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The Children's Museum At La Habra: A fun Place for Children
The Children's Museum Background
The Children's Museum at La Habra is a very special and unique place where children can ride an authentic carousel, take a stroll in T. Rex's footprints, pump their own gas, dig for fossils and drive their own bus, all of this in the same day! The Children's mUsum is a wonderful place where children can discover, wonder, imagine, play, and learn. From dressing up at the "Kids on Stage" area, computing in the "Science Station," or playing with unique puppets in "THe Preschool Play Park" to creating arts and crafts in the family art center, The Children's mUseum at La Habra opens up a whole new world in a child's life that is full of creativity and fun for both the children and the entire family.
The Museum's History
This is California's first children's Museum! Through the inspiration of the La Habra City Councilwomen, Robin Young, the start of the museum spanned five years involving raising funds, acquiring property, dreating programs, hiring staff, and renovating the 1923 Union Pacific Depot. In December of 1977, The Children's Museum at La Habra opened it's doors with eight permanent exhibits. Over the last 30 years, the Children's Museum has been recognized with national, county and regional awards for creative programming and management. Such achievements are the "Promising Practice" Award that they were given in 2001, Institute of Museum and Library Services Award. The Museum is well known within children museums around the nation. First conceived as a local facility welcoming local, national, and international people.
Some Activities that You Can Expect to Do at The Museum
Here are some activites you can expect to do when you visit the Children's Museum at La Habra.
- Dig for Dinosaur Fossils
This activity is great for children 4 to 8 years old. This activites main theme is fossils tell many stories about the past. Visitors will learn about the different layers that fossils can tell what happenend back then. How good soil can show that there was alot of plant life to grow, how rocky layers can show volcanic activity, how fossils can be turned from animals or plants, and how fossils are not object themselves, but the imprint.
Some fun facts about fossils: Radioactive decay can also be used to find out the age of the dinosaur or plant. Carbon dating is the most commonly used technique of radioactive dating-the half-life of carbon is used to find out the objects age when it passed away. For example, if a fossil just uncovered has 0.125 grams of carbon left and we know the half-life of carbon is 10 years and it started out with 1 gram of carbon, 0.125+0.25+0.5+1.0 (three half-lives), and 10 years x 3 hal-lives, the living object lived 30 years ago.
Rock is the most common fossil, but another better, but rarer, fossil is amber. Like in the movie Jurassic Park, amber preserves the object itself without letting in much air so that the object does not deteriorate. In the movie it also shows a mosquito preserved so well that the blood it had just sucked (from a dinosaur) could still be used. Even though dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, archeologists and scientists are able to tell how old they are and when they lived with other dinosaurs and plants and the stuff they ate (food chain). The layers of fossils allow them to see the time it took for all the layers above to accumulate, and so the age of the thing that once lived can be determined.
This activity is suitable for all ages. The major theme of this other activity is matter can take on many different forms. Visitors will learn that: Everything is made of matter, it is mainly stuff. That there are three types of matter-solid, liquid, and gas. When mixing two substances, a different kind of substance can be formed because a reaction has taken place. A solid is something hard that does not change shape to its outside surrounding and has volume. They will also learn that solids, liquids, and gases have different textures and properties.
Did You know? that a solid is something firm that has three dimensions (length, width, thickness). A liquid is something that flows smoothly, like water. The third type of matter is gas; gas is the stuff that can float into the air, and you can't even see it! Another type of matter that we find in everyday use in both solid and liquid form is water.
The Museum's Website
You can visit the museum's website to learn more about the musems many exhibits and events that happen yearly.