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Camp Heart Beat

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Camp Heart Beat

People often ask, “Is the Halle Heart Children’s Museum open for tours during the summer?” The answer: a resounding YES!

As the weather heats up outside, things only get cooler in the HHCM. During the summer, the museum switches gears from our regular school field trip experience to offer the same quality education in a fun summer camp format!

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Camp Heart Beat visitors can look forward to a two-hour tour through eight interactive exhibits that teach about the cardiovascular system and lifestyle choices for heart-healthy living. Our knowledgeable Heart Guides explain the importance of eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and always saying no to tobacco. Campers can listen to animal heartbeats, play a round of mini golf through a giant capillary, and even cool off in our fully equipped Goldman Legacy movie theater. Plus, the Camp Heart Beat package includes the added benefit of a heart-healthy lunch provided by St. Mary’s Food Bank.

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Camp Heart Beat tours are available May 30-August 31st and begin at 10:00am or 12:00pm. Admission per child is $2.50, along with one free chaperone per five children.

So if you’re a summer camp, church group, day care, or other group seeking a unique, educational (and air conditioned!) experience for kids, Camp Heart Beat is just the thing! Reservations are required, so visit our Camp Heart Beat reservations page to see available tour times and to register your group online today.

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Birthday Parties at HHCM

By |April 11th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Birthday Parties at HHCM

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Imagine a birthday party where your child could have plenty of space to explore, supplement their science education, and even eat a healthy snack. Now imagine the birthday fun taking place in a colorful, one-of-a-kind environment tailor-made for kids…one that parents don’t have to set up beforehand or clean afterward!

Birthday parties at the Halle Heart Children’s museum provide all this and more!

For an unforgettable birthday for a child of any age, it doesn’t get much more unique than the HHCM. With everything from the heart-pumping action of exercise-based Xbox games to the comfort of a real movie theater, kids and parents alike can enjoy two hours of fun for an affordable price. Up to ten children can party with Lub Dub for $150 (or up to 20 kids for $200 or 35 for $300), which includes:

  • admission to the museum for the whole group
  • a heart-healthy snack and fruit-infused water
  • decorations
  • goodie bags
  • use of our Kitchen Café or Activity Center

The museum can also accommodate larger parties and offers a variety of add-ons, such as the use of our large Activity Center or the ability to play a movie of your choice in our Goldman Legacy Theater.

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Last Saturday a very special young man named Ishaan celebrated his fifth birthday with a Pokémon-themed party at the museum. Kitchen Café colors just happened to coordinate perfectly with Pokémon colors, along with customized linens and balloons provided for the occasion. To kick off the party, friends and family gathered for lunch in the Kitchen Café.

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After lunch, the group had ample time to explore the museum’s eight exhibits. Kids and parents learned about the circulatory system in the Follow Your Heart exhibit, listened to animal heartbeats in the All Creatures Great and Small exhibit, and went “shopping” for foods with just a heart-healthy amount of fat and calories in the Marketplace exhibit. When it was time to go, guests were sent home with goodie bags. These bright green mini-backpacks were packed with Lub Dub stickers, an Admit One ticket for a future visit to the museum, and even a recipe book.

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In the end, everyone agreed that the party was fun, educational and healthy…

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Well, mostly healthy…!

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To schedule your birthday party at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, call today at (602) 414-2800. See our Birthday Parties Page for more information!

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Arizona Gives Day 2017

By |April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Arizona Gives Day 2017

 

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If you haven’t, allow us to introduce you to this statewide, 24-hour, online giving campaign that’s all about helping people find, learn about, and contribute to the causes they believe in. Taking place the first Tuesday in April every year, Arizona Gives Day is an meaningful way to be a part of a mass boost for philanthropy in our state. Arizona non-profits have an economic impact of $22.4 billion (more than 8 percent of Arizona’s gross state product) and provide 325,000 jobs, meaning they do good not just for the individuals they serve, but for our entire state. Arizona Gives Day provides an opportunity for any Arizonan to reflect on this impact and choose a nonprofit to support financially.

