Where do I want to visit?: Japan

Growing up, I loved the show Pokémon, so perhaps that is why I love Japan. Maybe it is also my age, as I grew up in the 90’s, where an Asian flair for fashion was a trend at one point. Sometime in high school, two of my good friends convinced me to read manga and watch anime, which opened me up to a whole new culture I had never seen before.

My love of Japan continued as I explored videos on YouTube. I love watching content creators, and eventually, I found channels on YouTube featuring different couples. One channel follows two American women who married Japanese men, and it showcases their lives after moving to Japan. I was captivated by how different American and Japanese cultures are and watched every video these creators had to offer. One of these couples is Rachel and Jun. I always look forward to their content because they often talk about the differences between American and Japanese Culture. I also tune in because they have four precious cats, and as a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, I am there for the cat content!

Another channel showcases Simon and Martina, a Canadian couple who moved to Korea to teach and eventually moved to Japan. Like other content creators, they talk about the differences between western and Japanese culture. My favorite part about their channel is that they tour Japan and teach about Japanese food. They have so many videos trying out different Raman noodles, omurice, sushi, and onigiri, and more. As someone who is not very adventurous with food, I find these videos fascinating. A fun video feature from this channel is when they spend 24 hours in one city and tour as much as possible that time, often giving the history and cultural significance behind the places they go.

My dream is to go to the Japanese countryside and see the mountains. Mountains are just beautiful, and I find the idea of watching people living their everyday lives in the countryside more interesting than a busy city’s tourism. I’ve read that in the country, there are vegetable vending machines that farmers will put out. The food in these vending machines is taken on the honor system, so you pay what you can and take what you need. I can’t imagine that kind of thing happening in America! I’m also interested in the honor that simple acts illicit. Marie Kondo became so popular here in America for a time, and I remember people making fun of the concept of greeting your house. However, in Japan, greeting your house is about honor. It’s about appreciating the little things that make up your life. I’ve even read about a temple dedicated to pets that have passed away. Monks will say a blessing over the animal who has passed away, and people can spread the ashes of their deceased pet around the temple.   Maybe my love started with Pokémon, but someday I hope to travel there and experience the country
for myself.

November 2020 Events At The Museum: Nov. 1st – 19th

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce their series of upcoming events for the month of November! From Storytime, to celebrating Veteran’s Day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! You can download the calendar for the month of November here.


Wednesday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day Workshop

Learn why red poppies are a symbol of the holiday as we make our own red poppy fields during our Veteran’s Day Workshop on Wednesday, November 11th, 10:30am – 11:30am!
Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult. Members get $2 off!
Please call 518-793-2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org to reserve your spot today!
**This program is limited to 10 children**

Friday, November 13th: Storytime Friday!

Join us at the Museum on Friday, November 13th, at 11:00am as we read “The Turnip” by Pierr Morgan and then do a craft! Program is appropriate for all ages.
Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult. Members get $2 off!
Space is limited, so parents can sign up by calling 518.793.2773 or emailing director@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!

Monday, November 16th: Sensory Playtime

Everyone is welcome during our Sensory Playtime program on Monday, November 16th, at 10:30am! Each child with get their own sensory activity to play with and take home!

Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult. Member gets $2 off!

Reserve your spot by calling the Museum at 518.793.2773 or emailing director @worldchildrensmuseum.org. Program is limited to 8 children.

Wednesday, November 18th: World Food – What Should I Eat?

It’s harvest time! Join us for a fun, hands-on, and educational program that will help your child understand where corn, wheat, and rice came from, and how they’re traditionally used in different cultures! Explore the use and impact of corn, rice, and wheat in world cultures. Hands-on stations include measurement, setting an international table, and make-and-take project! November 18th program is for kids in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
Cost: $15/child, $5/adult. Members get $2 off!
Call to reserve your spot at 518.793.2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!
Space is limited to 10 children. 

Thursday, November 19th: World Food – What Should I Eat?

It’s harvest time! Join us for a fun, hands-on, and educational program that will help your child understand where corn, wheat, and rice came from, and how they’re traditionally used in different cultures! Explore the use and impact of corn, rice, and wheat in world cultures. Hands-on stations include measurement, setting an international table, and make-and-take project! November 19th program is for kids in 3rd through 6th grade.
Cost: $15/child, $5/adult. Members get $2 off!
Call to reserve your spot at 518.793.2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!
Space is limited to 10 children.

October 2020 Events At The Museum: Oct. 16th – 31st

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce their series of upcoming events for the month of October! From Paint & Sips, to celebrating Day of the Dead, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! You can download the calendar for the month of October here.


Little Ones Yoga

Join us on Friday, October 16th at 11:00am for Little Ones Yoga! Led by guest instructor Neha Gowala, little ones will develop proper posture, better balance, and self-awareness in this fun, child-friendly practice. This yoga workshop is suitable for children of all ages!
Program is $6 per child, $3 per adult. Members get $2 off!
Space is limited to 8 children, so parents can 518.793.2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org to register.

