What’s new at the Amazeum? Here’s the scoop!

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The Amazeum is a new museum in Northwest Arkansas (opening in 2015) for children and families.

Charter memberships went on sale recently and there are lots of benefits. A membership would make an awesome Christmas gift. Here’s what you’ll receive with a charter membership:

amazeum member perks

Everything in the museum will be hands-on for maximum interaction. We asked the Amazeum staff a few questions so you’ll know more about what’s up at this fabulous 44,500-square foot wonder:

Q: When is the Amazeum scheduled to open?

The Amazeum is scheduled to open the second half of 2015.

Q: Can you tell us about charter memberships? How much do they cost?

A charter member is an original member of an organization. Everyone who purchases a membership before or during our opening year will be considered an Amazeum charter member. For those charter members who purchase between now and April 2015, there are extra special opportunities to enjoy prior to opening. (Those benefits are outlined below.) There are several levels of memberships, beginning at $95 for a family of four.

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 Q: What are the benefits of being a charter member?

A charter membership represents an opportunity to be at the forefront of something that will amaze, inspire and educate children in our region for generations to come. These exclusive memberships will allow holders to enjoy museum access before it opens to the public.

As long as they renew each year, those who purchase memberships now will be recognized as charter members for the life of their membership.

In addition to charter member benefits, all members enjoy unlimited admission all year, discounts on birthday parties, advance notice and early camp registration, special members-only hours, 10 percent store discount, special pricing for educational programs and camps, free or discounted admission to more than 550 science and children’s museums across the country, and invitation to members-only events and exhibit previews.

The museum is also offering contributing memberships to those who would like to support the museum’s annual fund along with their membership gift. Full details of membership levels are available at www.amazeum.org/.

Q: Where can we buy a membership?

Memberships can be purchased online at Amazeum.org, by calling 479-696-9280 x 202 or emailing membership@amazeum.org.

Q: Can we buy gift memberships?

Absolutely!  These make a great gift that the whole family will enjoy.  When you are purchasing a membership, you are prompted to indicate if it is a gift membership and if you’d like to receive the information or if you’d like us to send it straight to the recipient. If it’s a surprise, we’ll help you keep it that way!

Q: Who can be included in a Family Membership?

Our memberships are designed so that you can include any combination of grandparents, parents and kids.

Q: What age range is the Amazeum best suited for?

The Amazeum exhibits are designed to promote imagination and creative thinking for children and families of all ages. There will be two spaces dedicated for toddlers. The majority of the spaces are designed with children ages 4 to 8 in mind.

Innovation Alley is a series of learning spaces – including the Tinkering Studio, the Art Studio and The Hershey Lab – that offer deeper learning opportunities to be enjoyed by older elementary- and middle school-age students.

The Amazeum will also appeal to audiences other than young children and families. It will feature meeting spaces for businesses and organizations in the region, as well as spaces for corporate team-building exercises that encourage creativity and collaboration. For educators, the Amazeum will offer a variety of professional development workshops.

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Doesn’t this look like FUN?!

Q: We hear kids can have birthday parties there. Tell us about that!

Yes, the Amazeum would love to host your child’s birthday party! Party packages will be available when we open. Also, charter members receive discounts on birthday parties. (See above for more details on charter memberships.)

Q: Can you tell us about some of the exhibits/experiences we’ll find at the Amazeum?

You can expect a lot of laughter and active play!

Currently under construction, the first permanent exhibition that has been announced is General Mills Lift, Load & Haul, which focuses on kinetic activity and transferring things from one place to another. The exhibit will allow kids to explore how things work on their own terms while experiencing basic principles of physics, engineering, logistics and problem solving. The multi-faceted exhibition allows kids to roll up their sleeves and work on their own or in cooperation with someone else to lift, move, load and ready a truck for transport.

One of the first things visitors will notice upon approaching this exhibit is the large, accessible cab of a truck inviting them to climb in and pretend to drive. The exhibit is built around an actual truck cab, donated by Walmart Fleet Services.

