It's all fun and games (plus a tiny bit of education)

Back by popular demand, the Alaska State Museum in Juneau invites children of all ages to “Alaska Games in the Art Room,” which includes special hands-on learning and features 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 stool 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 also 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, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the holidays.

The museum will not be open for extended hours on January’s First Friday, it will close at the normal closing time of 4 p.m. that Friday.

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. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $15. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs by contacting Visitor Services at 465-2901 before the visit.

For more information call 465-2901or visit .


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