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Second Saturdays for Families
Families and children can create make-it take-it crafts and participate in hands-on activities which related to the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions on selected dates throughout the year. This program is included with museum admission.
Story Circle – first Saturday of the month
This program engages our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary story books. Children will also enjoy a hands-on craft or other activity and a guided trip through the galleries. Each hour session costs $5.00 per participant and takes place at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Stories are recommended for children ages 2-5.
Each session is limited to 30 participants. Groups with six or more children must call (517) 241 6852 for chaperon requirements and to make reservations for an alternate date and time.
Craft Your History Yarn Bomb Programs
What is Yarn Bombing?
Yarn bombing is a new form of street art. Artists knit or crochet shapes to cover objects in public space-poles, bus seats, mailboxes, statues, and more. Yarn bombing is thought to have begun in 2005 decade as part of the crafitivism artistic movement, and has now spread around the world. Yarn bombs can be politically motivated or simply decorative. Many yarn bombers want to make public space feel less anonymous. Yarn bombing is also called “grandma graffiti,” “yarnstorming,” and “guerilla knitting.”
Why Yarn Bomb the Museum?
History is about the lives of people who came before us. Their stories are full of energy, love, loss, passion, struggle, defeat, and triumph. At the Michigan Historical Museum, we collect, preserve, and share these stories using the artifacts left behind. The Museum is full of personal history that helps to tell the bigger Michigan story – a story that belongs to all of us.
We are inviting everyone to come and leave your own mark on the Museum. Craft your history by bringing new color, texture, and creativity into the exhibit spaces! Take inspiration from the past or create a new way of engaging with our displays during the Yarn Bomb.
How Can I Get Involved?
Come to one of the Museum’s monthly Stitch Labs! Meet other yarn enthusiasts, learn new skills, and create pieces for the Yarn Bomb in June. Any projects made at the Stitch Lab with yarn from the Museum must be used for the June 1st Yarn Bomb.
Stitch Labs run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
- February 23
- March 23
- April 27
- May 18
Are you a young knitter? Interested in kid-friendly yarn-based craft projects? Kid’s Stitch labs are specially designed for our younger visitors. Stop by and learn basic knitting, crocheting, and weaving, or get messy with yarn and glue!
Kids Stitch! take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
- March 16
- April 20
Can’t make it to the Museum? Don’t worry; we still want you to be part of the Yarn Bomb!
Please send 5 inch by 5 inch granny squares in any color you want to the following address by May 29, 2013:
702 W. Kalamazoo St., P.O. Box 30740
Lansing, MI 48909
What Happens After the Yarn Bomb?
Yarn Bombing is about creating and enriching a community. Any unclaimed yarn projects will be turned into colorful blankets and donated to a Michigan based charity after the June 1st Yarn Bomb.
Which charity? We need your help to pick!
Send an email to YarnBombtheMIMuseum@gmail.com with your favorite charity by April 30. We’ll pick the top five from the emails received.