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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

February 5 – Cats; February 12 – Pangolins; February 19 – Ravens; February 26 – Polar Bears; March 4 – Water Deer; March 11 – Ants; March 18 – Elephants; March 25 – Ocelots; April 1 – Shrikes; April 8 – Dino Egg Hunt @ KPM; April 15 – Otters; April 22 – Gray Fox; April 29 – American Lions; May 6 – Grasshoppers; May 13 – Raccoons; May 20 – Sea Stars; May 27 – Giant Ground Sloths; June 3 – White Tailed Deer; June 10 – Carnotaurus; June 17 – Ladybugs; June 24 – Coyotes 


Frida’s Garden: Succulents and How to Care for Them

Wednesday, February 12 | 1-2:30pm | Register Here

Presented by Ali Schultz, Horticulture/Sustainable Food Production Instructor, Gateway Technical College

Learn what makes succulents such good house plants. Then re-pot your own plant to take home. Free but reservations are required.


Winter Family Activity: Inside Frida Kahlo’s Garden

Friday, February 14 | 3-4:30pm | Location: Kenosha Public Museum

Create an art project inspired by the plants and animals featured in the interactive exhibit, Frida Kahlo’s Garden. Co-sponsored by Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Public Library.


Dancing With Dinos

Saturday, February 15 | 5:30-7:30pm | Location: Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Cost: $5 per person | Sold Out!

Wear your tiaras and bow ties and dance among the dinosaurs!  Show off your dab, floss, and jitterbug moves inside the exhibit.  Plus, check out the dino digs, dino-themed activities and plenty of photo ops.  For families with children ages pre-K – 10.  Register by February 7.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Museums.


Winter Picnic & Flick: Coco

Friday, February 21 | 5pm | Free but reservations required | Sold Out!

Bring a picnic and spreadout to enjoy Disney * Pixar’s popular Coco. Come at 5pm to explore traditional Mexican instruments and create your own glow-in-the-dark Alebreje out of paper just like in the film! Then the movie will begin at 6pm.


Winter Family Activity: Kid Science – Super Slime

Friday, February 28 | 4-5pm | Location: Kenosha Public Museum

Make some ooey gooey slippery slime. Co-sponsored by Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Public Library.


Winter Family Activity: Conquering Catapults

Friday, March 5 | 4-5pm | Location: Northside Library

Engineer an awesome handheld catapult and learn about the history and how they work. Co-sponsored by Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Public Library.


Southport Quilters Guild Annual Members Show

March 7 – 29, 2020

Women’s Voices. More than 60 beautiful handmade quilts will be on display during the month.


Frida Kahlo 2020: Her Life and Work

Sunday, March 8 | 1-2pm

In anticipation of the Frida Kahlo 2020 exhibit, Cleve Carney Museum of Art director Justin Witte presents on the life and work of artist Frida Kahlo, focusing on her ongoing relevance and popularity. Justin will focus on his curation of the upcoming exhibition Frida Kahlo 2020, the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years that will be opening at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in June of 2020.


Oneida Traditions Closing Reception

Sunday, March 15 | 1-4pm

Meet artists Karen Ann Hoffman and Dawn Dark Mountain whose works are featured in the exhibit Oneida Traditions: Voices of the Onayote’a ka on display now through March 15. Light refreshments will be provided.


Women in Science

Saturday, March 21 | 12-4pm

During Women’s History Month, celebrate the incredible scientific discoveries 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.

Meet real scientists from a variety of fields and participate in experiments and hands-on experiences.


Quilt Day

Saturday, March 28 | 10am-5pm

Join the museum and the Southport Quilters Guild for a day filled with quilting joy:

10:00am-1:30pm   Quilting Demonstrations and Family Activities

2:00pm-3:00pm    “Moving Forward With a New Tradition – Art Quilts”
Presented by Fieda Anderson
free tickets available at museum starting at 10am


Kohl’s Wild Theater Presents: Leona Lionheart Saves the World

Monday, April 13 | 1pm

Join Leona on this imaginative 30-minute adventure as she explores conservation’s most famous women. Along the way, she learns how she can be a legend too.  *Most appropriate for ages 5-10

Kohl’s Wild Theater is produced by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee in partnership with Kohl’s. Kohl’s Wild Theater provides free, conservation themed theater performance to inspire audiences of all ages to learn and care more about our natural world using drama, songs, and puppetry.


Curiosity Corner

3rd Sunday of the Month | 1-2pm

Stop by the Curiosity Corner in the museum’s Field Station to explore different animals and scientific topics through games, hands-on experiences and story time.

April 19 – Celebrate Earth Day

May 17 – Woodland Animals


Rebel Poet

Sunday, May 3 | 2-3pm

Join the museum in welcoming back Oneida author Louis V. Clark III as he reads stories and poems from his new book, Rebel Poet: More Stories From a 21st Century Indian. A Q&A session and book signing will follow.

Learn More Here

This eagerly anticipated follow-up to How to be an Indian in the 21st Century delves more deeply into the themes of family, community, grief, and the struggle to make a place in the world when your very identity is considered suspect. Author Louis Clark examines the effects of his mother’s alcoholism and his young sister’s death, offers an intimate recounting of the backlash he faced as an Indian on the job, and celebrates the hard-fought sense of home he and his wife have created.

Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in Northeastern Wisconsin, Louis Clark turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of this people, the People of the Standing Stone. He is a member of the Iroquois Confederacy and of the Bear clan. His first chapbook, Two Shoes, was published in the spring of 2011. His memoir, How to be an Indian in the 21st Century, received the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for 2017


I’ve Heard of Her

Third Thursdays; Noon | Location: Civil War Museum

February 20: Frida Kahlo – Using art as a mirror, Frida Kahlo’s canvases display pain, conflict and her passion for life. Although you may know some of her famous self-portraits, who was Frida, really? There is more to this Mexican artist than meets the eye.

March 19: Queen Liliuokalani – Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarch of Hawaii; however, she was in exile for most of her reign. Learn about her life on the islands before she became Queen, how she wrote “Aloha Oe,” and why sugar and a U.S. backed coup led to her nation becoming a U.S. territory.

April 16: Belle Boyd – Maria “Belle” Boyd was a Confederate spy during the Civil War, so why is she buried near Wisconsin Dells? And how did she get the nickname Belle? Hear stories about growing up in a wealthy family in Virginia, why she felt forced to action in support of the Confederacy, and how she avoided prosecution for her crimes.

May 21: Margaret Mead – At the time of her death, Margaret Mead was the most famous anthropologist in the world. Learn how her work in Oceania revolutionized the field, about her strong opinions on domestic issues, and how all of this affected her relationships with others. How do her finding and methods hold up almost 100 years later?


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

February 21: Hold Your Horses!

March 20: Women’s History

April 17: Civil War Science

May 15: Flowers