Bruce Museum expands family programming

The Bruce Museum is expanding its family offerings in 2016.

Crystals like this Bruce Museum quartz specimen will be the topic of the Science Sunday program at the Museum on January 10.

Crystals like this Bruce Museum quartz specimen will be the topic of the Science Sunday program at the Museum on January 10.

Beginning in January, the Bruce hosts two new series of Sunday afternoon, drop-in programs for children aged 4 to 10 and their families.

“Science Sundays” will explore simple science concepts while offering fun, kid-friendly experiments and activities. “Art Adventures” provides the creative spark and supplies for art and craft projects inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. These programs, supported by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, run from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free with museum admission. No reservations are required. Science Sundays will run Jan. 10 with a focus on crystals and on Jan. 31 fossils are the theme. Art Adventures begins with a look at Urban Landscapes on Feb. 21.

Also on Sunday afternoons beginning Feb. 28, the Bruce will reformat its popular Family Studio Workshops for ages 5 and up and offer a more intensive program featuring a 1½-hour class exploring art techniques. Rolled Beeswax Candles will kick off the series.

Bruce Moose Activity Packs, which debuted in 2015, have been expanded in the new year. Designed for the family who would like to explore the Museum’s galleries on their own in a fun, hands-on way, each pack contains four to five objects and activities that encourage more looking, more learning and more discoveries. The new Activity Packs feature an Animal I-Spy game, complete with binoculars, that encourages families to search throughout our woodland diorama to find camouflaged animals.  Another pack, designed for our families with children three and under, contains board books, puzzles and foam building blocks for exploring shapes throughout the museum.  The Activity Packs are available for loan at no charge at the admissions desk. Support for the development of the Bruce Moose Activity Packs has been generously supplied by the Hilliard Family Foundation.

This family examines owl pellets at the Bruce Museum. New family programs will be available on most weekends and Family Activity Packs are offered daily.

This family examines owl pellets at the Bruce Museum. New family programs will be available on most weekends and Family Activity Packs are offered daily.

 

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