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Kansas Day at the Museum - Activities

Standards Based Activities

In the lobby of the museum you will find a wide variety of hands-on activities.  Each has been chosen to correlate to the Kansas Academic Standards.  Activities are designed around the number of people expected to attend and the varying ages of students who will be here.  Activities this year include:

  • Healthy Parks and Healthy People - How do parks make you healthy?
  • The First Picnic Party! - Recreate the first gathering of Topeka settlers in 1855.
  • Young Kansans!  Celebrate Kansas' 155th birthday with Kansas symbols, the state flag, and more.
  • Museum Bingo - How observant are you? Search for objects on your bingo card as you tour the museum gallery.
  • Eating Like a Soldier  -  What do we buy in the grocery store today that originated with military or space technology?
  • Food and Famous Kansans - From growing it to eating it, food is part of everyone's life, even famous Kansans.
  • Adding Up a Healthy Lunch - How healthy is your lunch? Examine your lunch through the lens of food groups, calories, sugar and sodium.
  • Vitamin C Detectives - Did you know that some foods have super powers? Conduct experiments to find out how the mighty Vitamin C can protect you!

Historic Craft Demonstrators

Take a step back in time as you learn about the low-tech life of the past.  Feel the softnss of wool as you card it for spinning.  Talk to an American Indian flute maker. Watch wood carvers turn a piece of wood into something exciting. Duck as an airplane buzzes over head. Weave strips of wood with a basket maker. Demonstrators will share their skills in basket making, American Indian flute making, spinning yarn, knitting, weaving, flying model airplanes,  rope making, wood carving, sewing and quilting.

Learning Carts

You won't want to miss the opportunity to touch a bison bladder "water bottle", try on a Civil War uniform, or examine a candle mold. These experiences, and many more, are waiting for you at the learning carts in the museum gallery.


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