2012 Summer Story Series

It's a Rio Chico Summer at The Mini Time Machine when local authors with Rio Nuevo Publishing read their books as part of our Summer Story Series. Join us the first Sunday in June, July and August for some cool family entertainment! Each Sunday at 2pm, a different local children's book author will read their book in our Enchanted Realm gallery, followed by book signing and a craft project in our classroom. These events are included with regular museum admission or free for members! Books for signing will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2pm

Author Guy Porfirio reads his book Jump
Story time craft: Make a mini sculpture of Barb, the jumping Cholla cactus. Children will sculpt a cholla cactus from Model Magic, add wiggly eyes and then place it in a mini clay pot.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 2pm

Author Joan Sandin reads her book Celebrate Arizona!
Story time craft: Make a mini portrait collage celebrating Arizona's Statehood. Children will receive a drawing of a child's body with outstretched arms and a blank face. Children will need to draw their own portrait and then collage a mini newspaper clipping that announces Arizona's Statehood between the outstretched arms.


Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 2pm

Author Susan Lowell reads her book, The Great Grand Canyon Time Train
Story time craft project: Make a mini crayon resist painting of the Grand Canyon. Children will make crayon rubbings of natural items. Next, they will use watercolor and paint band of color across the rubbings which will resist the paint and create the illusion of fossils in the sedimentary layers of the Grand Canyon's cliffs.