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Family Programs

Kenosha Public Museum

Recurring Programs

Recurring scheduled family programs happen on a weekly or monthly basis, as listed. Family programs are free, unless otherwise noted. Parents/guardians are expected to stay with their children throughout the duration of the program. For a list of available programs where children can be dropped off, visit our camps page.

Artsy Afternoons

Select Fridays  |  2:00pm – 4:00pm

Explore the amazing world of art through the eyes of artists and see how their artwork can inspire your own. Try new techniques and get your creativity flowing. All materials included.

Intended for ages 5-10. There is no cost to participate, but registration is strongly encouraged to ensure enough supplies for all participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the program.

Spring Schedule

March 15: Polymer Clay Sculpting

April 12: Weave a Bookmark

May 17:  Painting Flowers

Museum Munchkins

Every Wednesday Morning  |  9:30am – 10:00am  |  Free

Join Mr. Nick for songs, stories, and activities designed to get you and your preschooler excited about natural science and the world around us. Every week we learn together about a new animal, so there’s ALWAYS something new to discover, for kids and adults alike!

No registration is required. Intended for ages 0-3.

Schedule:

March 20 – Snakes

March 27 – Rabbits

April 3 – Velociraptor and Dinosaur Egg Hunt

April 10 – Dolphins

April 17 – Fossa

April 24 – Shrikes

May 1 – Manatees

May 8 – Flamingoes

May 15 – Leopards

May 22 – Sea Turtles

May 29 – Cicadas

Watch Museum Munchkins at home!

Visit the Kenosha Public Museum’s YouTube channel for a list of virtual Museum Munchkins programs.

Sensory Friendly Days

Select Saturday Mornings  |  Times Vary

Sensory Friendly Days are designed to provide visitors of all ages with complex developmental disabilities, sensory sensitivities, or on the autism spectrum with a safe, comfortable environment to explore the museum exhibits during special early-morning hours before the museum opens to the general public. Where possible, our lights will be dimmed and the sound turned off. Signage will be posted for those areas in which we are unable to turn off the sound or there may be other sensory triggers. Trained staff will be available to help visitors navigate the museum and offer supportive resources (noise-canceling headphones, fidgets, weighted blankets, quiet spaces), as well as opportunities for sensory engagement during your exploration of the museum.

Check out what museum is featured each month so you can plan your visit:

Dinosaur Discovery Museum  |  Saturday, March 2  |  11:00am – 12:00pm

Kenosha Public Museum  |  Saturday, April 13  |  9:00am – 10:00am

Civil War Museum  |  Saturday, May 11  |  9:00am – 10:00am 

Special Events and Workshops

Women in STEM

Saturday, March 23  |  1:00pm – 4:00pm  |  Free

Bring the whole family and join the Kenosha Public Museum in celebrating Women in STEM! Meet real scientists from a variety of fields and participate in experiments and hands-on experiences with them. Then explore our hall of scientists and learn about some of the incredible scientific discoveries that have been made by women throughout history–from discovering the crater of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs to figuring out how to send humans into space, from uncovering the structure of DNA to building the foundation of quantum physics upon which Einstein built his theories! Finally, put your own scientific skills to the test as you experiment in our family friendly science lab.

Featured guests for the event:

  • Katie Karow, Kenosha Water Utility
  • Jessica Orlofske, Xerces Society
  • Maisie Buntin, Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Megan Seitz, Carthage Institute of Paleontology
  • Viji Ramasamy and Reeja Kurian, UW-Parkside Girls Who Code
  • Laura Schulz, UW-Parkside
Mother’s Day Allium Pom Pom Pot: Caregiver and Child Class

Saturday, May 11  |  10:30am – 12:00pm |  Instructor: Tiffany Knopow  |  $24 includes one adult and one child, $8 per additional ticket ($30 and $10 for non-members)  |  Register Here

Create this fabulous floral arrangement with your kiddo for a special mom or grandma in your family. This project will focus on how to make different size pom poms to create the blossoms of the allium plant. With a few other additions to your plant, you can make a faux flower that a mom or grandma would love as a gift! All supplies are included, no experience necessary.

Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund will be issued if the Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, or Civil War Museum cancels a workshop or camp.

All refunds requested within 72 hours of the program are subject to a $10 processing fee.

No refunds are offered on or after the day a workshop or camp begins.

Class cancellations can happen if enrollment minimums are not met two days prior to the event. You will be contacted via phone or email if your event is canceled.

If unforeseen circumstances (i.e. weather, power outages, instructor illness) occur within 72 hours of the workshop or camp and the program must be canceled, the museum will do its best to reschedule or provide a voucher to take a program of a similar or same cost.

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