Kids Celebrate! at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

Everyone loves a special occasion – be it India’s Diwali, Africa’s Kwanza, the New Year in China, the Jewish celebration Hanukkah, Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit or Canada Day.

And what better way to appreciate the diversity of celebrations in Canada than through Kids Celebrate!, a new traveling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History. This exhibit will open on July 11th and close Sept. 27th at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.

Kids Celebrate! invites children ages five through 12 to learn about the many celebrations that are practiced in their own communities.

Although unique to a particular country, culture or religion, celebrations bring families and communities together. From large groups of people gathering for a day of festivities, to a special moment in a child’s everyday life, it is through these joyous and important occasions that children and families discover and appreciate the traditions of diverse cultures.

The exhibition is divided into four zones, each evoking a different season, family and community setting. Children can learn more about the many celebrations that Canadians enjoy throughout the year – from food, music, decorations and games, to the values of giving, sharing and hope for the future.

Children and their families will feel a sense of connection to other Canadian families and communities as they identify differences and similarities among traditions, and will come to understand the global nature of celebrating.

Young visitors will engage in hands-on activities, discover new games, make crafts and take on new roles that will stimulate their curiosity and motivate them to explore the many aspects of celebrations in Canada.

The local community is founded in many different cultures and the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery would like to invite folks to embrace them at the Heritage Day Celebration on Aug. 3rd.

“Kids Celebrate! continues the MAG’s commitment to present engaging museum experience for families,” said Lorna Johnson, executive director at the MAG. “We are very grateful to the Museums Assistance Program of Heritage Canada for their support of this exhibition and the public programs that complement it.”

Through all of the excitement the Museum will also be hosting Cultural Creation Lab’s every Tuesday afternoon come July 14th, as well as Special Event Sundays throughout the summer.

For any extra information visit www.reddeermuseum.com or call 403-309-8405.

-Weber

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