Winter Break Programs

Winter Break Programs
2016 Winter Break Activities

2016 Winter Break

December 26, 2016 - January 6, 2017

Free family performances have been added to this year’s holiday break offerings at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, December 29-January 6. Storytellers Karen Czarnik, Ivory Williams, and Gwendolyn Lewis, along with musicians Gemini and Benjammin, bring years of talent to their noon shows.

    Theater Performances at Noon

    Karen Czarnik, Storyteller
    December 27, 2016
    Storyteller, musician, and teaching artist Karen Czarnik brings life to her story characters using theatrical movements, humorous voices, and songs. Her interactive stories will have the whole audience participating. She has presented over 1,500 performances and workshops throughout Michigan and the United States.

    BenJammin, Musician

    December 29, 2016
    Audiences sing along to the songs, dance, and play instruments during Benjammin’s lively performances. A regular at the Museum for over ten years, our visitors have come to love the creativity and musical talents of Benjammin.

    Ivory Williams, Storyteller
    January 2, 2017
    Williams shares the ancient art of African and African-American storytelling using humor, wit, and fun to engage audiences and spread positive messages. A professional speaker, educator, performer, and storyteller, he is a former elementary school principle, president of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, a member of the National Black Storytellers, and Toastmasters International.

    Gemini, Musicians

    January 4, 2017
    Gemini, twin brother musicians Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, have been performing since 1973 for multi-generational families who have grown up with them. Playing over a dozen instruments, including violin, guitar, slide guitar, penny whistle, folk flutes, mandolin, harmonica, percussion instruments, and bones, the performances are filled with rousing sing-alongs, hand-motion tunes, folk tales, and music from around the world. Their CDs, videos, songbooks, and revues have won many awards over the years. They are a must see for new and old fans!

    Gwendolyn Lewis, Storyteller

    January 6, 2017
    Family literacy is at the core of all Gwendolyn Lewis does. With over 38 years of service in the Detroit Public School District, she has received awards for Outstanding Administrator and Librarian of the Year. As author of Plant a Seed-- Read!! 101 Activities to Motivate You to Read and host to a family literacy radio show, she believes storytelling encourages practical life and research skills. Lewis loves engaging the audience and changing a simple story into a memorable experience. She is a member of Toastmasters International, the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, the Detroit Story League, and The Storytellers Home of Entertainment.

    Planetarium Shows for Families
    $3 per person

    Season of Light
    11 a.m.
    Explore how fires, candles, Christmas Trees, and even Santa Claus became a part of our holiday season. Learn about astronomical events that may account for the Star of Bethlehem.

    Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
    1 p.m.
    Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all species, including the dinosaurs? Learn about Earth's largest extinction events and celestial objects that periodically hit Earth.

    Space Park 360
    2 p.m.
    Travel through an amusement park that spans the Solar System. Computer generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets.

    Mystery of the Christmas Star
    3 p.m.
    Mon, Wed, Fri
    Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem in Mystery of the Christmas Star as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

    Orion Nights
    3 p.m.
    Tues & Thurs
    During cold winter nights the bright stars of Orion the Hunter twinkle overhead. Learn to find stars within the constellations, and how they go through a cycle of birth, aging, and death as their fuel is consumed.

    Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here

    4 p.m.
    The album "Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd's second concept or themed work, features classic songs such as "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" with its nine-part opus, "Have a Cigar," "Welcome to the Machine," and the title track, "Wish You Were Here." It has been consistently ranked as being among the best albums of all time by a variety of sources.