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FAMILY FUN

What do glue, glitter, paint, popsicle sticks and the odd squid or two have in common? FUN! Drop by and see what the fun is about as you learn, explore and create together as a family. Programs are included with the cost of admission. SUNDAYS 2 – 4pm.

Sunday, January 25
MAKE SOME MUSIC
Music is an important part of our culture in Newfoundland and Labrador. Instruments can be made out of just about anything including spoons, sticks and bottle caps. Drop by to create your own instrument using a variety of materials.


Sunday, February 1
BUILDING BUILDINGS
Come and join in the conversation of Infrastructure Canada. Use wooden sticks to create structurally sound sculptures. The sky is the limit but no glue will be used, so planning and care will be needed to make sure your sculpture stands strong.

Sunday, February 8
COILED BASKETS
The Southern Inuit made beautiful sea-grass baskets by sewing bunches of grass into a continuous coil using only a needle. If the baskets are sewn tightly enough, they are waterproof. Make one for your precious treasures.

Sunday, February 15
LIFE IN THE NORTH
From the northern lights and snow-capped mountains; pristine boreal forest and crystal clear lakes and rivers; the north is an inspiration for creating something beautiful and unique. Come in to create a postcard with an image of the north. Write a note to someone special. Bring along a mailing address and we will help you send it. End the afternoon with story time about our northern friends.

Sunday, February 22
FANTASTIC FAUX FOSSILS
Check out our collection of fossils – including our newest and rarest one, Haootia quadriformis, which is 560 million years old. Then create your own fossil bed to take home by building a fossil collage and burying it under layers of tissue paper and glue.

Sunday, March 1
MEMORY MAPPING
Record your memories from the world around you, then turn your reflections into a memory map of your life experience – a perfect way to spend the afternoon and document your personal story in an artful way.

Sunday, March 8
BEOTHUK PENDANTS
The Beothuk made bone carvings with patterns on both faces that were rubbed with red ochre. They were sewn onto their clothing as ornaments or worn as necklaces. Make your own and view Beothuk artifacts in the Connections exhibition.

Sunday, March 15
CELEBRATE THE IRISH
Wear something green and create some fun family memories as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Rooms. Make a shamrock crown; have fun with other crafts; then join us for story time. With a little luck, it is sure to be a magical day for all.

Sunday, March 22
SHARING OUR CULTURES
Take a trip around the world and join us as we celebrate the cultural diversity of our Province. Sharing Our Cultures is a free educational and multicultural project on display throughout The Rooms public spaces.

Sunday, March 29
PHOTO COLLAGE
Use archival photos and modern images to mix messages of modernity with the province’s past and create new views of the world we live in. Inspired by artist Tanya St-Pierre’s new artwork, Collage Series, cut, copy and paste pictures to bring new ideas to some old photos.

Sunday, April 5
No Program – Easter Sunday


EASTER WEEK Family Fun

Tuesday, April 7
FUN WITH FLAGS!
Did you know that a long time ago flags were used to share the news? Flags were used to tell what ships were entering St. John’s harbour and who had the biggest catch of fish. Join us at The Rooms to find out why flags were so popular in the past and design your own special family flag.


Wednesday, April 8
SEA CREATURE CREATIONS
Make your own sea creatures: from giant squid with big googly-eyes to jelly-fish with wriggly tentacles, then visit our Connections exhibition to see these creatures yourself.

Thursday, April 9
SHADOW PUPPETS
Shadow puppetry is one of the world’s oldest forms of entertainment. Learn more about the tradition and how to make and animate your own cut-out creatures.

Friday, April 10
COLLAGRAPH PRINTMAKING
Did you lose a mitten over the winter? Looking for a way to cherish your old mismatched home-knit socks? Bring them to The Rooms and create a collagraph print, or try some of the other textiles we have on hand to make an original artwork.




Sunday, April 12
FORGET-ME-NOTS
The forget-me-not is a powerful symbol of remembrance of the First World War for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Decorate a pot and pick up some forget-me-not seeds to plant and remember.


Sunday, April 19
LETTERS & ART
In celebration of the 5 Arts & Letters Award come create by stamping, painting, and sticking mixed media to make a picture worth a thousand words.

Sunday, April 26
PUZZLE PIECES
Are you puzzled about what to do today? Come and join us for some jig-saw puzzle fun. These archival photos-turned puzzles will amaze you. Create your own jig-saw puzzle and challenge your friend or family member to piece it together.

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