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Markham Museum Education Programs

Take your classroom learning to the next level.

Markham Museum examines the on-going settlement of Canada’s most diverse municipality.  The Museum is situated on 25 acres of parkland and houses over 20 heritage structures and modern exhibition spaces providing an ideal learning environment outside of the classroom. The Museums overall program direction is anchored in sustainability and awareness of our interaction with the world around us. Markham Museum is not interpreted as a village, but as a series of exhibitions that link our common experiences and technologies.

Markham Museum offers a wide range of educational programs designed to meet the Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum expectations and enhance classroom learning. We strive to provide cross-curricular experiences in all our programs while also ensuring that all participants’ needs are met through hands on learning and exploration.

We offer both half-day and full-day programs 7 days a week and can accommodate various group sizes depending on the program.  Each program is lead by a trained Program Instructor to ensure you get the most out of your visit. All programs consist of indoor and outdoor components year-round.

School Tour Options

Pottery Education Workshops

Girl Guides and Scouts

How to Book a Program


Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

A is for Apple
Ages 3-6

Program Description: Discover the wonderful world of apples, from how they grow to the many ways that apples are used now and in our past. Children will visit the Museum’s heritage apple orchard where they will learn about the seasons in the orchard and how apple trees grow.  Each group will also participate in their very own ‘Apple Schnitzing Bee’ peeling apples in the same way many settlers did. Other exciting stops on our tour include discovering how important bees are to apple trees and a historic home where the children will learn about locally grown fruit.  Each child will also create their own apple magnet craft to take home or back to the classroom.

Length = 2 hours, morning or afternoon
(includes approximately 20 minutes for a snack and potty break, snack not provided by Museum)
Cost = $6.00
Minimum Number of Participants = 18
Maximum Number of Participants = 80 max

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 5 children, this includes teachers/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program, $6.00.

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Preschool Early Settler
Ages 3-6

Program Description: Introduce your class to what life was like for children in Markham a long time ago.  Hands-on activities and lots of imagination will allow children to compare and contrast life in the 21st century with life in the 19th and 20th century.  Children will explore elements of Markham’s early settler’s lives by visiting a log cabin home, the Wilson Store, the Wheel Wright Shop and by testing out toys from the past.  Drawing from their experiences at the Museum, students will create a paper “train” to put on display in the classroom.

Length = 2 hours, morning or afternoon
(includes approximately 15 minutes for a snack and potty break, snack not provided by Museum)
Cost = $6.00
Minimum Number of Participants = 18
Maximum Number of Participants = 80 max
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 5 children, this includes teachers/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program, $6.00.

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Habitats
Ages 3-11

Program Description: For a full day option, add on our two hour, outdoor Habitats program, and take your class on a nature adventure around our 25 acre site. Students will learn about animal needs, habitats, and survival techniques through even the chilliest winters or scorching summers. With a pair of binoculars in hand, students will interact with the environment in creative and exploratory ways. Finish off the experience by making their own winter bird feeder, so they can help make a difference to our environment.

Length = 2 hours, morning or afternoon
Cost = $7.00
Minimum Number of Participants = 18
Maximum Number of Participants = 80 max
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 5 children, this includes teachers/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program, $7.00.

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Please contact the Program Coordinator for further information on our Preschool & Kindergarten Programs.


Elementary School Programs

Day at the Museum and Half Day at the Museum 

This program allows you to choose the buildings and activities that best enhance your class room learning.  There are 10 half hour long tour options available for you to choose from, please see the options below.

Tour Options Themes Hands-on Activity/Craft
Barns and Mills Explore the importance of barns and mills in early Markham in our saw mill. Craft - Tin Punching
Home Life Compare and contrast our log cabin home with homes of today.  Discover how people lived before modern home conveniences, while also learning about an early home-based industry, weaving. Craft - Rolled beeswax candles
The General Store Discover the General store’s role in the community by visiting our Wilson Variety Hall.  Compare and contrast shopping, then and now. Measure merchandise using scales and balances
Communication Experience early methods of communication in our 1910 print shop. Explore how information travels from person to person now and in the past. Craft - Use ink and quill to create calling cards
Early Travel & Natural Resources Learn about nature’s influence on travel and settlement through comparing and contrasting transportation methods, past and present. Transportation Activity
Leisure Time What did people do in their free time? Discover the many toys, games, and other forms of leisure activities children and adults of the past participated in. Play with early settler toys
Living off the Land Learn about early settlers’ year-round food sources and their creative ways of keeping food fresh before refrigeration. Preserving guessing game & Apple Schnitzing
Fleece to Fabric Discover how raw materials, such as sheep’s wool and flax, are turned into a usable fibres and fabrics. Handle various fibres, card and spin
Travel Trunk Where did Markham’s early settlers come from, why did they move here, and why did they choose Markham? Students will compare and contrast the ideas of moving now and then. What would you bring on your long journey? Explore the contents of an early settler’s travel trunk
Blacksmithing What is a Blacksmith and what was their changing role in the community?  Learn about this exciting trade in our newly reopened blacksmith shop.
Please note: This option is only available as part of Day at the Museum (the full day program)
Handle the 3 C’s of Blacksmithing and assemble a wheel


