Science Day at MoTTU

 On Saturday, November 5, we had a day of fun and exploration!

 In the Sculpture Court many tables were set up (–stations, really) so that our visitors could practice experiements, solve puzzles, and look at things in new and intresting ways. 

 Below we are happy to share some photographs of the day, and we thank  all of the families, and our volunteers, for making the day so fun.

 If you have any questions about the projects you see here, please contact  the Education Division at the Museum of Texas Tech  University,

"What is this and where does it go?"

We had kids of all ages join us for Science Day...

"Wow! Excellent job building that, uh...that tower-thing (what is it?)"

"Ah, yes...the old Exploding Lava Trick!"

Thanks to generous funding from the Helen Jones Foundation, the Education Division has been able to purchase many supplies, tools, and kits that can help our visitors learn and discover more about the world that we live in. People of all ages really enjoyed using several different kinds of connective sets of parts, allowing them to make crazy cars, DNA chains, imaginative reptiles, and more.

We planned lots of experiments that were fun, stinky, gross, etc….

    Our volunteers had fun and helped us have fun, too….

The microscope was VERY popular…

“Oh, wow, that is cool!!”

“How does it do that?!”

"Goggles on for safety!"

   “I don’t know where that part goes, hmm….”


"I made a bubble and can hold it in my hand!"

Tall or short, anyone can make bubbles!

Thank you for visiting. We hope that you can join us on December 3, Saturday,

from 1 – 4 for Holiday Workshop at the Museum.

You can make several holiday themed prizes, great for gifts or decorating for your winter holiday.

Everything is free and you get to keep and take home what you make!

(Santa and cookies will be there, too!)


Bedtime at the Museum, Nov. 4, 2011

For this evening, our book is, Just So thankful...

This story is so good, even the dinosaur on the wall wants to listen in...wonder what dinosaurs are thankful for...? hmm....

Let's put our mats away before we make something wonderful...

Come on, let's go! Time for art supplies (---and cookies and punch!!)

A Wreath of Thanks...what are you thankful for...?

so many leaves...much to do!

Yes, well, sometimes I let Mom do the work, she gets such a kick out of it, you know?

Oh yes, cowgirls like art, too!

Dad, watch me and I will show you how...

Having fun sure works up an appetite!!

Crumbs on my face? Really? Wonder how those got there....!

I'm in my jammies, making art, having fun, oh yeah!!

Check out these bunny hoppers!!

(What else is there to say...?)

See you next time! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bedtime @ The Museum – September

For this month’s Bedtime @ The Museum, we read Astronaut Handbook and decorated our own space helmets with our picture inside.  We learned all about how to be an astronaut and how to live in space!

It's storytime at the Museum!

3, 2, 1...BLASTOFF!!!

Family Teamwork is the best!

Working on their space helmets!

Coloring the outer helmet!

Drawing themselves in the helmet!

Great job on the coloring!

A space helmet will protect you when you are outside the space shuttle!

Can you eat cookies in space?

Juice helps to wash down the cookies!

The activities at Bedtime @ The Museum are so much fun!

Which color should my helmet be?

Coloring is so much fun!

I love space!

The final product!

Bedtime @ The Museum is so much fun!

We had a FAR OUT time at this Bedtime! Join us next month for Clifford’s Scary Halloween!

Questions about children’s programs at the Museum?                      Contact the Museum’s Education Division:                                              806.742.2432                                                              



Bedtime @ The Museum is moving to a new night!

Join us at the MoTTU for a bedtime story on first Friday of each month!  After the story, participants can make a craft and enjoy a light bedtime snack.  Kids may even wear their PJs!

Upcoming Bedtime@The Museum dates:

  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

For kids ages 8 and under with accompanying adults.  FREE of CHARGE!

All welcome for story.  Craft activity limited to first 20 participants; no registration required.  First come, first served.

Contact the Museum Education Office at 806.742.2432 or by email to

S@TM – August

This Saturday @ The Museum we brought out the leftovers from previous Saturday @ The Museum events.   There were memory boxes to decorate, wooden pots to paint, masks to make and even jewelry to design. Everyone had a good time working on their projects and there was so much to do!

Everyone working on their projects!

Look at all those fun supplies!

Decorating a memory box

Painting is so much fun!

Is it the masked rider?

Such a creative mask!

Look at that beautiful feather mask!

What a beautiful necklace!

Working really hard.

Such a decorative mask!

Family teamwork to get the job done!

It was his first visit to the museum!

They were having a blast!

We hope everyone had a great time at the Museum for Saturday @ The Museum.  Come and visit next month where we will learn about dragonflies!

Saturday @ The Museum is a come and go program on the third Saturday of every month from 1-4pm and it is always free!

Questions about programs in the Education Division?                                 Contact us: 806.742.2432 or

Toddler Tuesday – August

This Toddler Tuesday was spent learning all about how to keep our bodies healthy and happy.  We learned about which foods belong in each food group, what kinds of foods to fill our plates up with, and even did some fun exercises!

We started by learning a little about the human skeleton and all our body parts by singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”:

Headdd...shoulders, knees, and toes...

...and eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose

Where are your noses?

Does anyone have a glass of milk with dinner?

Show me your knees!

Next, we learned what foods are healthy to eat, and which foods to stay away from.

Is this a healthy or unhealthy food?

Are all these foods unhealthy?

Say cheese with mom!

These all look like healthy foods

Working together to sort the food

Then, Brittany taught us which foods belong in the different food groups, and what types of foods we should put on our dinner plates.

Hm, is bread a grain or vegetable?

Mom says to put some chicken on my plate

Cutting out all the different foods

Someone's having fun working on their dinner plate!

Where should I put the spinach, mom?

Hm, watermelon or pineapple?

Looks like all the food groups filled up his plate!

Your plate looks like it has some yummy food

Lastly, we headed outside to learn how exercise can keep us healthy. We raced through an obstacle course to get our heart rates up!

Hop like a bunny through the hoops!

Made it through the tunnel!

Weave through the cones quickly!

Anybody in there?

Hop like a kangaroo...

Whew, that was hard work!

We had a great time this Tuesday learning all about healthy bodies. We hope to see everyone back next month for a morning learning all about animals!

S@TM – July

This Saturday at the Museum was especially fun since we were celebrating National Ice Cream Day!  We made some tasty ice cream treats using only a couple simple ingredients.

Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe:
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
1/4 tsp. vanilla
6 tbsp. rock salt
1 sandwich plastic food storage bag (Ziploc, Glad, etc.)
1 quart-size plastic food storage bag
Ice cubes

How to Make It:
1.  Fill the larger bag half full of ice, and add rock salt.  Seal the bag
2.  Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
3.  Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully
4.  Shake the contents until the mixture is ice cream, which should only take a few minutes
5.  Wipe off the top of the small bag, open carefully, and enjoy!  Yum!

Gathering up all the necessary ingredients

Working together to make some ice cream!

Yum- that looks tasty!

Shakin' up the ice cream mixture

Looks like they're enjoying a cool treat!

Another great feature of our S@TM program is guided public tours through the wedding dress exhibition! The Curator of Ethnology and Textiles, Mei Campbell, led our visitors through the gallery.

We hope everyone had a great time making ice cream for National Ice Cream Day! The Museum is always a great place to cool off when the temperatures in Lubbock get over 100!

Questions about programs in the Education Division?
Contact us: 806.742.2432 or