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Summer Fun Guide

June 1 - August 31

Flip through the tabs below to see what Museum of York County has to offer this summer! For a complete list of all CHM summer programs click here.

Fascinating Forests Family Day

June 1 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for learning and fun as we celebrate our fascinating forests and the incredible plants, animals, and bugs that live there.  We will have engaging activities to learn about Carolina Piedmont trees, animals like squirrels, deer, and foxes as well as the bugs that make our forests grow.  We will also explore ways we can help preserve forests for future generations.

Pre-registration Encouraged

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Wonderful Wednesdays

June 5 | 10:30 -11:30 a.m. | Ages 7 & Up | Lets Get Woodsy!

Let’s get woodsy! There is lots to see, hear, and experience in the wonderful woods around us.  Join us for games and activities about animals you will see and hear on a trip through our woodlands.

June 12 | 10:30 -11:30 a.m. | Ages 7 & Up | Snazzy Snails

Meet those slimy creatures who have an important role in the woodlands of the Carolina Piedmont.   Snails, slugs, and worms all serve important roles in woodland ecosystems.  Learn about how they live and help plants with fun activities and crafts.

June 26 | 10:30 -11:30 a.m. | Ages 7 & Up | Fun with Fungi

Join us and explore the incredible world of mushrooms and other fungi. Learn their role in the life cycle of our plants through fun activities.

Fish with Teeth Camp

July 23 –  26 | 10 a.m. – Noon

Pre-registration Required | Ages 6–12 | $15 per day per child

Spend the week with us learning about those creatures in the deep! We will have games, activities, and crafts every day! Learn about sharks, jellyfish, sea mammals, and other amazing and wonderful creatures. So grab your beach towel and join us for the fun each day.

Registration Coming Soon

Sensory Saturday

July 20 | 9 – 10 a.m.

We invite families with children, teens, adults, or seniors who have sensory processing needs to come to the Museum before it is open to the general public to explore our exhibits and experience a few special planetarium shows! The Museum will have light and sound reduction, fewer guests, and a social narrative will be provided ahead of the date. Pre-registration is required. To register email scheduler@chmuseums.org

Additional Activities

National Grassland Day | June 22 | 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a special tour of the Piedmont Past Gallery as we explore the animals and people who kept the grasslands of our area thriving. Then, learn about some of the plants and flowers you can add to your porch or garden to bring a piece of the historic prairies home.

World Snake Day | July 20 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us for World Snake Day! Celebrate snakes with us as we discuss what makes them such amazing creatures and how we can raise awareness for their preservation. Come and learn more as you work your way through our snake activities and create your own slithery friend! There may even be some live snake friends you can meet. You are sure to have ssssssso much fun, so sssssstop on by!

World Lion Day | Aug. 10 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Did you know we had a lion roaming in South Carolina during the Ice Age? Join us to learn about the American Lion who once lived in the Piedmont Region and about African Lions today.  We will have a lion craft to make and take home as well as activities to learn about these majestic creatures from yesteryear and today.

Red Wolf Day | Aug. 17 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Did you know that the red wolf is the most endangered wolf in the world? Through fun games and activities we will learn about this incredible creature that once roamed throughout the Carolinas and what is being done to save them.

Summer Exhibit & Galleries

Decomposers Glow

Decomposers Glow is an awe-inspiring exhibition of illuminated snails and mushrooms by artist Meredith Connelly. A curving path leads visitors through the gallery to observe this collection of over one hundred hand-constructed and 3D-printed sculptures. These works seamlessly integrate nature, art, and technology into a unique and memorable experience.

Vernon Grant Gallery featuring Return to Earth

Return to Earth features works by artists Meredith Connelly and Mike Hammer that depict the importance of decomposers in the natural world. Mushrooms and other fungi, as well as bacteria play a vital role in the breakdown of plants and animals and the recycling of nutrients in ecosystems. A variety of images and artful renderings bring a fresh perspective to the world of decomposition.

Nature Nook Gallery featuring Endless Trail

This exhibit features the natural settings of the Carolina Piedmont and beyond, through Mike Hammer’s photography, capturing the uniquely beautiful moments of each season.


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