Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Storytelling Event at Illinois Holocaust Museum November 2, 2014



**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie holds various interactive events throughout the year to help engage families in learning about respecting differences and being an upstander. They provide a range of activities that spread this important message to a range of ages in age-appropriate ways. This weekend's event, "More Alike Than Not" seems like a particularly fun way to spread the message.
Susan O'Halloran, a television personality and Evanston native, will present a family storytelling event teaching families about empathy, celebrating our differences and how to tackle difficult situations like bullying and peer pressure. I think O'Halloran's method for teaching these important lessons will be very engaging as well as interesting. She will use folktales, movement and music to reach out to families. So, not only will the event be informative but it will be fun--and what a great way to reach children! O'Halloran specializes in stories that focus on families, a sense of place and how our past can impact our present and our future. She is experienced in performance and has been on PBS and ABC Nightline among others. This is sure to be an enriching experience and will be particularly meaningful to children!

Some quick info about the event:

  • This event is geared towards participants 6-years-old and older. 
  • The event will run 1:30PM-3:00PM on Sunday, November 2.
  • Reservations are required.
  • To make a reservation, please email The Illinois Holocaust Museum at education@ilhmec.org. 
  • Admission to the Museum on November 2 is free for Skokie residents. To receive the discount, visitors must present a valid state of Illinois identification showing proof of residency. 
  • For all others: General Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $8 for students (12-22), and $6 for children 5-11. 
  • Admission will include admission to the museum for the day. 
For more info about The Illinois Holocaust Museum:

The Harvey L. Miller Youth Exhibition is particularly geared towards children and addresses some common difficult interactions that they may face in school. The exhibit is interactive, so kids will learn through engagement. We visited the exhibit last year and have some additional insight in our previous post about the Illinois Holocaust Museum. This event is in conjunction with a current exhibit at the museum called RACE: Are We So Different? co-sponsored by the YWCA Evanston/Northshore, so you may want to check that out as well.

If you have older children (12-years-old and older depending upon child), we highly recommend visiting the other Holocaust exhibits. The experience is moving but you will come away with a sense of purpose and the importance of being an upstander. For a more inside look, you can read our post The Illinois Holocaust Museum: An Important Journey.
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