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Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

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First Sundays 2021-2022*

We may be closed for renovation, but First Sundays will be back on our front steps staring in October 2021! All events are from 1-4 p.m.

Oct. 3 – Indigenous People’s Day – Welcome back!! Join us once again on the front steps of the Museum of Riverside. Special guest Jacque Nunez (Tongva) will shares stories about the first people to live in Southern California. We’ll learn about Native Californian games and make one to take home!

Nov. 7 – Poppies! – Did you know November is the best month to plant in Southern California? One seed that really likes the fall is the state wildflower, the California Poppy. Take home some seeds to try in your garden. Poppies are also the symbol of Remembrance Day, another name for Veterans Day. Make a special poppy badge to remember all the veterans who have served our country.

Dec. 5 – Lino-What? Linocut! – Local linocut artist Jesus Cruz will join us to demonstrate his special kind of art. Learn about his process of carving designs, make your own holiday card with one of his original designs, and create your own stamp to make creations over and over again!

Jan. 2 – Hibernation – Wake up, sleepy heads!! Why do animals hibernate? Did you know some animals in Riverside estivate? That means they “sleep” through the summer heat! Come learn about these winter and summer sleepers!

Feb. 6 – Game On! – What if you didn’t have video games? What would you play? Learn about games that children have played in the past and in different parts of the world. Learn the secrets of good game design and create your own boardgame. Giant Jenga, anyone?

Mar. 6 – Reptile Round-Up! Join Riverside’s own Reptile Joe as we explore the wonders of the reptilian world. He’ll bring some of his favorite snakes and lizards to share and talk about how these creatures adapt to their environments. Create your own scale pattern with paints and upcycled bubble wrap for a paper snake or lizard to take home.  

Apr. 3 – Captain Carl and His Mobile Tidepool – Join the Museum for the return of Captain Carl and his amazing sea creatures!  Adults and children alike will be able to hold a starfish, squeeze a sea squirt, and touch an urchin as we bring a bit of the shore to Riverside. Learn about how you can reduce your use of plastics and make a sustainability pledge to help keep our oceans clean!

May 1 – Koinobori, Children’s DayMay 5th is Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, in Japan! On this day, once known as Boys' Day, families fly carp banners called koinobori to represent all the members of the family. We’ll celebrate this holiday by making our own koinobori inspired by the art of Miné Okubo who was born and raised in Riverside.






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