Spring break may be a quiet time on the Baylor University campus, but Mayborn Museum Complex officials hope things will be hopping at the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village.
With a week off from school, fun-seeking children and their families can head to Spring in the Village, which will offer an up-close look at different pioneer activities.
“We’re taking advantage of spring break,” museum director Ellie Caston said. “We’re finding that grandparents are becoming the biggest demographic among our visitors, and we want to draw them in with their grandchildren and the children’s parents. We want to give them an opportunity for quality time together.”
Events ranging from cooking and plowing to games and storytelling will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the 1890s-themed village on the museum grounds.
Baby chickens, ducks and geese will be available for petting all week.
“People are fascinated by the olden times,” Caston said. “Today’s grandparents can tell stories they heard from their grandparents, and the generations can connect that way. This is one way we try to teach. . . . We help link the generation with their history.”
Caston said the museum is promoting Spring in the Village in connection with the WEEBLES Coast to Coast interactive exhibit highlighting features of all 50 states. The traveling exhibit is at the Mayborn through May 4 on a nationwide tour sponsored by Hasbro Inc.
“Some locations may charge $38 for exhibits like this to make them pay for themselves, but if we did that in Waco, a great many people couldn’t come,” she said. “We want to make it affordable to everyone.”
The museum’s next event is “Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous,” which will give visitors a chance to navigate like dinosaurs via video game technology. That event, which is May 24 through Sept. 3, also will feature exhibits of dinosaur bones, a model of a paleontology field station and a Jeep outfitted for safaris.