OWL is in the process of opening a Winter PlaySpace & Children's Musuem on Main Street in Oneonta! We will be open Tues, Thurs, Sat, & Sun starting January 18th, 2014. This is a short term experiment (thru April.) If we meet our fundraising goal before then, we may extend the lease for another year. This project serves the dual purpose of providing families a warm place to play during the winter, while determining if a brick & mortar space is a viable option for OWL's future.
Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is an all-volunteer registered 501c3 not for profit organization and is registered with the New York State Board of Regents.
For this endeavor, we need:
-volunteers! click here to get involved
-primer & (white) paint
-brushes, rollers, & trays
-gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Price Chopper, Walmart, OfficeMax
Please contact us at WorldofLearning@live.com or via Facebook with questions/comments.
Pictured above (left to right): OWL board members Caitlyn Davey, Aaron Sorenson, Ariann Tubia w/ Tanner Tubia, w/ Palace Cigar owners Tom & Karen Oliver @ 277 Main Street.
Thanks so much for your support!!
About 100 children with their grown ups came out to SUNY Oneonta last Saturday to celebrate nano-science, that is, the science of really, really small particles.
Kids investigated super thin materials like those used in solar cell technology. They also learned about forces stronger than gravity, and experimented with sand that doesn’t get wet—even under water. Children also viewed "Riding Snowflakes", a planetarium show about molecules.
OWL would like to thank the SUNY Oneonta science department and students, and especially the Science Discovery Center for bringing the world of nanotechnology alive for the afternoon. OWL and the Science Discovery Center have been partnering together to present Science Saturday events since 2009.
The event was a great success. As one grown up put it, "Who said this is supposed to be for kids? This stuff is FASCINATING!"
NanoDays at the Science Discovery Center of Oneonta has been part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 26 through April 3, 2011. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska.
NanoDays will probably be our best Science Saturday yet. Young scientists will investigate super-thin materials, forces stronger than gravity and sand that doesn't get wet, even under water! Measure yourself in nanometers, use your nose as a nano detector and much more! Get your Passport to Nano stamped at all the activity stations and take home a Nanoscience Prize Bag!
The event will be on Saturday April 2nd from noon to 4pm. It is recommended for children aged 2 through 13 with their grownups. $5 suggested donation per child.
Be sure to register for the planetarium show on Molecules online at http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/sdc/ or by calling the Science Discovery Center at 607-436-3192 (that is the only part of the event which requires registration). Shows will be at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 and there is no additional cost.
Unlike previous Science Saturdays, there are no separate workshops to sign up for. Instead, participants will visit multiple discovery stations.
The location for this event will be in Science Building #1, SUNY Oneonta campus (which also differs from previous Science Saturday events).
Enter the campus from Ravine Parkway. Science Buidling 1 is on the left, past the Morris Conference Center.
This Science Saturday is brought to you by OWL and The Science Discovery Center.
Dinosaur Train tickets are really starting to sell! Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is incredibly excited to partner with WSKG and the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Society to bring this event to life.
The one hour train ride will feature games and activities presented by PBS Kids and OWL. There will also be a meet and greet with Buddy the dinosaur, the main character of the Dinosaur Train show.
There will be two trains on Wednesday, April 13th, one at 10am and another at 1pm. If you don't have your tickets yet, call the railroad at 607-432-2429 to reserve your tickets right away. Tickets are $7.50 each. Children under 2 years old ride for free.
Teachers can prepare their students for the event with one or more of the great lesson plans available at: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/dinosaurtrain/.
The flyer can also be downloaded: Dinosaur Train Flyer.
Look for Oneonta World of Learning on Facebook: Oneonta World of Learning (OWL).
If anyone in the family or the classroom is a fan of the new PBS show Dinosaur Train, then this is an event you won't want to miss!
Dinosaur Train is a relatively new great show from PBS. Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) has received a grant to partner with PBS Kids, WSKG, and Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Society to present a Dinosaur Train event.
The Dinosaur Train event will take place on Wednesday, April 13th, featuring a one hour train ride filled with games and activities presented by PBS Kids and OWL. There will also be a meet and greet with Buddy the dinosaur, the main character of the Dinosaur Train show.
There are two opportunities on April 13th to ride the Dinosaur Train. The first train departs at 10am and the other at 1pm, from the Milford, NY depot.
This will also be a fabulous field trip opportunity for children up through first or second grade. Teachers can prepare their students for the event with one or more of the great lesson plans available at: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/dinosaurtrain/.
Reserve your tickets directly through the railroad by calling 607-432-2429.
Please download the Dinosaur Train Flier freely: Dinosaur Train Flier.
OWL would also like to thank our first new sponsor for the 2011-2012 sponsorship season! The Insurance Professinals of Chenango Valley (IPVC) have generously sponsored OWL for the entire year.
