Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Boston Children’s Museum to Host Mini Ultimate Block Party, Early Learning Panel Discussion

Free festival for families and expert panel discussion are
designed to highlight the importance of play in early learning

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:



The “Mini Ultimate Block Party,” hosted by global learning company Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt
(HMH) and Boston
Children’s Museum
is a free hands-on play festival for
children ages 2+ and their families, featuring activity stations
based on playful learning concepts and
designed to
demonstrate engaged early childhood education. Children can:


— Play “Simon Says” with Meagan Fuller, Miss Massachusetts 2015

— Have fun with characters like Curious George, the Man
with the Yellow Hat
, and Curiosityville’s Pablo

— Build a personal play environment in the Imagination Playground
from play advocacy organization KaBOOM!

— Make music by joining a drumming circle led by music education
project Grooversity


Every activity at the Mini Ultimate Block Party will be rooted in
the science of how children learn, touching on language and
literacy, mathematics,
creative expression and 21st
century skills. Each station will demonstrate the science behind
play at home, in school or in the community in order
to show
how simple and fun it is to create meaningful education
experiences for your child each day.


Following the Block Party, HMH and the Museum will host a
discussion on the importance of learning through play featuring a
panel of experts
– researchers, academics, practitioners –
who will explore the impact of play on the developing child.



Expert panelists will be available onsite to discuss playful
learning, including:

Susan Magsamen, SVP of Early Learning at Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt

Anna Housley Juster, Senior Director of Child
Development & Community Engagement at Boston Children’s Museum

Roberta Golinkoff, H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School
of Education at the University of Delaware

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Professor of Psychology at Temple
University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution



Friday, September 25, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET: Mini Ultimate Block Party

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET: “Simon Says” with Meagan
Fuller, Miss Massachusetts 2015
(available for comment)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET: Conversations in Early
Learning (expert panel discussion)


If you are interested in covering the Block Party, attending
the panel and/or speaking with one of our playful learning
experts, please

contact Leah Riviere at leah.riviere@hmhco.com.



Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing
people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading
provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge
technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in
a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and
effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to
beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over
150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children’s books,
novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers
throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.
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About Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum
engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that
instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and
spark a lifelong love of learning. More information about Boston
Children’s Museum can be found at www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org.
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Hours and Admission
The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m.
– 5:00 p.m. Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Adults, $16, children (1-15) and
senior citizens, $16; children under 12 months and Museum members are
always free. Fridays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., all visitors $1.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Leah Riviere, 203-996-5054
Corporate Communications