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.

  • Festival of Health
    January 21, 2017
    12 – 4 p.m.
    Take charge of your health!  Learn about healthy eating habits, exercise, preventative medicine, and relaxation.  Join community experts and advocates to discover how you can be a healthier you!

  • 5th Annual Storytelling Festival Stories for Peace
    February  3 – 4, 2017
    Fri: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    An all-ages festival that will feature professional storytellers every hour.  See back page ad for details.

  • Story Quilts
    February 18, 2017
    1 – 4 p.m.
    Throughout time, textiles have been used around the world to tell stories.  Discover different types of textile stories as you create your own.

  • Fretboard Festival
    March 3 – 4, 2017
    Fri: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
    Sat: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Instrument designers, workshops and live performances from area musicians are featured both days!  See back page ad for details.   

  • Family Portraits
    March 18, 2017
    1 – 4 p.m.
    Create a variety of family portraits and picture frames using collage, drawings, and sculpture.  Discover what makes your family unique.

  • Spring Break Hands-on Happenings: Heroes and Villians
    April 4-7, 2017
    1 – 4 p.m. daily
    Create, assemble, and design images and objects from classic heroes and villains.
    April 3: Wild West
    April 4: Space
    April 5: Legendary Heroes
    April 6: Heroes of History
    April 7: Superheroes