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Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea



HOUSTON (Oct. 6, 2014) – The growing popularity of all things Korean, from fashion and film to music and cuisine, has swept up the Children’s Museum of Houston. From Nov. 15, 2014 to May 10, 2015, the Children’s Museum of Houston will ride “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) with the debut of a brand new exhibit that digs right into the heart and soul of the culture. Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea aims to bring modern-day South Korea to Houston. Part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums, Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea premieres nationally at the Children’s Museum of Houston and will then travel to eight cities within the next four years.


“America’s No. 1 children’s museum was selected by The Freeman Foundation to develop a unique children’s Korean exhibit that will tour nationally,” said Children’s Museum of Houston Executive Director Tammie Kahn. “We are honored to have the support of Korean advisors both locally and in Korea to make this project a reality. We traveled to Seoul and even met with five-children there who continue to serve as our Kid’s Committee and ‘guide’ you within the exhibit,” said Kahn.


K-Pop’s (Korean Pop) mainstream growing popularity, as well as Korean soap operas across Japan, Southeast Asia and the globe, represent only a minute reflection of the bustling, fast-paced, overwhelming, hip and trendy, mindboggling, multisensory experience that is like living and growing up in South Korea. In Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea, five modern-day Korean kids will open their hearts and invite you to take an intimate look into their lives through their diverse interests, customs and ambitions, including their love of K-Pop and Korean cuisine, their habit of texting to communicate, and even their dreams of being accepted into a good college; their drive is what keeps them studying after school at “hagwon” (or cram school) until midnight! You’re invited to connect to the world’s “most wired country,” where there’s plenty of Wi-Fi and almost everyone owns a Samsung cell phone!



Local Korean businesses and communities sprawl through Long Point Road, between Bingle and Gessner, and it still continues to grow. Between 2000 and 2010, the Korean community ranked as the fourth fastest growing Asian community in Houston. According to the 2010 census, Koreans were 30,000 to 40,000 of the overall population. In Harris County, people of Asian heritage made up nearly 7-percent of the entire population. And between 2000 and 2010, the county’s Asian population increased by 45-percent!


Korea is also Texas’ fifth largest export destination.   More than 40-Korean companies are represented in the state. In 2010, trade between Korea and Texas amounted to $11.8 billion. A reflection of the growing business and interest in South Korea was the opening of daily, direct flights from Houston to Seoul last May.



“Korean-Americans in Houston are excited by the launch of the Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea exhibit,” said Susan Jhin, Museum advisory board member and special advisor to the exhibit. “We hope after seeing how Korean children live, play and study, children in the U.S. will be inspired to discover more about Korea. I commend the Children’s Museum of Houston for their foresight in helping our kids bridge the gap to other cultures in preparation for their life in the global community,” said Jhin.


South Korea is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and an important trade and political partner for the United States and other nations. South Korea was the United States’ 6th largest supplier of goods imports in 2013. It is enjoying broader influence, and receiving greater recognition for its contributions in the realms of arts, culture, and technology. Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea will immerse you in learning experiences which build your understanding of Korean culture to see the differences and similarities between your life and the lives of Korean people. The exhibit is broken down into the following areas:


  • KOREA PLAZA:  “Hang out” with Korean kids and “text” them questions about what life is like in Seoul. Visit historical and famous sites on an interactive multi-user touch table. Then, launch a kite to “fly away the bad luck.”
  • KOREA K-POP STARS STUDIO:  K-Pop has a huge influence on pop culture in Korea and around the world. Take the stage of the K-Pop TV studio and watch yourself “perform” with K-Pop stars in front of a 75” TV screen.
  • ANIMATION STUDIO:  Did you know “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “Avatar” were created in Korean animation studios?  Check out a stop-motion animation station and draw an animated story.
  • TAEKWONDO STUDIO:  Kick, punch and block as you match your moves to Korean children who are experts in this martial art based on 2000-year-old ancient techniques.
  • RESTAURANT:  FromKimchi to Korean BBQ, dine in at this authentic Korean restaurant or take on the role of restaurant owner and watch your business boom.
  • APARTMENT:  Experiencepreparations, games and customs for Seollal (Lunar New Year). Try on a hanbok and learn to do the traditional bow, put on a traditional dress, “taste” New Years’ foods such as tteokguk (ricecake soup), or play yut nori by throwing sticks and moving tokens around a game board.
  • CLASSROOM:  Stories, music and calligraphy…it all happens in school.  Learn how to speak and write Hangul.  Listen to folktales and play the janggu and buk, traditional drums.
  • HANOK GUEST HOUSE:  The Jesa Table is a place where Koreans bow in respect to honor their ancestors. Draw an ancestor you would like to honor and bow to experience this tradition. Also, check out the rollup floor mat and view a folk tale!



