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.

  • Recycled Gifts
    November 10, 2018
    12-4 p.m.
    The holiday parade kicks off a season of giving, as does the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s hands-on program Recycled Gifts. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there will be lots of gifts to pick from to create your own handmade present. Turn on the creativity as you decorate dog leashes, catchalls, wooden ornaments, banners, games, jewelry, picture frames, cups, visors and hats, puppets, shoe laces, potholders, and aprons. Draw freehand or use one of our many stencils as you design gifts.

  • Arts and Tech Talk
    December 5, 2018
    1 p.m.
    Students from Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Center for New Media will share their portfolio work and their multimedia creations related to paper airplanes.