2nd Saturdays


Every 2nd Saturday the Coos History Museum is FREE for everyone from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Between 10am-12pm, Explorer’s Club is available for some hands on fun (topics will loosely follow the First Tuesday Talk for the month).

For a complete list of Second Saturday events, click here.

2020 2nd Saturday Sponsors:

Coquille Animal Hospital

Solar S’mores

Starting this month, Free Day at the museum and the (currently virtual) Explorer’s Club activities will take place on Second Saturday’s. This month’s activity is based on Dr. Allen Solomon’s virtual First Tuesday Talk, Global Environmental Change: Reason for Optimism? This presentation covered the topic of global warming, how it is effecting Earth, and what is being done to help protect our planet. This activity is meant to help us understand how global warming works, while also making a tasty snack, and providing an example of how we can use a renewable resource to help save our planet! Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your amazing creation with everyone, or tag us on Facebook @CoosHistoryMuseum with #CHMExplorers!(https://www.facebook.com/cooshistorymuseum/)


  • S’mores supplies (graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate)
  • Cardboard box (shoe box, pizza box, delivery box, etc.)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Glue and/or tape
  • A stick, ruler, or anything that can be used to hold your lid open
  • Optional: box cutter or scissors
  • Optional: aluminum pie pan or something to hold the s’mores inside your box


  • You first need to make sure you have an opening in your box. If you have to or need to cut a hole in your box for the opening, then cut about one inch from the edge of the box on three sides (making a flap).
  • Cover the inside of the flap and inside of the box with aluminum foil by gluing or taping down the foil. Try to keep the foil as smooth as possible so that it reflects the light better.
  • Tape at least one layer of plastic wrap over the opening of your box to help trap in heat while still letting sunlight through
  • Use a stick or other similar object to prop up the lid so that the sunlight is reflecting into the box
  • Your solar oven is done! On a hot and sunny day, let the solar oven sit in the sunlight (with the lid propped open) and preheat for about 30 minutes.
  • When your oven is ready, lift up the layer of plastic wrap and place one half of the graham cracker inside with a marshmallow on top (in a pie pan if you have one).
  • Tape the plastic wrap back down and prop open your lid again to let the marshmallows cook for 30-60 minutes or until they get squishy!
  • Lift up the plastic wrap layer again add a piece of chocolate on top of the marshmallow and the other half of the graham cracker.
  • Cover the opening with the plastic wrap again and let it cook for a few more minutes to melt the chocolate a little bit.
  • Eat your Sun S’more creation!
  • Note(s): To help your box attract sunlight and heat, you can paint your box black or cover it with black paper.
  • Remember: you can use some, all, or come up with your own materials!


Make some Music!

This Explorers Club activity has been inspired by Steve Greif’s presentation, A Brief History of Music in Coos County, that was presented as our first ever virtual First Tuesday Talk while the museum is temporarily closed. Using a few simple materials, many of which you probably have around the house, you can bring some music and fun to your home. Sing and play along to your favorite song, come up with your very own, or start a family band because this month’s Explorers Club activity will be about how to make maracas! Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your waterfront art with everyone or post it to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cooshistorymuseum/)!


  • Computer paper and/or construction paper
  • A toilet paper tube
  • Uncooked rice
  • Glue and/or tape (including hot glue or crazy if you have it)
  • Scissors (and box cutter if you have it)
  • Something to color or paint with (optional)
  • Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors (optional)
  • Painting or coloring utensils, ribbon, stickers, or anything to decorate with (optional)
  • Remember: you can use some, all, or come up with your own materials!


  • Put the end of your toilet paper tube against a piece of paper (colored or not) and trace a circle around it. Then trace a circle around that, but one that is slightly bigger (1/2 inch) than the actual tube.  
  • Cut out the larger circle and then cut slits all around the edge between the two lines (between the larger traced circle and the smaller traced circle. Make 2 of these to cover each end of your tube.
  • Use glue (or tape) to adhere one of the paper circles to one end of the tube.
  • If you want to attach a handle to your maraca then cut a thin slit (using a box cutter is best) in the center of the other paper circle, just long enough to fit a tongue depressor or popsicle stick. Insert the popsicle stick at least a 3rd of the way through the slit. Use crazy glue or hot glue along the area where the popsicle stick and the paper meet. Let it dry so that the popsicle stick will stay in place.
  • Pour uncooked rice (about a ¼ cup) into tube (you should have one end covered with a paper circle at this point).
  • Glue (or tabe) the second paper circle (that has the handle) to the other end of the tube, trapping the rice inside the tube.
  • The rest is up to you! Use white or colored paper to wrap around the center of the tube to give it some color or other design. Color, add ribbon, stickers, and anything else you like to make your maraca your own. After all the glue is dry, shake away or make another one so you have a pair or one to share!
  • Note: Don’t forget to get help from an adult, especially when using things like scissors or hot glue.

Sugar and Salt Body Scrub

This month, the Coos History Museum would like to thank Cheryl O’Dell from Natural Grocers in Coos Bay for providing us all with a great homemade gift for Mother’s Day. While the museum is still closed we know that everyone, especially mothers, might be in need of a little self-care. So, whether you want to spoil yourself or someone else, here is a short and simple recipe with ingredients found in your own kitchen (or at Natural Grocers) that you can use to create a personalized sugar and salt body scrub. Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your creation with everyone, or post it to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cooshistorymuseum/)!


