By Katelyn Doggett
School’s out for the summer and the kids are looking for new things to do. If you’re looking for an inexpensive activity for the family, the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham is offering several Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) programs throughout the summer. All the programs are free with museum admission and free for Whatcom Museum members.
“These programs offer families the opportunity to come in and play and be educated together,” said FIG program manager Carrie Brooks.
In the courtyard of the Lightcatcher Building on 250 Flora Street, the museum is holding various outdoor summer activities for children age 3 and older with a supervising adult.
The activities are weather dependent and change week by week. Activities include chalk art on July 22 and 23, printmaking on July 29 and 30, playing with shadows on August 5 and 7 and doodling on August 12 and 14.
Full Steam Ahead is a museum educational program. Full Steam Ahead builds upon the levels of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) literacy through hands-on challenges and projects. Activities will take place at the roving STEAM cart in the Lightcatcher Building and are geared toward children ages 5–13. Drop-in activities are held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on July 17, 22, 25, 31 and August 6, 8 and 12 in the FIG studio.
For artistic children, the museum is holding art adventures activities that help develop new skills while learning techniques and expanding self-expression. Classes for children ages 5 and older are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the FIG studio in the Lightcatcher Building on July 24 and 30 and August 7 and 13.
Activities are available to children younger than school age with the museum’s Little Sprouts learning program. Children ages 18 months to 3 years get a head start on preschool in classes that provide hands-on experiences involving literacy, art, math and science that help develop skills necessary for learning. Drop-in classes are held on July 17, 23 and 31 and August 4 and 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the FIG studio.
The museum also offers 30-minute guided family tours. The next tour is at 11:30 a.m. on August 8.
The FIG is open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays noon–5 p.m. General admission is $10, $4.50 for children ages 2–5 and free for children under 2 years. Thursdays are $5 admission.
For more information about these programs and others visit whatcommuseum.org/fig-activities or call Whatcom Museum at 360/778-8930.