Here is the class line up for July:
Free Family Fun Days - Napa Valley Museum’s Free Family Fun Days are a fantastic way to share great family moments and have a little fun, too! The event, held on the second Saturday of every month, gives children an opportunity to have fun while also having an exceptional learning experience. Family Fun Day includes family gallery guides and art or history activities and crafts. Family Fun Days are very busy. Reservations are strongly recommended for all Family Fun Day activities. Please call 707.944.0500.
Saturday, July 14 at 7pm - Bring your blankets and snacks to our Family Fun Days bonfire in the Museum’s meadow. We will be making s’mores and singing campfire songs under the stars.
Discovery Days for Kids!
Beginning July 1, come to Napa Valley Museum each Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm for an afternoon of educational family fun! Your family will get a hands-on lesson followed by an activity taught by our professional educators and our museum trained Docents. Whether we are tooling leather bracelets or cracking open geodes, Napa Valley Museum is the place to explore the art, history, and environment of the Napa Valley. Make it a day and bring a lunch – the Veterans Home pool is a short walk away. Group and family sessions are small so call and reserve your place at Napa Valley Museum’s Kids Discovery Day!
Discovery Days fee: $7 per person, per class.
July 3 – Fire Beneath the Valley - Explore the fascinating geologic history of the Napa Valley through our study and identification of rock types, gems, and minerals. Our program activity will culminate with a search for buried geodes and the crystals that are hidden inside! What will you discover?
July 5 – Wild, Wild West: Pioneers of the Napa Valley - Just imagine travelling thousands of miles to California in a covered wagon! Learn all about the Napa Valley’s brave women and men who settled here in 1841. We will explore a day in the life of a Napa Pioneer by examining the everyday objects of the 1800s such as wash boards, cow bells, toys, clothing, and maps. Family visitors will get a chance to make pioneer soap in this fun and historic afternoon!
July 10 – Let’s Go Fly a Kite - Approximately 2,800 years ago the kite was first invented and flown in China. Our program will show how kite making developed and how it influenced modern aviation. Applying our integrated knowledge of history, math, and fine arts, we will be constructing our own kites and flying them in the meadow.
July 12 – Invisible Hands: Chinese In the Napa Valley - Lean all about the contributions of the early Chinese who came to the Napa Valley in the 1860’s. From building the transcontinental railroad, to caring for the families of early Napa Valley pioneers, Napa Chinese settlers helped to shape our valley. Following our discovery of Chinese history in the Napa Valley, we will explore the ancient Asian tradition Gyotaku Fish Painting!
July 17 – Viva Napa Valley: The Mexican Rancho Days of California - Go back in time to learn all about the famous Mexican General Mariano Vallejo and the Mission history of Napa History. We will explore life on a rancho by examining branding irons, animal pelts, horsehair lassos and ropes. Families will share miniature branding and stamping tools as we create handmade leather bracelets.
July 19 – Monsters, Myth and Masks – Oh My! - Indulge in a world of fantasy as we read and discuss all manner of magic, myths, and monsters. Exploring cultural traditions found the entire world over, we will construct our very own mythical monster masks and write short descriptions about them. Don’t be afraid to attend this Kids Discovery Day session at Napa Valley Museum!
July 24 – A River runs through it – Our Napa River - This program introduces families to the concept of stewardship and healthy river preservation. Exploring our own Hinman Creek, we will learn all about the plants and animals that inhabit the Napa River watershed. The themed activity allows students to make their very own terrarium bio-spheres complete with rocks and plant specimens. What will your world look like?
July 26 – Treasure the Past: Paper Making at Napa Valley Museum - Rediscover the lost art of paper making at this exciting Family Fun Discovery day. Using recycled paper and pulp, families will learn how to strain, make and decorate their own handmade paper. After it dries, artisans can bind their paper to create a one-of-a-kind “Family Book”. Create your treasured memory this Family Discovery Day!
July 31 – Recycle Napa Valley - Explore the concepts of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle at Napa Valley Museum. Using discarded boxes, we will construct miniature box stages complete with curtains and carpets. Then, using cut outs from copies of your favorite book or movie characters, we will make paper dolls that will come alive on your stage!