What to do at the Children’s Museum in September

Teddy Bear exhibition in the Imagination gallery

Teddy Bear Treasures is now on display in the Children’s Museum’s Imagination Gallery. This special exhibit of teddy bears from the Museum’s collection will be on display until October 30. Children are encouraged to bring their own teddy bear on their visit.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Museum Day is an annual national event hosted by the Smithsonian Magazine where participating museums across the country, including the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, open their doors free of charge to anyone with a Museum Day ticket. Museum Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the Children’s Museum.

Free Museum Day tickets are available online at https://smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2022/. Upload one ticket per email address. Each ticket provides free entry for two people. CMOR does not require a printed ticket. You can present your ticket on your smartphone or tablet. Children under 3 and CMOR members visit free daily.

Museum Day will include a special “Charlie the Curious Bear” scavenger hunt that celebrates this year’s theme, the American experience. Pick up a scavenger hunt page from reception, explore the exhibits to find Charlie, and return your completed page to reception for a prize.

Fall Camp Scholarships

Scholarships are available for CMOR’s Imagination Station fall camp. The camp will be offered the weeks of October 3 and 10 and is aimed at children from kindergarten to grade 5. The scholarships are for children who otherwise could not afford to attend. There is a simple application process that requires documentation of family income.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Director of Education Jessica Ordonez at [email protected] or call (865) 482-1074.

Charlie’s Book Club

Charlie’s Book Club in the lobby is a school year book distribution program for children ages 6-10. Twenty books are available on a first-come, first-served basis (one book per child). September’s book is “13 Artists Kids Should Know” (2009) by Angela Wenzel. This program is funded by a generous Lunch for Literacy grant.

The themes of Charlie’s Book Club books include art, science, history, Native American culture, cooking, and gardening. Books are selected based on the Museum’s mission and exhibits.

Other regular programs

Each week, the museum offers free, registration-free drop-in programs.

  • Recess for toddlers: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the preschool room;
  • Crafty Wednesdays: Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Discovery Lab;
  • Musical Matinees: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Salon de Musique;
  • Third Sunday: On the third Sunday of each month, visitors can enjoy an open day at the outdoor train garden, environmental center and museum solar house. Visitors can also meet members of the Knoxville Model Railroaders and tour their clubhouse. Members of the Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club will be present in the Discovery Lab with radio equipment for visitors to explore. Members of the Knoxville Philatelic Society will be stationed in the Craft and Science room to share information on stamps and philately.

The Children’s Museum does not require visitors to wear face masks. Staff and volunteers wear masks when in public areas of the museum or when working with the public.

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