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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The Mockingbird Project
Monday, January 19, 2014
The Mockingbird Project is a 12-week artist residency at Kalamazoo Central that will combine oral history research, peer teaching, and playwriting. Partnering with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Artist-in-Residence Kevin Dodd will lead a team of approximately fifteen students in the development of a theatrical presentation and interactive workshop that will serve as a companion to the school’s mainstage production of To Kill a Mockingbird, in February 2015. The event is first come, first served with limited seating.
Heroes in Time
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Discover local heroes by creating artifact reproductions and a scavenger hunt through our history gallery.
The North Verses the South
Saturday, January 24, 2015
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
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
Learn more about the human side of history with artifacts, fossils, and anthropology.
Festival of Health
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Area health organizations come together to share about health and nutrition.
Spring Break Hands-On Happenings: Sportilicious!
April 7 - 10, 2015
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