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.

  • Monster Madness!
    Saturday, February 20, 2016
    Get your scare on with our Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear exhibit and Monster Madness, a family-friendly hands-on art program. Explore a variety of monsters, from the silly to the creative. Let your imagination soar as you create a scratch monster design, color a monster fan, and decorate a giant monster. Assemble a Wild Thing puppet and an accordion monster. Color a stained-glass monster and decorate monster glasses. Stencil your own monster mask and create a monster from collage. Try your hand at monster games, from crossword puzzles to word searches. It’s a full afternoon of Monster Madness!

  • Fretboard Festival
    Saturday, March 5, 2016
    11 a.m. - 6 p.m
    The 2016 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival is a FREE event that invites visitors to meet instrument designers and learn about their trade, attend workshops for a variety of stringed instruments, and hear live performances from area musicians.

  • St. Patrick's Day Party
    Saturday, March 19, 2016
    1-4 p.m.
    Do you feel lucky or unlucky? Do you avoid walking under ladders, on cracks, or opening umbrellas inside? Come check out the new exhibition, Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear, and create a variety of crafts incorporating leprechauns, rainbows, and four-leaf clovers. It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

  • Spring Break Hands-on Happenings: The Creative Arts
    April 4-8, 2016
    1-4 p.m.
    Explore your creative side and let the artist in you come out!
    April 4th: Visual Arts
    April 5th: Musical
    April 6th: Dance
    April 7th: Written
    April 8th: Theater