Spring Festivals Around The World

As many countries around the world prepare to shake off the shackles of Winter, they also excitedly organize many special events and festivals to celebrate Spring. While this commemoration may sound universal in nature, each country has its own unique spin in how this season is celebrated. From India to Scotland, Japan to Sweden, there’s an amazing variety of special events in honor of this seasonal change. 

One of the most well-known traditions is the celebration of Holi in India. Known as the “Festival of Colors” or “Festival of Spring”, this festival (originally a Hindu celebration) is widely known for the brightly colored chalk which is thrown around during the observance, but its history is so much richer. While the holiday holds a religious significance to many, it is widely regarded as a way to honor the new season, a hope for a full harvest, celebrating life and love, and repairing broken relationships. While predominantly a Hindu celebration, it has been adopted by many other South Asian countries and other nations around the world. Holi is a 2-day festival that starts on March 29th, 2021. 

Another of the more popular Spring celebrations around the world is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. Known as Hamani (which translates to “Flower Viewing”) in Japan, this beautiful event known around the world doesn’t just celebrate Cherry Blossoms, but also Plum Blossoms, which can be seen all throughout Japan. The festival is believed to have started over 1,000 years ago, when Aristocrats enjoyed looking at and writing poems about them. These days, the public widely recognizes this time by enjoying picnics with family or friends under the trees in parks or in nature. However, a Cherry Blossoms bloom only lasts 2 weeks, and the art that honors this staple of traditional Japanese life is known as “Mono No Aware,” which discusses the theme that “nothing lasts forever.” 

In Spain, things get a little rowdier with “Las Fallas de Valencia,”, also known as the Festival of Fire. This celebration honors St. Joseph and is popular due to its use of “Falles” and “Ninots,” which means “puppets” and “dolls,” respectively. Every year has a new theme, and falles and ninots creations are put on floats and often satirical in nature, giving the festival a fun and humorous atmosphere. These artistic creations are often made around the city by different neighborhoods and are organized year-round by a Casal Faller, members of the neighborhood who work hard to raise funds for their creations. The Mascleta, a large fireworks and firecracker display, is set-off every year, and crowds often enjoy large parades, food, music, and “L’Ofrena de Flors,” a traditional flower offering. 

While we are not able to celebrate traditionally this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we hope everyone around the world enjoys their annual Spring festivities in a safe, but fun environment. We look forward to exploring the world of Summer Festivals in an upcoming blog!


About the Author

Shane Frasier is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the Museum. He’s been with us since 2017, and enjoys our mission of bringing diversity and culture to the greater Glens Falls area.

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.