Wednesday, June 13, 2012

{Discovery Place} Down on the Farm

Have I told you how much I LOVE Discovery Place?! yes, well can I tell you again? Humor me, I have seen them expand to the Nature Museum and Discovery Place Kids over the years. I love this idea they are doing at Charlotte Nature Museum. Having a small farm myself, I know how much my kids and friends kid enjoy coming over. Hope you get a chance to check this out.

Down on the Farm at Charlotte Nature Museum
Saturday, June 16; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Charlotte, NC –Hay, that’s enough horsing around! We are giving two (green)thumbs up for local farms and their animals when Charlotte Nature Museum hostsits June Creature Feature event, Farm Day, Saturday, June 16, from10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

"Ewe"can discover the amazing ways farm animals are alike and different from animalsyou might find in your own backyard. For example, did youknow sheep (Ovis aries), have a split in their upper lip that they use tonibble on leafy delights such as grass, lettuce and other tasty plants? Or,chomp on this fun fact: lettuce is actually a member of the sunflowerfamily. Meet visiting sheep, their lambs, and other animal friends up closeincluding:
·        Goats [Capra aegagrus hircus];
·        Adult and kitten rabbits [Oryctolagus cuniculus];
·        Ducks [Anas sp.];
·        Chickens and chicks [Gallus sp] and; 
·        Miniature horse [Equuscaballus].
Humans like to munch on tasty tidbitsjust as much as their animal friends and our palates even share some of thesame tastes. The fruits and vegetables you eat every day travel fromthe field to your fork, and where they come from can make a big difference tohow they taste. Did you know that we are eating 900% more broccoli than we did20 years ago? Take a bite out of tasty gardening secrets, and find out whylocal farming is important during hands-on demonstrations on backyardgardening. There’smore fun to be had – plow over to the JamesRiver Equipment display and sit on a real life-size tractor!

Kids both human and goat also can enjoy storytime with a menagerie of tales about our animal pals including “LouellaMae, She’s Run Away” by Karen Beaumont Alarcon, “The HungryDuckling” by Deborah Kovacs and “The Cow That Went OINK,” byBernard Most. Go wild during the Puppet Show “Growing Up Wild” andget crafty by making a pig nose mask and scary scarecrows from paper towelsrolls. Trails’ End Store will be offering cool items includingfarm-related coloring books and the Chickyboom Chicken Counting Game.

Also, take root with Fort Wild, an outdoornatural play area funded by The National Wildlife Federation that opens to thepublic on Saturday, June 16. A backyard play habitat that that encouragesunstructured play and exploration of nature, Fort Wild demonstrates howguests can create outdoor play spaces from natural elements found in their ownbackyards.

Creature Features, supported by The Guild ofDiscovery Place, Inc., are monthly special events and include crafts, PuppetShows and storytelling. Creature Feature activities are free with Museumadmission.  Admission: $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two and Membersare free. Parking is free.

Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658Sterling Road, Charlotte. Hours are: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m.; andclosed on Monday.

Charlotte NatureMuseum offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and walk amongfree-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in CreatureCavern, buzz by Insect Alley or just hang out in Our Big Backyard.Visitors can learn together during workshops, summer camps and more. Daily programmingincluding hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learningand informal play for kids of all ages. Charlotte Nature Museum is operated byDiscovery Place, Inc.

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