ACM Conference Animation

A couple of weeks ago, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the Association of Children’s Museums conference.  This prestigious event brought together more than 1,000 international museum professionals for three days of presentations, workshops and events.  It was a blast meeting people from around the world. It was incredibly inspiration to share ideas, tell stories and hear about other museums. I lost
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MAKEnight, April 4

MAKEnight is an amazing event held at the Museum.  It is an after-hours event that lets adults (and only adults) play and explore in the Museum.  The event has been a huge success over the past couple of months.  We decided to make this latest MAKEnight a little bit different from the others. Typically, we only have attendees explore and create in MAKESHOP and STUDIO.  This time, we opened the entire first floor of t
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Youth invade MAKESHOP

On February 22nd, we held our second Youth Maker Night.  This was an after-hours event with a lot of tweens and teens, and no parents.  We offered some new activities for the youth to try, including felting, recycled derby cars, e-textiles, tinkering with motors, and a demonstration of a 3D printer.  It took the kids awhile to ease into the activities. They had the freedom to choose whatever activity they wanted.  So
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The third MAKEnight, an after hours event for adults, was held onFebruary 7th and it was a blast!  Over 150 adults visited the museum for a fun night of making. We had many activities in MAKESHOP and STUDIO that encouraged people explore and create.  In MAKESHOP, we let people felt using special felting needles along with a form of wet felting that allows you to turn a sheep’s wool into a felted creation.  We a
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MAKEnight, December 6

MAKEnight is an event held after hours at the Museum where adults can visit the museum to make things and meet new people while enjoying some food by Bar Marco and drinks from Wigle Whiskey. We held our second MAKEnight on December 6, 2012 with a sold out crowd! If you missed it, then mark your calendars for the next one on February 7! It was very busy and very enjoyable. The activities for this month’s event i
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Youth Maker Night

In November, MAKESHOP hosted the first ever Youth Maker Night.  Kids, ages 10 to 15, were given the opportunity to visit MAKESHOP after hours without their parents.  We had a lot of electricity activities for the youth to make things and explore.  The circuit blocks were out with some conductive play-doh. We also had LED lights and conductive tape, and the youth were allowed to make things using batteries and motors.
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