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.

  • Logo for 2015 Summer Hands-on Happenings: Tinkering with Toys.
    Summer Hands-On Happenings: “Tinkering with Toys”
    Wednesdays, June 24, 2015 through August 5, 2015
    1-4 p.m.
    Join us for a summer full of recreating toys from the past!

    June 24:  Building Blocks - There is a builder inside all of us! Decorate a hard hat and tool box before digging into the real work. Build and create using craft sticks, Nuudles, pipe cleaners, paper tubes, and duct tape. Fold a dog house, weave a basket, and color a construction truck suncatcher. Use your imagination and let the builder in you come out to play!
    July 1:  Games Galore - Fold dice, color a paddle board and triangle game, and decorate a playing card holder. Design a fortune teller, fold a paper football, and decorate a flying disk, wooden top, marble game, and boomerang. Create a variety of games you can play by yourself or with a friend!
    July 8:  Spectacular Science - Brilliant scientists start out as curious kids. Try your hand at experimenting with baking soda and vinegar, batteries, solar paper, and shaving cream. Decorate a compressed sponge, a chromatography butterfly, a dry erase board, and a magnifying glass. Come dig for dinosaurs and string a bracelet with solar color changing beads. These experiments are designed to spark your curiosity!
    July 15:  Animal Adventures - Through the years, children of all ages have collected fireflies, run from snakes, and gone on pretend safaris; it’s time to find your wild side! Decorate an animal picture frame and color an animal fan and mask. Design a snake slap bracelet, assemble a riding horse, and scratch a jungle animal design. Decorate a bug box and wooden snake, string a wild animal necklace, and color a safari suncatcher. Get in touch with your animal side and join the adventure!
    July 22:  Traditional Toys - Classic toys are passed from generation to generation and make a great story. Take a trip down memory lane by creating a cowboy vest and hat. Assemble a slinky dog, color a piggy bank, fold Barbie’s dream house, and design a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head costume. Decorate an army dog tag necklace, a stuffed bear, and a Toy Story placemat. Learn how to trace a Buzz Lightyear image, and try your hand at a dinosaur rubbing. Share a story about your favorite toy with a friend.
    July 29:  People Pretending - Create the props needed to have a royal adventure, put on a play, or be whoever you want to be. Start by decorating a career hat, a beard, and a master of disguise mask or a wooden mask. Color a flower “hippy” bag, decorate a wooden guitar, and color a bandana. Design a finger puppet, color a royal mask, and decorate a baseball bat. Who do you want to be?
    August 5:  Moving Marvels - Get your groove on as you play with trains, planes, and automobiles. Decorate a traffic cone, a vehicle tote, and a sailor hat. Color a wooden airplane, a race car suncatcher, and a train whistle. Fold a paper boat and decorate a wooden boat. Design a metal car and build a bike from pipe cleaners. There are so many places to go and so many ways to get there!