Second Saturdays for Families

Location: First Floor Time Lab, Michigan History Museum, Lansing
Time: Drop-in, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Are you a nature buff? Have you ever wanted to build your own bug hotel? How about building a paper boat to race against friends? Now, it's your turn!

The Michigan History Museum presents these Second Saturdays for Families programs in celebration of our special exhibit, The River that Changed the World, opening September 30, 2017. Explore all aspects of river life, from knot tying to navigation to the natural flora and fauna found near our state's river systems.

Adults and kids will love these creative hands-on activities:

  • September 9: Gyotaku Fish Printing
    Channel your inner artist and create your very own fish print using the traditional Japanese method of Gyotaku. Dating back to the mid-1800s, this method of nature printing may originally have been used by anglers to make a record of their catches. Today, it is considered an art form.
  • October 14: Knot Tying
    Whether you are canoeing down the Au Sable River or sailing the oceans, every sailor must know how to tie knots. Knots are used for all types of activities on boats, from tying down sails to securing cargo. Knots are simple to use, can be tied in any number of ways and are fun to make. Join us to learn some of the most popular nautical knots - plus, you can take the rope and instructions to practice at home!
  • November 11: Waterwheels
    Water is important for sustaining life, as a habitat for fish and other animals, and for transportation. But, did you know it is also a source of power? For centuries, people have used the rushing of streams and rivers to power tools and equipment. Stop by to experiment with different types of waterwheels, learn the physics behind them and discover their practical uses in the past and the present. 

Each Second Saturdays for Families program is included with museum admission. You can save on admission and receive other great benefits when you become a Michigan History Center member.

The Michigan History Museum—flagship of the Michigan History Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan History Museum visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 09/06/2017