Join OWL for first night from 3-4pm at the former McLaughlin storefront, Clinton Plaza, Main Street, Oneonta! Stay after to hear Skip West and then see the parade. Activities are free for children under 12. Download the activities schedule here: Complete Schedule. Find out more about first night here: imagineoneonta.com.
Happy New Year!
OWL is providing children's activities as First Night returns to Oneonta! Join the Oneonta World of Learning as we join Mauritius in toasting to the New Year, Friday December 31st from 3 to 4pm. We will celebrate the culture of this island nation with a story teller, art projects and games. A great time for the whole family. OWL activities will be held at Clinton Plaza, in the former McLaughlin storefront on Main St, Oneonta. First Night is free for children under 12! For more information about first night, go to imagineoneonta.com.
Looking for a new holiday tradition this season? How about a Christmas Lights scavenger hunt? Here is a list of holiday lights and decorations you and your family can find right here in Oneonta: Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt.pdf.
Not signed up for our electronic newsletter? Read it here: December 2010 Newsletter.
Paintfest is next Saturday, November 13th from 10am to 2pm at 63 Lower River St, Oneonta, NY. Lower River St, which is not to be confused with River St, can be accessed by turning onto Cepperly Ave from Chestnut St, and then turning right at Lutz's Feed.
The most fun you can have with paint in one day, Paintfest features a wide variety of fun and unique painting activities for the whole family as well as workshops for children with their grownups. This year's theme features painting three dimensional objects.
Open activities (recommended for ages 2 and up, no pre-registration required) will include ornament painting, stained glass, cookie painting, homemade puff paint, face painting and more. Additionally, the children will be painting a car, courtesy of Five Star Subaru. Workshops include Unexpected Still Life (age 5+), Treasure Box (age 5+), and Tie-Dye (all ages). A $5 donation is suggested, but all of the activities are offered for free except for the Tie-Dye workshop. There is a $10 charge to cover the cost of materials for the Tie-Dye workshop, which includes a new shirt which you get to keep. Registration is recommended for the workshops.
To register for Unexpected Still Life, Treasure Box, and Tie-Dye, email Amy at WorldOfLearning@live.com or call 607-431-8543. Please note the names and number of your children. There is room for up to ten children in each workshop.
Here are the workshop times:
Unexpected Still Life: Using bubble wrap to paint a still life! The result will be suitable for framing.
10:30am (This timeslot has been filled)
1:00pm (only four spots remaining in this timeslot)
Tie Dye: Make your own tie-dye shirt and take it home with you! Materials fee of $10 applies.
10:10am (only three spots remaining in this timeslot)
10:30am (This timeslot has been filled)
Treasure Box: Decorate gift box in an unusual way.
10:10am (only three spots remaining in this timeslot)
11:30am (only four spots remaining in this timeslot)
Paintfest T-Shirts will be given to the children, thanks to our generous sponsors, NYCM Insurance, www.JoeRuffinos.com, Amazable Science Adventures, Brooks BBQ, and Tri-County Glass, while supplies last. OWL would also like to thank Emily and Jerry Dudek, Five Star Subaru, A&D Transportation Services, Elm Park Methodist Church, Long Island Pizzeria, Directive, Central New York Radio Group, The Daily Star, Rent-A-Wreck, and Hometown Oneonta for their continued support. Lastly, we cannot thank The Arc Otsego enough for once again co-sponsoring this fantastic event with us.
Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is a children's museum without walls, in Oneonta, NY. Chartered by the Regents Board of Education and a 501c3 non-profit organization, OWL has been formed by a coalition of volunteer parents, artists, educators and other local professionals dedicated to building our community. Learn more at OneontaWorldOfLearning.org, call 607-431-8543, or email WorldOfLearning@live.com.
Paintfest is Saturday November 13th! Paintfest is going 3D -- donate your old wooden (or mostly wooden) chairs and small tables! We can make minor repairs if needed. Or help fund this event by sponsoring a child for $10 or adding your name to the back of 150 t-shirts to be given away to kids at this fun annual event ($100).
To sponsor the t-shirts, download and mail the attached sponsorship form to OWL by Nov 1st. Alternatively, you can email WorldOfLearning@live.com or call Amy at 607-431-8543.
Drop into the Science Discovery Center next Saturday for Professor Snapes Potions Class, presented by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) from 12:30 - 4pm! Or register online at oneonta.edu/academics/sdc for an Advanced Potions Class, lead by SUNY Oneonta faculty. The open activities are appropriate for children with their grownups, aged 2-13. There are two Advanced Potions workshops, one for age 5-9 at 1pm, and another for ages 10 and up at 2:30pm.
Congratulations runners, walkers and all who volunteered to make the Pit Run a premier Oneonta event again this year. Oneonta World of Learning's bosun's chair was a big hit. Children were actually lined up to take a turn buckling into the seat and pulling on the ropes to lift themselves into the air and ring the bell at the top. Thanks to the power of pulleys, even little children were able to 'pull their own weight.'