Winter Break Programs

Winter Break Programs
2018 Winter Break Activities

December 26, 2018 - January 4, 2019

Theater Performances

  • Image of Judy Sima
    Judy Sima

    December 27, 2018
    12 p.m.
    Award-winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist Judy Sima lights up the holiday season with Hanukkah stories of miracles, menorahs, and magic dreidels. Combining folk, traditional, and modern tales with humor, song, and audience participation, her stories come alive in the hearts of all those who hear them.

  • Image of Ralph and Genevieve Stocker in shadow above the word Hello
    Ralph and Genevieve Stocker

    December 28, 2018
    12 p.m.
    Father and daughter Ralph and Genevieve Stocker first performed to a packed theater for the Museum’s Storytelling Festival a few years ago. Since then, they have performed at libraries and schools in the area. These two artists create a moving series of sand paintings to music and song. Join them for a holiday sing-along as their sand drawings are projected onto the big screen.

  • Image of Rosie Chapman
    Rosie Chapman

    December 31, 2018
    12 p.m.
    Actress and storyteller Rosie Chapman has graced audiences in Scotland, Australia, Germany, Canada, and all over the United States. She masterfully weaves audience participation, education, and entertainment together as she shares folktales and her one-woman shows featuring dynamic characters from history. For the holiday break, she will share interactive African folktales with life lessons.

  • Image of a woman surrounded by drums.

    January 2, 2019
    12 p.m.
    What do you get when you combine drums and a community? Drummunity! Lori Fithian has orchestrated a high-energy performance with full audience participation. Using percussion instruments from all over the world plus a variety made from recycled materials, audience members of all ages will perform together. Drummunity fosters community building and connections, appreciation of differences and diversity, rhythmic skills and coordination, spontaneity, creativity, and fun!

  • Image of John Dudley with a magic wand and a special raccoon.
    John Dudley

    January 3, 2019
    12 p.m.
    John Dudley, a Museum favorite, will be back entertaining audiences during winter break. John combines traditional magic with modern, fast-paced fun for audiences of all ages. Visitors may join him on stage for one of his many tricks or just watch in wonder. John was a magician in residence at Deer Forest for over 15 years, is an instructor for Camp Abracadabra at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, and has won many awards as well as authored several books and how-to videos.

Planetarium Shows

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Season of Light
    Season of Light
    Monday-Friday at 11 am
    December 26, 2018 - January 3, 2019
    Near the time of the winter solstice we experience the longest nights of the year. During this season we engage in traditions that can be traced back to distant ancestors who celebrated the Sun’s annual return to the North. Explore how fires, candles, Christmas Trees, and even Santa Claus became a part of our holiday season. Learn about astronomical events that may account for the Star of Bethlehem.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Let It Snow.
    Let It Snow
    Monday-Friday 1 p.m.
    December 26, 2018 - January 4, 2019
    "Let It Snow" is a treat for the eyes and ears, featuring festive full-dome video images choreographed to classic Christmas music. Enjoy seasonal tunes by Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, and Brenda Lee, and a finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This fun animated show will have kids, parents, and grandparents humming or singing along to some of the classics associated with the holiday season. This show is both fun and suitable for any age.

  • Title Graphic for the planetarium show Space Park 360
    SpacePark 360
    Monday-Friday at 2 pm
    December 26, 2018 - January 4, 2019
    Travel through an amusement park that spans our solar system. Computer-generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets and some of their moons. Nine breathtaking rides will lead us to each planet as we learn a few facts about each one.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Mystery of the Christmas Star.
    Mystery of the Christmas Star

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3 p.m.
    December 26, 2018 - January 4, 2019
    Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem in Mystery of the Christmas Star as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the Magi followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Orion Nights.
    Orion Nights

    Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m.
    December 26, 2018 - January 4, 2019
    During cold winter nights, the bright stars of Orion the Hunter twinkle overhead. In this autumn constellation program, learn to find stars within the constellations and discover how they go through a cycle of birth, aging, and death as their fuel is consumed. Stars are born from clouds of gas and dust, and they shine by converting hydrogen into helium. When the fuel is depleted, large stars collapse to form white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Dinosars at Dusk.
    Dinosaurs at Dusk
    Monday-Friday 4 p.m.
    December 26, 2018 - January 4, 2019
    Humans have an inherent need to explore what lies beyond the horizon. This drive combined with emerging technologies has opened up new vistas for us to contemplate. Where will humans go after the Space Shuttle Program has ended?

Winter Break Extras!

Our new Innovation Lab will be open each day with a variety of science-related activities. Join us on Tuesday, January 1, and Thursday, January 3, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for special henna demonstrations. Henna is a plant that grows 4 to 8 feet high in hot climates. The leaves, flowers, and twigs of the plant are ground into a fine powder that contains a natural temporary dye when mixed with water. Henna is used to adorn the feet and hands for special occasions. The word henna has its origin in the Arabic word Al-Hinna. Historical records mention the use of henna on a tablet found in northwest Syria dating back to 2100 BC. Arabic henna designs often consist of large floral and vine patterns.

Make sure to check out the temporary exhibit case of models on the first floor, then join members of the Kalamazoo Scale Modelers to create your own. This special make-and-take invites families to sign up for a free half-hour session where a Kalamazoo Scale Modelers mentor will work with them to put together their own scale model. Register online for a slot between 12 and 4 p.m. on either Thursday, December 27, or January 3. A variety of models will be available to choose from.