Whether or not you live in the Twin Cities area, you can make a day of family fun with corn and corn-related activities.
Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Admission: Adults: $6; Age 3-17: $4; Under 3: free; Free admission for all visitors on Sundays
A few weeks ago, Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain opened at the Bell. This traveling exhibit from the Museum of the Earth is really aimed at adults, but with a little pre-planning, I think this would make a great center to a family day that I was already planning. Science Kids has some Fun Corn Facts for Kids. This is a good list to hand to my 3rd grader to read outloud on the trip over. Iowa Corn also has a kids page with activity suggestions and coloring pages. Obviously, this page is a little biased toward the corn industry, but you can pick and choose what you print for your kids.
One of the things I love about the Bell is that I have never seen it very crowded — even on Sundays when its free. If the Maize exhibit is an utter failure for us, the habitats are always a hit and we have the Touch and See Discovery Room to fall back on.
Growing Popcorn At Home
This year we plan to plant popcorn in our ill-fated garden plot. This fills me with renewed hope that this year we will harvest something more than the occasional green onion. According to Mother Earth News, “popcorn is easy to grow, and works especially well for those gardeners among us who might not think to put new seeds in as late as May or June.” I found step-by-step directions for growing popcorn at SF Gate.
Our real crop will go in the ground, sometime in late Mary or early June, but April is a good time to do our “test crop”. We buy our popcorn from our neighborhood co-op, so I assume our kernels are fresh and untreated, but I wouldn’t want to waste effort on something that isn’t going to work and this is fun science experiment for the kids.
Making Popcorn In A Wok
After planting our popcorn seeds, not having any popcorn would be a huge disappointment. We recently discovered wok-cooked popcorn and never want to go back to any other method. I don’t know why it matters, but woks just make the best popcorn.
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