Half Day at the Museum

Join us for an amazing taste of what Markham Museum has to offer!  Choose 4 of our exciting new tour options listed above.

Length = 2 hours
Availability = Year Round, Morning or Afternoon
Cost = $6.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 18
Maximum Number of Participants = 80
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of  $6.00 

Day at the Museum

Come and explore the Museum for the day! Join us for an exciting full day of discovering all Markham Museum has to offer.  Choose 8 of our exciting new tour options listed above.
Length = 4.5 hours, including a half hour lunch break
Cost = $12.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 18
Maximum Number of Participants = 120
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $12.00.

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Snowshoeing
Ages 6 and up

Ontario Curriculum Connections
Health and Physical Education Grades 1-8
 

Program Description:  Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to keep active during the winter months and has provided an important method of transportation and recreation throughout Canada’s history.  Participants will learn the history of snowshoeing, how to care for snowshoes, the importance of dressing for winter weather and basic snowshoeing skills through a variety of activities and games.  At the end of the program participants will warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Length: 2 hours
Cost: $6.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 18 
Maximum Number of Participants = * please contact the Museum as participant’s weight, height and shoe size influences this number
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $6.00 

NOTE: A Snowshoeing outreach program is available at an additional cost. Please contact the Program Coordinator for more details on how to bring the snowshoeing experience to your school!

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Habitats
Ages 3-11

Program Description: For a full day option, add on our two hour, outdoor Habitats program, and take your class on a nature adventure around our 25 acre site. Students will learn about animal needs, habitats, and survival techniques through even the chilliest winters or scorching summers. With a pair of binoculars in hand, students will interact with the environment in creative and exploratory ways. Finish off the experience by making their own winter bird feeder, so they can help make a difference to our environment.

Length = 2 hours, morning or afternoon
Cost = $7.00
Minimum Number of Participants = 18
Maximum Number of Participants = 80 max
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 5 children, this includes teachers/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program, $7.00.

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KEVA - Design and Engineering Challenge
Ages 4+

Program Description: Design – Build – Play! Blending science with art, KEVA Planks brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us!  With imagination and just a little help from gravity students will build structures and sculptures using identical construction blocks.   Participants will learn the basics of KEVA building, while exploring famous buildings and structures from around the world.  They will then participate in a series of team challenges that will build their skills to ensure they are ready to compete in the ultimate Engineering and Design challenge!

Check out official KEVA website for some of the amazing projects and to get a better idea of what your Campers can create as part of this program http://www.kevaplanks.com/


Length = 2 hours, morning or afternoon
Cost = $7.50 per Student

Minimum Number of Participants =18 
Maximum Number of Participants = 90 

Adult Supervision – 1 Adult for every 8 children. 

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Please contact the Program Coordinator for further information on our Elementary School Programs.


Outreach Programs

KEVA - Engineering and Design Challenge

Program Description: Design – Build – Play! Blending science with art, KEVA Planks brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us!  With imagination and just a little help from gravity students will build structures and sculptures using identical construction blocks.   Participants will learn the basics of KEVA building, while exploring famous buildings and structures from around the world.  They will then participate in a series of team challenges that will build their skills to ensure they are ready to compete in the ultimate Engineering and Design challenge!

Check out official KEVA website for some of the amazing projects and to get a better idea of what your Campers can create as part of this program http://www.kevaplanks.com/

Location:  At your site!  We just need a flat surface inside or outside that is big enough for us to create some amazing structures.
Duration: 2 hours, morning or afternoon
Ages: 4 +
Cost: $7.50 per Student*

Minimum Number of Participants =18 
Maximum Number of Participants = 90 

Adult Supervision – 1 Adult for every 8 children. 

