Goldie’s Kids Program 2018

Goldie’s Kids Program 2018

Our family enjoys visiting the State Historical Museum of Iowa. It is a great place to explore and learn when it is cold outside or too hot and rainy. The museum is adding a fun program for younger kids called Goldie’s Kids Program which includes storytimes, history makers, and history mystery.

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Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years 

9:30 to 10:15 a.m. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

March 21
Topic: Women’s History Month
Book: “Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend” by Robert D. San Souci
Activity: Explore the museum to learn about other famous Iowa women.
April 18 
Topic: Beekeeping
Book: “Bee-wigged” by Cece Bell
Activity: Discover historic beekeeping objects in the “You Gotta Know the Territory” exhibition.
May 16 
Topic: Bison
Book: “The Buffalo are Back” by Jean Craighead George
Activity: View the bison in the “Delicate Balance” exhibition.
June 20 
Topic: Pioneers
Book: “Prairie Day” by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Activity: Explore the Conestoga wagon in the “You Gotta Know the Territory” exhibition.
July 18
Topic: Museums
Book: “A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum”  by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud
Activity: Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s newest exhibition “Visible Vault.”
Aug. 15 
Topic: Flight
Book: “Planes Fly!” by George Ella Lyon
Activity: Learn about the three historic airplanes in the museum atrium.
Sept. 19 
Topic: Home
Book: “Home” by Carson Ellis
Activity: Investigate the Native American wikiup and household objects used by Native Americans and early pioneers in the “You Gotta Know the Territory” exhibition.
Oct. 17
Topic: Autumn
Book: “Colors of Fall” by Laura Purdie Salas
Activity: Go on a scavenger hunt through the museum and see what you discover.
Nov. 21 
Topic: World War I
Book: “Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story” by Margot Theis Raven
Activity: Learn about Iowa’s role in World War I in the “Iowa and the Great War” exhibition.
Dec. 19 
Topic: Iowa’s Birthday
Book: “H is for Hawkeye” by Patricia Pierce
Activity: Make a birthday card for Iowa.
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Iowa History Makers

Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years

2 to 3 p.m. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult 

March 7 
Topic: Railroad History
Activity: Learn about railroad heroine Kate Shelley and the engineering of the bridge she crossed in 1881. Use your engineering skills to build a replica of the bridge she crossed during the storm.
April 4 
Topic: John Atanasoff and the First Computer
Activity: John Atanasoff created the first electronic digital computer during his tenure at Iowa State University. Learn about Atanasoff and the history of early computers with fun activities involving mazes and Legos to help understand coding.
May 2 
Topic: American Civil War
Activity: Learn about the important role of battle flags and duties of soldiers during the American Civil War in the “Iowa and the Civil War” exhibition. View examples of battle flags in the museum’s collection and design your own flag.
June 6 
Topic: Early Iowa Films
Activity: Learn about Iowa’s role on the silver screen with a tour through the “Hollywood in the Heartland” exhibition. Following the tour, try your hand at creating your own storyboards.
July 11
Topic: Building a Museum Exhibit
Activity: Ever wonder how we create new exhibitions at the museum? Get a behind-the-scenes look at how a museum exhibition is created from start to finish.
Aug. 1 
Topic: USS Iowa
Activity: Ahoy! Learn about the adventurous history of the USS Iowa and view the ship’s silver dining service. Experiment with buoyancy by creating paper boats and see if they sink or ride the waves.
Sept. 5 
Topic: Iowa Pioneers
Activity: Could you imagine packing all your belongings into a covered wagon and traveling hundreds of miles to get to Iowa? Get an up close look at a Conestoga wagon and try your best to pack your own wagon with a fun math activity.
Oct. 3 
Topic: Prohibition
Activity: Learn about the “Roaring 20s” and prohibition period in United States history. Learn about Iowa jazz singer Bix Beiderbecke and learn how to dance the Charleston.
Nov. 7 
Topic: World War I
Activity: In honor of the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I, join us for a guided tour of the “Iowa and the Great War” exhibition to learn about Iowa’s role in the “war to end all wars.” Following the tour, examine World War I propaganda posters and create your own version.
Dec. 5 
Topic: Electric Cars
Activity: Did you know the first electric car was built in Des Moines? Learn about the electrifying history of the electric car and view a 1917 Milburn electric car in the “Iowa History 101” exhibition. Draw and design your own electric car out of model magic.
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History Mystery

Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. Online pre-registration is required for this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult 

10 to 11 a.m. 

April 14

Historic Household Objects

August 11 

Early 20th Century Technology

November 10 

Historic Toys and Games

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