Finger Painting With Friends

Get your hands dirty at our finger painting workshop on Wednesday, October 21st, at 10:30am! We’ll look at all the colors of fall in art from our collection, and learn how to use our hands and fingers to create unique autumnal masterpieces!
Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult. Members get $2 off!
Please call 518.793.2773 ext. 305 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org to reserve your spot today!
**This class is limited to 8 children**

Storytime Friday

Join us at the Museum on Friday, October 23rd, at 11:00am as we read “Thanking The Moon: Celebrating The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival” by Grace Lin and then do a craft! Program is appropriate for all ages.
Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult. Members get $2 off!
Space is limited, so parents can sign up by calling 518.793.2773 or emailing director@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!

Day Of The Dead Celebration

Culture comes to life through hands-on stations, art, and authentic objects as students celebrate Mexican culture during our “Day Of The Dead Celebration” special event, running Tuesday, October 27th – Thursday, October 29th! Children will learn about ofrendas, learn Spanish words and phrases, and more! All programs run 10:00am – 11:00am.
Cost: $15/child, $5/adult. Members get $2 off!
Space is limited, so parents can register by calling the Museum at 518.793.2773 or emailing marketing@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!
Tuesday, October 27th: For children in Pre-K through 1st grade.
Wednesday, October 28th: For children in 2nd through 4th grade.
Thursday, October 29th: For children in 5th through 8th grade.

Storytime Friday

Join us at the Museum on Friday, October 30th, at 11:00am as we read “Day Of The Dead” by Tony Johnston and Jeanette Winter and then do a craft! Program is appropriate for all ages.
Cost: $6 per child, $3 per adult. Members get $2 off!
Space is limited, so parents can sign up by calling 518.793.2773 or emailing director@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!

 

October 2020 Events At The Museum: Oct. 1st – 15th

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce their series of upcoming events for the month of October! From Paint & Sips, to celebrating Day of the Dead, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! You can download the calendar for the month of October here.


Paint & Sip Series

Our popular and family-friendly “Paint & Sip” series returns to the Museum on Wednesday, October 7th and Tuesday, October 13th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm each class! Programs are as follow:

Wednesday, October 7th: Sunflowers Paint & Sip

Tuesday, October 13th: Lake George Waterscape Paint & Sip

Programs are $20 per child/adult duo ($5 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult). Members get a 50% discount!
Space is limited, so please call us at 518.793.2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org to sign up today!

**Face coverings are to be warn at all times during the event except while sipping juice**

Friday, October 9th: Storytime Friday – “We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt”

Join us at the Museum on Friday, October 9th, at 11:00am as we read “We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt” by Steve Metzger and do our own leaf rubbings! Program is appropriate for all ages.

Space is limited, so parents can sign up by calling 518.793.2773 or emailing director@worldchildrensmuseum.org today!

Monday, October 12th: Celebrate Indigenous People Of NY!

Learn about the Indigenous People of NY at the World Awareness Children’s Museum on Monday, October 12th, 11:00am – 12:00pm!
Space is limited, so parents should call the Museum at 518.793.2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org to reserve their space today!

September 2020 Events At The Museum

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce their series of upcoming events for the month of September! From Paint & Sips, to exploring local nature trails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! You can download the calendar for the month of September here.

Young Conservationist Series

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is proud to announce our new “Young Conservationist Series”, presented in conjunction with Saratoga PLAN!

During our Young Conservationist Series, children and families will explore three (3) different Saratoga PLAN nature preserves, where they will get to learn about nature, enjoy some light snacks, and make a craft! Programs are as follows:

  • Sunday, September 20th: Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve
  • Saturday, September 26th: Orra Phelps Nature Preserve
  • Sunday, September 27th: Galway Nature Preserve

Programs are $15 per child, $5 per adult. All programs are about 90 minutes and begin at 11am.
We ask that all attendees wear masks and perform social distancing in accordance with state and federal laws.

Families interested in signing up can call the Museum at 518.793.2773 or email: director@worldchildrensmuseum.org

Thanks to JUST Water for their generous water bottle donation for the event!

Paint & Sip Series

Our popular and family-friendly “Paint & Sip” series returns to the Museum on Wednesday, September 23rd and Tuesday, September 29th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm each class!
Program is $20 per child/adult duo ($5 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult). Members get a 50% discount!
Space is limited, so please call us at 518.793.2773 or email director@worldchildrensmuseum.org to sign up today!
**Face coverings are to be warn at all times during the event except while sipping juice**
This workshop is aligned with NYS educational standards and is a perfect resource for homeschooling families.

