Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Jacqueline Van Hemert


Jacqueline Van Hemert is the Director of Programs & Events at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. She’s an enthusiastic advocate for the power of play, the power of “edu-tainment” and the power of a good cup of coffee.

Content By This Contributor:

A New Place to Play Pops up Outside Museum

Jacqueline Van Hemert, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For the second year in a row, Eau Claire has been named an official “Playful City USA” through KaBOOM!

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Cope With Failure

Jacqueline Van Hemert

Most of us are familiar with “famous failures” throughout history. Thomas Edison tried and failed more than 10,000 times before inventing the light bulb. Michael Jordan was cut from ...

Do Something for the Love of It

Jacqueline Van Hemert

Busy. That’s the short-and-sweet one-word consensus offered up by every parent and professional I know. Every time I ask the usual question “How’ve you been lately?” they all tell me they are just so busy that even the word itself sounds weighted down with an overwhelmed sigh...

8 Ways to Play Without Using a Smartphone

It’s pretty easy if you actually try

Jacqueline Van Hemert

From toddlers with touchscreens to tweens and texting, one of the hottest topics among parents and educators today is the proper role of digital media in children’s lives. Although their recommendations are slated for revision this year, the American Academic of Pediatrics (AAP) currently recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day for children and teens, and none at all for infants under age two ...

Simple Homemade Play Dough

Jacqueline Van Hemert

The simple act of squishing your fingers into a fresh batch of play dough is one of the greatest joys of being a kid. Not to mention the fact that this simple concoction can spark creativity and creates a sensory experience ...

The Best School Prep is (literally) child’s play

Jacqueline Van Hemert, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For many parents, a new school year means flashcards, homework and shuttling kids to so many extracurricular activities it would make a professional chauffeur blush. Parents of even the littlest children often fret under rising academic pressure for “school readiness” and test prep. But before ...