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.


August 19 – Streets of Old Milwaukee
September 16 – The Science of Dinosaurs: We’ll examine fossils from millions of years ago and learn about the extinctions and how scientists are continuously making new discoveries.
October 21 – MPM’s Curator of Anthropology Dawn Scher Thomae will join us for a special  program about the  Tribute to Survival exhibit celebrating its 25th anniversary. Come hear the stories of the exhibit, plus those involved with its creation.
November 18 – Participants will get an overview of Frogs! before getting free admission into the special traveling exhibit.  There will be over 15 species of live toads and frogs from around the globe. 
December 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  - *Special Program!* Holiday songs & hymns performed by the Florentine Opera Company -- an annual SPARK! tradition for the holidays, and all SPARK! families are welcome! Bring your friends and family to this wonderful event. Limited seating, reservations required.

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:

August – Streets of Old Milwaukee
September – The Science of Dinosaurs: We’ll examine fossils from millions of years ago and learn about the extinctions and how scientists are continuously making new discoveries.
October –The A Tribute to Survival exhibit is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Come hear the stories of the exhibit and the importance of the pow-wow.
November – Participants will get an overview of Frogs! before getting free admission into the special traveling exhibit.  There will be over 15 species of live toads and frogs from around the globe. 
December 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  - *Special Program!* Holiday songs & hymns performed by the Florentine Opera Company -- an annual SPARK! tradition for the holidays, and all SPARK! families are welcome! Bring your friends and family to this wonderful event. Limited seating, reservations required.
December – Life in the Arctic:  We’ll examine how the people and animals survived in this frozen tundra years ago.

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