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 Annette Hoppenworth at ahoppenworth@kvcc.edu, or call (269) 373-7955 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.

  • Navigating the Holidays
    11:00 a.m.
    In public and at home, how to make a safe, comfortable environment during busy times. The program will include a presentation for parents, lab activities for children, and a group tour through the Museum. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.).

  • Winter Break Performances
    12 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will offer a sneak peek at what will be available during their Storytelling Festival (February 2-3) and Fretboard Festival (March 2-3) by offering free family performances at noon during Winter Break. Musical concerts by Joe Reilly and Steve Barber and storytellers Adam Mellema and Jenifer Strauss will entertain Museum visitors on the Wednesdays and Fridays following Christmas and New Year’s Day.
    December 27, 2017 - Adam Mellema, Stories
    December 29, 2017 - Joe Reily, Music
    January 3, 2018 - Steve Barber, Music
    January 5, 2018 - Jenifer Strauss, Stories