit, The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition.
For a young child, little else is more exciting than the night before Christmas. They are anxiously trying to fall asleep in their warm beds, in anticipation for the morning. Then with the popularity of The Polar Express, children hoped they too would be able to hear the bells of Christmas their whole life.