Apr 152012
 

CMS Parent University is presenting a free event called Life Is Your Lab And Your Studio – Full STEAM Ahead 2012. The event is also referred to as CMS Parent University Spring Family Fun & Education Day.  This event focuses on art and science and takes place along the Cultural Mile (from the Harvey B. Gantt Center to the McColl Center for Visual Art) on Sunday, April 15th, from 1pm to 5pm.

Online registration is closed, but you can register at the Mint Museum in person.

As part of this event, Mint Museum Uptown will offer free admission on Sunday, April 15th, from 1pm to 5pm. In addition the exhibits, there will be some free family activities:

Micro Mania Booth
Join Discovery Place ScienceReach specialists as you zoom in using different types of microscopes and other equipment used for seeing things we cannot see with the naked eye.
View the cellular nature of plants and animals magnified hundreds of times!
1PM – 4PM

Nature, Magnified Paintings
Take a closer look at shells, pinecones, insects, rocks and other natural items using a magnifying glass, and use watercolor pencils to draw and paint lovely nature illustrations.
1PM – 5PM

Cosmic Blast Banner
Work together to create a giant, dazzling mural of the cosmos using a variety of cool gel markers, slick stix, spirographs and more!
1PM – 5PM

Yoga for Everyone
Stretch your muscles and your imagination as you try out fun, basic yoga poses with instructor Tracy Mott.
1PM – 3:30PM

PTA Reflections Awards
2PM – 3PM
Student art awards will be presented.

Student Performance
1:30PM
Randolph Middle School’s Special Education academic program presents butterfly puppets inspired by the exhibition Jun Kaneko: In the Round

Go on an ARTventure!
Investigate the museum galleries with an ARTventure postcard scavenger hunt.
Drop-in: 1PM – 5PM

Lewis Family Gallery
Kids of all ages can play, explore and learn about the museum collection in this hands-on space for families.
Drop-in: 1PM – 5PM

Other museums offering free or discounted admission (after registration) and special activities include Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Discovery Place, McColl Center for Visual Art, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

 April 15, 2012  Posted by  Art, learning Comments Off
Apr 012012
 

CMS Parent University is presenting a free event called Life Is Your Lab And Your Studio – Full STEAM Ahead 2012. The event is also referred to as CMS Parent University Spring Family Fun & Education Day.  This event focuses on art and science and takes place along the Cultural Mile (from the Harvey B. Gantt Center to the McColl Center for Visual Art) on Sunday, April 15th, from 1pm to 5pm.

As part of this event, Mint Museum Uptown will offer free admission on Sunday, April 15th, from 1pm to 5pm. In addition the exhibits, there will be some free family activities: Investigate astonishing paintings inspired by botany and biology, use microscopes to view the cellular nature of plants and animals, and stretch your muscles AND your imagination with drop-in yoga and art projects! 

You can register in advance at www.cmsparentuniversity.org. You may also register onsite at Mint Museum Uptown on the day of the event.

 April 1, 2012  Posted by  Art, learning Comments Off
Mar 302011
 

Family Fun and Education Day, on Saturday, April 9th, from 10am to 5pm, is a joint venture between Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the Arts and Science Council. It features free admission to many museums along the Cultural Mile (from the Harvey B. Gantt Center to the McColl Center for Visual Arts) as well as performance and activities along the way. This huge event is meant to show adults how to share art and culture with children, and it’s intended for adults with children – that can mean parents, teachers, caregivers, coaches, etc. Families both within Mecklenburg County and beyond are welcome.

You can register online or at one these four locations.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts (500 S. Tryon Street) Lobby
Parking available at Levine Center for the Arts parking garage – 550 South Tryon Street (accessible from West Stonewall or South
Church Street) – take the garage elevator to 2 (Mint Museum) – parking on Saturday is $5.

10:00 am – noon – The Levine Museum (200 E. 7th Street)
Parking available at Seventh Street Station – 225 E. 6th Street – reduced rate on Saturday for parking.

