Hands-on Happenings

Children at the museum
Hands-on Happenings


Our hands-on programs are designed for children ages 5-12 and their families. Hands-on activities highlight different parts of the Museum's permanent and temporary exhibits and collections. Participants will make arts and crafts to take home and see demonstrations or performances where noted. Annual favorites include Safe Halloween, Chemistry Day and Festival of Health. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE.

Contact Lindsay Baker at lbaker@kvcc.edu, or call (269) 373-7987 to find out how you can become a Museum volunteer. Volunteers are recruited throughout the year.   All volunteers are required to fill out a background check.

  • Return of the Dinosaurs Summer Hands-on Programs
    Wednesdays June 28 - August 9, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum presents a summer full of FREE dinosaur crafts on Wednesday afternoons, 1-4 p.m., starting June 28 and running through August 9. Ten different crafts will be available each week for families with children of all ages. Celebrate the Return of the Dinosaurs!

    June 28: Dino Souvenirs: Dinosaurs are all the rage! Cheer for your favorite dinosaur by decorating a foam finger, a flag, and a pinwheel. Create dinosaur-related souvenirs such as a sponge, water bottle carrier, can cozy, and ornament.

    July 5: Dino Dig: Young paleontologists wanted! Discover fossils of dinosaur bones and skin. Decorate a hat and binoculars. Create skeleton rubbings and a fossil necklace, and try your hand at a dinosaur dig. Build a dinosaur, and so much more!

    July 12: Dino School: It’s dinosaur ABCs. Learn the names of the dinosaurs and create your own name. Assemble a picture frame, a puppet, and a hatching dinosaur egg. Learn fun facts and decorate a pencil bag, fossil bookmark, and a corkboard with dinosaur tracks.

    July 19: Dino Games: Dinosaur games, puzzles, and brainteasers galore. Decorate a hacky sack “rock,” spinning top, triangle game, puzzle, and flier. Put together a game bag with word games, a bingo game, tic-tac-toe, and a marble target.

    July 26: Dino Science: Explore dinosaur eggs and teeth, how they moved, and what they ate. Collect facts, draw dinosaurs, decorate eggs, make prehistoric insects, and polish amber.

    August 2: Dino Land: Learn about habitats and features common to the time of the dinosaurs. Create a meteor “beach” ball, a wood necklace, a diorama with clay dinosaur, and a volcano. Learn about time periods, stratification, and plants.

    August 9: Dino Celebrities: Welcome to the dinosaur red carpet parade. Create masks, puppets, pictures, and more from your favorite dinosaur movies and shows, including Barney and Friends, The Land Before Time, Toy Story, Jurassic Park, the Flintstones, and Dinosaurs the television series.