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Polar Express Family Festival With Santa

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Polar Express Family Festival

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Museum Hours: 9 am – 5 pm

All aboard for THE POLAR EXPRESS ™, next stop Please Touch Museum! Relive the magic of this popular children’s story and create special holiday memories to treasure forever!

Discovery Apron: Magnets

9 am – 5 pm

Throughout Please Touch Museum – please see Museum Experience staff with black aprons

All ages with adult caregiver

Discover something new in our Exhibitions!  Today experiment with magnets, make connections, and add more to your play.


Pop-Up Play Corner: Staying Warm

9:30 am -10:30 am

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Put on your imagination cap, take a trip to the Polar Regions, and discover how animals stay warm!


Creative Arts Studio: Train Collage
11 am – 2:30 pm

Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Drop in anytime to create works of art inspired by your visit to the Museum!


Meet and Greet with Santa

11 am – 12 pm and 2:30 pm – 4 pm

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Santa Claus is coming to Hamilton Hall!  Stop by for extra festive cheer and a chance to meet with Santa.


Theater Performance: All Abroad

12:30-1 pm and 2:30- 3 pm

Please Touch Playhouse, Lower Level

Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver

All aboard! Catch the next train and help our friendly engineer as we make stops in winter, spring, summer, and fall.


Polar Express Storytime

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

1:30 pm- 2 pm

Ages 3+ with adult caregiver

Get cozy in your pajamas and listen to the classic story, Polar Express. Last stop, the North Pole!


Adventurous Afternoon: Full Steam Ahead!

3:30 pm – 4 pm

Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level

Ages 4+ with adult caregiver

Embark on a 30-minute adventure exploring the rails and the steam that powers trains through observations, questions, chemistry, and play.


End of the Day Parade

4:30 pm- 4:45 pm

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

March, clap, and join our musical parade to celebrate your day of play at Please Touch Museum.

Signature Events + Family Festivals

Our signature events include family festivals and holiday pop-ups. They offer expanded performance and educational offerings with a special focus that may celebrate cultural traditions and holidays, connect to national and local events, or highlight an area of focus in our exhibits.

Performing Arts

The Playhouse at Please Touch Museum invites children to exercise their imaginations and enter new worlds. Inside the theater, visitors experience theater in engaging, interactive and unexpected ways. The Playhouse is the perfect way to introduce young children to the performing arts!

Play Without Boundaries

Play Without Boundaries is a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. It is a free event with registration. Enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances and guest presenters. The Museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas.

Please Touch Museum is committed to providing experiences in exhibits and programs that are accessible and inclusive for all visitors.

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Our Mascot Needs a Name!

Vote now to name our mascot, debuting at Please Touch Museum’s Birthday Bash on October 7, 2018!

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