Karshner Museum Family Day will have free admission on Saturday, May 5, 2012 for their event from 10 am to 2 pm. Their event theme is: “Preservation Day & Historical Inventions.” Nathan Hoadley, President of the Friends of the Museum at the Karshner Museum, explained details of the event, “Basically, there will be early antique inventions, and we’ll be churning our own butter and ice cream with ice and salt and the whole old school nine yard thing. We’re going to be doing a sculpture grab bag where each kid gets a bag full of miscellaneous objects and they have to come up with an invention or sculpture of what they have in their bag. Kids are free to trade out items from each other’s bags. It’s a free form art project that allows kids to use their imagination to build stuff from miscellaneous objects that necessarily won’t go together. Examples of miscellaneous items include: Popsicle sticks, thread spools, pipe cleaners, seashells, we have a ton of miscellaneous stuff… craft stuff, pom-poms, and glitter. They dump out contents in bag and they decide what they want to do with it. We will also do a treasure hunt. Every kid who comes ends up getting something when they leave.”
Nathan discussed some of the antique inventions on display, “Butter churn, there are a lot of miscellaneous objects in our storage area, I’ll be pulling out magic lanterns, old slideshows, old photographs, old cameras, old inventions, and old items that we have.” Nathan continued, “It’s a free for all day, no structured schedule. If some kids don’t wanna do an art project or churn butter, they can just do what they wanna do when they’re in the museum. There is no pressure to do anything. There are four or five stations set up for the art project, churning butter, etc. It’s a full experience that’s what we’re all about. It’s an incredible experience so we try to structure our family days so that every parent, kid, and family gets the same experience.”
The PTA from Stewart Elementary school will be providing a popcorn machine and lemonade for sale at the event. Kids can dress in Pioneer clothing, and so can the adults. People can bring their own cameras to get their picture taken in the wagon room or classroom.
Nathan commented: “We have as much fun as the people that come to family day, that’s what makes it fun. Everybody that volunteers are just big kids, and we just love playing we’ll play if the kids don’t come. It’s a fun, family element. It’s really exciting to be part of that whole process and the museum members are all so passionate about the place and what we do.”
Those that are interested do not need to register in advance. Family Days at the museum start in October and run through June, with the exception of April. Family Days are closed during the summer months: July, August, and September. Family Days take place the first Saturday of the month and costs $3 a person or $10 for an entire family, with the exception of this event being free. For questions, please contact the museum at: 253 841-8781. Visit their website here: http://www.karshnermuseum.org
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com