Honoring Freedom Day
Make a reservation to visit the Museum on Saturday, June 19 as we celebrate Juneteenth – a day commemorating the end of slavery. Explore this important day in history in dedicated spaces throughout Please Touch Museum.
*Our Juneteenth educational programming has been updated to incorporate constructive feedback and recommendations from our good friends with the Parkside Community Advisory Council and community members. We are grateful for their support, guidance, and partnership as we honor this important day in history and create meaningful learning experiences for our visitors.
Honor African American Artists and the tradition of Quilting in the Creative Arts Studio! Drop-in for an activity inspired by African American artists Faith Ringgold, the women artisans of Gee’s bend, and Bisa Butler. Children will be encouraged to create their own self portrait inspired by the meaningful tradition of quilting that is central to the work of these incredible artists!
Children and families will be asked to consider all the ways that quilting has been used to storytell, guide, inspire, and advocate for freedom throughout African American history.
Celebrate Juneteenth through Storytime! Join us for a story time reading that celebrates the history of Juneteenth and more!
Learn more about contemporary African American Scientists, Inventors, and Engineers who are making an incredible impact on the world while exploring engineering and tools in our 30-minute Mini Makes workshop.
Learn more about and celebrate West African retentions in American Culture!
Join us for an interactive, play-based session examining the influence that West African instruments have on music! Children will be invited to explore instruments and music, while discussing the important concept of freedom in honor of Juneteenth!
Juneteenth Inspired Celebration of Food!
Participate using your imagination caps and pretend food items to explore the symbolism of the color red in Juneteenth cuisine!