Alaska State Museum offers kids' activities during break

The Alaska State Museum will host “Alaska Games in the Art Room,” for kids over the holiday break an event which includes giant checkers, Alaska-sized board games, Eskimo yo-yos, Yup’ik “story knives,” ring-toss and more.


The giant checkers set is new and improved this year, handcrafted by Exhibits Designer Aaron Elmore, with game pieces the size of tool cushions and a board made of carpet squares. Returning again only bigger: The Whale Game and North to Alaska!, both originally displayed as part of Jeff Brown’s “Great Alaska Game Show,” exhibited at the museum in the fall of 2010.

In addition to Alaska Native games and craft stations, the Art Room will set up two art activities — Still Life Drawing and Coastal Impressions Collage — based on current exhibits by science illustrator Kristin Link and NOAA’s coastal zone digital mapping initiative.

“Alaska Games in the Art Room” runs through Jan. 5, during regular museum hours. The museum will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.

The museum is also offering a youth activity on Jan. 5, called “Play with Photographic Processes,” designed for kids in grades K-5. At this event, photographers and artists will asssist kids with exploring and creating images using lenses and light. It runs from 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Pre-registration is required.

Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Discounted winter admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

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