One-Day Summer Programs

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July - Celebrate our nation's independence like your great-grandparents did. Join in the sack race and other old-time games on the village green, decorate for the holiday, and perform in a patriotic play.
June 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 1.


Register before April 30 and receive $2 off the regular program price.
Call 714-850-9452.

June/July Calendar

August Calendar
Four-Day Programs

Wet and Wild - Take a walk on the wild side of the museum. Build an underwater viewer and check out our pond. Make a frog puppet and learn the difference between frogs and toads. Go on a nature scavenger hunt and play some of the wildest, wettest games ever. July 7 and Aug 19.

Gold Rush - California or Bust! Join the 49ers on the long voyage or trek to the Mother Lode gold strike. Make a covered wagon model, stock up for the journey, and pan for gold when you finally arrive. But watch out for claim jumpers! July 8 and Aug 17.

Hopscotch, Marbles, and Kites - Explore the games and toys of the nineteenth century. Build and fly a kite and make your own board game to take home. Try your hands (and feet) at marbles, hopscotch, and croquet. Play old-time parlor games in the Kellogg house and pay forfeits if you lose. July 18 and Aug 24.

Victorian Lifestyle - Experience what life was like in the late 1800s as you tour the historic Kellogg house. Play with favorite toys from the time, dress in the hottest fashions of the day, and groove to the music of the antique phonograph and pump organ. But life wasn't all play, so be ready to wash clothes and make your own butter. July 19, July 29 and Aug 23.

Victorian Detectives - Solve mysteries like the most famous detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Study fingerprints and footprints, search for hidden clues, crack devious codes, and become a master of disguise in your quest to figure out "whodunit." July 20 and Aug 18.

Inventors and Inventions - Who invented the paper clip? The drinking straw? Find out the answers and experience the excitement of inventions old and new. See how a steam engine works, search the historic Kellogg house for nineteenth-century innovations, send messages on a real telegraph, and even invent your own new snack. Aug 26.

Creepy Crawlies - Beetles and butterflies and bees, oh my!. Whether you call them insects or just plain bugs, you'll discover some amazing things about these critters that live in every part of our world. Throw in a few spiders (even though they're not insects) and you're set for one creepy crawly day. Learn how insects fly and how they see, collect them to study up close, and even take home some tasty bug recipes. (Have you ever tried chocolate covered crickets?) July 21 and Aug 15.

Treasure Island - Ahoy, matey! Embark on a fun-filled adventure in search of pirate loot. Make your own Jolly Roger flag and secret map, learn to talk like a real pirate, and set sail on your quest. To find the hidden treasure you'll have to read a compass, follow a map, and solve secret codes. We'll show you how. July 22 and Aug 16.

Alice in Wonderland - Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass to an exciting world of adventure. Make invisible invitations, paint the white roses red, play some croquet, and attend a mad tea party in the dining room of the Kellogg house. Then set off to explore the Jabberwock's lair in the Tulgey Wood and see if you can out-invent the White Knight. July 29.

Tom Sawyer Adventure Day - Walk in the bare footsteps of everyone's favorite"all-American kid." Explore the wildlife in our wetlands and hills, whitewash a fence, build a model raft, and hunt for buried treasure using a compass and pirate map. July 18.

All single-day programs run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Minimum age for participants: 5 years.
Children under 7 must be accompanied by a responsible older child or an adult.

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