Museum partners with Liberty Children’s Art Project

MARQUETTE — It was like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Thursday evening at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette, even though there wasn’t a sad-looking, bent Christmas tree with a single top-heavy ornament on top.

The Peanuts cartoon character was the focus of the most recent Second Thursday Creativity Series.

The evening was notable in another way. Museum Director Nheena Weyer Ittner said the museum was partnering with the Liberty Children’s Art Project.

“They’re kicking all the fun up several notches,” said Ittner, who noted the Project provides art education for schools that don’t have full-time teachers, she said.

“They go all over the place and do wonderful projects,” Ittner said.

The Liberty Children’s Art Project’s Carol Phillips was the evening’s VIP guest.

The youngsters made stamp-printed poinsettias, worked on a Charlie Brown mural and ceramic Christmas ornaments, among other crafts, under her guidance.

She acknowledged not every kid has the opportunity to work on such creations.

“You don’t have this kind of space where, you know, you can be messy,” Phillips said.

In the kitchen area, youngsters could make “Charlie Brown PBJ’s,” which in this case stood for popcorn, buttered toast and jelly beans. That concoction was part of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” feast.

“That’s what we were trying to go with, just following the theme,” said Brynn Wing, a museum staff member and volunteer.

Other Peanuts-themed activities included finding Woodstock, the Peanuts bird, in the museum’s model train set.

The next event in the Second Thursday Creativity Series is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. “Resolution Extravaganza” will give kids the chance to come dressed as who they want to be in 2018 — especially pirates and princesses.

The Third Thursday Literacy event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, with pajamas, books and hot chocolate.

The museum is located at 123 W. Baraga Ave. For more information, call 906-226-3911 or visit

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is