The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present its “Second Saturday” program of museum activities on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. The theme this month is Celebrations Around the World. The free program is geared for children of all ages.
On Saturday, kids can enjoy participating in a scavenger hunt while using the Museum Bingo Sheet all day long. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., they can celebrate different cultural traditions by making crafts such as a Chinese paper lantern and a Japanese postcard for the Chinese and Japanese New Year, a paper mat for Kwanzaa, a dreidel for Hanukkah and a Christmas card for the upcoming holiday in the Great Hall. They also can examine and play with some Appalachian toys such as a whimmy diddle, flap jack and Jacob’s ladder at the hands-on History Cart in the Museum Galleries. These items will be available for purchase in the West Virginia Museum Shop, just off the Great Hall.
At 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., participants can gather in a Discovery Room to hear the story Christmas in the Country which was written by Cynthia Rylant. After the story, they can make a bookmark.
At 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m., kids can see a lap loom demonstration in the Museum North Connections Room.
It is recommended that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about “Second Saturdays,” contact museum guest services, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 111.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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