Kids Craft Day at the Clarence Smit Museum was back Tuesday.
Thirty-eight local youngsters between the ages of 5 through 10 enjoyed a morning of arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a free lunch.
What’s more, they got to explore the local museum along with their parents.
The last Kids Craft Day was held back in 2013.
“We thought it was time to bring it back,” said Clarence Smith Museum curator Connie Jorgensen.
She along with the docents and few volunteers – included were young teens Kate Vander Veen, Anna Palafox, and Olivia Apfel — led the way, giving children a choice of craft items in which to decorated their brown paper bag.
Special guest was Miss Ripon Briley Perez.
The scavenger hunt proved to be a great opportunity for all involved to explore their local museum.
They went through various sections of the building, searching for items such as an instrument for cutting a horse’s tail, sharpening straight razors, or for firemen to put out fires.
This also gave all involved a chance to explore many of the museum exhibits – the bakery, parlor, school section, kitchen, doctor’s office, and barbershop.
Kids Craft Day, in addition, allowed youngsters to lead the way in bringing their parents out to the museum.
“The children are the ones leading the way (in introducing the museum) for the adults,” John Mangelos of the Ripon Historical Society.
He credited Jorgensen for her efforts to bring back the event after a nine-year absence.