Upcoming events at the museum of the coastal bend

Stormont Book Club Discussion: Empire of the Summer Moon

Join the Stormont Committee for a discussion of this stunningly vivid historical account of the 40-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West. "Empire of the Summer Moon" was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction, and is available for purchase in the museum store. Participants will enjoy the discussion regardless of whether you've read the book. The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

Hands-On History: It’s About Time

Come by the museum to create your own sand-timer and sundial, and learn about how people kept time throughout history. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Spring Artisans Market

Spring Artisans Market Museum of the Coastal Bend Thursday, May 2 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission & open to the public Refreshments & snacks provided; Demos, samples & gift ideas SPRING GIFT BASKET RAFFLE: Tickets $5 each, $20/5 tickets Winner receives a basket containing assorted items, each valued at $10 or more from market vendors and museum store. Tickets available for purchase at the museum until 6pm on May 2. Winner will be announced on Thursday, May 2 at 6pm. Your donation benefits the Museum of the Coastal Bend. VENDORS INCLUDE: Country Q’s - handmade candles, air fresheners, scrubs Crossroads Homemade Goodies - jams, jellies, preserves Das Buehler Haus - fabric bags for wine & more The Glass Dude - glass jewelry & dishes Grosvenor Van Dusen, Jr. - fine pens & wooden vases Gulf Breeze Winery - varietals & blends; olive oil The Herb Cottage - herbs, succulents & gardening gifts Placedo Blacksmith Shop - forged metal Red Yucca Farms - goat’s milk soap & lotions Seditious Seraphim - custom jewelry Shear Bliss Alpacas - alpaca wool & Peru goods T & L Blade Company - handmade knives VC Academy of Lifelong Learning - enrichment opportunities Victoria Preservation, Inc. - regional heritage books and keepsakes. Museum members receive 10% discount at vendor booths & museum store.

Hands-On History: Victorian Cards

Use lace, beads, Victorian pictures, and more to create Victorian style Mother's and Father's Day cards at the museum! While you're creating, learn a little about Victorian traditions. All activities are included in the museum's pay-what-you-want admission.

Beginner Scientist Camp

When: June 4 - June 7  2pm - 4pm Who: Children entering Kindergarten - 3rd grade Cost: $20 per child ($18 for museum members) Beginner Scientist Registration (Entering Kinder-3rd grade) Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 22 Campers will explore four different fields of science. Each day they will engage in hands-on experiments and activities that will help them learn about chemistry, archaeology, paleontology, and engineering. Activities include creating a fossil, making a lava lamp, designing pottery, and constructing a pendulum paint station.

Home School Class: The Human Body

Learn how the circulatory system helps pump blood around the body, discover how muscles help you move, and explore the respiratory system. Classes are designed for home school students grades 3-7. No drop offs please. $10 per child ($8 for museum members) Registration Form Registration and payment are due the Saturday before each class.

History Explorers Camp

When: Tuesday, June 18 - Friday, June 21  9am - 1:30pm Who: Children entering 4th - 7th grade Cost: $60 per child ($54 for museum members) History Explorer Camp RegistrationHistory Explorers (Entering 4th-8th grade) Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 5 During this camp, children will learn about history, art, and science while participating in hands-on activities. Campers will become scientists, gardeners, artists, and architects while creating plastic from milk, planting herbs, making paintings with pendulums, and building shelters from bricks.

Quidditch and Atlatl Camp

When: Tuesday, July 16 - Friday, July 19   9am-12:30pm Who: Children ages 9-12 Cost: $15 per child ($13 for museum members) Quidditch and Atlatl Camp Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 2 Campers will learn the basics of how to play quidditch as well as use an atlatl to throw darts on the lawn. Students will also have a chance to tie-dye their own team shirts and head-bands during the camp.

Archaeology 101

When: Tuesday, July 23 - Friday, July 26   9am-12:30pm Who: Children entering 4th - 7th grade Cost: $30 per child ($27 for museum members) Archaeology 101 Registration Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 10 Campers will learn the basics of archaeology throughout this four day camp. Each day, campers will explore the field of archaeology through activities and lessons including learning which tools archaeologists use, determining how archaeologists interpret artifacts, and exploring the field of experimental archaeology.

Home School Class: Toys and Games

What games and toys did children of the past play with? Find out in this hands-on home school class. Try Victorian games and make your own toys to take home. Classes are designed for home school students grades 3-7. No drop offs please. $10 per child ($8 for museum members) Registration Form Registration and payment are due the Saturday before each class.

Home School Class: Prehistoric Mammals

Discover the world of Weird and Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals. Students will explore the museum's temporary exhibit, create fossil rubbings, and learn about the ancient mammals that once roamed the area we live in. Classes are designed for home school students grades 3-7. No drop offs please. $10 per child ($8 for museum members) Registration Form Registration and payment are due the Saturday before each class.

Home School Class: Wonderful Weather

How do clouds form? Why does it rain? Find out these answers and more during this home school class. Students will explore the weather that occurs every day and even make a weather vane to take home. Classes are designed for home school students grades 3-7. No drop offs please. $10 per child ($8 for museum members) Registration Form Registration and payment are due the Saturday before each class.