Family Day

Krissy-permissiontouse_BOYJoin Museum staff and volunteers for free hands-on history and art activities for the whole family. Bring the kids and create a project to take home, enjoy stories, see and touch artifacts, learn about local history and more.

Family Day is held monthly on the second Saturday, September through June, at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to the public and no reservations are required. And it’s FREE!


Family Days are held at our Hillsboro Location, 120 E Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123.

Our appreciation goes out to The William G. Gilmore Foundation for supporting Family Day! We could not provide this fun event to the community without you!

Upcoming Family Days

r_1220377899_beaver_cakeFebruary 14, 2015: Join us for an Oregon Birthday Party! Try your hand at a variety of activities related to Oregon history including building a variety of Oregon houses, trading like a mountain man and packing an Oregon Trail wagon.



sockeye-salmon-David-Hall-5_optMarch 14, 2015: Celebrate spring! Plant seeds, make a craft to take home and continue exploring the exhibit “In the Footsteps of David Douglas.” Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre will present their play, “Tad & Fry: a Tale of Friendship and Metamorphosis” at 11 a.m.




322April 11, 2015: Celebrate Earth Day! Drop by the Museum for a fun day of DIY crafts, and help us create a cardboard village as we explore all things that can be constructed out of cardboard.




5WMBF00Z_optMay 9, 2015: Pioneer Heritage Family Day! Try all things “trail,” including pioneer dress-up, packing a wagon, dipping candles, and more. Musician Rick Meyers will perform an old-time music show performance at 11am that features music played on the banjo, guitar, autoharp, spoons, limberjack, ukulele and more!



computer-chip_optJune 13, 2015: Technology: From Primitive to Present Day! Join Museum staff and volunteers for a chance to get hands-on with a variety of fun technical activities; from technology used by the very first people in Washington County to products produced by the booming technology industry that calls Washington County home today.



Past Family Days

November 8, 2014: Incredible India! Experience India with Rasika, a nonprofit with the mission of promoting and educating Indian arts and culture in Oregon. Discover the art, music, and culture of India in a special free program presented by Rasika. Activities and performances throughout the day. Read more here.



University_Days-Science_Circus_web_optDecember 13, 2014: The physics of fun! As we enter the season of giving, learn the science behind your toys. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Rhys Thomas will explain the physics behind some of your favorite toys using scientific thinking and a little engineering. Rhys is known to present science with hilarity and dexterity by blending mature science with kid-savvy comedy the whole family will love. Make a toy to take home with museum staff and volunteers.


compass-1024x682_optJanuary 10, 2015: Learn about early naturalist David Douglas. Explore our galleries using clues, make a botanical sketch, and learn about the flora and fauna that Douglas discovered in Oregon. The Bug Chicks will present their live arthropod zoo of cool bugs at 11 a.m. Kids will be able to pet one of the big insects!