Online Family Program: Invent an Instrument

Jun 30, 202110:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for a summer reading story time and craft. Listen to a reading of the book Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, which tells the true story of an orchestra made up of children playing instruments made from recycled trash. Then take a virtual look at homemade and innovative instruments in the museum galleries, such as Les Paul’s early electric guitar prototype, “the Log.” Finally, learn to make your own homemade guitar from recycled materials.  


Recommended for ages five and up, but all families and groups with children are welcome. A guardian or adult is required to be present for children under thirteen.     


Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required.Free.   


Materials needed:   

  • Cereal box or shoe box  
  • One recycled paper towel tube  
  • Eight rubber bands  
  • Two crayons or pencils  
  • Scissors  
  • Optional: decoration materials  




By signing up for this program, you are confirming that a guardian or adult will be present with youth under age thirteen. An educator will send a Zoom invitation to you by 9:30 a.m. the morning of the program. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. the day before the program, and accommodations are guaranteed for museum members. While space is limited, a minimum number of participants is required for this program to take place. While the instructor will have audio and video on during the program, it is optional for participants to turn their cameras and/or audio on during the live program. We will not record video or audio of participants for use after the program. This program is designed for youth 18 and under. Please know adults without children present are not permitted. Please reach out to if you have any questions.





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