Ancient Egypt Weekend Wrap Up!
Ancient Egypt is up there with dinosaurs in terms of both awesomeness and general interest, so we knew we had to do something fun this weekend. We had story tellers, egyptologists, crafts GALORE, face painting, senet, interpretative artists, so many things for you to shake a stick at. And best of all, we did up in Egypt, and the adjoining activity gallery. Oh, and we had a dinosaur pharaoh.
Gurgle gettin’ in on Egypt Weekend! twitter.com/kironcmukherje…— Kiron Mukherjee (@kironcmukherjee) May 12, 2012
This Weekend was big on animating our Ancient Egyptian Gallery. We had a senet station, where you could make, learn and play the ancient game, an Egyptian robe station (which was MUCH harder than it looked) and story telling. We also had some of the best crafts out this weekend too, with god and goddess headdresses, Ancient Egyptian broad collars, face painting, scavenger hunts and MORE. Obviously the fan favourite Archaeology Dig was out with awesome Egyptian artefacts.
It was like there was an Ancient Egyptian afterlife convention going on this weekend!
So wonderful to see so many people learning Senet! twitter.com/ROMKids/status…— Kiron (@ROMKids) May 12, 2012
Gettin’ my Egypt dig on! twitter.com/kironcmukherje…— Kiron Mukherjee (@kironcmukherjee) May 12, 2012
It was really special having Chris Cavanah back to tell Ancient Egyptian legends. We heard all about the Voyage to Punt and so many other fabulous tales. I loved how he was right up in the exhibit, which added such rich visual and historical context to his stories.
The Voyage to Punt has never been told so well.
One of our favourite things to do during these weekends is to bring archaeologists, grad students, those in the know if you will, out with behind the scenes artefacts. This weekend was no different!
Our Egypt Weekend archaeologists definitely got into the swag of things!
This is a really cool piece. It goes at the entrance to a tomb, and lists everyone inside. Also makes a great stamp.
EVERYONE made a god and goddess headdress this weekend. Obiosuly Isis was the most popular! #happymothersday
Maybe my FAVOURITE part of the weekend was the work done by our resident @AFCY2010 artist, Andreen. She used our mummies as her inspiration this week. One of the things I love most about Andreen’s time with us is that she activity engages with the kids and parents (and hipsters) who come up to talk to her. She loves using cheap and easily accessible material, and she encourages everyone to make art with what they have. #whatastar
Andreen being EPIC.
Finally, our mummy Djedmaatesankh took over our @ROMKids Twitter this week. You can find her touching wrap up (I mean that not as a mummy joke) here.
Overall it was a very special weekend. Thanks to EVERYONE who came out.
Special thanks to all the @ROMToronto staff who pulled this together: our archaeologists, gallery facilitators & of course our volunteers!— Kiron (@ROMKids) May 13, 2012