Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov,
MOINES) – Families seeking fun-filled
events and unique gift ideas during the holiday season
have a wide range of options at the State Historical
Holiday Movies at the Museum, pizza parties, craft
activities for kids and other events in December 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.”
The Holiday Movies at the Museum schedule follows:
- Dec. 27 – “The Muppet Christmas Carol”
(1992) at 2 p.m.
- Dec. 28 – “A Christmas Story”
(1983) at 2 p.m.
- Dec. 29 – “It’s a Wonderful Life”
(1947) at 2 p.m.
Visitors can come early each day for a pizza party,
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and stay for the movie at 2
p.m. Tickets for a pizza party/movie package are $8;
tickets for the movie only are $3. Purchase tickets
or call 515-281-4011 for more information. There will
also be free holiday crafts and games from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. each day.
In addition, the Historical Building offers unique,
authentic gift ideas at The Museum Store. Books, crafts,
games and more – all with an Iowa flavor –
make great gifts and stocking stuffers. The Museum
Store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to
A list of holiday season events at the Historical
Building is below:
December 2, 9 & 16
“Breakfast with Santa”
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$10, on sale at www.iowatix.com
Join Santa in Cafe Baratta's for breakfast! This traditional
favorite event will serve a hearty feast for children
and adults alike. Local blues musician Frank Strong
will play seasonal songs on guitar and harmonica.
Stick around to hear Santa read traditional holiday
tales from around the globe and sit on his lap for
a picture. Activities include Gift Wrapping for Kids,
toy collectors on display, make-and-take holiday crafts.
December 2, 2006
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors to the museum will learn about collecting
and how to place value of fine antiques, cloth dolls
and one-of-a-kind Barbie and fashion dolls. Remember
to visit the Kid Stuff: Great Toys from our Childhood
exhibit before it closes January 7.
December 9, 2006
“Trains and Railroads”
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For anyone who dreamed of working on the railroad…
train and railroad collectors will discuss the hobby
of model railroading and have on display a scale model
railroad from Des MoiNTRAK.
Through December 17, 2006
“Toys for Tots”
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The State Historical Museum will be a Toys for Tots
drop-off site. Toys for Tots collects toys for boys
and girls, newborn to 17 years old. They ask for new,
unwrapped toys for children in these age groups. Due
to health regulations, Toys for Tots is allowed to
distribute only new toys. Thank you for your support.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee
of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate
for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies,
records, collects, preserves, manages and provides
access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual
mission of preservation and education serves Iowans
of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates
information, and encourages and supports historical
preservation and education efforts of others throughout
the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org
or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
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