Sharpsteen Museum Hosts Annual Summer Kids’ Program

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This summer, the museum has planned many different fun and educational activities for Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer months.

With longer days and shorter nights, everyone needs some fun and adventure to fill their summer days with. Sharpsteen Museum took the responsibility of keeping kids looking forward to Thursdays and Saturdays all summer long with their new activities planned.

Sharpsteen Museum is starting up Summer Events for Kids at the Calistoga Branch, with events being hosted at either the museum or the Calistoga Library. Every summer event is free of charge and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Calistoga Library Summer Events:

Even though the kids are out of school, it’s a good idea to keep them reading all season long. Calistoga Library hosts Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday from June 9 – July 21 and Bow Wow for Books — inviting kids to read to a dog — from 3:30-5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.

This summer’s Saturday Games & Crafternoons feature a few different crafts that kids can get their hands into.

Table-Top Gaming – Bring your favorite board game or share with us from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 6.

Flags for Juneteenth – Make your own flag at 11 a.m. on June 13.

Pinwheels for Summer – Cool off from the summer heat with this fun craft at 11 a.m. on July 11.

Summer Party – All of the summer reading participants are invited to an end-of-the-year summer party. Bring your book logs to claim your rewards and get ready to have a great time from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 6 (ages 3-12).

Sharpsteen Museum’s Summer Events:

Summer Orientation – Join us for stories, fun and learn about the “Read to the Rhythm” summer program where you’ll get your book logs and can start reading! 10 a.m. Thursday, June 11 (ages 3-12).

Magic Show – “Abracadabra” show will be performed by Shuffle’s. Amaze the entire family at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18 (ages 3+).

Puppet Show – Puppet Art Theater presents an amusing version of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” Come find out if the three billy goats find a way to outwit the troll and get across the bridge at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 (ages 3+).

Dance Show – “Dance Around the World” with Nikola Clay. This interactive show includes dance, movement and rhythm at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 (ages 3+).

Music Show – Singer MaryLee Sunseri leads children in songs and chants from around the world in her “Rhythm of the Rocks” music show. Get ready to sing and dance at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 16 (ages 3+).

Ventriloquist & Puppet Show – Tony Borders blends ventriloquism and puppetry at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 23 (ages 3+).

For all events, children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. For more information about these summer events and programs, call 707-942-4833 or visit

About Sharpsteen Museum:
The Sharpsteen Museum's permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post-World War I with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the period of U.S. emigration and development.

In addition to its many historical exhibits, the museum uses unique and extraordinarily extensive dioramas to depict Calistoga during its period as the elegant 1860s Hot Springs resort developed by pioneer, promoter, publisher, entrepreneur and California's first millionaire, Sam Brannan. Sharpsteen Museum has special exhibits which change twice a year, every six months, and reflect the varied interests of the people of the Valley. They have ranged from antique silverware to model ships to historical musical instruments.

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