  •  1/2 cup of sugar (brown, white, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup of sea salt 
  •  1/3 cup of oil (apricot, kernel, grapeseed, almond, or jojoba)
  •  10 – 20 drops of your preferred essential oils


  • Combine sugar, salt, and oil in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are incorporated well.
  • Add the essential oils and mix again.
  • Transfer to an airtight container until ready to use.
  • To use, apply a thin layer to wet skin with a gentle circular motion to scrub the skin. Avoid sensitive areas and the eyes. Rinse well and use a towel to pat dry, leaving some of the skin-softening oil on your skin.

Check out these other great self-care ideas from Natural Grocers here

Wildflower Seed Bombs

Even though the museum is temporarily closed and our April First Saturday and First Tuesday Talk, The Shore Acres Story by David and Shirley Bridgham are not possible this month, we still want you to be able to participate in our Explorers Club activity. This is an activity we believe everyone can enjoy that might also bring a little brightness to the coming days. In keeping with the theme of the beautiful gardens of Shore Acres and upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd, we want to provide you with some tips and tricks to make your own wildflower seed bombs to spruce up your own gardens and community! Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your waterfront art with everyone or post it to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cooshistorymuseum/)!


  • Powder clay (clay soil or air-dry clay can be substitutes) 
  • Potting soil or compost 
  • Wildflower seeds local to the area
  • Water
  • Large bowl 


  • In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together approximately 3 cups of clay powder, 1 cup of seeds, and 5 cups of compost or potting soil – it’s alright to get your hands dirty!
  • Slowly add water and make sure the mixture isn’t too dry or too wet, but that there is enough liquid the contents will stick together.
  • Next, roll the mixture into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter and set them in a sunny place to dry.
  • Note: For the best effect, wait for a rainy day to throw your seed bombs into a bare garden or area of land – and that’s about it! 

Please try to use local wildflower seeds, but if you are unable to purchase any you can always gather some from your local surroundings! We also encourage natural materials, but if you are unable to acquire clay you can try using natural glues or blend up (works best with an actual blender) small pieces of newspaper and water, or use your own creative solutions and let us know what you came up with!

Create your own Waterfront 

On March 3rd, 2020 our 1st Tuesday Talk by Bruce Day and Wayne Schade was about “The Changing Waterfront.” So, we decided to help children and families create their own water front at the the March 7th, 2020 Explorers Club; and now you can create your own at home! Your waterfront can reflect what Coos Bay used to look like, what it looks like today, what it might look like in the future, or whatever you want it to look like! Use the information below as a guide to help you and your kiddos create your own version of the Coos Bay waterfront. Please send any questions, comments, and pictures of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org so we can share your waterfront art with everyone!


  • Paper (computer and/or construction)
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Scissors
  • Cupcake/muffin liners
  • Paper plates
  • Popsicle sticks/stirring sticks/toothpicks, etc. 
  • Photographs, magazine cutouts, other images, etc. 
  • Note: you can use some, all, or come up with your own materials!


  • Start with a piece of paper and fold it in half hamburger-style (or draw a line so you have two even halves). The “top” half should be your waterfront section and the “bottom” half should be your bay section. Use the rest of the materials to color, build, and attach things to each section that represent that part of the waterfront. Our only suggestion is that you make your scenes as 3-D as possible for an extra fun challenge!
  • Your waterfront or land scene should include things you might see on the waterfront or shore. Examples might include: land animals and birds, buildings (homes, stores), transportation (cars, trains), land plants or trees, docks, etc.  
  • Your bay or ocean scene should include things you might see on or in the water. Examples might include sea animals and birds, transportation (boats, ships, canoes), ocean plants, log rafts, etc. 
  • In the end, we want to be able to put the images of everyone’s waterfront together side by side to create a Coos county waterfront scene! Take a look at the examples we have here from the March 7th Explorers Club for inspiration. 

Ocean in a Bottle 

With a 1st Tuesday Talk on February 4th, 2020 about the “Geology of Oregon’s South Coast” by Ron Metzger, we decided to create our own geological model, or rather, ocean in a bottle. Hopefully, living close to the ocean you might have some of these items at home, or at the very least they might be just a drive away. Or, create your own type of model or ecosystem with materials around your home! Don’t forget to share your creations with us and email any questions, comments, and a picture of your completed project to education@cooshistory.org


  • Small (or tall) water bottle 
  • Hot glue/regular glue
  • Rope or similar materials
  • Small shells 
  • Sand 
  • Other beach or ocean materials that will fit through bottle opening 


  • Get your bottle of water and take a drink or two out of it so that you can add the rest of your materials 
  • Add sand, small shells, coral, seaweed, etc.
  • Add glue around the opening of the bottle, screw the cap back on, and let it dry so that the opening is glued shut
  •  For an added touch, tie a rope around the cap and add your favorite shell
  • Shake up the bottle and see how over time, something like seaweed may continue to float, but sand and shells will settle to the bottom just as they do in the ocean!