Family Fun Saturday

Family Fun Saturday is a regular program on the second Saturday of every month. Every month is a different theme depending on the time of year. These programs usually include a craft activity for kids. In December 2020 we will start providing short lesson and craft videos with supplies so you can do the craft with us. The video will be debuted on Facebook Live at the time noted and posted on YouTube after. Contact Mina Stafford at (775)687-4810 ext 243 or for more information.

Family Fun Saturday, Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00 AM

In Hawaii, “May Day is Lei Day” and we are celebrating this tradition for our May 8th Online Family Fun Saturday by finger weaving a yarn lei. We will learn the history of Lei Day as well as the significance of the lei in Hawaiian culture. Traditionally, a lei is often made as a gift to a loved one, so share a yarn lei as a gift on Mother’s Day! To get the link to the Zoom meeting link or pick up supplies at the museum contact Mina Stafford at

Supplies Needed for Yarn Lei

(provided by Museum)

15 yards of yarn (any color)

5 3 inch pieces of ribbon of one color

5 3 inch pieces of ribbon of a complimentary color

(provided by you)

Other colorful decorations to add to the lei

Your hands

Family Fun Saturday, Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10:00 AM

Join us to learn about architecture and the Nevada State Capitol Building. 2021 is the 150 anniversary of the completion of the building. We will learn the names of the architectural features visible on the Capitol Building and make paper building block you can use over and over. One of the architectural feature is an arch. There will be a demonstration on how to make an arch at home. Contact Mina Stafford at to get the Zoom link and supplies.

Supplies Needed for Building Blocks:

(provided by the museum)

16 strips of colored cardstock 1″x 4″, scored on the inch

8 strips of colored cardstock 1″x 3″

(provided by you)

glue stick or scotch tape

more cardstock if you want to create more blocks

Supplies Needed for DIY Arch:

(provided by you)

2 cups of Plaster a Paris

1 cup water

one ice cube tray

a bowl to mix the plaster in

a stiff piece of cardboard, like the large face of a cereal box

Family Fun Saturday, Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:00 AM

Join us for an online educational event celebrating Women’s History Month. We will learn about four exceptional women from Nevada’s past and make a chain of paper dolls. You can decorate the doll to celebrate the exceptional women in your life. Remember #Itwasneveradress. Contact Mina Stafford at to get the Zoom link and supplies.

Supplies Needed:

(provided by the museum)

2 5 1/2 inch x 17 inch piece of white paper

Plus extra coloring pages and gifts

(provided by you)


colored pencils or crayons


Family Fun Saturday, Saturday, February 13, 2021, 10:oo AM

Join us for an online educational event. Sonia Carlson and Mina Stafford will talk about the meaning of the traditions associated with Chinese New Year and teach you how to say Happy New Year in Chinese. After that we will make a drum inspired by a Chinese drum in the museums collection.

Supplies Needed:

(provided by the museum, plates and craft stick will be pre assembled)

2 Six inch paper plates

1 Jumbo craft stick

2 pony beads

2 Ten inch pieces of cord or yarn

1 2021 Year of the Ox colored disc

(provided by you)


Glue stick

An adult to help tie square knot (optional)

Yarn needle to help insert the yarn(optional)

Contact Mina Stafford at to arrange the pick up of supplies.


Family Fun Saturday, January 9, 2021, 10:00 AM

Fall in love with our state flower, learn its scientific name, how it was used by both early settlers and Native Americans. This program involves storytelling, scientific observations, and a diorama art project that highlights sagebrush obligates like pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, and pygmy rabbits.



Supplies Needed:

(provided by the museum)

1 12″x5 1/2″ piece of blue construction paper(accordion folded in fourths)

1 12″x2 1/2″ piece of green construction paper with one wavy side (accordion folded in fourths)

9 small pictures of animals that live in the sagebrush sea

4 1 1/2″x1/4″ pieces of construction paper (accordian folded in thirds)

(provided by you)


glue stick

sagebrush leaves (optional)

Contact Mina Stafford at to arrange for picking up supplies at the museum.

Family Fun Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn about local pine trees and how to tell the difference between pine, fir, and spruce trees. We will make Holiday wreaths with Scotch pine cones.

Supplies Needed:
1 10 inch cardboard circle with 26 holes punched evenly

7 12 inch chenille stems/pipe cleaners cut in half

13 Scotch pine cones

1 small red bow

1 small bell

Additional decorative accents, optional

example of 10 inch cardboard circle with 26 holes punched in it.

Family Fun Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Batty for Bats: Learn about how bats fit into the Nevada environment and make a bat to take home.

Contact Mina Stafford at for more information.

Regular admission fees apply, 17 and under free, not a Museum Member 18 and over $8.00 each,  no additional fees for materials.