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.

  • Down on the Farm
    Spring Break Hands-On Happenings: Down on the Farm
    April 7-11, 2014
    1-4 pm
    Join us for a full week exploring life on the farm, from the past to the present.
    April 7:  Farm Animals
    April 8:  Harvest Time
    April 9:  Barns, Chicken Coops, and Homesteads
    April 10:  Tractors and More
    April 11:  Family Stories

  • Moon
    Moon Mapping and More
    April 19, 2014
    1 - 4 pm
    This week's lunar eclipse and other solar system fun will be the subject of demonstrations and activities today.

  • Jump into Summer: Gaming and Animation Festival
    June 7, 2014
    12 - 4 pm
    Come to the KVM to try your hand at the world of animation and multimedia arts. Students of KVCC’s AnimOtion Labs will help launch Kalamazoo Animation Film Interactive with activities such as Lego Setup Two and Claymation stop motion creations, making comic strips, light painting, and more. See our animated short, Nitewalk, a spooky planetarium show usually reserved for Halloween only, and be prepared for other surprises! Fun for kids (but adults will want to try it, too). As always, KVM’s participation in June Jubilee will launch a summer of fun hands-on activities, planetarium shows, Challenger Learning Center missions, and two new exhibits.

  • Logo for Summer Hands-On Happenings: The Creative Spirit!
    Summer Hands-On Happenings: The Creative Spirit!
    Wednesdays, June 25 - August 6, 2014
    1-4 pm
    Get your creative juices flowing for a summer packed with make-believe, puzzles, ingenuity, creativity, science, and magic! Join us on Wednesday afternoons, 1-4 pm, June 25 - August 6 for free craft making that will stretch your imagination.
    June 25: Engineering and Ingenuity - Use your imagination to build sculptures and more.
    July 2: The Mystery of Magic - Create optical illusions, magic tricks, and tools of the trade.
    July 9: Draw Me a Story - Draw a variety of cartoon items and illustrate your story.
    July 16: Superheroes - Make puppets, costumes, and super hero props.
    July 23: Wild and Crazy Science - Conduct experiments and try your hand at wild science.
    July 30: Mind Games and Puzzles - Solve puzzles, make games, and figure out mysteries.
    August 6: August 6: Inspired by Nature - Create using materials found in nature.