If exploring a museum full of some of the most extraordinary, handcrafted antiques and expertly designed modern kaleidoscopes is a dream of yours, then dreams really do come true! Now through December, you can experience such an exhibit at the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls, New York.
The exhibit, “Kaleidoscopes: Mirrored Views of the World” opened in mid-September and runs through December 30th, features exquisite and visually-stunning pieces on loan from the private collection of Dr. Judith Mysliborski, who has been collecting kaleidoscopes for more than 15 years.
This exhibit isn’t only for grown-ups, either. The museum also features a child-sized, custom-built, walk-through kaleidoscope, made possible through the Glen Falls foundation and private contributions. Kaleidoscopes are incorporated into the exhibits and programs of each section of the museum and are sure to enamor both children and adults alike.
Take a sneak-peak of the World Awareness Children’s Museum’s Kaleidoscopes exhibit before you attend with this special video clip. The museum, located at 89 Warren St. in Glens Falls is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
To add to or start your very own collection, visit KaleidoscopesToYou.com and check out all of our new kaleidoscopes, especially our stained glass kaleidoscopes.
Are you a kaleidoscope enthusiast or collector looking for a fun project in your downtime? Or are you an educator looking for an educational lesson you can explore with your class? Build your own kaleidoscope and explore the inner workings of the amazing work of art that is a kaleidoscope!
For the kids, this won’t be just any craft project! They’ll have fun learning about the wonders of light and exactly what is involved in creating such a unique item. And the best part for kids – when they’re finished with the project, they’ve got themselves a new toy!
At KaleidoscopesToYou.com we have several Kaleidoscope Kits to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any one of our kits, but one of the best quality and most popular styles is that Kaleidoscope Kit. Most kit contents are similar, but to give you a better idea of what you can find in a build your own kit, this specific kaleidoscope making kit contains:
- 3 high reflective glass front surface mirrors,
- 1 tube,
- 1 adhesive dressing foil,
- 2 glass pieces for ends and eyepieces,
- Many different shapes of colorful handmade glass and plastic shapes for the object cell,
- 2 black fittings,
- 1 light grey distance ring,
- 1 grey padding,
- Blue tape,
- Red tape,
Perfect for art class or a birthday party craft project, the Bulk Kaleidoscope Kit contains 12 build-your-own kaleidoscopes for just $41. That’s $3.50 per kaleidoscope, which is perfect for sticking to a budget.
Do you have a little princess in the house? If so, she’ll love the Princess build your own kaleidoscope kit! It comes with sparkling plastic gems, shiny rings, and brightly colored beads, while the exterior is a shimmering hot pink! The queen of your heart is sure to love this Princess Kaleidoscope kit.
School day, summer camp, birthday party, or rainy day indoors, build your own kaleidoscope kits are a fun time, guaranteed! Learn and explore with shiny mirrors and glass pieces with our full selection from KaleidoscopesToYou.com today!
Are your youngsters beginning to feel restless? Perhaps the summer heat and the break from school have collided in a chorus of, “I’m bored!” Sometimes a few unique toys and gadgets can alleviate summer boredom through productive activities. Kaleidoscopes for kids are captivating and fun, and a little bit of creative thought will provide you with some engaging options to keep their attention focused on those days that demand solutions.
There are many types of kaleidoscopes for kids, ranging from inexpensive models to elaborate designs. You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a great kaleidoscope model for your youngsters. You’ll appreciate the variety of fun themes, such as Fourth of July for the summer months. Exploration time is essential for enabling your children to get a feel for how a kaleidoscope operates. They can spend a lot of time being fascinated by the amazing changes that take place with minor adjustments.
Complement their exploration time with special activities and challenges. Consider trying to capture digital images of the designs inside the gadget. Have the children draw their favorite patterns. Make kaleidoscope cupcakes. Look for DIY projects for making a kaleidoscope from scratch. The possibilities are endless!
A kaleidoscope distorts images and colors, making ordinary objects look unique and colorful. Why not try using your kaleidoscope to view other things, such as nature or inanimate objects within your house? Have a little fun with your kaleidoscope and experience the true beauty of objects when looking at them in a whole new way.
” Snow – Looking through your kaleidoscope, try to find the distinctive crystal of a single snowflake. Even better, watch how a snowflake slowly loses its jagged crystal shape as it melts to a liquid state.
” Grass -Look at a simple patch of grass to see it turn into a unique combination of green, white and yellow colors.
” Sky – Look up into the sky, through your kaleidoscope, to see a unique cloudy image that almost looks like a flower. Just make sure you aren’t staring right into the sun!
” Water – Did you just spill your water on the counter? Before cleaning it up, view the spill through your kaleidoscope and watch how the shapes and colors move as the water spill travels across the surface.
” Pets – Point your kaleidoscope directly at your furry friends and see them in abstract. See the beautiful black and white colors of your Dalmatian, or watch as the fancy orange and black colors merge together on your striped tabby cat.
” Leaves – Since the leaves are already starting to fall, now would be the perfect time to look at a leaf pile through a kaleidoscope. You will experience a magical effect, as it will look like the leaves are changing colors right before your eyes.
What other objects would you like to view though the magical lens of a kaleidoscope?