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July 5, 2011
New childrens program, admission deal at California Museum

A new family program aimed at helping kids explore California history in a fun, activity-driven setting launches today at The California Museum in Sacramento.

The learning series titled "Poppies, Butterflies & Bears! Oh My!" is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through July 28, according to a museum news release. The program is free with museum admission and for members.

The program, appropriate for children ages 3 to 12 years old, features crafts and scavenger hunts based on various themes, such as panning for gold, grizzly bears and deep sea fishing. For a complete list of themes and crafts, follow the link below.

The museum also is offering an admission special through July 31. Simply "Like" the California Museum on its Facebook page, where details on how to get the two tickets for $10 special are listed. Click here to go the museum's Facebook page.

The special is an effort to help kick off the museum's newest exhibit, "Riding Concrete: Skateboarding in California," the release states.

Here is a list of themes and activities for the new family program:

Today (July 5): Eureka! Pan for Gold - discover gold and trade nuggets for goods from the Museum's general store.

Thursday (July 7): Symbols of the Stone Age - kids will create their own Chipped Stone Bear.

July 12: Decked Out, CA Style - decorate a mini skateboard deck with state symbols. Inspired by the new exhibit "Riding Concrete: Skateboarding in California."

July 14: Deep Sea Fishing - meet the Garibaldi fish, the state's salt water fish, and decorate one to take home.

July 19: Wonderful, Whacky Weaving - children will learn about the Native art of basketry and weave with paper strips.

July 21: Historical Hats - discover the connection between history and fashion. Children also will design their own top hat or sunbonnet.

July 26: Back to the Bear - children will learn why the grizzly bear is on the state flag and design their own.

July 28: Minerva, Ships and Stars! Oh My! - learn about the state's many symbols. Children can create their own California seal.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O St., Sacramento. For more information about the museum, click here.

-- Niesha Lofing

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California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

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Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

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Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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