The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 18, 2012

Holiday Break | Entertainment, educational activities planned at children's museum


JOHNSTOWN — Although students will have a lengthy recess over Christmas, the Johnstown Children’s Museum has scheduled programming to keep their young minds sharp.

Holiday Break will be held Dec. 26-31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

A series of activities are intended to provide entertainment and educational challenges for children.

“As the weather gets colder and snowier, parents and their kids are looking for fun things to do indoors – especially when school is out,” said Richard Burkert, Johnstown Area Heritage Association  CEO and president.

Themed crafts, games and activities will be presented.

“Most children’s museums are geared toward arts and sciences, but ours is themed on place and our Holiday Break activities reflect that ethnic intention,” said Shelley Johansson, JAHA’s director of marketing and communications.

Crafts and games will be themed on the holiday season, and will be offered on an alternating basis during the drop-in event.

Activities are geared toward children ages 4 and older, usually elementary age.

Johansson said children will be presented various challenges through creative play that encourages them to use their imaginations.

“While the crafts that will be offered are seasonally themed, the children will be making things that make sense in Johnstown,” Johansson said.

“Craft classes are open-ended and children can start a craft anytime.”

Many of the crafts have a traditional flair, including some that will give an old-fashioned feel to a Christmas tree.

Children will make paper chains to string around trees, a Popsicle stick tree craft, arrange buttons to create decorative holiday wreaths, create tree garlands made from painted macaroni and fabricate German and Swedish ornaments made from construction paper.

“I think an interesting game for the kids will be our song-pictionary game, where they will guess the holiday song associated with a picture,” Johansson said.

“We also have Hanukkah crafts with the kids making paper plate and construction paper menorahs.”

A Christmas scavenger hunt will challenge children to find items associated with Christmas throughout the museum.

The museum will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise, the museum is open at regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Holiday Break is free to JAHA members or with museum admission for nonmembers.

Regular admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 18.

Crafts, games

What: Holiday Break.

Where: Johnstown Children’s Museum, Heritage Discovery Center,  201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-31.

Cost: Free to JAHA members or with museum admission.

Information: 539-1889.



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