Posted on April 02, 2014

The Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) Family Programmes present the Keep it Green Family Day focused on the beauty of Qatar’s nature. Scheduled to take place on the 5th of April 2014 between 3:00 and 6:00 pm at the MIA Park, the event will allow participants, aged 2-11 years old and their families, to explore Qatar’s coast, sea and desert, create a connection and appreciation of Qatar’s nature, and discover some of the ways in which they can recycle and be creative.

QMA organizes Keep It Green [qatarisbooming.com].jpgHeld in partnership with the Quranic Botanical Gardens and the Children’s Literature Center, the Keep it Green Family Day will include many activities such as planting a Sidra seed in a recycled pot, creating imaginative animal costumes out of recycled materials, engaging in interactive storytelling, anddiscovering what lies under the sea in a sensory water play activity.

Also on view at the event venue will be the artwork and poetry of winners of the Tasawory web competition (www.tasawory.qa),which ran from November 2013-April 2014 andaimed to engage children in Qatar with nature and the world around them. Those children created an online community map, showing the world as they see, imagine, and dreamed it to be.

“We believe it’s never too early for children to learn about the importance of their environment,” comments Eman Al Abdulla, Museum Coordinator at QMA. “The Keep it Green Family Day will give children an opportunity to explore the space and nature around them, to be creative, and to learn more about the animals and plants that grow only in Qatar.” She also adds: “Qatar is more beautiful and our desert is more colorful than we ever thought. Our activities will help them to understand the beauty of Qatar and how to preserve it.”

Angela Ruggles, Head of Schools at QMA, says: “The Keep it Green Family Day approaches environmental learning in a creative way.We have embedded sustainable practices into the event by using recycled materials in the hands-on activities and will also have recycling bins onsite for visitors.” Ruggles hopes that “not only will families be inspired by Qatar’s nature, but they will find innovative ways to reuse and recycle materials they use in their daily life.”

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