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is very pleased to be a part of this wonderful charitable event!

As a non-profit entity, the Halle Heart Children’s Museum exists to provide education for children and adults about how to lead heart-healthy lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We think it’s a cause anyone can be passionate about! With exciting field trips for schools, numerous interactive programs for children from toddlers to teens, and an all-around awe-inspiring 8 major exhibits (all for the lowest admission fee in town), we believe we’re building a healthier tomorrow.

We hope you’ll join us by choosing the Halle Heart Museum as your cause of choice on Arizona Gives Day. We invite you to donate now by visiting our Arizona Gives Day page.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of children and the future of Arizona’s health!

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Get Moving!

By |March 6th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Get Moving!

It’s a Friday morning at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum and fitness instructor Hilda Young is ready and waiting. In yoga pants and tennis shoes, she moves quickly throughout the 9-1-1 Action Theater exhibit space, setting up exercise circuits. She turns on upbeat music and the scene is set for an hour-long workout.

Her participants? The toddlers of Get Moving!

The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of activity a day for children age 2 and older, and the children arriving for Get Moving!are here to do just that. If you’ve ever wondered what a group fitness class for toddlers looks like, this is it: a safe, open, supervised space for little ones to work out their wiggles. During their time in the class, kids who are expert walkers up through age seven can move from station to station doing activities like:

Tumbling

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Bunny Hopping Through Hula Hoops

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Stepping Through Tires

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Crawling Under a Parachute

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Walking Across a Mini Balance Beam

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And of course, for children seven and under, there’s plenty of caregiver involvement, too. Parents and grandparents cheer their little ones on as they perform various activities—and can even join in themselves. In fact, there may have been one mom getting funky with a light-up hula hoop during Friday’s class, and a grandma who showed she’s still got it by doing a somersault on the tumbling mats.

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Every week of Get Moving!looks a little different. In addition to the circuit-style workout, kids can expect to spend some sessions playing interactive games or learning dance steps. Many of the activities are the kind that can be done anywhere, so the fun can continue at home!

This all plays into Hilda’s ultimate goal for the class. As she explains, “The mission of Get Moving!is to help children from a young age to develop a healthy lifestyle, and incorporate fitness as a natural part of their lives by making fitness fun.” If children can learn that physical activity is something to look forward to, their future will be in a good shape—literally!

Join us for Get Moving!every other Friday at 10:00am at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum for $5 per child. See the museum’s event calendar for all upcoming dates.

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CPR and First Aid Training at HHCM

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on CPR and First Aid Training at HHCM

When Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb of the BeeGees wrote “Stain’ Alive,” they probably never imagined that their disco hit would become an anthem used in CPR classes around the world. But at 104 beats per minute, the high tenor ballad we all know from Saturday Night Fever matches the tempo range of the American Heart Association’s recommended 100-200 chest compressions per minute in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR. With its catchy, memorable melody and chorus that reflects the mission of CPR, the song is a helpful teaching tool.

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But CPR is about a lot more than busting out our disco moves. It’s about saving lives.

In the event of a heart attack, CPR can double or triple a victim’s survival rate. For every minute without CPR post-heart attack, the victim’s survival rate drops 7-10%. But 70% of Americans report feeling helpless to act during a cardiac emergency, in most cases because they have not been trained on this potentially lifesaving procedure. Have you?

If you’ve never been CPR trained, your reasons for not doing so may be varied. Maybe you’ve worried you would have to perform mouth-to-mouth on a total stranger. Maybe you’ve wanted to but just never made the time, or maybe you’ve never imagined the necessity of CPR arising in your own life.

If you’ve had these objections, there’s good news—and some sobering news. Studies have shown that hands-only CPR is as effective as mouth-to-mouth, and in 2008 the mouth-to-mouth requirement was done away with. (So no kissing strangers!)

