The Children’s Museum Mourns Duncan the Owl

From a press release:

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., January 4, 2010 – In what can only be described as a bittersweet beginning to the new year for The Children’s Museum and thousands of its members and visitors, The Museum bid “adieu” to Duncan, its Great Horned Owl, who passed away over the weekend. Duncan had amazed and excited children and adults alike since he joined the Museum’s Wildlife Sanctuary in 1976.

Duncan, like many of the more than 100 native and exotic animals at The Museum’s Wildlife Sanctuary, was brought to the Museum – initially to Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton — as a rescue animal for rehabilitation after falling from his nest as a hatchling. Because he imprinted on his human rehabilitator, he would not have survived in the wild if released, so remained as a guest of the Museum. Although his death is sad, it wasn’t tragic . . . he lived far longer than anyone expected he might, close to a dozen years beyond his species’ normal lifespan, to the rich old age of 33 years.

While efforts to rehabilitate Duncan for life in the wild were unsuccessful, said Cindy King, curator and director of the Museum’s Wildlife Sanctuary, Duncan soon became one of the stars of the Sanctuary and an accomplished nature educator. “Duncan traveled with Museum caretakers to schools and community groups across the state,” king recalled, “and was the first owl I’d ever worked with. He even appeared in a television commercial for the old G. Fox & Company, back in 1981. Despite old age and cataracts, he could still unerringly snatch a mouse for a meal and was very bonded with his caretakers.”

After retiring from public programs in 2003, Duncan continued to be a favorite for many Museum visitors. Though his vision was limited, his hearing was acute, and he would respond in kind to certain visitors and staff when “hooted” to. His size and majestic demeanor made him stand out, and he — and The Museum’s surviving Barred Owl — always drew a lot of attention.

“Duncan was a well known and loved member of The Children’s Museum wildlife family, and will be missed by all,” said Kevin Sullivan, Museum president and CEO. “Our Wildlife Sanctuary, originally sponsored by United Technologies Corporation, is home to many wonderful animals. It – and our caring staff and volunteers — regularly receive the highest possible certification from the federal government for humane animal care. No other science center or children’s museum in the Northeast has such an extensive and effective animal rescue and nature education program — we’re proud of this achievement and always thrilled by these wonderful creatures.”

The Children’s Museum offers over 100 live animals, hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for younger children and families. With over 210,000 visitors annually, it is one of Connecticut’s top museum attractions. The Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.

West Hartford Children’s Museum Celebrates the Solstice

On Friday, December 18 The Children’s Museum in West Hartford celebrated the longest night of the year. It was their annual Solstice Event and it featured some global traditions, music and crafts. The evening commemorated solstice traditions from around the world.

West Hartford’s Children’s Museum Expands Astronomy Exhibit

On November 25th the Children’s Museum unveiled a large color print of our galaxy that combines a near infrared view from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes into one multi-wavelength picture. The unveiling commemorates 400 years since Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609.

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Halloween Events Planned at The Children’s Museum

We received the following press release from The Children’s Museum:

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., October 21, 2009 – Join The Children’s Museum for some ghoulish family fun on Halloween day, October 31st. Play games and win spooky prizes, meet creepy crawly animals, learn how to draw your favorite Halloween characters, make slime and get involved in other fun activities.

Children who come dressed in costume receive $2 off each family member’s admission. Regular admission applies for the day, otherwise, but there’s no extra charge for our Halloween activities. Come join the scary fun — from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. – and enjoy all of our exciting, hands-on educational exhibits and activities, including the UTC Wildlife Sanctuary and the Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium.

The Children’s Museum offers over 100 live animals, hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for younger children and families. With over 210,000 visitors annually, it is one of Connecticut’s top museum attractions. The Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org, or by calling The Children’s Museum at 860.231.2824.

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Hands-On Science Takes Off at The Children’s Museum for Space Week

From The Children’s Museum:

Hamilton Sundstrand Partners with Museum for Space Week

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., July 15, 2009 – Hands-on science takes off during a special summer Space Cadets camp week at The Children’s Museum in West Hartford from July 27 to July 31. Space Cadets will also learn about planets, stars, asteroids and space exploration as well as the basics of galaxies, rocket propulsion, and gravity. The week will finish with a bang when summer vacation campers launch their rockets they have built with the help of mentors from Hamilton Sundstrand. Programs will also run in the Travelers Science Dome theater at the Gengras Planetarium.

Said Kevin Sullivan, President and CEO of The Children’s Museum, “Every day, we try to teach children to reach for the stars by helping them experience science. This time, our Summer Science Camp space cadets get a special chance to work with mentors from one of the biggest-name research and production companies in space travel and aerospace. It’s a great opportunity to learn and a real countdown to fun.”

Space Cadets summer vacation science camp is filling up fast but registration will be open until noon on July 24. Campers may be registered by calling 860.231.2830 x44. Registration for the week costs $345 ($295 for Museum members) for full-day camp and $200 ($185 for Museum members) for half-day camp. Space Cadets science camp is appropriate for children in grades 1 through 6.

The Children’s Museum offers over 100 live animals, hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for younger children and families. With over 210,000 visitors annually, it is one of Connecticut’s top museum attractions. The Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.

Laser Light and Music Shows Are Back at the West Hartford’s Children Museum

We received this release from the Children’s Museum in West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., June 23, 2009 – Laser light and music shows are back at The Children’s Museum in West Hartford for a limited engagement. The shows open on July 9 and feature a SkyLase solid state laser system projecting dazzling shows across the Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium along to music recordings by the original artists.

Show Schedule:

July 9, 10, 11

Laser Pop at 6:00 p.m. – 10 years of radio hits, including Pink and Smash Mouth. Rated PG
Laser U2 at 7:00 p.m. – Songs from the group’s 30-year musical career. Rated PG
Laser X at 8:15 p.m. – Alternative rock bands like Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and Garbage. Rated PG-13

July 16, 17, 18

Laser Beatles at 6:00 p.m. – From “Twist and Shout” to “Magical Mystery Tour.” Rated PG
Laser Retro at 7:00 p.m. – INXS, The Police, and other sounds of the 1980s and 1990s. Rated PG-13
Dark Side of the Moon at 8:15 p.m. – The music of Pink Floyd. Rated PG-13

Tickets are $5-$7 for members of The Children’s Museum and $6-$8 for non-members. Before the laser rock concerts sell out, visit The Children’s Museum website – www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org – to register online, pre-order tickets by email at Events@TheChildrensMuseumCT.org, or call 860.231.2830 x44.

Said Kevin Sullivan, President & CEO of The Children’s Museum, “We’re rolling out the red carpet for the return of laser light and music shows in our planetarium. But this new solid state, digital system is a long way from my day. It’s great music, a great show, and it’s even great science. Whether it’s a trip down musical memory lane for you or an all-new experience, don’t miss it.”

The Children’s Museum offers over 100 live animals, hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for younger children and families. With over 210,000 visitors annually, it is one of Connecticut’s top museum attractions. The Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.