Our summer program calendar is ready for some sunshine! Programs are open to elementary aged children on Mondays, Wednesdays and most Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at the museum.
NEW THIS YEAR!
On one Friday of each month this summer, there will be a special program at the Museum. and a payment of $5 per child must be made no later than 14 days before the session the child plans to attend.
Sheri Kahnke, a food science educator from Agropur in Lake Norden, will help us learn about dairy history and how Agropur is making history in cheese production. We’ll participate in some cheese research and be able to eat some cheese pizza. Limit: 15. 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Please make reservations by May 24 by clicking here.
We’ll take a trolley ride to Lew’s Fireworks on Hwy 212 east of the I29 exit. Then we’ll tour that facility and learn about its history and purpose. 2:30 – 4:00 PM Limit: 15. Please make reservations by June 28 by clicking here.
The spinners and weavers from the Brookings Fiber Guild will return to help us make felted soap Limit: 15. 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Please make reservations by July 19 by clicking here.
Schedule of Free Programs
June 3, 5
Going Buggy! Come experience some creepy, crawly games and activities and invent some critter art.
June 10, 12, 14
After reading Oh Say Can you Say What’s the Weather Today? by Dr. Seuss, we’ll explore weather instruments, talk about meteorologists and what they do, chart daily weather statistics and make windsocks.
June 17, 19, 21
Was the Museum Really a Library? We’ll dig into a little library history, read If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!” or Library Lion; compare and contrast old and new “books”, and make a bookmark.
June 24, 26, 28
Clouds and Fog
We’ll explore clouds and fog through stories and videos, “create” them in a jar, play weather charades and design a fog scene.
July 1, 3, 5
Discover the history of fireworks, discuss fireworks rules and safety, watch some amazing fireworks displays and create a “fireworks” piece of art.
July 8, 10
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes, oh my! What can we learn about the effects of wind and water on thunderstorms and tornadoes? How can we be safe during them? We’ll experiment with producing “lightning” and a tornado in a bottle, read The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow, and create rainbow scratch art.
July 15, 17, 19
Marble Races and Games
After exploring the history of and some vocabulary unique to marbles, we’ll play marble games and races.
July 22, 24, 26
Lucky to Live in South Dakota
Come make an I’m Lucky to Live in South Dakota time capsule “book”.
July 29, 31
Join us for a summer “blizzard party” with snow stories, songs, games and a special snowflake craft.
Aug 5, 7, 9
Little House Food and Their Stories
From the Little House Cookbook, we’ll read some Little House anecdotes and talk about and taste the foods they include.
Aug 12, 14, 16
After reading Balloon Trees, we’ll explore how balloons are made and play a variety of balloon games.