DECEMBER 2021

(PA) December 1, 2021: HOMESCHOOL DAY: ARTISTIC MATH, ages: elementary school age students (younger and older siblings are welcome to participate). Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611.Enjoy a morning combining math and art in fun and creative ways and explore ways that artists use math to create amazing art. Reservations Required. Deadline to register is 24 hours prior to the event. Contact Coleen at 610.371.5850 x227 or coleen.mikucki@readingpublicmuseum.org. Deadline to register is 24 hours prior to the event. All program participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver to attend each program. ***The Museum is following all CDC recommended policies for programs and events. Members: $15 (1 adult and 1 child); $5 for each additional child or adult. Non-Members: $20 (1 adult and 1 child); $7 for each additional child or adult, https://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/homeschool-days

(NC) December 4, 2021, SCIENCE IN 3D, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016. Come to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and experience Science in 3D. The museum’s newest exhibit, called Before the Dinosaurs: Coal Age Monsters, uses a virtual reality (VR) mobile classroom that allows visitors to explore the Earth before the dinosaurs existed. Put on a virtual reality headset and become immersed in this unique experience. The Science in 3D program is hosted by an educational docent who will help launch each VR adventure and answer questions about the experience. https://museumplanetarium.org/

(PA) December 4-5, 2021, QUIET VALLEY’S 31ST ANNUAL OLD TIME CHRISTMAS, 2:30pm to 7:00pm; last tour at 7:00pm, All ages. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage.  Begin a new tradition with your family this year during an outing to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern light to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday pastime for many years to come.  Enjoy activities like storytelling, the Belsnickel, a live Nativity, caroling in the one room school and much more. Pre-purchasing tickets https://quiet-valley.ticketleap.com/old-time-christmas/ is recommended. Cost of Event: $12.00 Adults; $6:00 Ages 3-12, under 3 are free. www.quietvalley.org

(Virtual) December 5, 2021, CHILDREN’S MASTERPIECE PAINTING EVENT: VINCENT VAN GOGH & WALT WHITMAN, 1:00PM – 2:00PM on Zoom Ages 7 and up. Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to present Virtual Children’s Masterpiece Painting Event: Vincent van Gogh & Walt Whitman an art and history program for children on Sunday, December 5th from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. How was Vincent van Gogh inspired by Walt Whitman? Children can join an interactive art event guided by an experienced art and history instructor while learning the answer to this question and painting their own masterpiece at home! Children will learn the history of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and how he was inspired by American poet Walt Whitman’s poetry. Children will also create their own artwork guided by an experienced art & history teacher. Parents & Grandparents are welcome to watch and guide their young artist during the event. This is a fun, memorable way for children to engage in creative learning outside of school and gives them the opportunity to create their own masterpieces! A $15 fee is requiredRegister: https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/starrynight/

(PA) December 8, 2021, THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, 10:00 AM. Special Discounted Rate for Students! Call 610-838-2257 or e-mail markjen@ptd.net. Performance at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. This 53rd production of The Nutcracker will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Professional guest dancers will be announced on our website! A School Performance Guide is available for educators to use to prepare their students ahead of time about The Nutcracker ballet, music, and the arts.  For some children, this may be the only opportunity they have to see a ballet production of this type. To receive a Nutcracker School Performance Guide, please email our office pyb@rcn.com. Reservations needed. Contact markjen@ptd.net.

(PA) December 9, 2021, THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, 10:00 AM. Special Discounted Rate for Students! Call 610-838-2257 or e-mail markjen@ptd.net. Performance at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. This 53rd production of The Nutcracker will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Professional guest dancers will be announced on our website! A School Performance Guide is available for educators to use to prepare their students ahead of time about The Nutcracker ballet, music, and the arts.  For some children, this may be the only opportunity they have to see a ballet production of this type. To receive a Nutcracker School Performance Guide, please email our office pyb@rcn.com. Reservations needed. Contact markjen@ptd.net.

(OH) December 9, 2021, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT. 7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra, Mandel Concert Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 216-231-7300, Ticket Office: 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 (Toll Free), boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com. Holiday Concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra return this December! Reserve your seats today for an experience that will fill Mandel Concert Hall at Severance with the sounds of the holiday season. Guests must provide proof of vaccination, or a PCR negative test within the last 72 hours and be fully masked. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/attend/concerts-and-events/2021/other-concerts/holiday-concerts-2021/.

(OH) December 10. 2021, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra, Mandel Concert Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 216-231-7300, Ticket Office: 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 (Toll Free), boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com. Holiday Concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra return this December! Reserve your seats today for an experience that will fill Mandel Concert Hall at Severance with the sounds of the holiday season. Guests must provide proof of vaccination, or a PCR negative test within the last 72 hours and be fully masked. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/attend/concerts-and-events/2021/other-concerts/holiday-concerts-2021/.

(PA) December 10, 2021, THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, 10:00 AM. Special Discounted Rate for Students! Call 610-838-2257 or e-mail markjen@ptd.net. Performance at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015. This 53rd production of The Nutcracker will feature approximately one hundred cast members composed of dancers from Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and adult community volunteers. Professional guest dancers will be announced on our website! A School Performance Guide is available for educators to use to prepare their students ahead of time about The Nutcracker ballet, music, and the arts.  For some children, this may be the only opportunity they have to see a ballet production of this type. To receive a Nutcracker School Performance Guide, please email our office pyb@rcn.com. Reservations needed. Contact markjen@ptd.net.