“America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine, listed among Forbes and USAToday’s “Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.,” winner of Houston A-List “Best Museum 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014,” and Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks “Best Museum in Houston 2009 & 2010,” the Children’s Museum of Houstonis a Citysearch.com’s nationwide 5-star children’s museum. It is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children. Founded in 1980 and housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. The Museum serves more than 1,100,000 people annually and operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors. For more information, please visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138. The Children’s Museum of Houston is A Playground for Your Mind™ Can your mind come out to play?™

Children’s Museum of Houston Invites Children With Autism to a Sensory Evening Event

The Children’s Museum of Houston invites families to a cultural Sensory Friendly Eveningon Monday, Nov. 17.

Sensory Friendly Evening is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum.

This exclusive event will provide a comfortable, protected and accepting environment, allow parents to make connections with other families, and offer new tools and resources.

Doors will be closed to the public.  There will be no music and sound reducing headphones will be available.

Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).

The Museum will celebrate the opening of its new cultural exhibit, Heart and Seoul:  Growing Up in Korea, Nov. 15 – May 10.

Partners coming on this day include a speech pathologist, behavior clinic, and a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance, support, and education to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

WHEN:    Sensory Friendly Evening, Nov. 17, 2014

(Activities, events, and times subject to change.)            

WHERE:  Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

Special Sensory Friendly Day Admission:  $5 per person. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY SPECIAL HOURS: 4 – 7 p.m.

Pre-registration required.Please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.

For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

Bring the Kiddos to Meet a Real Life ‘Superhero’



Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, and entertainment.

Meet real life superheroes such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, police officers, military service members, and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® team at Pearland’s Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center’s free ‘Superhero’ Day on Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes and hang out with Children’s Memorial Hermann giraffe mascot Topper, H-E-Buddy, and many other characters. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, entertainment, and special performances by Precision Dance Academy.


Cohosted by H-E-B Plus and the YMCA, admission is free and the event is open to the entire community.


WHEN:         Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


WHERE:      Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland

                        10905 Memorial Hermann Dr., Pearland, TX 77584

 [Photo Courtesy of GalleryHip.com]

9/11 exhibit in Houston thru January 11


When former NYPD police officer James Smith talks about his wife Moira. It’s with a mix of pride and sadness. She was a police officer too, one of those heroes who rushed to danger on that horrible day instead of running away from it. She died when the South Tower collapsed.

“I promised myself I wouldn’t mourn forever. I mourn privately but I celebrate her life daily.” He says.

That’s why he’s loaned some of her personal effects to the traveling Ground Zero 360 exhibit on display at the Holocaust Museum. Not just her hat but her medal of honor and her radio.

“She survived the initial collapse and was trapped and it was her calling for help. She had it out.”

And there’s the poignant photo of her two year old daughter accepting the American flag off her casket at her funeral. There are many photos in the exhibit, photos you’ve never seen taken by photographer Nicola McClean. She was working for Irish media outlets and managed to get into the frozen zone to capture these images. She’s not traveling with the exhibit because she just had a baby. But her husband is here. The former NYPD deputy inspector also spent three months at ground zero. This project is their therapy.

More at MyFoXHouston.com

The Exhibit opened to the public on Friday the 12th and will run to January 11th. On September 20 and 21st it will be free for Houston area first responders and their families.

More info at Holocaust Museum Houston

Spider-Man Swings by Children’s Museum of Houston in Celebration of Spider-Man Day

Join me as Spider-Man swings by the Children’s Museum of Houston in celebration of Spider-Man Day!

Friday, August 1

Our spidey senses are tingling! The Children’s Museum of Houston will get tangled in a web of excitement during a two-week long Spider-Man celebration which includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and the first-ever Silly String Showdown! On Spider-Man Day, Aug. 1, 80-visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the Showdown. Sign-up is on site from 10 a.m. to Noon on Aug. 1. (First-come, first serve).

For more info, visit www.cmhouston.org

Full write up and pictures to follow on StyleMagazine.com 

See you there!

Children’s Museum of Houston Offering Free Back to School Vaccinations


First session occurring July 31

Administered by Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program

All children under 18 needing immunizations as required for admission by school districts will have the opportunity to receive FREE vaccinations at the Children’s Museum of Houston this summer.

Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer back-to-school vaccinationsto the first 200 people to arrive every Thursday Free Family Night, beginning July 31 through August 28.

To qualify, parents and guardians will need their child’s immunization records.

All required school vaccines will be provided except for TB Test or FLU.

No need to pre-register.

For more information visit www.cmhouston.org