Programs

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The Creston Museum provides a variety of activities for all ages…from young whippersnappers to very experienced whippersnappers who refuse to grow up!

Discover secrets of the town, get your hands dirty with some old fashioned life skills, or maybe even tour a local orchard and pick some fresh fruit!

Browse through the tabs to discover the adventures awaiting you!

These days, we’re all paying a little more attention to where our food comes from. But have you ever thought how it’s produced?

We have, and we’d love to share it with you.

A hands-on, hard-work, see-it-live kind of way to experience just how complicated our food really is.

On Thursday afternoons, join us for a half-hour program at the Museum, exploring the development of the local orchard industry and the challenges growers have historically faced. Then, board the bus and we’ll take you to a working farm to talk to the growers, see some of those challenges in action today, and pick some fruit to take home.

Orchard Tour programs are $15 per person (group and family rates are available) and include Museum admission, bus transportation, and the fruit you pick, as well as 10% off at Real Food Cafe, so you can enjoy local products at one of Creston’s most popular restaurants.

Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Call ahead to book your spot: 250-428-9262
Outdoor activity: sturdy shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen, and bottled water are highly recommended.

Upcoming destinations:

25 August: Spectrum Farms, for a tour of this unique farm and a sampling of some of their fresh produce.

1 September: Check back in a few days – we’re working on confirming this now!

7 September: Check back in a few days; we’re working on confirming this now!

15 September: Tentatively Cartwheel Farms, a small organic where two of the Creston Valley’s Young Agrarians grow fresh food to go (it’s delivered to your door each week).

 

Take a little trip back in time and see the town as you have never seen it before! What stories and secrets do our buildings and streets hold?

Hop into the buggy…er, bus…as we take you back to the Creston Valley as it was a century ago. See how the valley has evolved, and get to know some characters along the way!

Call ahead to book your spot, or drop-in available (though we can’t always guarantee a spot without booking)

Wednesdays, 2:00 PM
July 7 – September 14

*Great Family Activity!*

$15 per person
Family of four: $45
Group of five or more (pre-booking strongly recommended) $10 per person

Got a special group of your own? Our bus is available Wednesday and Thursday mornings for groups of up to 13 people. Choose your route, customise your stops, enjoy a longer or shorter tour depending on your schedule. If you have your own bus, we can provide a tour guide any day of the week. Contact us to book a special tour, in your bus or ours. Details available at 250-428-9262 or crestonmuseum@telus.net

Who says you need a time machine to learn how the pioneers lived? We’ve got you covered!

Go back to 1927 in our historic century old schoolhouse and learn like the children who grew up in the early valley. Or head over to the Pioneer Homestead to test your pioneer life skills; try your hand at laundry (the elbow grease way), perhaps make a small article of clothing, or even leave with a tasty snack of your own making!

Tuesday & Saturday afternoons, 2:00 PM, July 5-August 27 (except August 13)
The activity changes every week – check out our events calendar for details on what you can do this week
Admission ranges from $5 to $10 per person / parent-and-child pair, depending on the activity.

Did you know the Creston Museum offers Birthday Parties?!

For ALL AGES!!

Children’s Parties: 

Let loose in our beautiful courtyard while enjoying a series of Pioneer themed lawn games and activities.

Bring your cake, snacks & decorations and have fun with our staff!

$50 for up to 10 children

($5 per extra child)

Available from 1-4 hours

Grownups Parties/Events:

The patio overlooking our beautiful courtyard is available to rent for your functions; capable of seating up to 52 people, with a canopy to shade from the sun, as well as a gazebo available for up to 24.

Bring your decorations, food, and any liquor licences/servers you may require.

$50 for up to 4 hours, $15 per hour for each hour after that

Carr Building Rental:

The Carr Building, our Multi-Purpose out-building, features a large open layout able to seat ~40, with a full kitchen,washroom, and power outlets. Non-damaging decorations (ie. no nails/tacks) are welcome.

Available for: Parties, Meetings, Workshops, Small reunions

$25 per half day/evening

$50 Full Day

The Creston Museum loves nothing more than to integrate learning with fun!

We offer many interactive and immersive programs for students from Kindergarten all the way up to Grade 12.

We are more than happy to tailor your Museum experience to topics being covered or age groups!

Ask us about our curriculum based archive resources and exhibit lessons

(*New* for 2016 curriculum changes)

Time: ~45min

Classes are divided up into smaller groups for maximum learning to fun ratio!

We’ll explore the foundation of a Castle, take a look at why fruit trees and farms are so important to the valley, check out the model trains, and even do some learning in a school house over a century old!

(and this is just the start!)

Students also do a scavenger hunt, matching ancestor objects with modern objects.

This tour is adaptable to any age, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

We love to play just as much as the next person!

Each of our games and activities are crafted to be active, engaging, and educational…and of course fun! Led by our awesome and knowledgeable summer staff, students will have a blast and leave with some newly acquired smarts!

Some of the games offered include:

-Scavenger Hunts

-‘Game of Life’ style Orchard and Local Industry interactive & board games

-Large 3-D cabin puzzle made out of pool noodles

-Harrow rigged up for timed partner races

We accomodate all ages, or if you have a particular topic you are covering we would love to work with you to get your class moving and learning!

Who needs a clunky ol’ time machine to explore and learn about the past?

The Museum has you covered!

Students will experience some of the daily routines and necessities it took to make it in the Creston Valley in the early 1900’s, from mundane house chores to animal husbandry & carpentry…and just maybe, get to make a delicious treat at the end!

Time varies based on number of students and topics covered. Please contact us to set up your Pioneer Lessons!

Go back to 1927 in our historic one room School House.

Be prepared for health drill! (are those fingernails really clean?)

We can cover various English lessons, Geography, Social Studies (can you match names to all the Prime Ministers portraits?), and even compare and contrast school nearly a century ago to today’s modern learning.

Various packages available for either the school house or in your own classroom. Give us a shout for more information and details!