Lunch and Learn Program Series
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, visit the museum for lunch and a new presentation with themes from WWII to music to photography and more! Each program lasts from 11:30am-1pm. Fee: $8 per Member and $9 per Non-Member, includes lunch and museum admission. Registration is required by the Monday before each program date. To register, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext 224 or email at email@example.com.
- December 11, 2013, “Simply Said, Hello Chocolate!” – Allo Chocolate will be here to explore how chocolate is grown, harvested, and produced. Taste and learn to appreciate dark, milk, and white chocolate, and learn how to make a wonderful chocolate treat that you could use for entertaining as well as gift giving by watching several demonstrations.
- January 8, 2014, “Wizard of Baahs” – Don Lamb’s magic shows are fun-filled – featuring audience participation jam-packed with good, clean, whimsical comedy. Using experience, charm, and professionalism his magic shows are a real hit. MR. MAGIC’s Senior Show is guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of his Young-at-Heart audiences.
- February 12, 2014, “Freedom Riders” – To celebrate the museum’s Underground Railroad exhibit, Carroll University will be here to show a portion of the documentary “Freedom Riders” and then lead a panel discussion with university professors. Sponsored by Wisconsin Energy Foundation.
- March 12, 2014, “The Chronicles of Whitefish Bay” - Wander through a history of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, told largely through the letters and recollections of early residents of the village. Current residents can get a sense of what it was like to live in their community during its formative years, as it was becoming the sort of place where literally every house has a story. In addition to giving a voice to familiar landmarks and beloved local characters, the story of Whitefish Bay also provides prime seating for the drama of Wisconsin at large during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Join editor Thomas Fehring as he fishes out the fascinating history of this remarkable coastal town.
- April 9, 2014, TBA
- May 14, 2014, TBA
Families with children 3-5 years old can join us for Discovery Club once a month, with a new theme and activities each time! Each program is led by the museum’s Education Department, and includes games, storytelling, I-Spy, music, and crafts. Programs run from 10-11am. Fee: $4 per child, $3 per non-member adult, museum member adults are free; fee includes museum admission to all exhibits including the new Les Paul exhibit. Registration required by the Tuesday before each program date, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext 224 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All programs are 10-11am
- Thursday, December 19, 2013: “Let’s Go To The Circus!” - The circus is coming to town and we are all invited to join in the fun! Participants will clown around in red noses, learn a balancing and juggling act, and make a circus animal friend.
- Thursday, January 16, 2014: “Happy Homes” – Homes can come in all different shapes and sizes, and we will explore animal homes and people homes to see what makes it a home sweet home. Participants will tunnel like ants, explore a Native American wigwam from the past, visit a bear cave, and buid a castle.
- Thursday, February 20, 2014: “Color Splash!” – It’s time to get the creative juices flowing so we can make some wonderful artwork! Participants will paint like the animals (using special ‘paws’ and tools!), create Australian dot art, mix primary and secondary colors, and design a stained glass window.
- Thursday, March 20, 2014: “Builders Bonanza” – Put on your hardhat and let’s get building! Participants will build a block city, make a car racing bridge, and even build a protective container for an egg before we drop it down the stairs!
- Thursday, April 24, 2014: “Bubbles Galore!” – Who doesn’t love to play with bubbles?! We will make our own bubble solution and wands, create artwork using the magic of bubbles, and even make some beautiful bubble decorations to take home!
- Thursday, May 22, 2014: TBA
Music Mania Saturdays, “Banjos”
Saturday, December 14; 10:30-11:30am
Come to the museum to see the Les Paul: Wizard of Waukesha exhibit, and while visiting, adults and children of all ages can drop in and play real instruments, with this month’s theme being banjos! The White House of Music will provide the instruments and instructions on how to play several chords and beats, and you can join others for a true jam session! This drop-in activity is available between 10:30 and 11:30am. This program is free with museum admission and no registration is required!
Kids’ Night Out!
Kids rule the museum after hours! Children 5-10 years old will enjoy a pizza dinner, then art activities, games, experiements, and much, much more! Parents can use this time to have a fun themselves by going out to dinner, shopping, or running a few errands. Kids’ Night Out is from 5:30-8pm. Cost is $25 per child per evening, pizza dinner is included. To register or for additional information please call the education department at 262-521-2859, ext. 246 or email at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 14: “Funny Business” – Everything is not what it seems!!! Together we will tease our brains with optical illusions, perform experiments to analyze science oddities and become masters of deception as we look at the way people have tricked one another throughout history from Da Vinci’s mirror writing to invisible ink. Expect the unexpected!!! Registration deadline is December 10th.
Holiday Break Family Event, “Science Adventures!”
