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.

  • Connection Chords Music Festival Presents:
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet featuring the Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

    November 6-10, 2019
    The Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in partnership with Connecting Chords Music Festival.
    Opening Ceremony: November 6, 2019, 12 p.m.
    Closing Ceremony: November 10, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
    Daily Construction of the mandala:
    November 6: 1-5 p.m.
    November 7: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    November 8: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    November 9: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    November 10: 1-3:30 p.m.