Other experiences at the Amazeum will include a tinkering studio, climbable tree canopy, indoor caves, an art studio and more. Exhibitions will extend to the museum grounds where approximately one acre of land will provide the background for more learning and fun. The Amazeum will also feature indoor and outdoor event space. For additional details about exhibits as they are finalized, visit http://www.amazeum.org.

Q: Will there be a place to grab snacks?

The Amazeum will offer a café, where you can expect to find a variety of quick and healthy food options.

Q: How long has the Amazeum been on the horizon?

The Amazeum has been a long labor of love. In June 2006, supporters obtained 501c3 nonprofit status, and in November of that year organized and announced the founding board. Currently construction is in full swing, and progress at the site can be viewed in real time on our construction webcam.

Q: Why is it important for kids to visit places like the Amazeum?

amazeum experimentResearch continues to tell us about the growth and development of our children. From birth to age three, social, emotional and intellectual aspects of a child form. From ages three to five, children are like sponges exploring, absorbing and organizing information about the world around them.

Through this early development, children expand their social, sensory, conceptual, language, gross and fine motor skills, and problem-solving abilities. We have come to understand each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.

In our fast-paced, complicated society where raising a child needs all the positive support possible, the Amazeum will create a haven that stimulates exploration and imagination, cultivates the grasp of information at a pace that suits each child individually, and inspires a love of learning from the beginning.

The Amazeum creates a fun environment where risk taking, imagining, problem solving, discovery, collaboration and exploration bring children and adults together to learn and grow.

CLICK HERE to visit the Amazeum website!

Giveaway: Tickets to the Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center

wacnutcracker_266x375It’s that amazing time of the year when Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King (not to mention many, many others!) take to the stage to delight and entertain audiences for the holiday season.

Moscow Classical Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be showing at Walton Arts Center on Dec. 19-21 and we’re giving away FOUR tickets to the opening night show!

This is the fourth time the WAC has brought this show to Northwest Arkansas and we’re so grateful! This is definitely a beloved holiday tradition and a must-see for the whole family. There will be four performances in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall on: Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 pm.

Auditions were recently held for children ages 6-10 to be part of the show and 12 local children were chosen to participate in all four performances. Though formal dance training was not a requirement, many of the children take lessons at studios across the region, including Bakstage Dance Co., Williams Center, and Elite Dance Studio.

Congratulations to these local performers:

  • Alizabeth Grace McGinnis
  • Anna Caroline Johnson
  • Avery McFadden
  • Brooklyn Bradley
  • Ella Grace Cotton
  • Gracie Hollis
  • Julia Ragon Watts
  • Lawson Hooker
  • Rylee Ann Adams
  • Sloane Pitts
  • Wryn Pitts
  • Zoe Hahn

nutcrackerABOUT THE SHOW: The Moscow Classical Ballet gives a stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet, featuring Russia’s finest dancers and all the beautiful scenery and costumes you’ve come to expect – audiences of all ages will be absolutely enchanted.

This brilliant dance troupe has won numerous gold medals from international competitions and awards from the esteemed Paris Academy of Dance. The holidays simply aren’t complete without experiencing this live performance.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win tickets to The Nutcracker, click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about a favorite holiday tradition you remember from when you were a child — or one you enjoy with your own kids.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning these tickets, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Tickets range from $33 to $47 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org. Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose a winner on Friday at 5 p.m.!

Abrakadoodle offering six-week ‘Young Artists’ classes at Rogers Activity Center

abrakadoodleAbrakadoodle, one of our awesome sponsors here at nwaMotherlode, is now offering six-week classes at the Rogers Activity Center called Young Artists.

The classes are only $70 for the six-week term and that includes all materials. Parents can also just pay $15 per session.

We’re thinking this would be a great Christmas gift if you’ve got a kid who’s all about art.

