I was invited to share The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly with visitors at the wonderful Miami Children’s Museum on Saturday May 9 in celebration of Children’s Book Week.
Miami Children’s Museum is located on Watson Island along the MacArthur Causeway, overlooking the port and downtown Miami. It’s one of the country’s largest children’s museums and includes 14 galleries, a wide variety of impressive educational outreach programs, an auditorium, a pre-school and a charter school. You can even have an awesome birthday party here. The building is so uniquely beautiful; check it out . . .
Parents and their kids stopped by to see what Lilly Badilly was all about. We had a great time dancing and learning about the animals of the rain forest. Children are never too young to love maps! Each child at the presentation received a free copy of the book, courtesy of the museum. Everyone is so nice and accommodating here, and I’d love to come back for another visit.
I want to thank Ashley Harrison, Public Programs Manager for inviting me to Miami Children’s Museu and Laura for helping me bring in all my props, setting up and taking photos.
If you’re in Miami and have children, you’ve got to visit Miami Children’s Museum:
980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
305 -373 -5437
Tomorrow, September 29, 2012, is Museum Day Live!, an annual event throughout the nation where participating museums offer free admission for the day. Here’s a list of participating museums in Broward and Palm Beach. If you live elsewhere in the state or country, check out the Museum Day Live! website. Be sure to print a ticket before you go and read the rules about admission too.
Another annual event happening tomorrow throughout the country is National Public Lands Day, where you can get involved in lending a hand to protect a natural site in your area. There’s a photo contest and a whole lot more going on.
What a great way to spend a day with your family!
From the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Exhibit Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick
Photo with permission from the Art and Culture Center
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood invites Florida Residents to participate in the Brick Creation Challenge, using your own Lego® bricks to create an original work of art. The contest runs in conjunction with the Art and Culture Center’s Temporary Exhibit, Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick. ( See the Greater Fort Lauderdale Calendar of Events for August, 2012 on About.com) If you have yet to see the exhibit, what are you waiting for?! It’s really cool. Artist Nathan Sawaya combines his love of art with his love of Lego® bricks. What he does with small plastic Legos® will inspire you to enter this contest.
There are 5 Entry Categories:
- Individuals Ages 6-10
- Individuals Ages 11-15
- Individuals Ages 16 and Up
Deadline: Entries must be delivered to the Art and Culture Center between August 5-8 during normal gallery hours. Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Accepted entries will be displayed in the art gallery from August 11-19. Awards will be presented at 2 pm on August 19 at the Art and Culture Center.
We went to the Wilderness Visions of America Clyde Butcher Exhibit today at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery. The exhibit is small, but the photos are outstanding and well worth the visit. To our pleasant surprise we were able to get in for FREE by showing our Bank of America credit cards! (One card per guest; you cannot buy more than 1 ticket with one card.) If you do not have a Bank of America card, tickets are $10, and still worth paying for them. The exhibit runs through January 9, 2011.
If you’re not familiar with Clyde Butcher, he is a conservationist and a phenomenal, award-winning photographer of nature. He is known for his exceptional black and white landscapes and is a master of shadow and light. He will set up his equipment and wait for hours (or days) for just the right moment, be it the sun rise or set, a full moon, the moments preceding or following a storm, the fog or whatever else he desires to capture. I found myself at the exhibit staring at the waterfall in one of his photos. It truly looked like it was in motion. Every object in his photos are crystal clear, even the ones in the distance.
Some of the photos in the exhibit are as large as 7 feet x 5 feet! And these are not posters; they are actual photographs. You can learn a bit about the process and his equipment by reading the information at the beginning of the exhibit.
Mr. Butcher lives in Florida, in the Everglades and has 2 galleries in the state. One is in Ochopee and the other is in Venice. Though a photographer for many years, he had a life changing experience after his son was killed by a drunk driver and turned to the wilderness for inspiration and strength. He chooses National Parks for his settings, because he wants to capture nature without interruptions of man, cars and other objects. He’s a big, burly guy with a Santa Claus beard and an eye for photograph perfection. Click here for his website. He even shares info about all of his cameras, lenses and film developing equipment. His photographs and lithographs range in size and price from under $100 to over $17,000.
Any lover of nature, National Parks or photography will truly appreciate his work. If you can see one of his exhibits, you’ll be glad you went!
My full length article about Philly is featured today on Wandering Educators. Please check it out!
Please check out my new article on Wandering Educators, “I Saw it in a Museum.” I wrote about my top 5, most inspirational museum visits of all time. I think you’ll enjoy it!