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 through a visit to one of our historic barns or mills. 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 and discover the 3 three C's of Blacksmithing.

Please note: This option is only available as part of Day at the Museum (the full day program)
* Live Blacksmith demo.


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: $7 per participant
  • Minimum Number of Participants: 18
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 80

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children/. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $7.

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 per participant
  • Minimum Number of Participants: 18
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 80

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $12.

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: $7.50 per participant
  • 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. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $7.50.

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! Hot chocolate is not available as part of the outreach.

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 planks. 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 students and campers can create as part of this program http://www.kevaplanks.com/

  • Length: 2 hours, morning or afternoon
  • Cost: $7.50 per participant
  • Minimum Number of Participants: 18
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 90

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $7.50.

Machines in Action

Grade 2 & 4

Introduce your students to simple machines with a hands-on, fun filled day at the Markham Museum through this interactive program that incorporates elements of the Ontario Curriculum. Students will learn how simple machines make our lives easier, and how they can come together to create more complex machines. Classes will spend time learning about simple and complex machines through modern and historical artifacts. The afternoon is filled with a series of fun challenges which will test students on their abilities to problem solve, collaborate, and innovate.

  • Length: 4.5 hours, including a half hour lunch
  • Cost: $14 per participant
  • Minimum Number of Participants: 18
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Adult Supervision – 1 Free Adult for every 8 children, this includes teachers/leaders. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program, $14.

Transportation Exploration featuring Markham Moves

Grade 2 to 6

Program Description: Discover transportation at Markham Museum! Participants will spend two hours exploring transportation, physics and motion with hands-on activities and challenges. Groups will spend one hour exploring the Markham Moves Gallery guided by our staff, and one hour getting hands-on with your choice of activity (see below).

Length: 2 hours, morning or afternoon

Cost: $7 per participant

Minimum Number of Participants: 18

Maximum Number of Participants: 100

Planes: Soar into the world of planes and air travel! Through hands-on demonstrations, participants will discover the forces of motion and how they help airplanes fly. With their new knowledge of forces and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, participants will design, create, and test paper airplanes.

Rocket Ships: Blast off with us as we discover what it really takes to go to the moon! Participants will get hands-on as they learn about the parts of a space shuttle and why they are unique to space travel. Using Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, students will design, create and test stomp rockets.

Adult Supervision – 1 free adult for every 8 children. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the $7 participant fee for this program.

Curriculum Connections:

Science Grades 2-6

  • Air & Water in the Environment, Gr. 2
  • Movement, Gr. 3
  • Forces Acting on Structures & Mechanisms, Gr. 5
  • Flight, Gr. 6

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

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