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Kid Art Exhibit Opens at Natural History Museum

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If you're headed to the Natural History Museum this week, be sure to check out a special art exhibit by the kids from the Blueberry Atelier preschool in Santa Monica. The exhibit, “A Sense of Wonder, A Sense of Place: Viewing Nature Through the Images and Words of Our Children” showcases the writing, photography, drawings and paintings by the school’s budding environmentalists.

The exhibit stemmed from the fact that children in LA (like elsewhere in the country) are spending six hours a day in front of the television and computer, but fewer than four minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. (That stuff’s for adults only!)

But in our kids, this lack of exercise and exposure to the outdoors has led to obesity, attention problems and diminished creativity. So Blueberry Atelier partnered with the Children’s Nature Institute during the past year to bring hands-on nature experiences for the preschoolers and their parents.

So as part of NHM’s Sustainable Sundayʼs program, this interactive exhibit hopes to help visitors renew a connection between kids and families and nature.

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The Natural History Museum is open today until 5 pm. The kids' exhibit runs through June 21.