There is an abundance of knowledge out there not only for us as parents to absorb but also to pass onto our children. We all know the age-old time saying that our children are our future and it’s never been truer than in this generation. If we do not teach them how to care for the earth, then they aren’t going to have a place that is flowing with resources when they grow up. We need to start the change and teach them to carry on with it, and when you have places like the Kids Gallery at the Surrey Museum, it makes that task even easier.
Food sustainability, renewable energy, reducing our carbon footprint, we learned all of this and more at the Surrey Museum this past Earth Day. My homeschooling mama in me was bursting with joy as we walked through the Kids Gallery.
The Kids Gallery isn’t your typical museum type atmosphere. No shhh’s required and not once did I have to say, “Don’t touch that kids.” In fact, they are encouraged to be interactive with everything that they see, which to me is the perfect way to learn.
Our kids had a blast playing and learning as they explored all the elements that the gallery had to offer.
They learned different ways to make energy by human power and by sun using solar panels.
We sat in the playhouse and as they served me “food” I chatted to them about how we can cut down on food waste and energy by using all the information signs they had posted on the walls inside of the house. My husband even learned a few things during this “meal” time.
Then they were able to sort different perishable food items and garbage that are printed on blocks into the right sections. My middle child loved this part and played a few times. This was a great learning tool because when we got home, and it was time to sort our recycling and garbage after dinner the kids were able to help and use what they learned in the game.
I loved the clothesline because it is something that I grew up with, and so did my husband. We were not only able to teach them why we use one but also tell them a little bit about our childhood homes.
After the kids were all played out, we even took a little stroll around the rest of the exhibits.
We all had such a great time learning about how we can help make our future better by reducing our carbon footprint in many ways. Everything that they learned there you can bring home and put that knowledge to use as a family.
The Surrey Museum Kids Gallery is located at 17710 56A Ave in Surrey, BC. The Kids Gallery is free of charge, and the exhibition runs until July, 2017 when they will be closing down as they make way to expand, renovate and rebrand the museum! When they reopen in 2018 the Kids Gallery is going to be TRIPLE the size!
Make sure you take an afternoon and explore the gallery as a family then come home and put it all into practice before they close for the rebrand!
*The City of Surrey provided me with compensation for to write this post. All opinions are my own. We loved the museum and had a fantastic little afternoon. *