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!


A Sample of Past Family Days

April 2014: “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.


Papagayo Poster


March 2014:

Tears of Joy Puppet Theater!

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.




January 2014: 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©.




December 2013: 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.