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Be a Young Chef, Gardener or Clay Artist in Children's Museum Classes

OAK RIDGE -- Preschoolers will be young chefs and gardeners in classes this spring at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge. Older children will make wearable clay items in pottery classes with the museum's resident clay artist Sherrie Carris. They will also have the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen as they learn the science of cooking.

Wednesday morning preschool classes are offered for children ages 3-5 at the museum. All classes are from 11 a.m.-noon and include movement, an arts and crafts activity, a story and a snack. Fee for each set of two classes is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Classes are:

• Kid Cuisine, April 13 and 20. Young chefs will stir, mash and roll to prepare foods as they cook one-cup recipes and use vegetables and fruits to make art.
• Seed, Seed, Sprout, May 11 and 18. Young gardeners will dig, hoe, plant and water, and then watch the magic of seeds sprouting in their greenhouses. They will make a garden stone and grow their own crazy hair.

Children's Museum classes for older children are:

• Wearable Clay, for children ages 5-12, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16. Students will make a pendant and beads to create their own necklace for themselves or as a gift. Using found objects to press into clay, they will create texture before glazing and stringing onto a cord. Fee is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Sherrie Carris brings 40 years of experience in pottery, photography and printmaking as resident potter at the museum.
• Kids in the Kitchen workshops on Saturdays, March 26, April 30 and May 27. Young chefs ages 7-12 will scoop, mix, stir and pour as they learn the science involved in cooking during each workshop. Workshops are from 11 a.m.-noon. Fee is admission to the museum plus a $3 materials fee. Workshops are: Pizza on a Stick, March 26; Tadpole in a Hole, April 30; and Monkey Bread, May 27.

To register for classes, call the museum at (865) 482-1074 or stop by the museum at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge. Visit the children's museum web site,, for more information. Arts classes are sponsored under an agreement with the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Children's Museum, 461 West Outer Dr., Oak Ridge, is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays except in June, July and August. General admission to the Children's Museum is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $5 for children ages 3-18. Admission is free for children under 3 and museum members.

Published March 26, 2011

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