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A few weeks ago, Blue Star Museums hosted an event at the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco. Below are posts from two different military children who attended the event. The first post is by Patrick Moore, a rising high school junior, and the second post is by Katherine "Kiki" Lapan, who is 11 years old.

A Teenager's Perspective

The San Francisco, Children's Creativity Museum was amazing in its own right, but the museum's excitement and involvement with Blue Star Families was another impressionable feature. They actively participated and were happy to answer questions and walk us around explaining each exhibit. The staff was also very interested with what the families had to offer to the already vibrant San Francisco community. They were very friendly and made the event even better.

The families were very pleased with the event, and the kids were even more pleased with the exhibits that were theirs to discover. The museum was definitely a catalyst for the ideas and creations that the kids and families had, and bettered the individuals [with] ways to come out and express that idea, feeling, or themselves. All the exhibits were hands-on, which I also thought gave a more direct access point to the creative flow of the kids. Another nice part of the museum was that it gave the parent and the child yet another way to connect to each other on a different level, which may have been more personal than they knew. All in all the Blue Star Family experience was very rewarding, and to see how happy the people were made it even more.

The Blue Star Museums event, for me, was something else. Being able to see the military community come together, from soldiers to spouses and kids was really nice. It made me see how close-knit we really are. Without some of us even meeting, we could start a conversation or talk about something, but most of all we all had something in common. We had experienced many of the same hardships and feelings. Why? Well, to me the military experience is a universal experience that each family has, one way or another, whether it's harder or easier for the person. The museum I thought really brought us all together. People were very nice, and welcoming to us being there. I really liked all the exhibits they had here too---they were very interactive and creative. Honestly I can say that I would love to go back and do this all again; if I could I would. I really had some of the best fun here this summer, not only at the museum but in the city too.

Patrick Moore is 16 years old and a rising junior in high school. Patrick epitomizes a resilient military child: he is an Army brat who has moved 13 times and has attended over nine schools. This summer, Patrick will enter his 10th and hopefully final school before college. His hobbies include playing the guitar, singing at a local coffee shop, reading about history, writing, and of course travelling. Patrick is the oldest of four brothers and master of Gracie the family dog, a goldendoodle. Patrick currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Kiki Lapan riding the carousel at the Children's Creativity Museum. Photo courtesy of Sheri Lapan

The Children's Creativity Museum

By Kiki Lapan

The Children’s Creativity Museum was a lot of fun. I think it is a good place for kids to have a good time. There are lots of fun things like the Clay Animation Studio. You can make anything out of clay. Pick a station and start making your videos, which can be given to you in CD form or e-mailed. That was my favorite part. Mr. Bob [Frankel], our friend from the NEA, watched and asked questions while I made my clay figures. I made a video and am going to put it in the Way Cool Creativity Contest!

There was also a place in a quiet(ish) room of mushrooms, where kids could make these little worms appear on a large screen from an iPad. Upstairs had fun too. There was a music studio were you could sing along to a song in front of a green screen. There was also a mystery box challenge, where you picked a box and a card. You use what you have in the box to make something that was on the card. For example, the card says, “There is the race car race tomorrow---make the fastest race car in the world to win!" You take the items in the box and make it. There are lots more creative stuff (and a really neat carousel) in the museum, go and find out!

Thank you Mrs. [Deanie] Dempsey for spending the morning with us (her husband is my daddy’s boss and she is a lot of fun---she learned about clay animation too) and thank you Blue Star Families for this fun program. This was my first trip to San Francisco!

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