Family Days

Next Family Day
Family Day Logo:
Theme: Ravens
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 12-4 pm  

Meet raven researchers. Explore the importance of ravens in Alaska cultures, read raven stories, create your own raven artwork, and more!

Upcoming Family Days:  

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

Gold (November 2018): Visitors met geologists, investigated the importance of gold in Alaska history, saw objects from the Ethnology & History collection, created gold-themed artwork, and tried panning for faux gold.

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 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.

Geologist Jaenell Manchester helps a young visitor pan for gold.

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 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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