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And while we all hope to never have to use CPR, the reality is that heart disease remains the leading cause of death for Americans, with 715,000 heart attacks and 610,000 heart disease-related deaths occurring annually. We likely know someone who has had to use CPR on a loved one at some point. After all, around 80% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home. Taking a couple of hours on a Saturday to educate ourselves on something so simple yet so beneficial begins to seem a small sacrifice when we realize its life-saving potential.

So why not sign up to get CPR certified today? The American Heart Association offers CPR and First Aid training right here at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe! Register online here for our upcoming class Saturday, March 25th–or if you are registering seven days or fewer before this event, please call the museum’s front desk at (602) 414-2800 to reserve your spot. You can also check out our calendar for all other training opportunities. Attendance is free for the first portion, which covers the techniques used in CPR. If you would like to be also trained in First Aid and receive CPR certification, a cost of $35 covers materials and certification. Please note that you will receive an email with instructions for some pre-class work if you choose to become certified.

(And finally, if it’s a secret disco phobia that’s kept you has kept you away from CPR training, never fear! These days, instructors are updating their CPR anthems from “Stayin’ Alive” to newer, faster-tempo pop songs. Perhaps your instructor will incorporate the latest Justin Timberlake, Shakira, or Katy Perry tune into your session. CPR is for everyone, old and young, experienced and inexperienced, disco lovers and top 40 rockers!)

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Toddler Test Kitchen

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Toddler Test Kitchen

When you first hear the words “Toddler Test Kitchen,” it might reasonably conjure up images of chaos. After all, any parent can attest that usually when you mix toddlers and food, you can expect spaghetti sauce on the walls, maple syrup as hair gel, and itty bitty grains of rice embedded in your kitchen grout. Many of us shy away from cooking with our kids for fear of culinary disaster.

At the Halle Heart Children’s Museum’s weekly Toddler Test Kitchen, however, it’s a different story. This one-of-a-kind healthy cooking class invites children 6 and under to spend an hour in a toddler-friendly environment making healthy recipes with their parents or caregivers, from prepping ingredients to enjoying the finished product. By taking part in the class, kids learn that cooking can be creative and fun—and parents go home with recipes that even a toddler can safely help with!

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Last Monday, eight children and their parents arrived at the heart museum’s professional-grade kitchen, where ingredient stations awaited them on high-top tables. The tables were spread with a colorful array of ingredients to make a Southwestern-Style Baked Spaghetti Squash, including green peppers, bright red tomatoes, black beans, corn, spices, and (of course) squash. Guiding the session was Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Yaffi Lvova of Baby Bloom Nutrition. With her own little one in tow, Yaffi took the class through the simple steps of taking the raw materials of the ingredients and turning them into an appealing, tasty dish that could serve as a healthy dinner any night of the week.

Working at their own pace throughout the session, children participated in:

– Chopping and dicing ingredients using toddler-safe cutlery, helping develop fine motor skills

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– Measuring spices, for a bit autonomy and basic mathematical concepts

– Scraping the inside of the squash to find—surprise!—it looks just like spaghetti!

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– Mixing ingredients together in a large bowl to create the filling

– Piling the filling into the hollowed-out squash “boats”

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Once everyone finished scooping the filling into their boats, the whole creation went into the oven with a sprinkle of cheese on top. While everyone waited for their yummy lunch to emerge from cooking, Yaffi gathered the children around for storytime. One Big Salad, a picture book with whimsical pictures of fruits and vegetables reimagined as animals, was the perfect choice to accompany a healthy cooking session!

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Finally, it was time for the little chefs (and their grown-up helpers) to test their finished products. For a Mexican-inspired dish with a dose of spice, this spaghetti squash went over extremely well with its toddler taste panel. Every child at least tried it, most had a substantial helping, and at there was least one exclamation of “Mom…it’s soooo good!”

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And in the end, no one ended up with squash in their hair!

