Family Day

Spring Has Sprung!

May 10 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

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Join Museum staff and volunteers for a Free Family Day with crafts and activities related to spring. Participants will plant seeds, construct a kite, and make something special to gift on Mother’s Day. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 Sponsored in part by The William G. Gilmore Foundation and The Autzen Foundation

Past Family Days

Technology: From Primitive to Present Day!
Free Family Day: April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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“Technology: From Primitive to Present Day!” celebrates Washington County’s long heritage of innovators. Guests can view the Museum’s exhibit “This Kalapuya Land” and take a closer look at primitive technology with Leland Gilsan’s Mobile Museum of Oregon Pre-History. Live demonstrations and hands-on activities of primitive skills will be provided by Rewild Portland.

 

In addition, museum guests will also learn about the vibrant history that gave Washington County its nickname when they tour the “Silicon Forest in Washington County” exhibit. Special high tech demonstrations and activities will be provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s Robot Team, who will bring their tactical robot, and the Society of Women Engineers, who will provide hands-on engineering activities for kids. Participants will also have the chance to make a craft to take home. This event is free and open to the public. Family Days occur the second Saturday of each month, September through June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Tears of Joy Puppet Theater!
Free Family Day: Saturday March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Museum staff and volunteers to make puppets and celebrate spring! Tears of Joy Puppet Theater will perform their play Papagayo, a tale from the Guatemalan jungle, at 11 a.m. Crafts and activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in our gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Sponsored in part by The William G. Gilmore Foundation and The Autzen Foundation

 

Storyteller Emmy Blue’s original Squatchie Legends
January 11 Family Day – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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Celebrate winter with crafts and activities in the museum’s gallery. At 11 AM, local storyteller Emmy Blue will share her bright and happy fairy tales, folktales and legends about the magical creatures who live deep in the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest, including Emmy Blue’s original Squatchie Legends©.

 

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December 14 Family Day

WASHINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM PRESENTS
OLD-TIME MUSIC SHOW FOR FAMILIES
with Guest Musician Rick Meyers

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Washington County Museum will host a pioneer music performance by local musician Rick Meyers, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14th. The Old-Time Music Show will feature pioneer music played on the banjo, guitar, spoons, musical saw, noseflute, limberjack, washboard and washtub bass. The audience will learn historical information while participating in the show. Meyers has been performing dance, music and folklore for children and adults since 1976.

Meyers’ musical performance is part of the Museum’s free pioneer-themed Family Day for December. Museum staff and volunteers will provide craft activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Old Time Music Show at 11 a.m. Ongoing activities that day include packing an Oregon Trail wagon and making a pioneer Christmas ornament to take home. Family Days occur the second Saturday of each month, September through June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information about the Rick Meyers can be found at his website.

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

 

November 9 Family Day Celebrates India!

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The Washington County Museum will host a dance performance, lecture and demonstration by Mai3m (My-threem) and the students of the Anjali School of Dance on Saturday, November 9 at 11:00. The performance features Bharatanatyam, a classical dance from India. Bharatanatyam is a 2,000-year-old dance form that uses hand gestures, facial expressions and eyes to tell stories from Hindu Mythology. Dressed in traditional costumes, the dancers will explain and demonstrate the various aspects of Bharatanatyam. Audience members will get the chance to learn some of the basic hand gestures as well as some of the basic steps in the interactive session.

Afterwards, please join our staff for family fun and crafts!

Volunteer Barbara Mason enjoying her time assisting the children with one of the many craft activities available during Family Day.

Join 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!