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City museum offers activity kits in December


The Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science (MONAS) continues to offer takeout activity kits in December, the museum said in a news release.

Kits are free but require reservation. To reserve kits, contact Stephanie Hawkins at shawkins@las-cruces.org or 575-522-3120. Kits are available while supplies last. Pursuant to state health guidelines, social-distancing measures are in place and mask-wearing is required when kits are picked up.

December STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) kits are as follows:

  • Monday, Dec. 2: “Saturday Family Science – Art Bots.” Build a rumbling robot that scribbles on its own. Recommended for ages 7 and up. This kit will be accompanied by an instructional video posted Dec. 5 to www.facebook.com/lcmuseums.
  • Monday, Dec. 9: “Nature & Science Discovery Pre-K.” Explore the universe with two space-themed activities with the Planeteer’s kit. Recommended for ages 2-5. This program will be accompanied by instructional videos posted Dec. 10 and 17 to www.facebook.com/lcmuseums.
  • Monday, Dec. 16: “Bird Migration Board Game.” Survive the struggles migratory birds face every year in this original MONAS board game. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

The bird migration game was invented by MONAS Curator of Living Collections Destry Kissick.

“I got the idea after reading several different articles from various organizations that were talking about the hardships that face migratory birds directly linked to humans,” Kissick said. “There have been some similar games created, but they focused on certain bird species living within a specific biome rather than migratory birds as a whole. I hope this game will spread some light on the challenges migratory birds face and urge the public to continue to help organizations like the Audubon Society, New Mexico Game and Fish and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  to protect migratory species.” 

MONAS, 411 N. Main St. downtown, is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36.

Visit las-cruces.org/1523/Museums and find MONAS on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

The museum is open by reservation only. To reserve a time to visit the galleries, email education@las-cruces.org or call 575-522-3120.