Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Lawn-versions of classic games including Jenga, Twister and Anagrams will highlight the Free Family Day at The History Museum of Hood River County on Saturday.
The theme is “Decades of Play.”
The museum will be setting up stations throughout the museum and around the building on the lawns and sidewalks that will allow kids and families of all ages to come and experience play using games and activities from the past century — and earlier.
Lincoln Logs, croquet and hopscotch are more examples, and there will be chess on a rare Watergate set from the 1970s.
The History Museum is partnering with local organizations to bring a fun-filled free day.
WHEN AND WHERE
Family Fun Day is Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive in the Port Marina Park, accessible via exit 64.
“Museum admission is also included in the day’s activities so it’s a great way to experience the new museum space,” said Connie Nice, museum coordinator. “I wanted to plan this Family Day to create a fun multi-generational experience that was both exciting and educational.”
Craft tables will also be set up along with a bubble play area, a play dough station and Plexiglas painting station.
All activities, crafts and museum admission are being providing by grant funding from Faith Connections with assistance from Our Redeemer Lutheran and Asbury Methodist Partnership.
A free hot dog lunch will be provided by the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department for the first 250 guests.
Games will include everything from the Native American game called Picara, which is an early form of geometric checkers, to an original Atari computer from the 1970s.
Other games include:
Graces: A popular activity for young girls during the early 1800s, it was invented in France during the 19th century and called le jeu des Graces. It was considered a proper activity benefiting young ladies and, supposedly, tailored to make them more graceful.
“Our version, which is less graceful and more active, was recently put to the test by kids at Dig into History kids camp and passed with flying colors,” said Museum Coordinator Connie Nice.
Jenga: Jenga, derived from a Swahili word meaning “to build,” was created by Leslie Scott and is based on a game that evolved in Scott’s family in Africa in the 1970s using wooden children’s blocks from Ghana.
Anagrams: According to some historians, anagrams originated in the fourth century BC with the Greek poet Lycophron, who used them to flatter the rich and mighty. The Family Day version will be a huge lawn-sized one created by museum volunteer Ralph Staley.
Cat’s Cradle: Cat’s cradle may have originated in China or Korea. It is a sequence game played with a string.
Atari: The Atari 400 was designed in the late 1970s as a computer primarily for children. The computer had few built-in programs, and instead ran off of cartridges.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge