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.

  • Image of a girl in a witch costume holding a pumpkin
    Safe Halloween: A Spooktacular Celebration!
    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    12-4 pm
    Free
    Enjoy a traditional Halloween with ghosts, goblins, and more. Children get a free pumpkin bucket (while supplies last).

  • Image of a girl holding a gift
    It's a Small World
    Saturday, November 15, 2014
    12-4 pm
    Free
    Celebrate diversity by creating crafts and gifts from around the world.

  • Heroes in Time
    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    1-4 pm
    Free
    Discover local heroes by creating artifact reproductions and a scavenger hunt through our history gallery.

  • The North Verses the South
    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    1-4 pm
    Free
    Learn more about the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and life on both sides while creating a variety of arts and crafts.
  • Storytelling Festival, Words That Heal
    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    10 am-5 pm
    Free
    Storytellers, a vendor fair, preschool story time, arts and crafts, and books galore during this full day festival!

  • Archaeology, Fragments from the Past
    Saturday, February 21, 2015
    1-4 pm
    Free
    Learn more about the human side of history with artifacts, fossils, and anthropology.

  • Image of boy eating a carrot
    Festival of Health

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    12-4 pm
    Free
    Area health organizations come together to share about health and nutrition.
  • Spring Break Hands-On Happenings: Sportilicious!
    April 7 - 10, 2015
    1-4 pm
    Free
    A full week of arts and crafts focused on fun sports and some creative books! Ten different crafts each day, story times throughout the program, and special guests all week!
    Monday, April 6: A Splashing Time! Hear Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
    Tuesday, April 7: Punches, Kicks, and Crashes! Enjoy The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
    Wednesday, April 8: Up, Up, and Away! Take off with Kite Flying by Grace Lin
    April 9: Picking Sides! Prepare for Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco
    April 10: Batter Up! Vegetarians and Meat Eaters compete in Dino-Baseball by Lisa Wheeler