Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Story Time at The Amon Carter Museum

This morning we had plans to attend story time at The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. The theme was Eggs. So to go along with our theme, we had a short lesson on eggs before we left.

I showed the kids different ways to cook eggs. This wasn't really new to Nicholas but Rachel seemed really interested. We talked about raw eggs, boiled eggs, poached eggs, and scrambled eggs. I don't make fried eggs!



After all the cooking in the kitchen, we were running just a few minutes behind schedule. We got to the museum and the parking lot was full. Fortunately, an attendant was out there with a printed map with directions to the nearest parking garage. She said that the museum would validate our parking ticket for us so it wouldn't cost us anything. Great except that the story time was supposed to start now and we still had to find the parking garage and walk back to the museum. Next time I will know that you really need to get there early for a good parking spot.



The story time at The Amon Carter is really wonderful. The children sit in front of a piece of art work while they hear a story about the theme. Then they discuss the art work and the story and the overall theme.

The story we heard here was a Dr. Seuss book called, "Scrambled Eggs Super!" and the art work was titled "Egg Beater". How fun to bring stories and art work together.



The story time was actually divided into 4 groups that rotated around to all of the egg-themed art work. I spoke to a lady who works at the museum and she said that they have had as many as 300 people attend story time so they have to divide the group up to manage such a large group.

After we had participated in all of the story times and art work studies, everyone met back up in the lobby area for a craft and snack. There were kids and parents everywhere!



The museum provided each child with a gift bag that had information about the museum and other story time events as well as a plastic egg for them to decorate and keep. They also provided stickers and colored pencils to decorate the eggs.



The stickers were neat and acted kind of like a chalkboard for the colored pencils.



As great as story time was, I think snack time was Rachel's favorite. She loved the cookies!



Nicholas enjoyed the snack too. However, I was especially proud of him because when he noticed some of the workers starting to clean up in the area next to us, he went over and started helping them pick up. Several of them commented about what a great helper he was. I could see that the compliments really made him proud.



On a side note, I really liked the little craft tables that the museum had for the kids to do their craft work on. You can kind of see them in this picture.



They are a good height for children when they are sitting on the floor. I can see bringing this outdoors when we are doing schoolwork or craft projects at a park. But it could also make for a nice bed tray for a sick child lying in bed. I just might have to pick up 2 of these.

The Amon Carter museum is celebrating their 50 year anniversary next month and they are having a big celebration in honor of it.



Mr. Amon Carter was born in 1879 and was an outstanding citizen in Fort Worth during his time. He played a major role in the city's development. In 1945, he and his wife created a foundation to improve the quality of life for individuals in Tarrant County. Mr. Carter died in 1955 but his will provided for the founding of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to be free and open to the public.



The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Their hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday: Noon–5 p.m. They are closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free. For more information, please call them at 817-738-1933 or visit the Amon Carter Museum website.

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