The N.C. Museum of History, which offers regular programs each month for kids, has some programs scheduled during spring break for most public school students in the region.
These require pre-registration, so be sure to call before you go to secure your spot. Here's what's scheduled:
- History Corner: Hand-y History is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., April 2, for ages 6 to 9 with adult. The cost is $1 per child. Have you ever written a letter by hand? Try out writing tools from the 1800s, and see how people shared information before the Internet.
- History Hunters: Write Your Way is 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., April 2, for ages 10 to 13. The cost is $1 per child. Quills, steel-nib pens, typewriters — learn how people communicated on paper in the 1800s, and try your hand at the art of penmanship.
- Not during spring break week, but I'll share anyway: Time for Tots: Hats Off! is 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., April 8 and April 15. It's for ages 3 to 5 with adult. The cost is $1 per child. Look at and try on hat styles from the past, then decorate a hat to take home.
To register for these programs, call 919-807-7992.
Also, as I noted in our spring break guide, the museum's weekly storytime is scheduled for 10 a.m., April 3, April 10, April 17 and April 24.
The museum will host History Speaks from 10 a.m. to noon, April 5, for ages 12 and up. In honor of National Poetry Month, come and enjoy a unique look at the exhibit The Story of North Carolina. Author, poet and playwright Howard Craft will choose an exhibit object that “speaks” to him, inspiring him to write poetry. After hearing his work, you’ll be invited to write about an object that “speaks” to you.
And you can drop in for a quick craft from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., April 5. Stop by the family farm exhibit in The Story of North Carolina and make your own paper critter to take home.