The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Wednesday, December 13: Open 10am-8pm
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3rd Friday: Winterpalooza





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WinterpalooozaHere’s what Santa Cruz winter brings: rain, farmers’ markets that close early, weird off-season tourists, no peace from the holiday train to Roaring Camp. Santa Cruz winter does not bring snow. Or super cold weather. That means we don’t get to indulge in the wonderfully wintry activities people with ice and snow have…until now.

Join us for an evening filled with the chilliest hands-on crafts and activities. Explore the opening of the Toy Trains exhibit, make your own gift wrap & crafty cards, and buy any last minute holiday gifts from our Teen Art Market hosted by Subjects to Change.

Still need that holiday photo for your 2014 scrap books? Make your memories last in our ‘Let It Snow’ photobooth.

Come get the scoop this Kid Happy Hour with the Penny Ice Creamery for cone decorating + ice cream in our classroom kicking off  at 4PM.

Toy Trains is a rotating cavalcade of operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle. On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of an O gauge diesel with all the latest electronic features. Hear the roar as the diesel starts up, the blast of the mighty horn, the squeal of the brakes at the train slows for a curve and the chatter between the engineer and the control tower. Toy trains have come a long way over the last century, but new or old, the emphasis is on fun!