Multiculturalism is defined as the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country. At Discovery Center we promote multiculturalism both as educators and advocates for the children in our community. We believe that all children and their families be accepted and respected, nurtured and educated. We believe that understanding the commonality of all people is good preparation for living in a rapidly changing world where not everyone will look, or act, just like us.
Here you’ll find a diverse mix of families enjoying our programs every day.
In 1988, working with black community leaders, we hosted our first Martin Luther King Day Event. It brought families together and became an annual event. The recently held MLK Day celebration, sponsored by Nissan Foundation, is one of ten free days offered annually.
Plan to attend our Chinese New Year Celebration, February 8 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The event provides a great opportunity for families to learn about and embrace diversity. Activities include a chance to explore Asian New Year traditions, enjoy food samples from Chef Want’s, create a Year of the Snake craft, and watch the dragon dance.
Like everything else we do as parents, we speak most clearly through our actions. When young children observe your respectful behavior of others, it teaches them to behave similarly. When we seek out opportunities to learn about and appreciate other cultures, we are showing our willingness and desire to live in a more peaceful, harmonious world. What better gift can we give our children?
About Chinese New Year
The Chinese Zodiac depicts 12 different animals and represents the 12-year cycle of the lunar calendar. It was built on the foundation of astronomy and Chinese astrology over 5,000 years ago.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, but is unlike our calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese adopted the Western calendar in 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used to determine the date of Chinese New year.
People born in the Year of the Snake are said to be smart, generous, charming, analytic and good with money.
Make at Home: Year of the Snake Craft
You will need:
- an egg carton
- markers, crayons, or stickers
- colored scrap paper or a bit of ribbon or cloth
You can make your snake as simple or fancy as you want!
- First cut the egg carton down the middle, making two long pieces.
- Decide which end of the carton will be the head.
- Cut a sliver of paper or cloth into a long, skinny strip for a tongue.
- Tape it underneath the snake’s head.
- Use tape to connect the two pieces of egg carton to make one long bumpy snake.
- Decorate your snake with markers, stickers or crayons
Make your snake hiss and wiggle!