Friday and Saturday, December 27 and 28, 2013; 10am – 3pm
Come visit the science lab at the Waukesha County Museum on December 27 or 28! The museum will celebrate various science themes that the whole family can enjoy, including chemistry, electricity, and physics. Drop by anytime between 10am and 3pm and participate in the following activities:
Chemistry Station – Hidden colors, slimy slime, fizzy rockets, balloon volcanoes, mystery goo
Electricity Station – Balloon vacuums, glowing energy stick, flying foil, sticky plastic wrap
Physics Station – Magical potatoes, racing cars, floating water, optical illusions, catapults
Other Science Fun Station – Magnet movements, floating paper clips, 50 water drops on a penny, rainbows, invisible ink
All activities are free with museum admission, and no registration is required. Stop by any time between 10am and 3pm on December 27 or 28 to experiment at the museum! For additional information, please call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext. 224.
JanBoree Celebration, “Outrageous Olympics”
Saturday, January 18, 2014; 10am-3pm
Come in from the cold and travel to the Waukesha County Museum’s Outrageous Olympic Games! At 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2pm, see the Miller & Mike’s Juggling Olympics Show, featuring hilarious feats of skill and daring. This show is perfect for children of all ages. Come see who will take home the gold, it might be you! Then stop by the Ancient Greek Room to see costumed ancient Greek soldiers in full uniforms (including giant shields and spears) doing demonstrations to explore the ancient Olympic Games.
The games continue around the museum with several activities and crafts throughout the exhibits. Each Olympic game will have a fun twist! Activities include bouncing luge run, ski jumping stones, fire torch toss, javelin throw, Olympic ring toss, and much more! Children can also make a gold medal and a laurel wreath athletic crown to take home!
The entire museum, including the performance, activities, and museum admission to the all the exhibits will be FREE for everyone all day! No registration is required, but seats for the performances fill quickly so please arrive early to secure you space. For additional questions, please call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext. 224. This event is part of the JanBoree Festival throughout Waukesha, www.janboree.org.
Museum Explorers Spring Break Camp, “Road Trip Across the USA!”
April 14-18, 2014; 9am – 4pm (early drop off at 8:15am is available)
Looking for something fun and educational for your child during spring break? The Waukesha County Museum has designed a spring camp especially for children 6-10 years old that is exciting and engaging as campers explore all the hidden secrets the museum has to offer. Each day is developed and facilitated by the museum’s education director, and has a full schedule of games, experiments, artifact handling, I-Spy challenges, and craft projects. The week will end with a family presentation where campers will put the week’s fun on display!
For our “Road Trip Across the USA!” the museum’s Education Department staff will lead activities that will take us around the 50 states: sailing off Cape Cod, riding horses across the plains, trekking through the desert, sitting around the campfire in the north woods, on the beach in Hawaii, car, train, and airplane adventures, a walk on the Hollywood red carpet, experiencing American monuments, and much more!
Fee: $130 Member, $140 Non-Member for the entire week. Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis, and payment is due when registering. Registration deadline is April 4th, and space is limited. Click here to download the Spring Camp Registration Forms 2014. For additional questions, please email the Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you and your camper this spring!
Treasure of Waukesha County Essay and Image Contest
Students in grades 2nd – 12th from Waukesha County are invited to enter the 3rd annual Treasures of Waukesha County Essay and Image Contest! Students are asked to submit an essay (250 word max) and image (photograph or drawing) of what they feel is a true Waukesha County treasure, from the past or present, and it can be a person, place, object, or event. Download the Contest Information form and the Entry Form for a full description. Winners from each grade category will be given prizes and winning entries will be on exhibit at the museum during the summer.
Les Paul’s Guitar Grab!
Spring Dates will be announced shortly
Have you always dreamed of learning to play the guitar? Then this is the program you have been waiting for, so come to the museum and grab a guitar! In honor of Les Paul’s legacy, the Waukesha County Museum and White House of Music have teamed up to provide basic guitar workshops for adults and children of all ages. From 6:30-7:30pm, participants will use a provided guitar to learn basic cords from a certified instructor, and you will even play a song by the end of the session! Fee is $10 per adult per session, and $5 per child 16 and younger per session; includes instructor led session, use of a guitar during the program, and a goodie bag with coupons and an admission ticket to the museum to see the Les Paul exhibit during regular museum hours. Also included in the registration fee will be a free guitar book from Hal Leonard Corportation! Registration is required by the Saturday before each program date. Register for one of the workshops, or multiple to build your guitar skills throughout the year. Please call the museum’s Education Department at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email at email@example.com. Program will be held at the Waukesha County Museum.
Guitars generously donated by