It’s the bleak midwinter and my two girls are restless: short days, gray skies, cabin fever setting in. Thank goodness for the museum.


Earlier this week, a friend and I took our kids to the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. They’ve got this hands-on children’s activity room upstairs called Coyote’s Corner and right now the shelves are stocked with everything your little ones need to create special Valentine’s Day cards. Tons of paper, doilies, stamps, markers and crayons. And the best part? It’s free for children and their parents. Just tell the nice volunteer at the museum front desk that you’re there to play in Coyote’s Corner and they’ll show you where to go.

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The kids were in heaven, cutting and gluing hearts, scribbling out little love notes. Just look at that focus:


Another really neat thing about the children’s room? This Artist of the Month project. The project teaches children about famous artists and provides step-by-step instructions (appropriate for all ages) to create a piece of art in an artist’s style. Henri Matisse is featured right now. Follow the instructions on the wall to create paper cut-out masterpieces.


We left the museum with sweet, hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for the grandparents and very happy kids. Did you guys know about this room? I absolutely love it. What a great resource for parents!

The museum is located at 127 South Mission Street in downtown Wenatchee. The children’s art room is open during regular museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For more information, go to or call 888-6240.