Mini Maccabees at the Children’s Museum
Shalom Family got into the holiday spirit Sunday, December 2, 2012 by giving families in the Jewish community a very special treat just in time for Hanukkah… FREE admission to one of Cincinnati’s most popular attractions, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum! It was hands-on Hanukkah fun for everyone when more than 500 children and their families took part in Mini Maccabees at the Museum: A Festival of Lights Celebration, featuring a Time Capsule Photo Booth, a Maccabee shield-making project, story time and crafts with the PJ Library, plus plenty of other engaging activities designed to showcase one of the world’s greatest archeological discoveries, the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In addition to having the chance to explore the entire Children’s Museum, guests got to participate in some special activities just for friends of Shalom Family. One such project, in partnership with The Jacob Radar Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, was the Time Capsule Photo Booth where families got to step inside and snap some photos to be stored at the AJA, along with information about themselves. Guests had the chance to think about what they would like future generations to know about their lives in 2012 by answering some simple questions on a one-page form. The Time Capsule will be reopened in the year 2037, when many of the young contributors who are still living in Cincinnati can bring their own children to the event to be part of rediscovering their parents’ past! We are thrilled that Dr. Gary Zola was so enthusiastic about this idea and willing to give it the legitimacy and prestige that comes with having it studied and stored at the AJA. A big thanks to Dana Herman and Elisa Ho from the AJA for all their help in assisting families with their forms.
In addition to these and other activities, the PJ Library, a program of The Mayerson JCC and Jewish Family Service, presented a Hanukkah storytelling activity in the Children’s Museum Theater. They treated participants to a make-and-take craft project, a music and motion activity and of course Hanukkah stories. Families had the chance to sign up for the program that sends free Jewish children’s books to families in Greater Cincinnati. The Museum Center also provided several kid-friendly Dead Sea Scrolls-related activities, and provided each family with four $4 off coupons to come back to see the exhibition.
A huge thanks goes out to our partners, The American Jewish Archives and the PJ Library for their support in making this event extra special.
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