Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Wednesday Summer Hands-On "Animal Instincts" Program Begins June 27

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This summer, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Wednesday programs are all about Animal Instincts. Seven weeks, ten different animal crafts each week, and a wild and fun atmosphere await visitors from June 27 to August 15.

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Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Wednesday Summer Hands-On "Animal Instincts" Program Begins June 27

It’s going to be a zoo in Kalamazoo! This summer, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Wednesday programs are all about Animal Instincts. Seven weeks, ten different animal crafts each week, and a wild and fun atmosphere await visitors from June 27 to August 15 (no program on July 4). Stop in from 1 to 4 p.m. for these free art programs focused on what makes different animals unique.

Tame or Wild, June 27: Learn about animals with a wild side and their domestic counterparts. Color a dog leash and a wolf stained-glass window, scratch a cat and fold a tiger, design a bear picture frame and color a guinea pig bookmark, create a lizard banner and color a wooden snake, and fill a paper fish bowl and assemble a piranha.

Big or Small, July 11: Create animals with similar traits but opposite sizes. Design a giraffe fan and color a mole bookmark, stencil an elephant bag and color a mouse magnet, color a camel puppet and create an ant catchall, comb a lion’s mane and scratch a poodle design, and color a hummingbird stained-glass window and an ostrich ornament.

Homes – Inside or Out, July 18: Design a variety of animal homes that can be found either inside or outside. Decorate a bird house and fold a bat, create a wasp nest and color a spider web, fold a chicken coop and assemble a deer plaque, color a turtle shell and build a beaver dam, and color a sea horse picture and make a whale hat.

Scales, Feathers, or Fur, July 25: Discover animal skins and their unique variations. Design a zebra hand puppet and make an otter toy, assemble a porcupine and decorate an armadillo, make a crocodile rubbing and a fish print, assemble a butterfly and make a peacock, and decorate a ladybug fan and make a fluffy lamb.

Friends or Foe, August 1: Decorate animals that get along and those that don’t. Color a bird ornament and a cat stick puppet, decorate a fish stained-glass window and assemble a pelican, scratch a dog design and color a sheep, create a remora fish picture and scratch a shark, and make a quail mask and color a wooden fox.

Meat, Plants, or Both, August 8: Identify animals by what they eat and whether they are herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores. Assemble a monkey pull toy and decorate a wooden bat magnet, color a squirrel and make a raccoon mask, make a cow bell mobile and color a chicken mask, create a sloth cup and design a bee flier, and color an owl mask and make a vulture bandanna.

Two Feet or Four, August 15: Explore animals by how many legs they walk on. Stencil a kangaroo boomerang and fold a caterpillar, color a penguin bookmark and a cat stained-class ornament, color a swan stained-glass window and decorate a spider ornament, stencil a crab tray and color a frog placemat, and assemble an octopus and stencil a grasshopper visor.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is the place to be this summer with new planetarium shows, the new Innovation Lab, and summer exhibits, Cats & Dogs and Kalamazoo A – Z. For details on all programs and exhibits, visit http://www.kalamazoomuseum.org.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and governed by its Board of Trustees. Admission to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum is free.

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