10:00 am – noon – Spirit Square lobby (Tryon Street entrance)

10:00 am – noon – North Carolina Dance Theatre Conference Room (701 N. Tryon Street)

When you register, you’ll receive a wristband that gets you into all the attractions. Early participants will also receive a free tote bag.

There is so much going on that it’s hard to list everything. Here is a summary.

Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon Street
FREE admission
Caricature drawings and other arts activities

North Carolina Dance Theatre
701 North Tryon Street
FREE admission
Dance classes, workshops, and performances

Spirit Square
345 N. College Street (but please use Tryon Street entrance)
FREE performance of operatic adaptation of Three Billy Goat’s Gruff at 10:30am

Discovery Place Museum
301 N. Tryon Street
$2 off admission
Free CMS metal sculpture exhibit in outside courtyard

Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th Street
FREE admission

The Light Factory
345 N. College Street
FREE admission and tours including dark room tour.
Make your own sun print.

McColl Center for Visual Art
721 N. Tryon Street
FREE admission and arts activities, including bubble watercolor painting and nature prints (and much more)

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
FREE admission and tours. Scavenger hunt on the Green

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon Street
FREE admission and activities including family films, youth poetry slam and poetry writing workshop, and guided tours

Belk Theatre
130 N. Tryon Street – Mezzanine Lobby
FREE workshops on character movement and sound and percussion magic

Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon Street
Discounted $10 tickets 11:00 am and 2:00 pm showings of Omimeo: Black Light Magic
(Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office at 704-372-1000, Mon. – Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Stage Door Theater
corner of 5th and College
FREE
“More Shows than You Can Imagine”
An overview of everything Blumenthal Performing Arts has to offer

 March 30, 2011  Posted by  Art, Attractions & Museums, Cultural, Free Events, Kids Comments Off
Jan 122011
 

Registration has started for the spring classes with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Parent University. These free workshops are designed to help parents become partners in their children’s educations. Just a few of the over 50 classes are:

· A “Moving Up” Series focused on preparing students and families for kindergarten, transitioning to middle school, and preparing for high school.

· Preparing for College workshops focused on completing college applications, seeking scholarship and financial aid information, and other tips and suggestions for college readiness.

· High School 411, a course focused on helping students navigate the high school process including course registration, graduation requirements, finding your niche in high school, and academic support.

· Preparing for the End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests workshop focused on helping students and families understand the testing program at the state level and how to prepare for these tests and reduce test anxiety.

Read the class descriptions and register online.

 January 12, 2011  Posted by  Free Events, learning Comments Off
Jul 082010
 

This is a public service announcement for parents of CMS magnet school students or potential students. We know that busing has been changed for magnet school students to a shuttle system, where students are bused to their magnet school from their “home school” or other nearby school. However, there is no busing TO that nearby school, so in many cases magnet school students have no way to get to get to school any longer. This transportation change may result in many magnet school students transferring to different schools. The result, of course, besides the impact on those students’ education, is that if the school population goes down, the school has to give up more teachers, and, eventually, the magnet school’s success is compromised.

A response parents often hear is to carpool. But it’s not always so easy to connect with other parents to set up carpools.

Friends of Northwest School of the Arts has purchased a subscription to a program called Carpool To School, which provides an easy, secure way to set up carpools to either the shuttle stops or the school. They would like to spread the word to other parents, schools, and PTAs about this program. PTAs of other schools might consider paying for a subscription to this program, so that they can minimize the loss of students that will inevitably occur with the transportation changes.

If you’re a parent of a magnet school student, and you’re not sure how your child will get to school in the fall, you should contact your school’s PTA and ask if they are investigating any solutions, and suggest they look into Carpool to School. You can have your PTA contact Friends of Northwest and they will be able to share what they are learning about this solution. There is a contact email address on their webpage.

 July 8, 2010  Posted by  Community 1 Response »