Warm up the holidays with family events and gift ideas

For immediate release December 8, 2005



Jeff Morgan, (515) 281-3858, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov

Des Moines, Iowa— Families seeking fun-filled events and unique gift ideas during the holiday season have a wide range of options to choose from at the State Historical Building.

History Hunter tours, theater productions and other events this month include something for the entire family, especially for parents looking for activities to do with their children during the school holiday break.

“We know many parents and grandparents will be looking for age-appropriate activities to do with their children and grandchildren during the holiday break,” Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker said. “We developed this series of events to give them an opportunity to share entertaining activities with their children while offering an educational component about Iowa history as well.”

In addition, the Historical Building offers unique, authentic gift ideas at its Iowa Museum Store. Books, crafts, games and more – all with an Iowa flavor – make great last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers.

A list of holiday season events at the Historical Building is below:

Historic Holidays
Dec. 22
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Finish your holiday shopping list at the State Historical Building Museum Store! Going to visit relatives out of state? Take a piece of Iowa with you. The Museum Store has unique Iowa gifts, books and goodies. Give the kids something to do while you shop – special activities for children include stamping thank you cards, stenciling and building a replica turn-of-the-century barn. The Top Hat Carolers will perform in Victorian-era costumes. Call 515-242-5193 for information.

Toddler Tuesday
Dec. 27
10:30 a.m.
Fun learning activities for parents and their toddlers. Special story time featuring “Martin MacGregor’s Snowman” by Lisa Broadie Cook, a kindergarten teacher from Boone. Join in singing a rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” and decorate a snowman picture! Call 515-242-5193 for information.

History Hunter Tours
Dec. 27-29
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Explore the Historical Museum’s underground “vault,” an exclusive look at more than 100,000 artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Tours are led by Museum curators. Reservations can be made at 515-283-1757, online at museum.store@iowa.gov or in person at the Iowa Museum Store located inside the State Historical Building at 600 E. Locust Street. Members of the State Historical Society of Iowa receive a 10 percent discount. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Dec. 27:
Permanent Collection Tour, 10:30 a.m. $12/Adults, $8/children 7-12
Special subject tour: Quilts, 1:30 p.m. $20, 12 and older

Dec. 28:
Permanent Collection Tour, 10:30 a.m. $12/Adults, $8/children 7-12
Special subject tour: The Civil War, 1:30 p.m. $20, 12 and older

Dec. 29:
Permanent Collection Tour, 10:30 a.m. $12/Adults, $8/children 7-12
Special subject tour: Quilts, 1:30 p.m. $20, 12 and older

Cabin Fever
Dec. 27-30
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kids going crazy at home? Bring them to the Historical Building for hands-on holiday crafts! There’s plenty of things to do during Cabin Fever! Make gift bags or cotton ball snowmen and watch demonstrations of woodcarving, spinning and weaving. Authentic Victorian toys on display and an old-fashioned barn raising. Call 515-242-5193 for information.

Animal Tales & Dinosaur Scales
Dec. 28, 29
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., $5
A tap-dancing dinosaur, a duck family and a very old dog that speaks Spanish are just a few of the characters you’ll meet and love in this play. Animal antics provide the sparkle in this fun-filled production. Workshops at 11 a.m. are $5. Call 515-281-4132 for more information and reservations.



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