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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

January 15 – Horses; January 22 – Red Tailed Hawks; January 29 – Giant Beavers; 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 


Winter Family Activity: Beautiful Beads

Friday, January 10 | 3-4:30pm | Location: Southwest Library

Create colorful clay beads and learn about the beautiful bead work of Wisconsin artist Karen Ann Hoffman on display at the museum.  Co-sponsored by Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Public Library.


Origami Flowers as a Small Act of Kindness

Saturday, January 18-25

Stop by the Field Station during Kindness Week to create two paper flowers – one to give away, and one for a collaborative project.

Find more Kindness Week events at the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism Facebook page.


Groundhog Day Gift Shop Sale

Friday, January 31 – Sunday, Februrary 2 |
Locations: Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum

Take advantage of 25% purchases in all three gift shops. Friends of the Museums members get an extra 10% – for a total of 35% off.

Excludes books, media and consignment items, and cannot be combined with other offers.


Artists and Their Gardens

Tuesday, February 4 | 6pm

In this illustrated presentation, learn about several important artists who drew inspiration from their private landscapes – Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe and Donald Judd among others will be discussed.


African American Read-In: Celebrating Literature

Saturday, February 8 | 1-2pm

Hear adult and youth readers from our community lend their voices to poetry, essays, short stories and children’s books by African American authors.


Native American Woodland Storytelling

Sunday, February 9 | 1:30-3pm

Enjoy Anishinaabe stories of the past and present during a traditional winter storytelling session with Skip Twardosz.

Learn More About Skip Twardosz

Skip Twardosz is of Potawatomi descent, is a singer and traditional dancer and has presented for schools, historical groups, museums, libraries, scout troops and community organizations. A drum he sang on and other artifacts of his are on display at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C. Skip is a former member of the Chicago American Indian Center and was Spiritual Elder for Sacred Circle Native Student Organization at UW-Parkside. He is an amateur historian of native woodland culture. He has functioned as Storyteller, Fire Keeper and Elder for many Native gatherings in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.


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 | Register Here

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 | Register Here

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

Check back for details soon!


I’ve Heard of Her

Third Thursdays; Noon | Location: Civil War Museum

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.

January 16: Rosa Parks – We all have heard about Rosa Park’s famous story of defiance on a bus one evening in 1955, but what events led up to her decision? Learn what affected her life, which major Civil Rights leaders called her a friend, and why her saying “no” on that bus may not have been her most courageous act (even though it made her the face of a protest movement).

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.


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

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

January 17: Field Trip to Kenosha Public Museum – Meet in the lobby of KPM

February 21: Hold Your Horses!

March 20: Women’s History