Our Earth: Keep It Clean Series

In this workshop series, students will visit the museum to explore ways the air, land, and water are polluted. They’ll also find ways that they can help make it cleaner by replanting and recycling. Students will analyze art together and learn about the environment around the world, including what they can do to make our earth a great place to live by conserving our resources. Programs are as follows:
  • Thursday, September 24th (For children in 2nd and 3rd grade)
  • Monday, September 28th (For children Pre-K through 1st grade)
  • Wednesday, September 30th (For children in 4th through 6th grade)
Cost: $15/child, $5/adult. Members get $2 off! All programs run 10:00am – 11:00am.
Please call to reserve your spot: 518-793-2773 ext. 305. Each lesson is limited to 10 children, so sign up quickly!
This program meets the following NYS Education Standards:
ELA: Reading, Standard 7; Speaking and Listening, Standard 1; Language, Standard 1
Arts—Visual Arts: Creating, Standard 1; Responding, Standard 7; Responding, Standard 8
Social Studies: Gathering, interpreting, and using evidence; geographical reasoning
Science: Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on living organisms and non-living things in the environment; obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

Young Conservationist Series

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is proud to announce our new “Young Conservationist Series”, presented in conjunction with Saratoga PLAN!

During our Young Conservationist Series, children and families will explore three (3) different Saratoga PLAN nature preserves, where they will get to learn about nature, enjoy some light snacks, and make a craft! Programs are as follows:

– Sunday, September 20th: Rowland Hollow Creek Preserve

– Saturday, September 26th: Orra Phelps Nature Preserve

– Sunday, September 27th: Galway Nature Preserve

Programs are $15 per child, $5 per adult. All programs are about 90 minutes and begin at 11am.
We ask that all attendees wear masks and perform social distancing in accordance with state and federal laws.

Families interested in signing up can call the Museum at 518.793.2773 or email: director@worldchildrensmuseum.org

Thanks to JUST Water for their generous water bottle donation for the event!

#AdirondackStrong

We are #AdirondackStrong!

#AdirondackStong is a community-based initiative meant to empower and strengthen the Glens Falls, NY area during these trying times. The pandemic has affected us all, and we here at the World Awareness Children’s Museum wanted to do our part by reaching out to local businesses to help spread a positive message about strength, perseverance, compassion, and love. We encourage any and all businesses and individuals who feel as strong and passionately about our community and its strength to post their own #AdirondackStrong message on social media, with the hashtag #AdirondackStrong and tagging the World Awareness Children’s Museum.

A big “Thank You!” to Advokate, LLCPark Theater, and Doc’s Restaurant for their support and video submissions, and we look forward to seeing all of your videos, because we are #AdirondackStrong!

2020 Community WACM Fundraisers

Looking to get involved with the World Awareness Children’s Museum? Check out these fun, off-site events that are helping the Museum this summer!

10th Annual Rotary 5K Corporate Challenge

Do you enjoy running? Looking to help the museum? Then throw on your running shoes and participate in the Rotary Club Of Glens Falls’ event – the 10th Annual Rotary 5K Corporate Challenge – from July 17th – 26th! Entry is only $20 ($10 for ages 12 and under), and proceeds go to the World Awareness Children’s Museum, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and Rotary Club of Glens Falls! The event is going virtual this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so runners can choose their own 5k route, which can be timed or untimed!

Interested in participating? Click here!

 

Driving For Charity

Do you have a classic car? Interested in helping out the World Awareness Children’s Museum? Then come participate in the “Driving For Charity” benefit, part of the Rally Across America program, Sunday, August 2nd, at the Saratoga Automobile Museum!

This scenic 75 mile casual drive will begin at 10am outside the Automobile Museum, and any cars are welcome (though classic cars 30+ years or older are preferred). Donations will be $100 per car to participate and all proceeds go to the World Awareness Children’s Museum.

Interested participants can email Rally Ambassador Michael Murray at michael.mick.murray@gmail.com.

 

COVID-19 Update

 

3/13/2020 – COVID-19 Update

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our visitors. Because of this, we have taken the following steps to keep our hands-on space clean for you and your family:

– We have placed hand sanitizing stations throughout the Museum.
– Our soap dispensers are fully stocked, and we encourage all visitors to wash their hands often.
– Throughout the day, our staff disinfects and sanitizes frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
– We have placed reminders around the Museum modeling the best ways to wash your hands and cover your cough.
– We have removed all dress-up clothes and other soft items from the Museum and will be sanitizing them and storing them in our Collections Room to keep virus transfer to a minimum.

As always, if you or your child are unwell, we ask that you stay home in order to prevent the spread of sickness. For more information on how to protect yourself, please check the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The situation with COVID-19 is changing by the day, so we will update you as we learn more.

The safety of our staff and visitors is of the utmost importance to us, and we appreciate your continued support as we work toward keeping our Museum a welcoming place for all.