December

Saturday, December 2

Story Hour Saturday!
11 am to 12 pm; Free

Come visit the beautiful Elgin Public Museum for our brand new children's program, held every first Saturday of the month. Kids will spend a fun and relaxing hour with our educators, listening to fantastic stories. This month's topic is Holiday Traditions, to get us into the spirit! There is no charge for this program, but donations are always welcome. We hope to see you there!

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Friday, December 8

Around the World in One Night
$2 per Person, Members Free

In place of Family Science Night, enjoy a night of cultural traditions through Elgin Public Museum’s Touching on Traditions exhibition. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the stories, crafts and foods of different winter holidays highlighted in this interactive, drop-in program. No registration required.

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Thursday, December 21

Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice
7 to 8 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm, $5 per Person, $3 Members

The Winter Solstice is a dark time of year – the darkest here in the northern hemisphere. Since ancient times, humans have replaced the long hours of darkness with lights and festivals, celebrating with fire, family and community gatherings. The Celtic people of Ireland and many other cultures chose the solstice as a time to celebrate the seasons. The cycle of nature is the ultimate celebration.

The Elgin Public Museum invites you to hear about ancient cultures and the astronomical significance of the winter solstice. Learn about the Druid Oak King and the Holly Queen and watch the Yule log be burned in a glowing campfire. Learn about the significance of the harvest and wildlife to ancient peoples. Drink warm cider and enjoy campfire treats! The program takes place outside, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

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Saturday, December 30

Bison Feeding at Lords Park
7 to 8:30 am, $2/adult, $1/child, members free

Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer, and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the Zoo to assist in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Lords Park Zoo.

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