Upcoming six-week classes start on: January 5th, February 16th and April 6th and will be from 6-7 p.m. for kids ages 5-12. A Rogers Activity Center membership is required, but that only runs $20 (for youth) for a whole year.

Here’s more about each upcoming class:

January 5th – Frozen! Calling all Elsa, Anna and Olaf lovers!
In this class all of the art will be centered around the hit movie, Frozen! We will make snow castles and our very own princess portraits and more!

Emotional friendsFebruary 16th – Amazing American Artists
Come along to America, land of some amazing artists! Create artworks inspired by famous artists who explore color, celebrate uniqueness, innovate with paint, depict familiar scenes, and highlight different cultures. You will learn about Thiebaud’s enticing goodies, Grandma Moses’ charming landscapes, Steinberg’s fascinating figures and more. Have fun with these Amazing American artists and create your own amazing art!

April 6th – Keep Calm and Paint!
Step into Abrakadoodle and learn that you can create amazing artwork! these step by step projects will build confidence and offer the opportunity to create beautiful art beginning-to-end to take home or share with loved ones. Create colorful landscapes, delicate floral compositions, acrylic and watercolor paintings to hang on your walls, and home décor to brighten any room!

If you’d like to register early, click here to hop over to the RAC site.

Abrakadoodle will also come to you! They have a mobile art studio that will travel to homes, schools, churches or wherever little artists need help creating! They also do birthday parties (including clean-up, oh yeah!). CLICK HERE to visit the Abrakadoodle site and find out more about what they do.

abrakadoodle moms and kids

 

Giveaway: Tickets to comedy show at Walton Arts Center

second city nut crackingNo matter what’s going on in your life, it always feels a little more manageable when you can laugh a little. And you’ll be laughing A LOT if you win the four tickets we’re giving away to the opening night performance of this show: Second City’s Nut-Cracking Revue. This famous sketch comedy troupe will be live on stage at the Walton Arts Center on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Second_City_Nut_Cracking_TNEWThese comedy performers have been SO popular with audiences that this is their seventh time to perform at the Walton Arts Center. Part of the reason the group draws such huge crowds is because they are known as the training ground for some of the most famous names in comedy — names like John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

This is grown-up humor, so this show is not intended for kids. But it’s perfect for a double-date with fun friends. (This ticket package is valued at more than $140!)

To make it even more fun, we’re including dinner at our favorite pizza place on Dickson Street — U.S. Pizza. It’s known for its award-winning pizza and their salads and sandwiches are phenomenal, too.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the four tickets to this show, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us something that has made you laugh recently. (Your kid’s joke? Your favorite show on TV? Your dog’s quirky habit?)

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the Second City tickets, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

If you don’t want to leave your tickets up to chance, get them online now before they’re gone. Click HERE to reserve your seats for the show online. (Tickets range from $15 to $35, depending on seat location.)

Looking forward to reading your comments, mamas! Remember that winners for giveaways are ALWAYS chosen at random. Watch your email inbox because we’ll notify the winner next week. Good luck!

 

Giveaway: Tickets to see Elf the Musical at Walton Arts Center

elfRaise your hand if your family ALWAYS watches the movie Elf around the holidays!

If so, you know it’s hilarious (the movie is rated PG, FYI). Well, good news, Elf lovers! The Broadway show Elf the Musical is coming to Walton Arts Center and it’s based on the beloved 2003 movie with Will Ferrell.

We’ve got four tickets to give away for opening night on Nov. 25th!

ABOUT THE SHOW: This delightful Broadway musical is for all ages. Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole where he is welcomed into Santa’s household. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s size and poor toy-making skills cause him to face the truth.

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to find his birth father and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Elf the Musical “is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” says Variety magazine.

This modern-day Christmas classic will help you embrace your inner elf.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these FOUR Elf the Musical tickets click on the words “post a comment” below tell us about your favorite scene in the movie Elf. If you’ve never seen the movie, tell us which movie is your favorite watch as a family around the holidays.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the Elf tickets, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose a winner on Friday!

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