This summer, the Lake Havasu Museum of History is again hosting a variety of fun activities for children. Some of the same activities enjoyed in past summers – life-sized floor checkers, Havasuopoly, activity sheets, pet rock adoptions, etc., will still be part of the fun. The Summer Fun at the Museum exhibit will be in place from June 2 through August 31.
One of the most popular displays, the black sand box, will be back. Even the adults have a great time using magnets in this sand. However, this year’s display will have a few new features.
This year the exhibit will introduce:
• A more in-depth archaeology display. Children will have the opportunity to record their observations in a “field journal,” just like a real student of archaeology would make notes while excavating.
• There will also be a new scavenger hunt, where kids can search for the variety of “looks-like rocks” scattered throughout the center display.
• We will also have a more detailed display of volcanoes and how volcanic activity helped form this region.
• The creativity table will have supplies to do crafts, as well as ideas to build a “cardboard creation.”
Children can start a project to take home and finish.
All the “Fun With Geology” activity stations are again on loan from the Frybarger family. Each year new ones are added, so hopefully all the interactive exhibits will captivate kids of all ages. Most are easily enjoyed with adult help; however, some extra supervision may be required, depending on the age of the child.
The exhibits are set-up clockwise around central space in the museum: kid’s creativity table (with “freebee” take-along items), black sand, viewing crystals under the microscope, tic-tac-toe, reading corner, Arizona rocks, volcanoes, fossils and artifact “dig,” natural history display and pet rock adoption center (around the corner). Each area has posters and signs with directions/information.
The popular “Pet Rock Adoption Center” provides a choice of river rock, adoption registration, and an opportunity to name, weigh and measure the chosen “adoptee.” Most of the exhibits requiring adult supervision are placed within the center area. An adult should be accompanying the children participating in the fun. If the child is under 3, please watch for small objects which might be put in the mouth.
As each child leaves, they can select a gift-wrapped rock from the basket behind the docent desk. If they are curious about what the rock is, the display on the pedestal identifies the various rocks. There are also several items for sale in our museum store which accompany the summer display, such as magnets, “Pet Rock Care Kits,” arrowhead bookmarks and clay “fossils.” Children are provided with several free “take-home” items.
The museum is open daily Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $5 for non-members. Members and children under 12 are free.
Please Note: Most displays around the exterior of the museum are not “hands-on,” so please look, but do not touch where indicated. However, the middle area is meant to be hands-on, so feel free to enjoy these interactive activities.
Please enjoy the local museum. It’s a great place to escape the summer heat. This exhibit will be available through August. The museum is located at 320 London Bridge Road. For more information, call 928-854-4938 or visit www.havasumuseum.com.