WEB EXCLUSIVE: Family Day at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is April 13
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum invites you to spread some spring color by creating a spatterwork painting April 13 at Family Day. Spatter painting, or spatterwork became popular in the 1860s as a technique to accent throw pillows, lampshades, furniture and other home decor. Spattering paint around a cut-out pattern or pressed leaves creates a picture. The technique is still popular today.
In addition to Family Day activities, tours of Tinker Swiss Cottage feature hands-on kits. Located in rooms throughout the historic building, the hands-on kits contain reproductions of objects common in daily life in the Victorian era. Being able to closely investigate and handle reproduction items from everyday life of the past gives people a better understanding of what life was like before the modern technological era.
Family Day is the second Sunday of each month September through April during regular museum hours. Family Day activities are included with the price of admission and can be done before or after your tour. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $1 for children. Robert H. Tinker built his splendid Swiss Cottage on the Kent Creek after a trip to Europe in 1862. Open Tuesday through Sunday year round, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is at 411 Kent St., Rockford. Information: 964-2424.