Family Days

Next Family Day
Family Day Logo:
Theme: Earthquakes
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 12-4 pm 

Upcoming Family Days:   

March 2, 2019: Ravens
April 27, 2019: Soil


Hands-on science, culture, history, and art!
Family Days allow the whole family to connect with the museum! Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, including crafts to take home, games, and experiments. Meet curators, scientists, and other experts. See and touch museum specimens. Explore the galleries.

Family Days are designed to engage the whole family in exploring, investigating, and having fun. All ages are welcome!

Guests 14 and under are FREE on Family Days, and parking is always free on weekends!



Museum Family Days are proudly presented by TOTE Maritime.


Past Family Days

Berries (September 2018): Guests met berry experts, learned about the Winterberry Citizen Science project, created berry field guides, decorated berry recipe books, and explored the role of berries in Alaska cultures.


Stories (April 2018): Visitors listened to a Yup’ik storyteller, discovered stories of the past with archaeologists, recorded interviews with the ScienceTapes project, made storybooks, and used storyknives to tell their own stories.

Butterflies (March 2018): Kids and adults met butterfly experts, explored the Kenelm Philip collection, investigated the life cycle of butterflies, made butterfly art, and tried on butterfly costumes.

Whales (February 2018): At this Family Day, visitors could meet whale researchers and examine specimens, explore Arctic food webs, create scrimshaw art and whale habitat collages, and learn about the importance of whales in Alaska cultures.

Dinos & Fossils (November 2017): Guests saw and touched real fossils, met museum paleontologists, explored Ice Age mammals, dug for fossils, made fossil timelines, and created dinosaur art.

Bears (September 2017): This Family Day featured exploration of bears in art, science, and culture. Visitors saw polar bear art, went on a Bear Story Quest, investigated bear specimens, and learned about bear safety.

A volunteer explains an activity to children at Berries Family Day.

Yup'ik storyteller Marty Hintz helps children play a drum

Two girls pose in butterfly costumes.

Two girls put their hands in a tub of cold water to test the effects of blubber.

A young girl digs for fossils in a box full of sand.

 A man and a boy examine a bear skull.

For more stories and pictures about Family Days and other events, visit UAMN's Tumblr page.



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