DPS families invited to “Get to the Heart of Black History” on Valentine’s Day during FREE Family Saturdays at the Detroit Children’s Museum

Special event includes free narrated bus tour passing places of historical significance

On Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Children’s Museum will “Get to the Heart of Black History” during a special Family Saturday on Valentine’s Day. 

DPS students ages 4-10 and their families are invited to attend the museum FREE of charge to explore the Detroit Children’s Museum, located at 6134 Second Avenue.

A different theme is being offered monthly at the museum as part of the DPS Family Saturday series.

During every visit, DPS families and their children have the opportunity to explore the Gallery and learn about some of the Museum’s nearly 2 million historical artifacts, take in a Planetarium show and experiment in the Museum’s Sound and Music Room.

On February 14, families also will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of special activities, such as creating a living quilt that pays tribute to families’ connection to their ancestry and participate in literature readings.  Special guests include the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Area Agency on Aging.  The Museum will have a guest performance at 2 p.m. by the Flint Institute of Music, which will perform several spirituals.

The Museum will also offer free narrated bus tours that will pass by Detroit-area sites that carry historical significance in African American History. The sites that the participants will pass by as the narrator describes them include:

  1. William Ferguson Homesite
  2. Seymour Finney Barn
  3. Elijah McCoy Homesite
  4. George De Baptiste Homesite
  5. Frederick Douglass -John Brown Meeting Place
  6. Hitsville USA- Motown Museum
  7. Soldiers and Sailors Monument

All of these events and activities are free and available only to DPS families. Children must be chaperoned by an adult. Please call 313-873-8100 for additional information.

About the Detroit Children’s Museum: The Children’s Museum, currently open to the Title 1 children of Detroit Public Schools, was founded in 1917 and is the third oldest children’s museum in the country. The Museum possesses nearly 2 million artifacts, of which about 900,000 are available to be loaned to the educators of Title 1 students of Detroit Public Schools, greatly enhancing the learning experiences of Detroit Public Schools’ children. The Museum has an extensive doll collection including a 300-year-old doll, which was once owned by the Chene family of Chene Street and Chene Park fame and that first visited Detroit in 1703. The Detroit Children’s Museum’s artifact collection encompasses items from every corner of the world, including extraordinary items such as Anasazi pottery, an Egyptian Cat Mummy, and a twelve-foot Tiger Shark.

 

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