CLEVELAND, OH – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce a summer installation for younger audiences. In lieu of a special exhibition, an Everyday Heroes Activity Center will be in the open space, inviting children to discover their own everyday superpowers, such as kindness, compassion, listening, and helping. From Painting Kindness Rocks to a Building a Better World Jumbo Lego Station, children and the big people who love them can explore themes of being an everyday hero. The Everyday Heroes Activity Center will be open during regular Museum hours, June 5 – August 12.

David Schafer, Managing Director of the Maltz Museum, asked, “What makes a hero? Is it physical strength or is it the courage to use the strength we have for good? In each of us, there is a hero. Inside, we are strong enough, brave enough, and courageous enough to make choices that lift others up. Sometimes, we must even lift ourselves up first so that we can help someone else.”

The Everyday Heroes Activity Center will feature interactive stations where children can enjoy books, crafts, movement, and more. Examples of stations include:

  • Make Your Own Capes and Masks
  • Zoom Around the Good Mood Movement Area
  • Paint Kindness Rocks to Give and Share
  • Build a Better World with Jumbo Legos
  • Be the Hero of Your Own Story at the Puppet Theater
  • And more!

In addition, guests can participate in an Everyday Hero StoryWalk, which is a self-guided, hands-on tour using a children’s book to explore the Museum’s core exhibition, An American Story. Discover heroic qualities of families moving to a new country on this newly designed tour created to engage younger audiences. Offered every Tuesday and Sunday at 2pm, starting June 5. 

Additional drop-in tours will also be offered throughout the summer, including An American Story, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, and Themes of the Holocaust. These tours are recommended for ages 12 and up.

Throughout the summer, the Maltz Museum invites audiences of all ages to join in celebrating everyday heroes in the community, those who have broken through barriers, overcome obstacles, and fought for what they believe in.

Dynamic films on making a difference, lectures and panel discussions on fighting for freedom, performances on breaking through barriers, and gallery talks on exploring Jewish Cleveland Heroes offer something for everyone.

Schafer said, “Now is the time to support diversity and inclusion. Now is the time to be an everyday hero.”

Special summer pricing offers reduced rates for admission: General (12+) $10; Youth (5-11) $5; Children under 5 free. Members are always free. New household memberships are just $55 when joining June through August.

Everyday Heroes at The Maltz Museum kicks off June 5. For more information contact dfisher@mmjh.org or 216-593-0585.


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