Programs :: Holiday Vacation Programs
Holiday Vacation Programs

Saturday, December 27 through
Sunday, December 28 and
Tuesday, December 30

1–4 p.m.

Throughout the 1st Floor Exhibition Halls
Families | Free
Calling all Museum explorers! Stop by the museum and join in on the fun. Visit the Discovery Place, ride the historic carousel, or see how you measure up to the mastodon. Explore exhibits and make new connections.


Birch Bark Baskets
Saturday, December 27 · 1–4 p.m.
Classroom 2/3 · Children
Learn how the Native People made and used birch bark baskets.  Make a paper version of birch bark, cut the pattern and assemble!  Learn the “how-to” of assembling then you can go on a woodland hike gathering some birch bark and make the real thing at home!!  This program is presented by art instructor Peggy Steinbach.

Make a Thank You Card
Sunday, December 28 · 2–4 p.m. · Children
Remember all the wonderful people who made the holidays a special time for you or a special gift you received from someone. Stop by to create a beautiful handmade and hand written thank you card to give this special person.

Tour of Native Peoples Hall
Tuesday, December 30 · 11 a.m.
Meet at Main Lobby · Children
Take a brief 40 minute tour of Native Peoples Hall with Museum Educator, Hatti and learn about the first people, the emergence of agriculture and how wolves became dogs. This tour is for visitors of all ages.

Star Lab: Winter Sky
Tuesday, December 30 · 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Huxley Theater ▪ Best suited for ages 5 years and up
Get tickets from the main lobby desk ▪ Free
Join us in our inflatable planetarium, StarLab! Crawl inside and experience a seasonal sky tour. Space within the StarLab is limited. Free tickets will be available at the main lobby desk one hour before each show time on a first-come, first-served basis. StarLab presentations are approximately 35 minutes long.

Native Crafts and Games
Tuesday, December 30 · Noon to 4 p.m.
Adirondack Hall · Children
Join us for a creative and fun-filled afternoon of Native Peoples’ crafts and games.  Make an Iroquois Headdress, a Dream Catcher, Invitation Stick or try your hand at weaving.  Learn some of the games children spent their time playing: string game, nut game and the stone toss game. Museum staff will be on-hand for an Exploration Station with hands-on Iroquois artifacts to explore.


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