I'm excited to share that the N.C. Museum of History has launched a new storytime program for kids ages 3 and up and their adults.
The weekly, 30-minute program runs Thursdays at 10 a.m. (but not this Thursday, July 4. The museum is closed). No registration is necessary. And it's free.
When you go, head to the museum's information desk in the lobby and follow a museum staff member to a spot in one of the galleries. The program includes a story and a look at a few items on display that relate to the story that was told. Each week features a different story.
"Museums are places with large collections and every object in our collection tells a story about someone or some event in N.C. history," Emily Grant, youth programs coordinator, tells me. "So, what better way to share a bit about our collection than to have a storytime. We launched this new weekly program in the summer to provide families with a quick, fun way to learn about and connect with pieces of the state’s history."
I'm a big fan of the history museum, which makes great strides in making its exhibits accessible and fun for kids. The massive Story of North Carolina exhibit is a wonderful place to explore. Kids can milk a cow, feel what it was like to work in an old textile mill, take their picture as if they were a soldier headed off to war, walk through an actual farm house and more.
I'm so glad to see this new weekly program and look forward to taking my own kids.
July's storytimes are scheduled for July 11, July 18 and July 25. They began in June.