November 1 to 6: 3 unusual activities in our national museums

November 1 2016

National museums offer much more than permanent and temporary exhibitions: they also present all kinds of hands-on activities that allow visitors of all ages to get creative and have fun while learning. This week, we’re suggesting three activities that will encourage you to visit a museum for something other than an exhibition!

Art, Stories, Imagination

On Sunday, November 6, the National Gallery of Canada presents its last Family Sunday of 2016, on the theme Art, Stories, Imagination. Kids ages 0–12 are invited to participate in several activities, all included with Gallery admission: building a miniature story land (with tons of materials), a live theatrical performance, singing and story telling, and screenings of short films.

For the Love of Cheese

Throughout November, cheese is front and centre at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. The Museum has organized several activities for adults, including Cheesy Tuesdays, a series of evening workshops for cheese aficionados. For the younger set, there are daily cheese-themed demonstrations: baking with cheese, all about milk, where dairy products come from, grooming a calf, afternoon milking, and more.

Star Light, Star Bright

Throughout November, kids can participate in star-themed crafts at the Canadian Children’s Museum. From the Ancient Greeks to the Aztecs, the amazing patterns formed by stars in the night sky have guided and inspired people since the beginning of time. Sign up for the Star Light, Star Bright workshop and design your own constellation with glow-in-the-dark stars and yarn. Children will reach for the stars—and connect them, developing dexterity while having fun.

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