2014 International Children’s Festival

“Animal Kinship” tent at the Children’s Festival
 
May 27-31 the museum hosted an activity tent at the 2014 International Children’s Festival in St. Albert. More than a thousand people visited the Animal Kinship tent including students on field trips, children of all ages, parents and grandparents! Staff and volunteers from the museum and heritage sites dropped in to help out, and we had great youth volunteers every day. We were situated on a picturesque spot right beside the Sturgeon River, where our tent served as respite from both the rain and, later in the week, the sun.
 
Sharon leading a program in our tent.
Visitors made bookmarks based on one of the four animals of the medicine wheel.
 
This year the museum partnered with the Art Gallery of St. Albert to provide Aboriginal programming along the Heritage Trail. At the museum tent we made decorative bookmarks based on the four animals of the medicine wheel, and even brought out some museum objects to share; the gallery did a complementary art project called “Pictographs of the Plains People.” We also set up our small tipi so visitors could have a look inside.
 
“Pictographs of the Plains People” tent at the International Children’s Festival
 
Shannon leading a program
Inside the museum we featured our current exhibits, the permanent St. Albert History Gallery and the temporary exhibit, Hands on Nature, as well as our fun-filled Discovery Room. In the education space we hosted a special Coffee Filter Butterfly craft in honour of the Children’s Festival.
 
Sharon sharing some interesting objects, “Bear paw anyone?”
We look forward to seeing you at the Festival again next year!