This is the final weekend to catch the traveling exhibit "Hello From Japan" at the Creative Discovery Museum. A young visitor explores the exhibit's bamboo forest.

More children’s activities

› Thursday, Jan. 3: Sew What Indigo and Shibori Dyeing Techniques, Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., 4 p.m., free.

Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 3-6: Ice on the Landing, Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St., opens at 11 a.m., $10 adults and $8 children ages 12 and younger, includes skate rental. Thursday is family night from 5 to 9 p.m. when one child age 12 or younger is admitted free with a paying adult.

› Saturday, Jan. 5: Teen movie and craft, Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., second floor, 2-5 p.m., watch PG-rated “A Wrinkle in Time,” popcorn and craft materials provided.

› Saturday, Jan. 5: Craft-a-Nooga Kids, Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., second floor, 3 p.m., for ages 3-8 accompanied by an adult; also held at Northgate branch at 3:30 p.m.

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A visitor to the Creative Discovery Museum's Electrified Sunday learns about static electricity. Show time is Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.

The presents have all been opened and New Year's "Auld Lang Syne" has been sung. Now the kids are getting restless, but there's one more weekend left before school resumes. Here are some ideas for family fun from the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St.


The museum's current traveling exhibit, "Hello From Japan," closes Sunday, Jan. 6. This highly interactive exhibit teaches children about life in present-day Japan.

CDM visitors will discover two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite; the other, too cute for words. Together, they show how old and new traditions co-exist in Japan today.

In Kawaii Central, children may serve their own bento boxes, create a mascot, sing karaoke tunes in Japanese and English, and help construct the streets of Tokyo. In the Shinto Shrine Park, children find a bamboo forest, make a wish on the wishing tree and get their very own fortune.


Thursday, Jan. 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. children with sensory sensitivity and their families are invited to play in the museum with a low-sensory environment that otherwise might not be possible during regular operating hours.

During this time, overhead announcements, food smells and other sensory inputs will be limited as much as possible.

Reservations are required because space will be limited to 100 people. Save your spot at


Open Art Studio activities are offered 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Activities include:

» Batik Patterns: Guests will create a pattern to take home using wax, fabric and metal stamps.

» Finger Puppets: Guests will create a finger puppet using felt materials, hand-sewing and/or tacky glue.

» Dioramas: Guests may create a tiny model of the real world using only paper, scissors and tape.

» Kitchen Lesson: Soba noodles lesson at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4-6.

» Science Show: Electrified Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.

The Creative Discovery Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is $14.95 ages 2 and older, $9.95 military with ID, free for local police and firefighters with ID.

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