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Tis the Season for Celebrations!

December 17, 2015

What kinds of celebrations are you planning during this time of year? In any culture, it is the celebrations that connect us to each other. Typically, celebrations are woven into our family traditions and help us connect with important people in our lives in meaningful ways.

What’s one thing you remember about a family celebration? Good, bad, funny or sad, most of our celebration memories revolve around the connections we have with our family and friends. In her book, I Love You Rituals, author Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D. says that “celebrations can help remind us who we are as individuals and as a family.” This is particularly important for children, because what matters most are the connections we have with family and friends.

Create a family tradition at DuPage Children’s Museum by joining us for our 14th annual New Year’s Eve family-friendly celebration, Bubble Bash, and help us say goodbye to 2015 and blast off into 2016! Join us for an outer space themed adventure from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on December 31st. During the event you and your family can enjoy live performances from The Boogers, who will help us countdown to noon!

Who are The Boogers? The Boogers are an age appropriate punk rock band, reminiscent of the Ramones, and was dreamed up by a father with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. Music, besides being a fun way to celebrate, has a significant impact on cognitive and language development. Did you know…

“ …music is the basis for almost all spoken language.
…across almost every culture, we talk to infants in the same way. This pre-language is
called child-directed speech (CDS), and is also known as “motherese” or “parentese.” Pitch,
melody and glissando are all key elements in communicating before we even know any words.
…”call-and-response” songs teach children about how conversations work.
…rhyming teaches children about how words are constructed.
…listening and enjoying music with your kids will increase their love of music.”

Don’t just come for The Boogers! Throughout the Museum your child can also enjoy extra-special activities such as making a rocket shaker to help celebrate the countdown, playing with moon sand, making a jetpack, adding a star to our glowing galaxy, and earning mission stickers along the way! Bring the whole family on December 31st to ring in the New Year as we put on our second biggest fundraiser of the year (after our just for grownups Gala) and help us countdown to noon!

Can’t make it to the Museum for our celebration? Check out PBS.org, they have some excellent ideas for celebrating as a family at home ()

What are your favorite family tradition? Share it here, on Facebook, or Twitter!