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Family time at the Becker County Museum; Events for kids are designed to help them learn in an interactive, hands-on way. There will be five sessions held next month. Photo by - Brian Basham

Kids' day at the museum

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Museums aren't just for quiet adults - they're a place for kids as well, says Amy Degerstrom, executive director of the Becker County Museum.

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The museum is hosting Kids Day every Thursday in August. Activities start at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., followed by free time for kids to explore the museum.

"The hope is that families can come and participate in their history," Degerstrom said. It's good for the kids to learn in an interactive, hands-on way, she added.

Kids Day is free, but to participate, all children must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of their visit. The activities are directed toward children ages 5 through 12, but all ages are welcomed.

This year's Kids Day themes are:

• Aug. 2 - "Who came before me? Learning through archaeology."

• Aug. 9 - "I like that! Collecting history at home."

• Aug. 16 - "Plats, plats everywhere! Reading plat maps."

• Aug. 23 - "With chain and compass: Surveying!"

• Aug. 30 - "Historic Games."

The map and surveying workshops will be presented in conjunction with the museum's "Minnesota on the Map" exhibit, a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society. It's one of four Minnesota Historical Society exhibits that will visit the Becker County Museum, and each of those visiting exhibits will be accompanied by a local exhibit, meaning that there will also be a component specifically focusing on mapping and surveying in Becker County.

This is the third year the Becker County Museum has held Kids Days.

"It's a good program," Degerstrom said -- and it's popular, averaging at 25 to 30 kids per week, she added.

While the museum is always a place where kids can visit and learn, Kids Days specifically attempt to make children most comfortable and interested in the museum.

It's a chance for kids to realize the museum is for them, and not just for adults, Degerstrom said. "It's so they can see that history doesn't have to be boring."

The Becker County Museum is regularly open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit their website at

beckercountyhistory.org.

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