LEWISBURG, (Pa.)–Packwood House Museum is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Programs for Kids. Each session will be held 10:30 a.m. until noon on Tuesday mornings from June 21st through August 9th at the museum’s Tour Center, located at 15 North Water Street in Lewisburg, unless otherwise noted. All programs are free, but space is limited and the museum requests that parents pre-register their children by calling the museum at 570-524-0323. Funding for the programs has been provided for by grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.
June 21 – The Great Renaldo
Come one, come all! Step right up and see the show! The Great Renaldo will wow you with his 1950s-style magic show. Open to all ages, with some audience participation.
June 28 – Fairy Lanterns, with Susan Colón
Imagine a frosted jar becoming a home to a fairy! That is exactly what we will be making. Children will make their own fairy lanterns, decorated with flowers, berries and other lovely items from the forests where the fairy folks live.
July 5 – Fairy/Hobbit Gardens, with Susan Colón
“Anytime is the perfect time to think of the magical world of fairies. We will be making a fairy display, and Hobbits for those who prefer. Using things we would find in the magical land of fairies and hobbits, each child will use their imagination to make a fairy garden of their very own design. Children who have fairies or items they would like to add to their gardens are encouraged to do so. Fairy believers unite!”
The instruction will provide the child with the materials to make a small fairy garden with natural and silk floral materials for a design that lasts all year long and does not require watering. This allows the child to build and add to the fairy garden or woodland scape and decorate it for a variety of holidays and special occasions.
July 12 – Repurposed Book-making Workshop, with Susan Colón
“We all have a beloved book that we have, well…loved a little too much. We cannot bear to throw it away and it is not in grand enough condition to donate, so what shall we do?! We can repurpose the book to make a special memory or keepsake using other items.”
This class instructs the crafting of most cherished, yet over loved books that are no longer suitable for reading but perfect for crafting something quite unique. Children will decorate them, add special photos or other pictures and objects.
A variety of methods and embellishments are used to create a theme or simply express a beloved interest using a variety of craft items.
July 19 – Drum Circle, with Steve Mitchell
Grammy-award winning drummer Steve Mitchell will teach some basic drumming techniques. He will demonstrate different styles of hand drumming and encourage participants to find their own rhythm. For ages 6 and up; limited seating.
July 26 – Flower Hammering Card Workshop, with Susan Colón
“The vibrant colors of leaves and flowers are easy to preserve by pounding them to release their natural dyes onto paper or material. With a hammer and some leaves and flowers, we will make beautiful botanical cards or prints to remember the beauty of spring and summer. We will provide beautiful flowers, but if children have a favorite flower or leaf from their own garden, please feel free to bring them also to use in your design! It is said that Native American women pounded flowers to decorate fabric – when you see how beautiful and easy it is, you will understand why!”
Many methods including stamping, pressed flowers, and flower hammering – to name just a few – are some of the ways we will embellish and make unique cards.
August 2 – Don’t Throw That Away! Art Workshop, with Barbara Baker
Don’t throw that away! We will be making art from “junk” we often throw out while learning about recycling, endangered rhinos, and caring for our earth. Limited seating.
August 9 – Folktales, with Fiona Powell
Welsh-born Fiona Powell, dressed as a weaver, will delight kids of all ages with folk tales from around the world as she spins at her wheel. Weather permitting, the program will be held in Soldiers Park (across the street from the Tour Center). Open to all ages.
Packwood House Museum is located at 15 North Water Street in Lewisburg. For more information about the museum and its programs, call 570-524-0323.