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Museum Munchkins

Every Wednesday  |  9:30 – 10am  |  Watch on Facebook

Get 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.

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Munchkins Schedule

FEBRUARY:  February 3 – Groundhogs;  February 10 – Humpback Whales;  February 17 – Pangolins;  February 24 – Whooping Cranes

MARCH:  March 3 – Pigs;  March 10 – Butterflies;  March 17 – Giant Pandas;  March 24 – Chickens;  March 31 – Manatees

APRIL:  April 7 – Rats;  April 14 – Dolphins;  April 21 – Earth Day;  April 28 – Frogs

MAY:  May 5 – Rhinoceros;  May 12 – Migratory Birds;  May 19 – Sea Turtles;  May 26 – Snails

JUNE:  June 2 – Quokkas;  June 9 – Cows;  June 16 – Pike;  June 23 – Alligators;  June 30 – Honey Bees

PAST MUNCHKINS VIDEOS:   Watch any time on our YouTube channel

 

Virtual Family Nights

Take a lively museum tour and learn trivia facts without leaving your home!  These fun programs are free for members.  Not a member yet?  Join today!

All members and non-members must register by the day before the event, then a Zoom link will be emailed the day of the event.

Curiosity Night

Monday, January 25  |  6 – 7 pm  |  $5 per Family (Free for FOM members)  |
Register Here by January 24

For centuries people have been curious and collecting items from the natural world then building museums to share that curiosity. Join us as we venture through the Kenosha Public Museum’s exhibit From Curiosity to Science, exploring the beginnings of museums and discovering environments and animals from around the world. With tons of animal trivia throughout the night, you are sure to walk away learning something new and amazing.

 

Dinosaur Night

Monday, February 15  |  6 – 7 pm  |  $5 per Family (Free for FOM Members)  |
Register Here by February 14

Join us for a fun night featuring a tour of the “terrible lizards” at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, a look at the research lab, and test your dinosaur knowledge with fun dinosaur trivia throughout the night.

 

Wisconsin History Night

Monday, March 15  |  6 – 7 pm  |  $5 per Family (Free for FOM Members)  |
Register Here by March 14

Join us as we travel through time in the Kenosha Public Museum’s exhibit The Wisconsin Story. See how our home has changed as we explore fossils from nearly 420 million years ago, the 10,000 year old Schaefer Mammoth, the Four Seasons Village from the 1800s, fur trading, archaeology and so much more.

 

Winter Book Club

This book club for adults focuses on themes of the Kenosha Public Museum: art, science, natural history, and American Indians.  The club meets two Sundays a month to discuss the selected works.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

Sundays, February 7 and February 28  |  1 pm  |
Free but registration required  |  Register Here

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.

 

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Sundays, March 14 and March 28  |  1 pm |
Free but registration required  |  Register Here

Remarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils. Her discovery of ancient marine reptiles shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world.

 

Virtual Programs

Underwater Archaeology: Shipwrecks of Southeastern Wisconsin

Wednesday, February 10  |  Noon  |  Presenter: Tamara Thomsen  |
Free but registration required  |  Register Here by February 9

Dive into the history hidden beneath the waves with Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen. She will share stories of the region through underwater video, historic photographs, and archaeological discoveries. Learn how Wisconsin Historical Society documents these time capsules of our maritime past and the stories that they tell.

Tamara Thomsen's Bio

Tamara Thomsen is a Maritime Archaeologist with Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. Her research has resulted in the nomination of fifty-eight submerged sites tothe National Register of Historic Places. She has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. Tamara is an active cave, rebreather, and technical diving instructor with Diversions Scuba in Madison, Wisconsin. She has worked as a photographer, researcher, and research diver on projects including the USS Monito with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and RMS Titanic with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

African American Read In

Saturday, February 13  |  1 -2 pm  |  Watch live on Kenosha Public Library Facebook Page

Celebrate literary works of African American authors as adult and youth readers from our community lend their voices to original compositions, poetry, essays, short stories and children’s books. These powerful readings give voice to African American history, literature, and present day expression.

This 32nd annual National African American Read In is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and its Black Caucus.

 

I’ve Heard of Her Programs

Once a month museum staff lead a discussion on remarkable women, exploring their lives and roles in history – the good, the bad, and the in between. Programs are free and currently being broadcast on the Civil War Museum Facebook page.

Mae C. Jemison

Thursday, February 18  |  Noon |  Presenters: Caitlin Manwaring & Samantha Machalik  |  Watch on Facebook

Mae Jemison was the first Black woman to travel to space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. She fought through obstacles to become an engineer, doctor, and astronaut. She is also an author and actor, appearing, appropriately enough, in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Join us as we discuss her many accomplishments, and how Jemison plans to have humans travel to another star.

 

Artemisia Gentileschi

Thursday, March 18  |  Noon  |  Presenters: Caitlin Manwaring & Samantha Machalik  |  Watch on Facebook

Influenced by Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian painter in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Trained by her father, tortured in an infamous trial, and the first woman accepted into the academy of Arts and Drawing, learn how Gentileschi combined Baroque style with religious and self-portrait imagery to become one of the most well-known female painters of the era.

 

SPARK!

This monthly program is for individuals living with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling and other multi-sensory activities.

All SPARK! programs are currently being offered virtually. Please register for the free program at [email protected] or 262-653-4141. A link to Zoom will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.

Civil War Photo Albums

Friday, February 19  |  2 pm

Many Civil War soldiers collected photos of their friends and fellow soldiers and displayed them in elaborate photo albums. Take a look at several of the albums and photos that soldiers collected. Bring your own photo albums to share stories about the photos you have collected.

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Friday, March 19  |  2pm

View artifacts from the Civil War Museum and learn about the role Wisconsin soldiers and civilians played during the war.