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Artsy Afternoon: Book Binding

Friday, February 3  |  2pm – 3pm (ages 5-6)  Register Here  |  3:30pm – 4:30pm (ages 7-10) Register Here

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 in this free program.

 

 

African American Read In: Honoring Nancy Mathews

Saturday, February 4  |  1pm – 3pm

This historic program celebrates Black voices through poems, essays, short stories and children’s books by African American authors. Volunteer readers of all ages select and lend their voices to works that inspire, provoke, challenge, hope and reflect upon the Black experience in the United States. In addition to the readings, there will be a brief performance and the singing of the Black National Anthem.  This year we honor Nancy Mathews, a longtime museum staff member and advocate for the African American Read In, who passed away in 2022. The program will remember, with gratitude, Nancy’s commitment to this national event.

 

 

Darwin Day

Saturday, February 11  |  10am – 2pm

Join the museum for a day of family-friendly activities that celebrate Charles Darwin’s work on evolution and natural selection.  Rotate through experimentation stations focusing on biology and engineering. Play a natural selection game, and make some Darwin themed crafts.

 

 

What’s the Buzz:  Introduction to Beekeeping

Saturday, March 4  |  11am – 12:30pm  |  Instructors: Ed Lobach and Vicki Steger-Johnson  |  $8 ($10 non-members)  |  Register Here

Ever wonder how beekeeping works? Want to see the inside of a hive or understand an apiary? Just love the taste of honey? Join two beekeepers who will teach and demonstrate the basics of beekeeping. Learn about native and non-native honey bees, how you might start your own hive, and the ins and outs of how honey is made and harvested – all while enjoying some local honey.  Remember to visit the Pollination Investigation exhibition for more inspiration.  Proceeds from this special exhibit program will go to the Friends of the Museums who help support public exhibitions and programming throughout the year.

 

 

Museum Munchkins

Every Wednesday  |  9:30am – 10:00am

Get your preschoolers excited about science and the world around them. Each week they will learn about a different museum collection animal through songs, stories and activities.

JANUARY:  – Humpback Whales;  11 – Squirrels;  1– Animal Friendships (Kindness Week);  25 – Stingrays

FEBRUARY:  – Groundhogs;  – Jellys;  15 – Pangolins;  22 – Hippopotamus

MARCH:  – Pigs;  – Aardvarks;  15 – Giant Pandas;  22 – Horses;  29 – Manatees

Sensory Friendly Days

Sensory Friendly Days give visitors of all ages with complex developmental disabilities, sensory sensitivities, or on the autism spectrum a safe, comfortable environment to explore the museum exhibits during special 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-cancelling headphones, fidgets, weighted blankets, quiet spaces), as well as opportunities for sensory engagement during your exploration of the museum.

Kenosha Public Museum:  Saturday, January 14 |  9am – 10am

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