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Nocturnal Animal Art

Wednesday, October 30, 2019; 4pm-5pm | Location: Northside Library

Study nocturnal animal specimens from the Museum and create a piece of art based on what you see. This free family activity is co-sponsored by the Museums and the Kenosha Public Library.


Carthage College Paleontology Talk

Wednesday, October 30, 2019; 6pm-7pm | Location: Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Hear Carthage paleontology students who have recently returned from presenting their research at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting in Australia. Their research is on the growth and development of dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and mammoths. This program is free and open to the public.


Dynamite Dinosaurs

Sunday, November 10, 2019; Noon-3pm | Location: Kenosha Public Museum

Enjoy dinosaur themed stories, crafts, fossils, and a dino dig. At 1pm meet Frankie, a life-sized walking, roaring baby T-Rex! This free family activity is co-sponsored by the Museums and the Kenosha Public Library.


Museum Munchkins

Wednesdays, 9:30am-10am

Join Museum staff and volunteers for a fun program designed to get you and your preschooler excited about science and the world around them. Each week you’ll explore a new theme with stories, songs, and activities using pieces from our collection.


Munchkins Schedule

October 2 – T. rex @ DDM; October 9 – Opossums; October 16 – Trilobites; October 23 – Spiders; October 30 – Bats; November 6 – Skunks; November 13 – Cockroaches; November 20 – Therizinosaurus @ DDM; November 27 – Turkeys; December 4 – Penguins; December 11 – Mammoths; December 18 – Narwhals


Nature Lab

Second Saturdays; Noon-2:30pm

Learn about the animals featured in From Curiosity to Science through hands-on art, building, and experimentation activities.

November 9, 2019 – Nocturnal Animals – experiment with echolocation, test how your eyes see color, design and decorate ears that help you listen for predators.


I’ve Heard of Her

Third Thursdays; Noon | Location: Civil War Museum

November 21: Sarah Hale/ Pocahontas – Sarah Hale was a writer, editor, and the mother of Thanksgiving, who petitioned several presidents for federal recognition of the holiday. Pocahontas was a Powhatan American Indian in what later became known as Virginia and is one of the most misrepresented woman in history thanks to her depiction in animated film.

December 19: Bonnie Parker – Everyone knows her as half of the crime duo Bonnie and Clyde, but who was Bonnie Parker? Find out more about this young woman who is remembered more as a myth than for who she was.


SPARK! at the Civil War Museum

SPARK! is a monthly program for individuals in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities. Space is limited, so reservations are required. 262-653-4423 or

November 15: Civil War Stories – What was under Lincoln’s hat? What was Old Abe? Who was the Angel of Wisconsin? Find out the stories behind the Civil War.

December 20: Holiday Tea – Sip tea and make a holiday craft while enjoying holiday music.


Gift Shop Sale

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1
Locations: Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Enjoy 20% purchases at all three museum gift shops. Friends of the Museums (FOM) members can take a chance in store to get an additional 10%, 15% or 20% off – up to 40% off.  Sale excludes books, consignments and media, and cannot be combined with any other offers.


International Holiday Faire

Saturday, December 7 | 10am-4pm

Celebrate holidays and cultures from around the world. Local organizations representing Lithuania, Greece, France, Argentina, Philippines and more will be selling gifts and baked goods. Feast on Mexican, German, Pakistani and Irish foods for lunch.  But save room for the hot cocoa and toppings bar!

While you shop and eat, enjoy performances by the MGV Harmonia German Male Chorus, and the Ballet Folklorico Regional Mexicano Dancers.  Families can search for Yule Lads in the gallery, play trivia with Klaus the Christmas Raccoon, or learn to create an Ikebana Japanese flower arrangement.  Kids will have fun making an ornament, creating an Ecuadorian ano viejo doll, and writing letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus.  Bring your camera!

International Holiday is held in conjunction with Kenosha HarborHoliday, and indoor/outdoor international market and festival at the museums campus.  Step back in time to celebrate Victorian Christmas at the Civil War Museum.  Then visit with 60 food and gift vendors under two heated tents. Listen to festive musical performances all day. Enjoy family activities, streetcar rides with storytellers, and a local artist ornament auction and sale.  Click here for more details on the Kenosha HarborHoliday website.

Kenosha HarborHoliday

Sunday, December 8 | 10am-4pm

During the second day of the 2-day HarborHoliday International Market and Festival, the outdoor heated tents will be full of 60 food and gift vendors. Plus musical performances, family activities, streetcar rides, and the local artist ornament auction and sale will fill the day with festive cheer.

Inside the museum, make pipe music with Bob Bloomberg.  Create your own tasty beverage at the Hot Cocoa and Toppings Bar. Write letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus.  Then from 1-4pm visit with the jolly man himself as Santa visits the museum.

Click here for more details on the Kenosha HarborHoliday website.


Frost Fest

Friday, December 27 & Monday, December 30 | 1-4pm

Friday – Learn about winter traditions, play Nordic games, make your own Viking shield, and explore cultures that inspire movies like Frozen.

Monday – Discover how people around the world celebrate the New Year and make decorations for your own celebration.