New York City Is Getting Its Very Own Dog Museum

David Woo
David Woo

Dog lovers and art fanatics will be finding common ground in New York City next month. After being located in St. Louis, Missouri for 32 years, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is back in the Big Apple.

This home to "one of the world's largest collections of canine fine art" originally opened in New York City in 1982 but ended up moving out west just five years later. To mark its homecoming, the Midtown-based museum's first exhibit, "For the Love of All Things Dog," will open on February 8.

More than 180 pup-themed artworks will be on display, including figurines and paintings that date back to the 19th century, when depicting dogs in art became trendy, according to CBS New York. Some of the best-known "dog artists" from the period are Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, and Arthur Wardle. Wardle didn't discriminate, though; he also enjoyed painting cats.

One of the more recent items on view is Christine Merrill's painting of George H.W. and Barbara Bush's dog Millie. There will also be a library filled with books about all things dog, as well as a two-story glass vitrine with rare porcelain and bronze artifacts inside.

Aside from the traditional art mediums, the museum will also have some interactive elements. A touchscreen table teaches guests about the traits of 193 different dog breeds, while the "Find Your Match" kiosk lets visitors snap a photo—if they dare—to discover which breed their face resembles most. On the top floor, there will be an interactive puppy training exhibit.

"We have a very sophisticated work where we took a 10-month-old Labrador Retriever and put her in a motion capture suit and had her go through her basic obedience drills," museum director Alan Fausel told the American Kennel Club. "Then we transferred that to a screen where you can actually train the avatar of that dog in real time through voice and hand signals."

The museum will be housed in the Kalikow Building at 101 Park Avenue, which is also where the American Kennel Club headquarters are newly located. Tickets to the exhibit cost $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Flyxbrix/FatBrain

Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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This 10-Year-Old Is Sending Art Supplies to Hundreds of Kids in Homeless Shelters and Foster Homes

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Evgeniia Siiankovskaia/iStock via Getty Images

She may be stuck at home, but Chelsea Phaire has found a way to connect with hundreds of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. As CNN reports, the 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has used her time in isolation to send 1500 art project packs to kids in foster homes and homeless shelters.

Phaire had been interested in starting a charity from a young age, and on her birthday in August 2019, she launched Chelsea's Charity with help from her parents. Instead of birthday gifts, Chelsea asked for art supplies, and all the items she received went to a homeless shelter in New York. The Phaires have since set up a wishlist on Amazon, so anyone can donate supplies for the art kits. One pack includes crayons, paper, markers, gel pens, coloring books, and colored pencils.

In recent months, Phaire's mission to provide resources to underserved kids has become more vital than ever. Schools around the country have closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means kids have less access to art supplies than they did before. Young people may also be dealing with increased stress and boredom from being isolated inside. By sharing art kits, Phaire hopes to give them a healthy outlet for their struggles.

Chelsea's Charity has donated more than 1500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes since stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, which is more than was donated in the initiative's first five months. COVID-19 has forced Phaire to do some things differently: While she would normally get to meet many of the people she helps in person, she now sends all her donations by mail. Until it's safe to travel again, she's staying connected to kids through social media, as you can see in the video below.

[h/t CNN]