* NOTE: If located outside of Markham Mileage will also be charged on top of per student fee.

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Snowshoeing
Ages 6 and up

Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to keep active during the winter months and has provided an important method of transportation and recreation throughout Canada’s history.  Participants will learn the history of snowshoeing, how to care for snowshoes, the importance of dressing for winter weather and basic snowshoeing skills through a variety of activities and games.  At the end of the program participants will warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Length: 2 hours
Cost: $6.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants:18 

Maximum Number of Participants: * please contact the Museum as participant’s weight, height and shoe size influences this number
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $6.00 

* NOTE: If located outside of Markham Mileage will also be charged on top of per student fee.

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Please contact the Program Coordinator for further information on our Outreach Programs.


Pottery Education Workshops

Elementary School Programs

Back to Nature - Nature Walk and Wind Chimes 

Learn, explore, collect and create!  Students will take a guided tour with one of our nature experts and learn about the different plants, animals and habitats at the Markham Museum.  Students will collect pieces of nature to use in their very own ceramic wind chimes. Our professional pottery instructors will demonstrate how to roll, stamp and cut out clay for students’ unique creations! Includes all supplies and firing.

Length = 2 hours
Availability = Year Round, Morning or Afternoon
Cost = $22.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 20
Maximum Number of Participants = 24

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children.  Our pottery studio is small, so we cannot accommodate extra adults. 

 

Clay Volcanoes

Have a blast at Markham Museum! Students will learn how volcanoes are formed and what causes them to erupt in this hands-on workshop. Our pottery instructors will teach students how to make their own clay volcano that can be used for science experiments for years to come. Includes all supplies and firing.

Length = 2 hours
Availability = Year Round, Morning or Afternoon
Cost = $22.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 20
Maximum Number of Participants = 24

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children.  Our pottery studio is small, so we cannot accommodate extra adults. 

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High School Programs

Spin and Build – Wheel Throwing and Treasure Boxes

Design, form and decorate two unique pieces of pottery in this fun, skill-building workshop. Students will learn how to pinch-form their own treasure boxes while paying attention to proportion, colour and texture. Students will also get to take the pottery wheel for a spin with help from our professional pottery instructors to learn the art of centering, raising and forming clay. Includes all supplies and firing.

Length = 2 hours
Availability = Year Round, Morning or Afternoon
Cost = $25.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 20
Maximum Number of Participants = 24

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children.  Our pottery studio is small, so we cannot accommodate extra adults. 

 

Personalized Mugs

Learn how to roll, cut and attach clay to create a mug as unique as you are.  Students will be encouraged to pick a theme for their mug and will use design principles such as repetition, colour, texture, and balance to achieve their concept. The result is a one-of-a-kind, food-safe mug that can be used for the student’s favourite beverages! Includes all supplies and firing.

Length = 2 hours
Availability = Year Round, Morning or Afternoon
Cost = $20.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 20
Maximum Number of Participants = 24

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children.  Our pottery studio is small, so we cannot accommodate extra adults. 

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Girl Guide and Scout Programs  

If you would like to see our facilities, you are more than welcome to make an appointment to come for a visit. Please feel free to email museuminfo@markham.ca or call (905) 305-5970. 

If you are looking for a program with Heritage Badge connections, click here to see our &quotHalf-Day at the Museum&quot.

Snowshoeing
Ages 6 and up

Girl Guide and Scout Badge Connections
Girl Guides - Snowshoeing Badge
Cubs - Winter Cub Badge

Program Description:  Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to keep active during the winter months and has provided an important method of transportation and recreation throughout Canada’s history.  Participants will learn the history of snowshoeing, how to care for snowshoes, the importance of dressing for winter weather and basic snowshoeing skills through a variety of activities and games.  At the end of the program participants will warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Length = 2 hours
Cost = $6.00 per student
Minimum Number of Participants = 18 

Maximum Number of Participants = * please contact the Museum as participant’s weight, height and shoe size influences this number
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children/leaders.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $6.00 

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Geocaching Program

Introduce your group or class to the world of Geocaching! Participants will learn about safe hiking practices, how to care for GPS units, and the importance of dressing for an outdoor hike. GPS units are a great technological advancement in navigation that can track your movements and help you find your way.  Participants will then learn how to use GPS units to explore the Museum site while on an exciting geocaching adventure. Before enjoying a hot chocolate snack, participants will be able to create their own geocache.

