Frazier History Museum

For Families

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Sure, children are the future – but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a blast learning about the past! The Frazier Museum is excited to present special exhibits, gallery experiences, events and programs designed for children and families who love learning about true stories from other times and other cultures. 

From Second Saturdays to summer camps, story time and birthday parties, we’re here to help your family have fun and experience history together.  See below for our exciting array of offerings, including our latest upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events

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Second Saturday- Halloween!

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

We’re always excited for October because there are so many great stories to share! This Second Saturday is always a family-friendly day of hands-on fun and mystery.  From great fiction like our hilarious live adaptation of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to the real life scare of the Salem Witch Trials, Halloween never fails to capture our imagination.  Among other things, you can face your fears at the Table of Phobias, and test your Halloween candy knowledge.

Joining us this day will be Zach Bramel and Deva North, winners of a Jim Henson Grant and creators of the upcoming play CREATURE: A Puppet Frankenstein Adaptation.  Zach and Deva will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss how they created the magnificent monster from Mary Shelley’s imagination.  They will also help families create a puppet monster of their very own.

And while you’re here, don’t forget to visit The Table of Fears to see how well you know your phobias (in a fun, silly way). 

At the Candy Challenge, can you sort the Halloween treats in order by the date they first appeared.  You might be surprised – and learn something too. All of this and more!

Our Second Saturday programming is included with museum admission (free for Members!).


Fun For All Ages

Gallery Interactions for Children and Families

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There’s something different every day at the museum! Our staff of talented Teaching Artists and Education team members are excited to offer daily gallery interactions designed to help visitors experience history through hands-on activities and friendly conversation. You can check out the full menu of tours, talks and performances here, and learn more about our gallery interactions specially designed for kids and families below! Programming varies daily, and the schedule can be found here.

Story Time
Join us in one of the museum’s galleries for Story Time, an interactive activity designed for children, but enjoyable for adults too!  Story Time brings items from our collection to life through children’s stories like The Boy Who Looked Like LincolnThe Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, a breathtaking Lakota Sioux legend; beloved children’s classic of the Victorian age The Secret Garden and The Smallest Samurai, a Japanese twist on the beloved English folktale of Tom Thumb.
20–30 min.

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Make It, Take It
Staff at craft stations located throughout the museum are offering hands-on lessons to educate visitors of all ages about specific artifacts in the museum’s collection.
30–45 min.

Second Saturdays at the Frazier

On the second Saturday of every month, the Frazier History Museum offers museum-wide hands-on activities, special guests, live performances, and gallery interactions centered around a theme. Our Second Saturday programming is included with museum admission (free for members!). Check out upcoming dates and themes here.

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Birthday Parties

Take birthdays to the next level for kids who love to explore stories from times gone by! The Frazier offers a birthday party experience for children that includes a dedicated birthday room and paper goods, as well as hands-on activities, time in our galleries AND an interactive interpretation/performance of your choice based on these themes: medieval knights, real-life princesses or cowboys/cowgirls. We even provide a birthday host/hostess educator to help your party run smoothly. More information can be found here.

School Break Camps

When school’s out, join us for fun-filled days so full of making, playing, exploring, laughing, and meeting amazing guest presenters, that you won’t even realize you’re learning! Our summer and winter break camps are designed for rising 1st through 6th graders. All camp sessions are taught by professional educators, limited to 18 children, and run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the option for extended care until 5:30.  Check back on this page for more information when camps registration is open, or sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know!