Come play with us! As the largest children's museum in the Pacific Northwest, we celebrate play and believe in its importance in early learning. With our eight galleries and fabulous art studio, we encourage children and their parents to play and learn all about science, nature, and art, in settings inspired by our beautiful Northwest. Our Outdoor Discovery Center, a half-acre of outdoor exhibits, expands the opportunities for play and learning.
View "Modern Dinosaurs" by Heather Wood, April 1-30, 2022. Admission is free for Arts Walk April 22, 5-8 pm.
Throughout April, the Museum will feature paintings by local artist and Hands On employee, Heather Wood in the Play Day Café. The collection of “Modern Dinosaurs” combines her love of dinosaurs with her whimsical sense of humor, juxtaposing accurate portrayals of some of her favorite giant reptiles with more modern settings and situations. Admission during Arts Walk is free, April 22, 5-8 pm. During Arts Walk hours there may be adults in the Museum without children.
Arts Walk Activities
Artist Meet & Greet (April 22, 5:30-7:30 pm). Meet Heather and see her exhibit in the Play Day Café. Learn dinosaur facts and color your own Modern Dinosaur. Heather will also be sharing fossils and casts from the Age of Dinosaurs Burke Box. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of the Museum’s permanent art collection.
About the Artist
Heather Wood is a Washington local, HOCM employee (for seven years!), and Evergreen college alum. Her childhood love of art grew from graphite to mixed media throughout high school. In college, she focused her skills on acrylics and other paint media. Heather’s familiarity and affection for the Washington peninsula, forests and beaches help drive her imagination and creation of works, allowing her to dream up interesting landscape pieces that mold well with her passion for dinosaurs. Her devotion to dinosaurs started at an early age, but was more recently refined with the creation of her first dinosaur piece “The Dangers of Selfies”. She also brings her enthusiasm for art, science, and the natural world to her position in the education dept. at the Museum.