new! special exhibitions

Winter 2014
special exhibitions
Third Floor Havirmill Gallery
February 15–May 26, 2014
How People Make Things
Ever wonder how a box becomes a box? Or how
a sneaker becomes a sneaker? At How People
Make Things, kids learn firsthand about tools and
processes used to make everyday objects. It’s just
one more way we inspire children to think outside
the box.
First Floor Gallery
January 25–June 15, 2014
Michigan’s Heritage Barns: An Artist’s Perspective
How People Make Things was created by Children’s Museum of
Pittsburgh in collaboration with Family Communications, Inc. (FCI),
the producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and the University
of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments
(UPCLOSE). The exhibit was made possible with support from the
National Science Foundation and The Grable Foundation.
The variety of barns in Michigan, showcased
in this photo exhibit, reflects the diversity
within our agricultural heritage, including the
individuals and communities that built them.
Friday Night Highlights
The Museum is open until 9 pm on Fridays through June 6th!
A variety of movies, concerts, Art Hops, special events, and laser light shows are available
for adult audiences each week. See detailed information online or pick up fliers at the KVM.
Live performances ($5) and movies (FREE) begin at 7 pm. Art Hop events (FREE) begin at 6 pm
Laser Light Shows begin at 8 pm ($3): Led Zeppelin Jan 3 – Mar 21; U2 Mar 28 – Jun 6
Jan 3 The Moody Coyotes and Double-Strung (Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Acoustic Rock)
Jan 10 Art Hop - Tom Plunkard the Magician and
Richard Paul the Ventriloquist
Jan 17 Mark Sahlgren and the Fragile Egos (Folk)
Jan 24 Megan Dooley (Singer/Songwriter, Rock)
Jan 31 Comedy Night with Jennifer Dama
Feb 7 Art Hop - Yolonda Lavendar of
Truth Tone Records (Gospel, Jazz, Neo-Soul)
Feb 14 Brian Randall Band (Country)
Feb 21 David Youngman (2013 Play-In Contest Winner) (Folk)
Feb 28 Peat in the Creel and Embarr
(Celtic/World, Celtic Fusion)
Mar 7 Art Hop - Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival Play-In
Contest (starts at 5 pm)
Mar 14 FREE Lecture by Isaac Turner (1972: Year of Glam Rock)
Mar 21
Mar 28
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 18
Apr 25
May 2
FREE Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival Kickoff Concert – Dragon Wagon (Bluegrass, Folk Rock)
Music Voyager: Louisiana (Movie)
Art Hop -- Flypaper (Alternative, Blues, Rock)
Lisa Can’t Sing (Rock)
Neil Jacobs (World, Jazz, Classical, Modern Fingerstyle)
The Earthwork Music Collective (Folk)
Art Hop -- The Moxie Strings
(Celtic/Americana Fusion)
May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 6
Matt Gabriel (Singer/Songwriter, Folk)
Nobody’s Darlin (Old Timey, Early Bluegrass, Folk)
KAFI Revisited Part I (Animated Films)
KAFI Revisited Part II (Animated Films)
Art Hop -- The Red Sea Pedestrians
(World Roots/Americana)
sunday series
1:30–2:30 pm, FREE!
KVM staff and guests present a range of topics.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County Series
Explore the history of Kalamazoo County’s townships
on the following Sundays:
Jan 26 Comstock Township
Feb 9 Cooper Township
Mar 9 Kalamazoo Township
Apr 6 Oshtemo Township
May 18 Pavilion Township
Other Sunday Topics
Jan 12 Speed Demons and Other Scofflaws
Feb 16 Ptolemaic Egypt: World of the KVM Mummy
Feb 23 Kalamazoo Artifactory
Mar 23 Public Transit in Kalamazoo
Apr 13 The Full Moon Disappears
May 4 Kalamazoo’s Musical Heritage
winter 2014
See the latest in planetarium technology -- full-color, full-dome video with more animation than
ever before. New shows added every year! $3 per person.
Feature Shows:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
Saturdays, and Sundays at 3 pm
Stars of the Pharaohs Jan 4 – Mar 21
See how ancient Egyptians used science and stars to tell time, note
the passing of seasons, and align enormous structures.
Invaders of Mars Mar 22 – Jun 20
Explore the chasms, canyons, volcanoes, and ice of Mars.
Family Shows:
Seasonal Stargazing shows:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 pm, Saturday at 2 pm
Orion Nights Dec 21 – Mar 20
The Artists’ Sky Mar 22 – Jun 19
Laser Light Shows
New Time: Every Friday Night at 8 pm
Led Zeppelin Jan 3 – Mar 21
U2 Mar 28 – Jun 6
Monday – Friday at 11 am (through March 21)
Saturday at 1 pm; Sunday at 2 pm
Mystery of the Missing Moon Jan 4 – Mar 21
Travel into Ms. Finch’s 3-D animated classroom, where her students
learn the nature of moon phases & eclipses.
