Children invited to ‘play with clay’ at museum

Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is inviting children ages 6 and up to come and “Play with Clay” from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, July 23. The facilitator for “Play with Clay” will be Kelly Ormond, museum education and program coordinator.

The registration for the “clay day” is $15 and includes a mid-morning snack and a handmade bowl to take home.

Kari Barley, museum director, said the “Play with Clay” program is designed to teach children about pioneer life and how it applies in today’s world.

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“The only way that pioneers had to make many of the things they needed for daily life was to make them,” Barley said. “They made most of their pots out of clay because it was easier and quicker than carving a bowl from wood.

“‘Play with Clay’ will provide the children with a hands-on experience and a way to better understand what pioneer life was like.”

Barley said most children like to play in the mud and the workshop is a fun and creative way to have a mud-pie experience.

The deadline for registration for “Play with Clay” at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama is July 22. To register, call the museum at 334-566-3597.

Barley said the museum’s “Making History” dinner and silent auction will be at 6 p.m. August 6 at the museum.

Tickets for the fundraising event are $30 and include dinner and the opportunity to participate in the silent auction.

“‘Making History’ is a benefit event for the museum’s children’s programs,” Barley said. “We always have a good time and we have a lot of great items for the silent auction. And, we would appreciate any donations for the silent auction.”

For more information about “Making History,” to purchase tickets or donate items to the silent auction, call the museum at 334-566-3597.