(NC) December 10, 2021, TOUCH TANK FEEDING, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016. You’re invited to get up close with some of the more familiar creatures found in our ocean. Our touch tank pool allows you to gently touch marine animals such as sea stars, sea urchins, whelks, horseshoe crabs, and hermit crabs. These animals live in a variety of habitats and have developed many ways to survive the waves and predators. Volunteers are on hand to assist and teach you about these incredible animals. Did you know, when a sea urchin “hugs” your finger if you gently touch its spines, it’s actually checking you out: Are you food or predator? If you’re neither, the animal will just gradually release you. https://museumplanetarium.org/

(PA) December 11-12, 2021, QUIET VALLEY’S 31ST ANNUAL OLD TIME CHRISTMAS, 2:30pm to 7:00pm; last tour at 7:00pm, All ages. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage.  Begin a new tradition with your family this year during an outing to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern light to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday pastime for many years to come.  Enjoy activities like storytelling, the Belsnickel, a live Nativity, caroling in the one room school and much more. Pre-purchasing tickets https://quiet-valley.ticketleap.com/old-time-christmas/ is recommended. Cost of Event: $12.00 Adults; $6:00 Ages 3-12, under 3 are free. www.quietvalley.org

(NC) December 11, 2021, HOLLY JOLLY HERMIT CRABS 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016. This program is all about hermit crabs – their anatomy, their house hunting, and more fun facts. The program includes a hermit crab-themed craft with a fun holiday spin. The hermit crab program is hosted by Jamie Justice, the Education Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. https://museumplanetarium.org/

(OH) December 11, 2021, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra, Mandel Concert Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 216-231-7300, Ticket Office: 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 (Toll Free), boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com. Holiday Concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra return this December! Reserve your seats today for an experience that will fill Mandel Concert Hall at Severance with the sounds of the holiday season. Guests must provide proof of vaccination, or a PCR negative test within the last 72 hours and be fully masked. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/attend/concerts-and-events/2021/other-concerts/holiday-concerts-2021/.

(OH) December 12, 2021, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra, Mandel Concert Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 216-231-7300, Ticket Office: 216-231-1111, 800-686-1141 (Toll Free), boxoffice@clevelandorchestra.com. Holiday Concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra return this December! Reserve your seats today for an experience that will fill Mandel Concert Hall at Severance with the sounds of the holiday season. Guests must provide proof of vaccination, or a PCR negative test within the last 72 hours and be fully masked. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/attend/concerts-and-events/2021/other-concerts/holiday-concerts-2021/.

(PA) December 15, 2021:  HOMESCHOOL DAY:  HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD, ages: elementary school age students (younger and older siblings are welcome to participate). Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611.Ever wonder how other countries celebrate the holidays? Spend a morning traveling the globe without ever leaving RPM while learning about different countries holiday celebrations. Reservations Required. Deadline to register is 24 hours prior to the event. Contact Coleen at 610.371.5850 x227 or coleen.mikucki@readingpublicmuseum.org. All program participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver to attend each program. ***The Museum is following all CDC recommended policies for programs and events. Members: $15 (1 adult and 1 child); $5 for each additional child or adult. Non-Members: $20 (1 adult and 1 child); $7 for each additional child or adult, https://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/homeschool-days

(NC) December 17, 2021, TOUCH TANK FEEDING, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016. You’re invited to get up close with some of the more familiar creatures found in our ocean. Our touch tank pool allows you to gently touch marine animals such as sea stars, sea urchins, whelks, horseshoe crabs, and hermit crabs. These animals live in a variety of habitats and have developed many ways to survive the waves and predators. Volunteers are on hand to assist and teach you about these incredible animals. Did you know, when a sea urchin “hugs” your finger if you gently touch its spines, it’s actually checking you out: Are you food or predator? If you’re neither, the animal will just gradually release you. https://museumplanetarium.org/

(NC) December 18, 2021, “FINTASTIC” HOLIDAY CRAFTS, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016. Children are invited to stop by to make some “fintastic” holiday crafts. The museum will have different stations set up where children can make sea-themed holiday crafts to take home. From December 1 through 19, children can stop by the museum to pick up a template letter to Santa (or bring their own letters with complete return addresses included). Completed letters can be dropped off in the Santa Mail Box located at the front of the museum. These activities were created by Jamie Justice, the Education Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. https://museumplanetarium.org/

(NC) December 31, 2021, TOUCH TANK FEEDING, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, 910-579-1016. You’re invited to get up close with some of the more familiar creatures found in our ocean. Our touch tank pool allows you to gently touch marine animals such as sea stars, sea urchins, whelks, horseshoe crabs, and hermit crabs. These animals live in a variety of habitats and have developed many ways to survive the waves and predators. Volunteers are on hand to assist and teach you about these incredible animals. Did you know, when a sea urchin “hugs” your finger if you gently touch its spines, it’s actually checking you out: Are you food or predator? If you’re neither, the animal will just gradually release you. https://museumplanetarium.org/