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Join the fun of Toddler Test Kitchen at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum every other Monday and the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM. With a Halle Heart Children’s Museum membership, pricing is $15 per class or $45 for a 4-class series. Non-member rates are $18 per class or $59 for a 4-class series.

Click here to register for this fun family activity today!

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Heart Warriors Speaker Series Launched

By |October 19th, 2015|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Heart Warriors Speaker Series Launched

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Michael is a CHD survivor and our first Halle Heart Children’s Museum Heart Warrior to be featured.

With the help of Mended Little Hearts of Phoenix, the Halle Heart Children’s Museum is pleased to announce the launch of a very special speaker series. The Halle Heart Children’s Museum Heart Warriors speaker series will feature kids talking to kids about heart disease, congenital heart defects and telling their story of heroism.

Our first Heart Warrior being featured is Michael. He was born in June 2003 with a congenital heart defect (CHD) known as Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS), Pulmonary Atresia, Intact Septal Defect and now wears a pacemaker.

At just three days old, Michael had his first open-heart surgery called a BT Shunt and had his first pacemaker in before he started kindergarten. Visit us on Saturday, October 24th at 11:30am and listen to Michael and his family share their story of heroism and warrior spirit.

 

Entrance to the series is included in museum general admission. Find out more here.

Special thanks to the Mended Little Hearts Phoenix Chapter for this series.

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Where in the world is Lub Dub?

By |September 16th, 2015|Categories: Events, Where in the world is Lub Dub?|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Where in the world is Lub Dub?

Whole-Foods-Kids-Club-231x300 Where in the world is Lub Dub?Our cute and cuddly mascot is going to be out and about in the community this upcoming Saturday, September 19th at the Whole Foods Market Kids Club event.

Sign up today for this special edition of Kids Club. Songs and stories with the Tempe Public Library and a special guest appearance from Lub Dub from the Halle Heart Children’s Museum! FREE to attend please RSVP to sp.tem.marketing@wholefoods.com.

When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Address: Whole Foods Market | 5120 S. Rural Road, Tempe AZ 85282

For more information download this flyer.

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Barrow’s Self-Empowerment Education Day for Stroke Survivors & Caregivers

By |July 29th, 2015|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Barrow’s Self-Empowerment Education Day for Stroke Survivors & Caregivers

Are you a stroke survivor? Are you a caregiver or family member to someone who is a stroke survivor? The Barrow welcomes all stroke survivors and their families to join this conference on Saturday, September 12th from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  This educational event is specially designed for stroke survivors and caregivers who are looking for community resources to help with post-stroke care.  Presentations will cover topics for both survivors and caregivers, together and separately.  Highlights include: Home Modifications, Technology, Intimacy, Finances, etc.  For a $10 entry fee, each attendee will receive breakfast, lunch, entry to all presentations, and a goody bag. Click here for the full event schedule. 

RSVP to 602-406-3067 or click this link to register: http://www.thebarrow.org/Conferences_And_Symposia/index.htm

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Help Reduce Childhood Obesity in Arizona

By |February 16th, 2015|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is holding its first-ever fundraising event on June 3, 2015 to share our mission and help spread the word about the work we are doing to help create a generation of healthier kids. As part of this event, we are looking for sponsors — please see the attached flyer outlining the sponsorship levels for the breakfast event along with some additional longer-term museum partnership opportunities.

You probably already know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America, accounting for one out of every four deaths (or about 600,000) each year. But did you know that heart disease is around 80% preventable simply by eating a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking? Despite this, more than 25% of Arizona’s kids are overweight and 1 in 8 kids in Arizona are obese — all of which leads to a lifetime of heart health issues.

Each year more than 30,000 kids, teachers and parents tour the Halle Heart Children’s Museum to learn how to live a heart healthy life, and beginning this year we will educate thousands more kids now that we’re open to the general public for the first time. By being a sponsor at our breakfast Pearson can make a real difference in the health of Arizona’s kids.