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Free History Play Date: Trains Crafts, Fun & Short Films | SF

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
California Historical Society | 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA


Celebrate California and trains during this fun, free day alongside crafty friends from museums and cultural organizations from all over San Francisco.

Activities include:

  • Help CHS staff and volunteers design a new transcontinental railroad with reusable and recycled material! Build trains, tracks, and more!
  • Get in the spirit of transcontinental travel with custom designed Train Engineer Kits! Craft a hat and matching bandanna from upcycled fabrics, then finish your look by embellishing an official wooden train whistle with rhinestones, pom poms, buttons, and more with Museum of Craft and Design!
  • Animation Drop-in Activity with Walt Disney Family Museum: Discover how Walt Disney encouraged his artists to experiment with special effects to make animation more interesting and realistic, and how the resulting advancements in technology enhanced Disney animation and inspired the industry as a whole. Drop by to experiment with a multiplane camera, explore how depth is added in animation, and create your own digital short films!
  • Make an accordion style folding book to document and illustrate your own transcontinental journey, using stamps, decorative paper, maps, and more with Peopleologie.

About the Participating Organizations

Peopleologie promotes cultural literacy, celebrates community, and builds connections to the world through history, physical and social sciences, math, and hand crafting traditions. Peopleologie is an educational resource, bringing customized hands-on experiences directly to museums, schools, and community organizations. Workshops value experimental and success-oriented creating, the reuse of materials in our environments, feature world craft and folk art, and the SLOW and old ways of making things by hand.

The Walt Disney Family Museum Find animation, innovation, and inspiration in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy that transformed the entertainment world. Located in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco, the museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller. The institution features contemporary, interactive galleries with state-of-the-art exhibits narrated in Walt’s own voice alongside early drawings, cartoons, films, music, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and more.

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is the only museum in San Francisco devoted to craft and design. Founded in 2004, MCD showcases designers, makers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. As a non-collecting institution, the museum actively collaborates with artists, designers, museums and universities, as well as design venues and practitioners to create inspirational experiences in the world of craft and design for visitors of all ages.


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Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

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