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*Summer Virtual Programs Check back on this page for the virtual programs this summer.
Week of June 21 Tour of Joy Ranch
Week of July 19 Tour of Goss Opera House
Week of August 9 Seed Science and Art
*Weekly programs at the Museum Monday and Wednesday 2:30-3:30 PM A different program each week, but the same program is given on each Mon and Wed of the same week.
June 7 & 9 Sticks
What can you do with a stick? Following a discussion about the many marvelous ways sticks can be used, we will watch Sticks by Diane Alber and learn how a discouraged stick found purpose. Building with toothpicks and mini marshmallows and making your initial from twigs and yarn will complete our time together. Stick snacks will be available.
June 14 & 16 Following Your Star/What to do with your dreams We’ll read North Star by Peter Reynolds, talk about some Codington County residents who had dreams, and then choose a creative medium to share our own dream for our future. After reading another story by Peter Reynolds The Dot, we’ll explore creating a piece of “art” starting with a dot.
June 21 & 23 Ready Set Go We’ll read about the Bernstein Bears physical contests in Ready Set Go. Then we’ll try to successfully complete a variety of challenging tasks, each within a minute in Minute to Win It.
June 28 & 30 Terrible Tornadoes After reading Tornado Tamer, an adaptation of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” with a twist about a tornado “cover”, we’ll explore facts about and safety during real tornadoes and then experiment with a tornado in a bottle.
July 5 & 7 Sensational South Dakota
Join us in exploring SD symbols, plants, animals and foods. A tasty surprise will be served before you go home.
Week of July 10 -17 SD Scavenger Hunt
This week we are offering a virtual project for you to complete with your parent or grandparent. Print out the scavenger hunt and grab a South Dakota map and get started! A list of SD towns is included just in case you can’t find a map. Click here.
July 26 & 28 Measuring Up
Come join us in comparing tools operated by hand with power tools and the advantages and disadvantages of both. Our final activity of the day will be a hand tool obstacle course to test the skill of all with screw drivers, hammers, sand paper, crow bars, etc.
August 2 & 4 Hot Air Balloons
Did you know that the earliest space exploration in the USA happened in western SD? We will share stories-true and fiction-about hot air balloon travel; watch videos of live balloon launches; and create a hot air balloon craft.
August 9 & 11 Marble Madness
Do you know who made the first marbles and why? After a brief description of the history of marbles and special terms related to playing marbles, we’ll watch 2 videos showing how marbles are made. Finally we will have fun with marble games and races.
We thank the Watertown Area United Way for supporting these programs.