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The Johnstown Children's Museum offers regular workshops for kids, parents and educators on a wide variety of topics, as well as other special events! This regularly-updated page includes all workshops currently scheduled, as well as information on museum-sponsored special events for children and families.

Workshops & Events for Kids, and Museum News


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Featured events at the Johnstown Children's Museum

Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am-4:00 pm -- Boy Scout Merit Badge Day (Heritage Discovery Center education room) -- This event offers Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges, Citizenship in the Community (9:00 am-noon) and/or Citizenship in the Nation (1:00 pm-4:00 pm). Both are Eagle Scout requirements. Each workshop is $15, and Scouts may register for the workshop(s) individually or as a troop. For details and to register, download this form. Questions may be directed to Melody Tisinger, program coordinator, at 814-539-1889 x 315.

Weekday programming at the Johnstown Children's Museum

  • No School Fun Days -- This new event will be scheduled when school districts in our area have in-services, holidays, or other days where the kids are out of school! We'll offer crafts, movement, activities and all kinds of educational fun. Free with museum admission or JAHA membership. No pre-registration necessary -- just drop by anytime from 1:30-4:30 pm! Currently scheduled:
    • February 14 -- Join us in the Children's Museum to learn about the tradition of giving and receiving Valentine's Day cards. Make a special card to show someone you care! We'll even be learning some sign language!

    • Friday, March 14 -- It's 3-14, which means it's Pi Day! No... not the pie you eat. To learn about pi, stop by the Children's Museum where we'll be making art out of circles!

    • Friday, April 18 -- Today marks the day of Paul Revere's Famous Ride! Come learn about this moment in history and make a horse craft!

    • Friday, May 2 -- Explore constellations and make one of your own to take home!

    • Friday, June 6 -- It's summertime! We'll learn about weather and make a sun and rainbow craft!

  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while they are attending any special event or regularly-scheduled program at the Johnstown Children's Museum. Thank you!

    Act 48 Workshops for Educators



    Friday, March 28 -- Teaching the Johnstown Flood -- This Act 48 workshop is offered in conjunction with the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown flood. Activities include: program connections to PA Common Core State Standards, an overview of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club and Johnstown Flood, a bus tour of local, historical sites, a session on how to teach the Johnstown Flood, a review of available resources for teachers, and an overview of activities for the 125th anniversary of the flood.

    This seminar is tied to the book, The 1889 Flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania by Dr. Michael R. McGough. The entire seminar is grounded in the contemporary standards-based design model of the Common Core curriculum. The program's core objective is to give teachers the tools needed to create an engaging learning environment for the education of the events and circumstances surrounding the Johnstown Flood of 1889. Participants will explore cross-curricular teaching strategies and opportunities at the upper elementary, middle level, and early high school grades. This will be accomplished through lecture, discussion, small group, and large group hands-on activities.

    Registration deadline is February 28. For more information or to register, download this brochure, or you can also contact Jayme Brooks, Education & Visitor Services Coordinator, at 814-539-1889 x311.

    • The Johnstown Children's Museum premieres a new train table -- We're delighted to have this new free play area for our young visitors, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Sarah Rutledge of Mt. Aloysius College. (Also, Dr. Rutledge's education students often volunteer in our education department programming). The train table is located near the Mix-Master Studio and dress-up area. All aboard!