Friday, June 15, 2012

Kids Construct!

The days of parents reminding their children not to touch anything in the museum are over the Amelia Island Museum of History! On June 29th, at 6:00 pm, the AIMH – with the help of special guest speaker Adrienne Burke - will open its Kids Construct Exhibit. Kids Construct is an interactive learning experience which encourages children to explore local architecture and preservation. The exhibit will feature a series of activities which allow children to take a hands-on approach to learning about historic local buildings, city planning, and the necessity of preserving our local landmarks.

 One of the Exhibit’s staples will be box city, which features a model city filled with structures designed and built by local children. The aim of box city is to foster creativity, while at the same time educating children about the various aspects of planning a city. Kids were able to use boxes to create schools, restaurants, public works, private homes, all of the institutions necessary to our community. Another station features projections of famous local buildings, creating outlines on the wall which children can replicate using kid-friendly building blocks. There will also be a board with double-sided tiles depicting a local landmark on each side. Kids will be able to flip the tiles around until they match up and create a complete image.

The mix of fun and educational activities will make learning about the physical foundations of our community enjoyable to kids. Whoever said that learning couldn’t be fun?