Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Family Programming

World Explorations
(February to May)

World Explorations is a Free Lecture Series sponsored by the museum. Past 2019 events held at the Chico Women's Club in Chico included:

  • World Explorations Talk with John McCormick - Birds, Incas, & Manu: A Birder’s Travelogue in Peru
  • World Explorations Talk with Christine Connerly - Haida Gwaii Is Calling and I Must Go!
  • World Explorations Talk with Robert Jones - Should Chimpanzees Be Considered 'Persons'?

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Night at the Museum
(April/May)

As the doors of the museum close to the public, and the last rays of sunlight fade, the museum’s night-time adventure begins. Night at the Museum is a rare opportunity for 35 children, ages 5-11, to spend time after hours surrounded by museum exhibits and hands-on projects.

Under the expert care of the museum curator and CSU, Chico student counselors, children will delve into new topics related to museum exhibitions. The admission price includes a dinner of pizza, fruit, veggies, juice, and treats.

Spots fill up early; it is suggested you register by the first week in April.

Flyer - Night at Museum


Summer Camp at the Museum
(July to early August)

2019 Summer Camp - Event Info & Registration

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. Using hands-on activities, like drama, science, music, cooking, and art, children will travel the world, learning about people and cultures. For Children Ages 5-11.

Flyer - Summer Camp