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2019 Spring Break Activities

Spring Break
April 1-5, 2019

Numbers On Parade Hands-on Activities
1-4 pm

Spring Break at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers Numbers On Parade, a humorous and artistic look at math through a variety of crafts, picture books, and interactive exhibits. Plus, enjoy a musical concert of instruments and songs from around the world, theater workshops for children of all abilities, planetarium shows, and three floors of exhibits. Come explore with us! Ten different crafts each day will be inspired by a math-related picture book, which can be read in our ThinkTank.

J. Sheppard’s book the Right Number of Elephants
Monday, April 1, 2019
Look at counting how many elephants it takes to pull a train, paint a ceiling, provide shade at the beach, perform a circus, or play cards.

Kathryn Otoshi’s book One
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
A a story about how Red bullies Blue and none of the other colors stops him until 1 takes a stand and shows all the colors how they can count. Join us for a variety of colorful crafts on .

Tara Lazar’s book 7 Ate 9
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
This book takes us on a spy mystery adventure of pun proportions. Create a variety of disguises, spy gear, and number-related crafts.

Kathyrn Otoshi’s book Zero
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Zero struggles to see her value until she is able to join the other numbers in their counting games. Enjoy a variety of number-related crafts.

On Friday, April 5, Anthony Browne’s book One Gorilla explores the diversity of primates and what makes each of them unique. Decorate picture frames and create masks and a self-portrait while discovering what makes each of us special.

Theater Performances

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Chautauqua Express Concert
April 2, 2019
12 p.m.
Guy Louis Sferlazza performs his World Music Tour, free in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater on Tuesday, April 2, at 12 p.m. He has performed for over 30 years, providing hands-on interactive concerts combining expert musicianship and light-hearted delivery to families of all ages. This cultural musical celebration features Native American drums, shakers, flutes, and whistles, a Renaissance Europe lute, lots of African percussion instruments, a sitar, tamboura, and tabla from India, and an American PRS hollow-body electric guitar. Seating is limited.

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4th Wall Theatre
April 3-4, 2019
11 a.m.
4th Wall Theatre will offer two theater workshops and performances on Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children of all abilities will experience singing, dancing, and acting as they help create and perform a seven-minute play. “No matter the age, ability, or verbal skills, we like to get our students moving, exploring, and learning. We teach them critical theatre knowledge like projecting, cheating, and stage directions,” according to Katie Mann. Also included are life skills such as eye contact, memory improvement, taking turns, speaking clearly, etc., all reinforced with each new theatre game. Every child’s skills and strengths will be respected and creatively included in the experience. Even children with mobility issues will find their place in the show. Registration is required, and each class size is limited. Choose between dates for this workshop, which will include learning a song in sign language, learning a dance, and participating in writing and performing a play.


Planetarium Shows

Title graphic for the planetarium show Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Monday-Friday at 11 am
April 1-5, 2019
Grade 4 and up
Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all species, including the dinosaurs? Learn about Earth's largest extinction events and celestial objects that periodically hit Earth.

Title graphic for the planetarium show Space Shapes.
Space Shapes FREE!
Monday-Friday 12 p.m.
April 1-5, 2019
There are many shapes in both the day and night sky. Within this short program aimed at young children, our narrator introduces his audience to the motions and shapes of objects that make up our solar system.

Title Graphic for the planetarium show Space Park 360
SpacePark 360
Monday-Friday at 1 pm
April 1-5, 2019
Travel through an amusement park that spans our solar system. Computer-generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets and some of their moons. Nine breathtaking rides will lead us to each planet as we learn a few facts about each one.

  • Graphic title image from the planetarium show In My Backyard
    In My Backyard
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    2 p.m.
    April 1, 3, and 5, 2019
    Pre-K to 2nd Grade
    Through story and song, children's entertainer Fred Penner invites you to his backyard to explore the sky and the world around us.

  • Graphic logo for the plantearium show The First Stargazers
    The First Stargazers
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
    2 p.m.
    March 16-June 13, 2019
    Grade 6 and up
    Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Discover the pyramids of Giza and view how they align to the skies. See the Parthenon, Stonehenge, and other places inspired by the first stargazers.

  • Title graphic for the planetarium show Dinosars at Dusk.
    Dinosaurs at Dusk
    Monday-Friday 3 p.m.
    April 1-5, 2019
    Humans have an inherent need to explore what lies beyond the horizon. This drive combined with emerging technologies has opened up new vistas for us to contemplate. Where will humans go after the Space Shuttle Program has ended?