Family Day fun at Tinker Swiss Cottage

Oct. 12, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum’s monthly Family Day offers bats in stories and craft. Visitors can make a bat puppet, learn about bats in stories and poems popular in the Victorian era, and make up their own poems about bats during their visit. Lewis Carroll wrote about bats in Alice in Wonderland. “Do bats eat cats?” Alice wondered as she fell down the rabbit hole. Victorian poets from Tennyson to Dickinson also mentioned bats here and there among their verses. The great bard himself, William Shakespeare, even mentioned bats in The Tempest. No doubt, Robert Tinker read some of these works, perhaps at home in his cozy cottage library. Families can craft bat puppets and pen batty poems before or after their tour of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum. All tours feature hands-on baskets so kids and visitors of all ages can get up close and personal with select items that help to illustrate everyday life a century ago. Throughout the school year, monthly Family Day activities give the younger and older generations a chance to connect, learning about history together. Different crafts or activities, all with a connection to the Tinker family and the era in which they lived, are featured each month. Family Day is the second Sunday of each month, September-April. Activities are included with regular admission. Admission to Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is $1 for children ages 5 and up, $4 for adults, and $3.50 for seniors. Children 5 years old and younger are admitted at no charge. Celebrating its 60th year open to the public, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is at 411 Kent St., Rockford. For more information, call 964-2424.

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