The Children’s Museum would like to invite you to Celebrate Black History Month with us! Come learn about the Changemakers of past and present with a full slate of fun events!
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
BRIGHT STAR THEATER PRESENTS: MEET DR. KING
This production celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an accessible and easy-to-follow story. Learn about key moments in the life of Dr. King from his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia and the important lessons passed down by his father, to some of his greatest moments as an inspiring leader. Meet Dr. King is the perfect introduction to an American hero and will inspire young audiences to use peace, leadership and conflict resolution in their own schools and communities. Presentation included with admission.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
PASSPORT TO MALI
Children’s Museum of Virginia: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Main Library: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered why dogs and cats do not get along, or why camels have humps? Let internationally acclaimed master storyteller and musician Charlotte Blake Alston answer these questions as she brings stories and songs of the griots (gree-ohs) of West Africa to life! Presentation included with admission.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
TALKING DRUMS & DANCING FEET
Dance, sing, and drum along with Atumpan’s Creative Thunder Dance Theater! Meet singing turtles, talking snakes, and a host of other imaginative animals as A.C.T. Dance Theater brings folktales to life with their story adventure ballet. Presentation included with admission.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
JUMP INTO JONKANNU
Children’s Museum of Virginia: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.(presentation included with admission)
Brighton Elementary School: 3:00 p.m. (presentation is free)
Sing and dance along with the Newe Bern Jonkannu Band from North Carolina as they use African inspired regalia and percussion to the pageantry of a Colonial era African-American parade style celebration.
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 4:00 p.m.
STEMulating MINDS WITH LITTLE BITS WORKSHOP
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Who knows what spark of creativity inspired great black-inventors like George Alcorn, inventor of the imaging X-ray spectrometer or Dr. Philip Emeagwali, inventor of the world’s fastest computer? Let Little Bits be a spark of imagination for your young inventor while they learn a little about influential black scientists and inventors. Bits are electronic building blocks that allow inventors to make amazing things, both big and small. Workshops included with admission.
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
BRIGHT STAR THEATER PRESENTS: BLACK HISTORY HALL OF FAME
Join us in this fast-paced adventure through the Black History Hall of Fame! In just 45-minutes your young audience will be introduced to over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers who have largely contributed to shaping our nation’s past, present and future. You’ll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison and that’s just to name a few! Young audience volunteers and incredibly talented performers bring this show to life in every way. Presentation included with admission.
THEMED CRAFTS AND S.T.E.M. ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCIENTISTS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.