LEWISTON – Museum L-A will present four programs for youth during February school vacation week featuring hands-on activities to complement the sessions’ historical themes. These “Vacation Innovation” programs will take place Feb. 22 and 23 at the museum and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Museum educator Joan Beal leads the “Inventions and Engineering” series for ages 8-13. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, participants will do some “hydroneering” by discovering ways to filter and test water for impurities. The following day, Thursday, Feb. 23, they will build bridges, dams and cantilevers with household objects. The cost is $10 per day or $15 for both days. A family discount is also available.

Programs for ages 5-7 will be led by museum educator Diane Williams. On Feb. 22 youngsters will hear the story of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” then create a hand-on project. Museum L-A’s current special exhibit, “Portraits & Voices: Shoemaking Skills of Generations,” highlights the local shoe industry, past and present. On Feb. 23 youngsters will learn “All About Cotton” and see some of the machines that made cotton into cloth. Registration fee is $6 per child per day or $10 for both days.

All programs require preregistration by Feb. 20. Contact educator Joan Beal at 333-3881 or [email protected] to register or for more information.

Museum L-A is at 35 Canal St., at the corner of Canal and Chestnut streets. Current hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information call 333-3881, email [email protected] or visit www.museumla.org.

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