Length = 2 hours
Cost = $7.00 per participant
Minimum Number of Participants = 18 

Maximum Number of Participants = 30
 

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 participants.  All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $7.00 

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KEVA - Engineering and Design Challenge

Program Description: Design – Build – Play! Blending science with art, KEVA Planks brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us!  With imagination and just a little help from gravity students will build structures and sculptures using identical construction blocks.   Participants will learn the basics of KEVA building, while exploring famous buildings and structures from around the world.  They will then participate in a series of team challenges that will build their skills to ensure they are ready to compete in the ultimate Engineering and Design challenge!

Check out official KEVA website for some of the amazing projects and to get a better idea of what your Campers can create as part of this program http://www.kevaplanks.com/

Location:  At your site!  We just need a flat surface inside or outside that is big enough for us to create some amazing structures.
Duration: 2 hours, morning or afternoon
Ages: 4 +
Cost: $7.50 per Student*

Minimum Number of Participants =18 
Maximum Number of Participants = 90 

Adult Supervision – 1 Adult for every 8 children. 

* NOTE: If located outside of Markham Mileage will also be charged on top of per student fee.

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How to Book a Guide & Scout Program 

To book a program, phone the Museum at 905-305-5970. Programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Upon receiving your reservation, your school or group will receive an invoice and confirmation. Once payment by cheque or credit card is received by the Museum, the Museum will send your school or group a receipt confirming your booking.

Programs must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. 

What happens if we arrive with more participants than we told the Museum we expected?

The new price structure of the program allows for a buffer. For example, if you have booked a Museum Adventure Package for 8 children then you can have up to 2 more attend on the day of.  Alternatively, if you only end up having 5 show up, it does not change the cost of the program.  However if there are more participants in the group, for example 12 show up when you booked for 1-10, and the Museum has not been given advance warning, the Museum will not be able to accommodate your group. This is because our programs are staff-intensive. Our staffing levels are determined by the EXPECTED number of participants.  We have a ratio of 1 staff member to 10 children, if your group exceeds this ratio we will not have the proper staff to accommodate you.

Cancellations

The Museum reserves the right to cancel a Program at any time to ensure the safety of participants and the site.

Cancellation of a Program by a group:

If you submit a written or verbal request to cancel at least five (5) business days before the start of the program you will receive a full refund

If you submit a written or verbal request to cancel less than five (5) business days before the start of the program, you will receive a refund minus 25% of the total fee.

If you submit a written or verbal request to cancel on the day of the program, you will receive a 50% refund

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OUR PRICING AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

The Museum accepts cheques, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Interac and cash. The Museum will send an invoice to the school or group and must be paid in full prior to the start of the Program.

For bookings over 80 students or participants, a 20% deposit will be retained as a deposit at time of booking. 


How to Book a Program

Steps to Book a Program

  1. Phone the Museum at 905-305-5970 to book a Program. Programs should be booked at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability. 
  2. At time of booking you will be asked the following questions: 
    -Preferred dates and times for programs
    -Contact person's full name
    -Group name
    -Full address including postal code
    -Email address
    -Estimated number of children
    -Estimated number of adults that will be attending the program (please refer to adult to child ratios for each program as they differ based on the age of the children).
    -If there are any special needs we should be aware of e.g. mobility issues, students that require an EA, etc. 
  3. Upon receiving this information you will get verbal confirmation over the phone that your program is booked. You will be told the price of the booking at the time based on the estimated number of participants and adult supervisors.  If your booking is for more than 100 people you will be asked to provide the Museum with a 20% deposit for the program within the next two weeks.
  4. Within the week you will receive written confirmation via email, which will contain your invoice, confirmation letter and information package via email. Full payment for the program is required on the day of the program.
  5. Please call the Museum to confirm your final numbers 1 week prior to your program.

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Cancellations

The Museum reserves the right to cancel a Program at any time to ensure the safety of participants and the site.

Cancellation of a Program by a group:

If you submit a written or verbal request to cancel at least five (5) business days before the start of the program you will receive a full refund

If you submit a written or verbal request to cancel less than five (5) business days before the start of the program, you will receive a refund minus 25% of the total fee.

If you submit a written or verbal request to cancel on the day of the program, you will receive a 50% refund

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OUR PRICING AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Full payment must be paid to the Museum no later than two weeks after program delivery for educational institutions.

The Museum accepts cheques, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Interac and cash. The Museum will send an invoice to the school or group and must be paid in full prior to the start of the Program.

For bookings over 80 students or participants, a 20% deposit will be retained as a deposit at time of booking. 

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