Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Monster Mayhem & Summer Camp

The museum’s family programs are unique, engaging and most important—FUN! 

2020 Museum Monster Mayhem

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You and your family are invited to celebrate Halloween with the museum on Friday Oct 30 at 6:30-8:30 pm.  An array of activities and challenges await those who dare. Join the fun and slightly creepy experiences in the virtual museum zoom experience!  Goody bags delivered to your door if you live in Chico.

The evening is divided into 4 parts: 

  1. Costume Connection: Share your costume with the zoom group! 
  2. Monster Art: ceramicist, Preston Lawson delivers clay to your door and teaches you how to turn a pinch pot into a scary monster.  
  3. Bat Ecology: Sharoukh Mistry, professor of biology at Butte College and Chico State, specializes in bat behavior.  He will teach us the facts of bats around us and the truth about vampires! 
  4. The Haunted Savannah: Finally, no Halloween is complete without a haunted story. Bay Area, storyteller, Linda Wright, regales us with a scary tale… like no other you have heard before…. 

Come in costume and bring the whole family for an afternoon of Halloween adventures you won’t soon forget! 

The Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology education team looks forward to seeing you this Halloween! 

Monster Mayhem poster. October 27th from 11am-3pm. $5 per child. Please contact the Anthropology Museum at 530-898-5397 for more information.

Halloween Zoom Teaching Team
Halloween Zoom Teaching Team
Shahroukh Mistry Bat Expert
Shahroukh Mistry Bat Expert
Preston Lawson, Clay Guy
Preston Lawson, Clay Guy
Linda Wright, Storyteller
Linda Wright, Storyteller

Museum Summer Camp

Travel the world without leaving home. The year the museum took our popular summer Virtual! Virtual Summer Camp at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology encourages creative activities to learn about other people, places and time periods throughout the world. Daily adventures with local and international guests, stories, experiments, and art to do at home. For Children Ages 5-11 Curious about our virtual camp? Click here to learn more!

Flyer - Summer Camp


kids working on an activity at a table
group of four people holding fossils and excavation tools
boy doing an excavation activity