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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    Festival of Health

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    12-4 pm
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum announces their 14th Annual Festival of Health on March 7, 2015 from 12 to 4:00 p.m. Local organizations are coming together to promote a healthy lifestyle, from exercise and nutrition to preventive medicines and medical practices. This event is for people of all ages. Play games and test your knowledge, ask a pharmacist your questions, learn to dance, get a massage, find out more about nutrition, and create your own fruit and cheese kebabs. Discover healthy and safe farming practices as well as local providers of organic produce and dairy products. Try your hand at first aid, have your vision and blood pressure tested, and browse and purchase books to get you started. Find the help you need to get and keep you fit!
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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
    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