One World, One Sky March 22 – June 20
NEW! Join Big Bird, Elmo, and their Chinese friend, Hu Hu Zhu,
exploring the sky they share.
Burton Henry Upjohn
Children’s Landscape
Preschoolers with their parents or caregivers have a special place within the Museum
that encourages creative play and provides programs and interactive exhibits, all geared
for ages 5 and under. Older children may participate only if accompanying a preschooler,
with the expectation that their play be appropriate to preschool surroundings. FREE
February/March Dinosaurs
Take a trip back in time and discover a world filled with dinosaurs.
Children’s Landscape Hours
Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1pm – 5 pm
Programming and hours of operation
may differ during holiday breaks
April/May In My Backyard
Discover Michigan animals, view the stars, and enjoy the great
outdoors from inside the Museum.
Circle Time Programs
These 20-minute teacher-led programs are free of charge to families
and preschool groups. Activities may include stories, music, games,
and art projects. Circle Time takes place Monday through Friday at
10 am and 1 pm, and Saturday at 11 am. It is designed for preschool
children ages 3 – 5.
NEW! One World, One Sky is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing
Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center. The planetarium show aims to nurture a child’s
natural sense of wonder about the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections, and
bridging kids across nations through a common bond in learning about the sky together.
programs for kids & families
Visitors can drop in anytime during the hours indicated for these FREE Saturday family Hands-On programs.
Enjoy winter with a variety of cold-weather crafts.
Storytelling Festival: One World, Many Stories
February 1, 10 am–5 pm
Storytellers, preschool story time, arts and crafts, and
vendor fair will be featured during this festival!
Inventions 101! February 15, 1–4 pm
Create your own inventions and celebrate those
made by Michigan inventors.
Festival of Health March 8, 12–4 pm
Area health organizations come together to share
information and activities about health and nutrition.
Moon Mapping and More April 19, 1–4 pm
This week’s lunar eclipse and other solar system
fun will be the subject of demonstrations and
activities today.
april 7–april 11
spring break hands-on happenings
Farm Animals
Harvest Time
Barns, Chicken Coops, and Homesteads
Tractors and More
Family Stories
Daily during Spring Break Hands-On Happenings:
Challenger Experience 1:30pm
Mars Mini-Mission 3pm
Planetarium shows at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
All Hands-On Programs are FREE.
Missions and planetarium shows, $3 per person.
Visit our website for details on all programs.
April 7
April 8
April 9
April 10
April 11
Down on the Farm 1–4 pm
Join us for a full week exploring life on the farm, from
the past to the present.
Let It Snow! January 18, 1–4 pm
winter 2014
In memory of Alvin H. and Emily T. Little
learning center
The CLC is a space-flight simulation experience, now for all
ages! Come find out what school kids already know – this is
way cool! Go to our website for details on public program
dates and times, and to make reservations for groups.
The Challenger Experience
Young children and their grown-ups lift off from Earth, dock
with a space station, and return to Earth – all in 20 minutes!
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian.
$3 per person
This 45-minute session in the spacecraft simulator will fly you
to Mars and back. For ages 8 and up; each child aged 8 to 11
must be accompanied by a partner aged 12 or older.
$3 per person
Junior Missions – for groups only
Group Activities at the Museum
KVM is a great destination for parties and group
activities. Groups can attend performances,
planetarium shows, Challenger Learning Center
missions, movies, special classes, or hands-on
programs! Call us at (269) 373-7965 for more
information on any of the programs available to
groups of all ages.
Volunteer Alert!
Call (269) 373-7955 to learn about the benefits of
volunteering at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Scout Programs
Call or check our website for a complete listing of
Scout programs.
Accessibility Services
The KVM is barrier-free. Sign language interpreters
may be scheduled for programs with a minimum
of two weeks’ notice. Assisted listening devices are
available for use in the planetarium.
90-minute missions designed for small groups of up to 14
participants, ages 8 and up.
$5 per person
Full-Crew Missions – for groups only
This 3-hour program is designed to build teamwork and
leadership skills for larger groups of adults or students in
grades 5 and up.
$25 per person
Minimum fee for all group programs is $45.
230 North Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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free general
Planetarium and Challenger programs are fee-based;
minimum fees apply for groups.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Friday (Oct. – May) 9am – 9pm
Sunday & Holidays 1pm – 5pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day and Easter
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by
Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed
by its Board of Trustees
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Board of Trustees
Derl D. Oberlin, Chairman; Mary T. Gustas, Vice Chairman
Anna Whitten, Secretary; A. Christian Schauer, Treasurer
Susan L. Miller, Trustee; Jeffrey E. Patton, Trustee;
T. Kenneth Young, Trustee