2020 March of the Museums

By Lexy Correa

Cancelled due to COVID-19: twitter.com/candemuseum/status/1238473068214878209

From Monday March 16 – Friday March 20, the Military Communications and Electronics Museum in collaboration with seven local museums in Kingston will be hosting the 3rd annual March of the Museums! 

This fun, interactive event runs from 9 am to 3 pm daily at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum (95 Craftsman Blvd). The event is open to individuals of all ages and the best part is – it’s free!  

This event is in collaboration with the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites including the Frontenac County Schools Museum, the Miller Museum of Geology, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, the Royal Military College of Canada Museum, the Museum of Health Care, and Murney Tower National Historic Site. 

Every day, a museum will be hosting activities and programming related to their site at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum. Expect everything from crafts and dress-up to building workshops and singalongs. A full schedule of events is available here. 

Read on to learn about a few featured events this year. 

Paddling Puppeteers

March 16th from 11 am  1 pm 

Since 1999, the Paddling Puppeteers have been performing their musical puppet shows across Ontario and Eastern Canada. They will host several different puppet shows with themes all related to Canada, its natural history, and the simple steps to take to preserve nature. Have kids that love singing and music? You’re in luck – these shows include musicals and interactive elements.  

Gary Rasberry

March 16 from 1 pm – 3:30 pm 

Gary Rasberry is a children’s musician and educator – you can oftentimes find him performing at Kingston venues like Musiikki Café, The Elm Café, BluMartini as well as family-friendly events at The Tett Centre, MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, and schools. His recent album What’s the Big Idea?!? was nominated for a JUNO music award in 2013. Drop by the Military Communications and Electronics Museum on March 16th from 1 pm – 3:30 pm to enjoy fun singalongs! 

Wonderland Board Games

March 17 from 9 am – 3 pm 

Wonderland Kingston will host family-friendly board games on March 17 from 9 am – 3 pm! Their main location at 500 Gardiners Road boasts more than 450 different board games to explore. Kids will love trying something new and a staff member will be onsite to explain game instructions if needed.

ALOY Drum Circle

March 19 at 12:45 pm 

Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) will be hosting a drum circle starting at 12:45 pm on March 19. This free-form drumming is open to the public and is entirely improvised in the moment. Perfect for kids with a knack for music.  

Camp X

All Dates, $12/person 

Hosted by Improbable Escapes, Camp X is an escape room game where you get to explore the Military Communications and Electronics Museum and search for clues. It’s set in a secret school with the purpose of training elite covert agents during World War II. Using tools in your trench coat to decode messages, search through the museum and uncover mysteries of the past to discover a secret code word.  

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