SPARK! Programs

SPARK! programs are designed for people in the early to mid-stages of memory loss to visit with their family, care partners, or group facility.


woman with featherFamilies & Care Partners

Family SPARK! programs are offered at 1:00 p.m. on the dates listed below. There is a 30-minute coffee social before each program for participants to become comfortable and socialize with peers before we begin. Care Partners are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum after the program. Street parking is FREE on Sundays.

February 16: Traditions of Love - We’ll explore stories and traditions from cultures around the world all focused on love.

March 15:   Dinosaurs - We’ll examine fossils from millions of years ago and learn about the extinctions and how scientists are continuously making new discoveries.

April 19: Geology Rocks  - We’ll have a hands-on discussion about geology and the changes our earth has undergone over time. The unique objects we share always prompt interesting questions and conversations.

May 17: Secrets of the Museum - Join us for rarely shared stories about how MPM acquired objects, some of the expeditions that took place, and mysterious backgrounds to objects in our collections.

June 21:   Butterfly Science - Explore the science behind the beautiful butterfly as we examine physical characteristics and adaptations, and discuss the migration of the monarch.

July: No Program - Due to the increase in traffic and security around the Democratic National Convention, we will not be offering SPARK! in July.

August 16: Mummies & Ancient Civilizations - Using a life-size model, we will participate in the step-by-step process of mummification, including organ removal, the process for wrapping, adornments, and final entombing of pharaohs and other royalty of ancient Egypt. We’ll also spend time getting up close and personal with Djed-Hor, one of the Museum’s authentic Egyptian mummies.

September 20: Streets of Old Milwaukee -  As all the children head back to school, we’ll take a look at what life was like in Milwaukee in the early 1900s. The old school house, doing chores, and Milwaukee businesses will all be highlighted.

October 18: Wisconsin Wildlife -  Join us to learn fun facts about wildlife from the Wisconsin badger to the geese of the Horicon Marsh. We’ll be handling furs and explore the various adaptations animals in our great state use to survive.

Space is limited and reservations are required three days in advance by calling 414-278-2714.


Groups from care communities

These programs are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and are offered to groups. The facility must provide enough staff to assist all attendees. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to use free of charge. Groups check-in at the ticket window to obtain wristbands and check coats if needed, and meet the program facilitator at 2:00 p.m. We encourage attendees to wear nametags if possible (first names only). Reservations must be made at least two  weeks in advance, and groups are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum before or after the program. 

Monthly Group Programs:

February: Traditions of Love - We’ll explore stories and traditions from cultures around the world all focused on love.

March:   Dinosaurs - We’ll examine fossils from millions of years ago and learn about the extinctions and how scientists are continuously making new discoveries.

April: Geology Rocks  - We’ll have a hands-on discussion about geology and the changes our earth has undergone over time. The unique objects we share always prompt interesting questions and conversations.

May: Secrets of the Museum - Join us for rarely shared stories about how MPM acquired objects, some of the expeditions that took place, and mysterious backgrounds to objects in our collections.

June:   Butterfly Science - Explore the science behind the beautiful butterfly as we examine physical characteristics and adaptations, and discuss the migration of the monarch.

July: No Program - Due to the increase in traffic and security around the Democratic National Convention, we will not be offering SPARK! in July.

August: Mummies & Ancient Civilizations - Using a life-size model, we will participate in the step-by-step process of mummification, including organ removal, the process for wrapping, adornments, and final entombing of pharaohs and other royalty of ancient Egypt. We’ll also spend time getting up close and personal with Djed-Hor, one of the Museum’s authentic Egyptian mummies.

September: Streets of Old Milwaukee -  As all the children head back to school, we’ll take a look at what life was like in Milwaukee in the early 1900s. The old school house, doing chores, and Milwaukee businesses will all be highlighted.

October: Wisconsin Wildlife -  Join us to learn fun facts about wildlife from the Wisconsin badger to the geese of the Horicon Marsh. We’ll be handling furs and explore the various adaptations animals in our great state use to survive.

Space is limited and reservations are required two weeks in advance by calling 414-278-2714.


Learn more about what SPARK! has to offer:

Registration

Registration must be received at least three days in advance of your selected program(s). To register, please call 414-278-2714. Pre-registration required.

To learn more, contact Dawn Koceja at Koceja@mpm.edu.

Learn more about SPARK! programming and other partner Museums at www.sparkprograms.org