The Children's Hour

Friday, May 19th @ 10:30 am

Children’s Hour -“Birds – From Nestlings to Flyers”

 Friday, May 19th in the Coso Room


At April’s Children’s Hour Moms and a Grandma help Michael West-Bruna and Zella Ahr look at flowers.

Children’s Hour at the Maturango Museum will say farewell until fall on flex Friday, May 19, 2017, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with the special program, “Birds – From Nesters to Flyers.”  Birds sing, birds nest, birds fly and do so many other birdy things. The wonder and joy they bring to all of us will be shared with young children through stories, songs, crafts, and Discovery Table exhibits from the docent collection.  Before goodbyes can be said, it will be “Out in the Garden – What Do You See?”  Energized with cookies and lemonade, the children will be on the lookout for birds, bunnies, lizards, and tortoises!   

This last event of the school year brings to a close the shared experiences of desert and nearby mountain themes from coyotes to wildflowers to bears in both winter and summer.  The Docent Story Group thoroughly enjoyed being with the children.  The enthusiastic participation by Moms, Dads, and Grandparents is so very appreciated.  We hope that families will continue to come to the Museum over the summer to enjoy the educational and entertaining opportunities for children of all ages.

Children’s Hour at the Museum takes place monthly during the school year. Scheduled for May 19th is the last program this spring.  The theme will be “Birds  – From Nestlings to Flyers”

The free learning and fun-packed hour of stories, songs, and craft takes place once a month, usually on Flex Fridays, for young children and their families. The entire Spring schedule may be viewed below or by calling 760-375-6900, or by visiting during the daily open hours of 10 – 5.

For information about this and other Museum activities checkout out our monthly newsletter or join our eMail list. The specific dates and themes are posted below and in in flyers available for each program at the Kern County Branch Library and  on our Facebook page.

Fall 2016 Program Information

The Desert We Live In: Coyotes, other critters, their homes, and plants

Friday, September 23rd (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Come Go “Batty” at the Maturango Museum: Why bats are farmers’ friends and ours, too!

Friday, October 14th Non – (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Hoot Like an Owl at the Maturango Museum: Some that live here. Some that visit.

Friday, November 18th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

A Snowy Winter for a Little Bear: A story of friendship, sharing, and appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Friday, December 16th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Winter 2017 Program Information

The Snow Geese Have Come Again To Ridgecrest!

Friday, January 13th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

All About Bears- Pretend Stories and Real

 Friday, February 10th (Flex Friday) in the Coso Room

Reptiles – Lizards, Snakes, & Tortoises

Friday, March 24th in the Coso Room

Spring –The Blooming Time of the Year

Friday, April 21st in the Coso Room

Birds – From Nestlings to Flyers

May 19th in the Coso Room

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The Museum is open daily from 10 to 5 and its garden open to exploration anytime.  Desert plants, the interactive sundial, the labyrinth made from tufa rocks, the old bell, the pond-less water source for birds and small critters and, still to come, a habitat enclosure for desert tortoises are some of the features made possible through Eagle Scout projects.  Not only do their much appreciated efforts enhance visitors’ experience of the Museum but also underscore its value as an important resource to our community.

 The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.

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100 East Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900 | FAX 760-375-0479
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
(Excluding Major Holiday)

The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center


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