Hands-on Happenings

Children at the museum
Hands-on Happenings


Our hands-on programs are designed for children ages 5-12 and their families. Hands-on activities highlight different parts of the Museum's permanent and temporary exhibits and collections. Participants will make arts and crafts to take home and see demonstrations or performances where noted. Annual favorites include Safe Halloween, Chemistry Day and Festival of Health. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE.

Contact Annette Hoppenworth at ahoppenworth@kvcc.edu, or call (269) 373-7955 to find out how you can become a Museum volunteer. Volunteers are recruited throughout the year.   All volunteers are required to fill out a background check.

  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum is the Place to Bee!
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum Is the Place to BEE for this summer’s hands-on art programs. Every Wednesday in July from 1 to 4 p.m., visitors will be able to make ten different crafts related to bees. Children of all ages will enjoy free activities and the chance to explore a variety of artistic approaches to art.
    Wednesdays, 1-4 pm
    July 3: Bee Keepers will explore the different types of hives, the various roles of bees in the hive, and the process of pollination and beekeeping.
    July 10: Bee Creative will let visitors use their imaginations to create art related to honey, wax, and bees through sculpture, collage, painting, and more.
    July 17: Bee Jammin will let visitors discover how bees buzz, flight patterns, and how to do the wiggle dance. Staff from the Museum and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will also be demonstrating how brass instruments work in our Innovation Lab.
    July 24: Bee Aware explores the effects of pollution, pesticides, and invasive species on honeybees and our food supply.
    July 31: Bee Well lets visitors investigate the health benefits of bee-related products, how to be safe around bees, and cooking with honey.