Family Fun Day Celebrates 1830s Crafts and Toys

This Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. children of all ages can enjoy a variety of crafts and tasks that were common in the 1830s during the museum’s Family Fun Day. All activities are included with museum admission and the activities include dipping candles and making corn husk dolls (which can be taken home) as well as playing with old-fashioned toys.

“We designed this Family Fun Day to share activities from  from Mountain Man times, to compliment our new exhibit, “Turn Left at the Rockies,” said Jolene Redvale, education curator. “Mountain men probably helped dip candles when they were young and may have even make corn husk dolls, as it wasn’t seen as just a girl’s activity. Wooden toys were often carved or assembled by children themselves, so mountain men would have done that as youngsters and some may have even played with them as adults because some games never go out of style. People all over the country played with such toys and still do. Some, like Jacob’s Ladder, are even available for purchase in the museum store.

The museum is located at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military or seniors, $7 for students and $5 for children five to 12-years-old. Children under five and museum association members are admitted free. Parking is also free.

For more information log onto: The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Come and enjoy all that the museum has to offer and especially this new exhibit.


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