mmmk. So last year at this time I had been employed at the Creston Museum for a whopping 30 days. As a Program Coordinator, my first project was to arrange the Annual Kids Day event. Wide-eyed-and-bushy-tailed I launched head first into it. And came out with an entire binder full of activities. [in case you can’t tell, I was very excited]. Needless to say it was a monster amount of work, but the students that year were so super awesome, they did a crazy good job.

And guess what? We’re gonna do it all over again 😉






Kids day is jam packed with fun stuff. Obviously. But, like sneaking zucchini into chocolate cake, the games also have a hidden agenda. That you totally can’t taste. But seriously though, who doesn’t love chocolate zucchini cake.

I’m drooling now.

What was I saying?

Oh ya.

Our goal is to make learning as hands on and ridiculous and fun as humanly possible. And usually that involves some sort of mess. (last year it was shaving cream)

Which, really, who isn’t into getting messy? Especially kids. But don’t pretend that you grownups don’t enjoy it too!

So here is a little magnifying glass into what is behind some of our favorite games and activities!

Load the Apple Crate:

Relay Race

On the surface, it looks like an innocent race to pile delicious fruit into a crate and tap into kids inherent love to run and be competitive. But in reality, Apple Packing was an extremely physical job that relied on speed and efficiency. Time and volume is profit, and every little bit mattered! Not to mention the quality. If your produce was bruised, one or two things happened… a) you got a lower price for your fruit and/or b) it spoiled quicker therefore reducing your profit. And since the backbone of Creston Economy was apple orchards, this is pretty significant to why our town is still thriving today.


Weight Pull:

Team Activity

Throughout time, tests of strength have been a source of entertainment and fame. Pulling competitions, throwing competitions, you name it, they were held regularly, and the winners earned SUPREME bragging rights and very high respect and esteem by their community. Ever hear the story of Figure and Justin Morgan? Kind of like The Little Train That Could. but a horse. I couldn’t find a good enough site to link to, but basically Justin Morgan (a teacher and artsy guy in the 1700’s Vermont) bought a little bay colt who had a fairly well known father and a ‘wild air’ mom, and as he grew he could do anything the ‘purebreds’ could do; speed trot, run, pull… and best them. Every. Single. Time. Even the HUUUGE drafts! and he was tiny… so he became famous and got to pass his genes on to lots of babies that were basically his clones and ended up the founding father of the Morgan Horse.

A fairly average Morgan horse, with a rider for scale

A typical Percheron Draft team. The first Morgan would of been competing against horses this big, and doing the same type of work: logging, plowing, etc.


But these competitions also served a purpose. Without mechanized aid, strength was success, be it in a man or animal. The strongest animals got to pass on their genes to the next generation, and the strongest people thrived for their ability to get the job done and either earn a wage or withstand the grueling work required to sew fields, harvest etc to produce food to survive. Creston is an Agriculture town, so both two and four legged folks here had to have some serious muscle!


Build A Bridge:

Team Activity

Ahhh yes…build a bridge. You receive a pile of completely un-related ‘stuff’, with the objective of reaching the other side of the courtyard without falling off or touching the grass. Otherwise you start over. For most kids, this one can be quite challenging, much like the Cabin. Some might call me cruel, or old school, but you have to admit; teamwork, physical awareness, problem solving, communication, and attention span are greatly reduced. It’s iPads and instant gratification. {rant over.}

In ‘the old days’, all these were serious life skills!! The community had to work together for the best interest of EVERYONE, and if you got stuck and couldn’t figure something out at a job, you didn’t just give up, you enlisted help and worked together as a team! TEAMWORK FOR THE WIN!

Build a Cabin

Team Activity

I do a lot of weird things here. And that’s being modest. Tammy doesn’t even ask anymore. But when I asked her for a whole boatload of pool noodles, she didn’t know just yet the level of crazy she just signed herself on for. But, she trusted me, and we came out with a pretty sweet little project!




S’pose I should do some ‘splanin…

This activity, much like the bridge activity, was designed to encourage team work and problem solving, as well as push attention spans. When a settling family came to Creston, chances were you were pretty poor, and couldn’t afford much for building materials. If you bought a piece of property that was still forested, well you were in luck! You were looking at most of your building materials. Everyone knows that a log cabin is basically a giant 3-D puzzle, but it took a lot of work, from lots of people to piece it together. And everyone helped out because that’s just what a small community did! Joe’s family needs help building a cabin? Sweet! Mrs. is making cornbread, lets roll up our sleeves! Ma’am’s family needs a cabin? c’mon everyone!  Oh, you only have small diameter logs to work with? Heads together guys! Who has a saw?

The cabin is very similar, match up the proper ends with the proper dowels, and with a little bit of communication and teamwork, you have a really cool, mini rainbow cabin!

wanna see it all put together? Come check it out on Kids Day!!

wanna see it all put together? Come check it out on Kids Day!! (PS it is much bigger than it looks like it will be in the picture)

Gold Panning:

Individual Independent (messy) Activity

Creston was not founded on gold panning. Most of the surrounding area was… But that’s not to say that it wasn’t attempted! A lot. All over the valley. And a few people actually found some nice little veins. But it was still a major part of the economy of the area back in the day. People would travel great distances through the area to try and strike it rich! It is quite the art, and still had an enormous following the world over.

Also, it is a great excuse to get wet on a very hot day and splash and mess with dirt.

This is just a sample of the activities we will be hosting, there is stuff in every corner of the place! Not to mention winning Pennies to redeem for candy after completing certain activities! Arts and crafts, it’s all here. Join us and have some fun! (this is a judgement free zone, so adults feel free to participate “with” your kids 😉 )


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