kids day

Kids Day at the Museum will include the colorful Baila Folklorico dancers who will perform at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy of Judy Reynolds

The Tehachapi Heritage League will present Kids' Day — "History is Fun" on Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 3 p.m. The event will include many hands-on activities and demonstrations. Kids can try making a quilt square, an origami object or learn to carve a soap figure.

Popular Steve Melton will be there with honey and information on bees and bee keeping. All ages will enjoy feeding a camel or visiting with the farm animals that Jon Hammond plans to bring from his ranch. Local organizations, including Have a Heart, will provide information about their activities. The Kawaiisu Cultural and Language Center will provide information about the Native Americans who were the first to settle the Tehachapi region, and a demonstration of basket making will be given.

All ages can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes being awarded to the winners. Come view the city’s historic fire truck and antique cars that will be parked on the street. In addition to the fire truck, the local fire department will be on hand providing an opportunity to tour today’s fire engine. Hall Ambulance will also be in attendance.

To reflect the Basque history of the Errea House and Errea family, cutouts of sheep will be available for painting, hanging in the Errea Garden or for taking home. Each cutout will have a brief history about the Basque sheepherders.

In the Errea House, Stan and Dixie Coutant will demonstrate the player piano and encouraged visitors to try their feet at pumping the pedals.

Baila Folklorico will perform at approximately 1:30 pm. Baila Folklorico is a program teaching traditional Mexican folk dancing through "Diverse Dance," the performing arts division of Gateway Connections, a local nonprofit organization.

Originally, Kids' Day at the Museum was the idea of THL board member Harold Cox to provide an opportunity for kids to learn about local history. There is no admittance fee to the museum, but donations are always accepted.

The event will be held at 310 and 311 S. Green St., between the Tehachapi Museum and Errea House Museum. For more information, call the museum at 822-8152. The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Judy Reynolds is the director of the Tehachapi Museum.