Museum on Main offering Family Days

Fun learning experiences for kids, parents, grandparents

Museum on Main celebrates Old Time Toys and Games at last year's Family Day. (Photo courtesy of museum)

Museum on Main staff and volunteers invite families for a free afternoon of hands-on fun on the museum lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month beginning this weekend and continuing through September.

"Our goal for each Family Day is to provide families with free, unique and fun learning experiences during those long summer days," education director Sarah Schaefer said. "This year, with help from our community sponsors, the Pleasanton North Rotary Club Foundation and the Korean Parent Association, we are bringing back some old favorites from last year and adding a new theme, Han Ga Wi, which will celebrate Korea and the Korean community here in Pleasanton."

This year's themed Family Days are as follows:

* Saturday: County Fair! Participants will learn about exhibition booths and animal judging and try their hand at making quilt squares, winning at carnival games, and picking winning horse at the races.

* July 21: Games and Toys: From the Past to the Present. Activities will include making corn husk dolls and propeller toys, and playing with a variety of old time and retro toys.

* Aug. 18: Life in Early Pleasanton. Activities will include making adobe bricks, dipping candles, stamping leather and making tortillas as everyone learns about early life without modern conveniences.

* Sept. 15: Celebrate Community Day -- Han Ga Wi. "Han Ga Wi means "the great middle of autumn" and is a three-day harvest festival in Korea. The event will include Korean dancing, music, Taekwondo demonstrations, fan making and more.

The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. For more information about current exhibits and programs, call 462-2766 or visit

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