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.

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    Spring Break Hands-On Happenings: Sportilicious!

    April 7 - 10, 2015
    1-4 pm
    Come for a full week of arts and crafts focused on fun sports and some creative books. Enjoy ten different crafts each day and story times throughout the program.
    Monday, April 6: A Splashing Time! Hear Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
    April showers are celebrated with A Splashing Time! on Monday, April 6th. Explore everything you can do inside when it rains as well as the fun that can be had playing in the rain. Create your own picture and frame it, create with blocks, make a bookmark to use on your favorite book, decorate a car, and color a fish squirter and a teapot suncatcher. Get ready for the rain by coloring an umbrella and a rain hat, and designing rain boots. The book Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray will be read throughout the program.

    Tuesday, April 7: Punches, Kicks, and Crashes! Enjoy The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
    The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz sets the scene for some high-kicking fun on Tuesday, April 7th with Punches, Kicks, and Crashes! Create a wolf puppet and color the three pig stick puppets and their Japanese houses. Decorate a martial arts headband, weave a belt, fold a gi bookmark, and assemble a dojo. Learn karate moves, paint a Japanese garden, and scratch a Chinese character bookmark.

    Wednesday, April 8: Up, Up, and Away! Take off with Kite Flying by Grace Lin
    Take kite flying to a new level with Up, Up, and Away! on Wednesday, April 8th. Kite Flying by Grace Lin is the inspiration for a variety of kite and wind-powered fun. Make a dragon kite, a carp kite, and a kite fan and bookmark, and design your own kite. Color a bandana, a pinwheel, and a hot air balloon. Learn to tie kite knots and decorate a dragon mask.

    April 9: Picking Sides! Prepare for Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco
    Prepare for a brother/sister rivalry with Picking Sides! on Thursday, April 9th. Patricia Polacco’s Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare highlights ballet verses hockey in this humorous true story. Decorate a ballet picture and a toe shoe bookmark, and assemble a ballet bar. Color a hockey mask, a team megaphone, and team shoe laces, and assemble a hockey net. Create a good sport medal, a tote bag, and a puzzle.

    April 10: Batter Up! Vegetarians and Meat Eaters compete in Dino-Baseball by Lisa Wheeler Its baseball's finest as the herbivores take on the carnivores in Batter UP! Friday, April 10th. Dino Baseball by Lisa Wheeler finishes up the week with baseball-inspired crafts. Create a paper and fabric baseball, and decorate a baseball cap, a team fan flag, and a bat bookmark. Create a jersey can cover and a dinosaur visor, and color a variety of dinosaur stick puppets. Come find out who wins as you join the dinosaur fans!