Kwanzaa Family Day, Teen Toy Takeover!, Extended Hours at History Center in December

For immediate release

Release dated: 
November 12, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Kwanzaa Family Day, Teen Toy Takeover!, Extended Hours at History Center in December

This December, the Minnesota History Center presents a number of family programs that include hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Plus, visit during the holidays for special programs and extended hours.

  • TEEN TOY TAKEOVER! TOYS PAST AND TOYS FUTURE
    Dates: Dec. 13, 2014
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Join the History Center's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) for a day of retro and futuristic fun. Each year, the TAC is charged with putting together a program for youth. Find out what they've developed at the Teen Toy Takeover! Enjoy toys from the past in the new exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s and take in demonstrations of toys of the future created by kids and adults. Then see if you’ve got what it takes to be the next toy innovator. Try your hand at a toy design challenge.

  • KWANZAA FAMILY DAY
    Date: Dec. 27, 2014
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    Kwanzaa
    Join family and friends in this annual African-American celebration. Kwanzaa follows seven core principles: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. This year, participants can join in a community blessing and the lighting of the second candle on a locally crafted kinara (the Kwanzaa candelabra). The family day program includes music, dancing, demonstrations, storytelling and a History HiJinx craft activity.

  • HISTORY HIJINX: ROBOT MANIA!
    Date: Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; noon to 4 p.m. during the Kwanzaa Family Day, Saturday, Dec. 27.
    Fee: Included with admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

    History HiJinx is back for the holidays. Stop by the craft tables for a free take home activity. Kids can use paper and cardboard to create a robot contraption modeled after vintage toys. Families can explore the History Center's exhibit "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" and visit other exhibits including"Then Now Wow," "Minnesota's Greatest Generation," "Weather Permitting," and "Open House." From noon to 4 p.m. visitors can take in a live short play in the Toys exhibit. The History HiJinx craft activity is offered from noon to 4 p.m. during the Kwanzaa Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 27.

  • EXTENDED HOURS for TOYS OF THE '50s, '60s and '70s
    The History Center will be open for special Monday hours, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The stores and Cafe Minnesota will also be open. In addition, due to popular demand for the exhibit "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" the History Center will be open on New Years Day, Jan. 1 as well as extended hours on Jan. 1, 2, 3 and 4. Hours are listed below:

Mon., Dec. 29

10-5

Tues., Dec. 30

10-8

Wed., Dec. 31

10-5

Thurs., Jan. 1

10-7

Fri., Jan. 2

10-7

Sat., Jan. 3

10-7

Sun., Jan. 4

Noon-7

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.