Virtual Activities

Animal Feeding

Red Spotted Toads

'Kermit and Ms. Piggy' enjoy a delicious spread of mealworms.  Click here


Doughnut, the museum's resident Variable Kingsnake uses his tongue to 'taste the air' to find his prey.  Click here


The Nature Center's resident Tiger Salamander and Woodhouse's toad eat from a tray of mealworms. Watch an overzealous toad and one annoyed salamander together.  *No animals were harmed in the making of this video.   Click here


Cuban Art-"Sin Titulo (Untitled)"

The featured art piece is Kcho's 2003 drawing.  Instructions are listed here.  Click here


By focusing on Frank Stella's 1967 art piece "Harran II" and its use of bold colors and geometric shapes you can create your own art.  Click here

Shapes--The Snail

We will focus on Henri Matisse's 1953 art piece "The Snail" and its bizarre yet intricate use of colors and abstract shapes. Click here

Shapes--Abstract circles

Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky will be the theme for this art activity.  Follow along with these instructions Click here

Shapes--Dutch Art

For a fun activity, focus on the Dutch Art style known as De Stijl. Click here

Weather & Sky--Starry Night

Instructions to make your own art using inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's 1888 painting "Starry Night Over the Rhone".  Click here 

Weather & Sky--Snow

Focus on the snow and take inspiration from Vincent van Gogh's 1888 "Landscape with Snow".  Click here

Weather & Sky--Rain

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on rain from his 1889 painting La Pluie (Rain).  Click here

Weather & Sky--Sun

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on the sun from his 1888 painting, "The Sower". Click here

Weather & Sky--Wind

Make your own arts and crafts from home, follow along with these graphics for the material list and instructions featuring the art of Vincent van Gogh, focusing on wind from his series of paintings titled, "Wheat Field with Cypresses". Click here

Education Station

Art of Casting

Make your own crafty casts from plaster by following along with these instructions.  Click here

Faux Lava Lamps

Make a faux lava lamp based on an exhibition from the Las Cruces Museum of Art.  Click here

Pass the Story Game

Combine storytelling with illustration through the Pass the Story game.  Click here

Family Science


Build an electroscope to observe the transfer of electrostatic charge.  Click here

Solar Oven

Make a melty treat with a homemade solar oven.  Click here

Ice Cream

Make your own ice cream by changing the physical properties of your ingredients.  Click here.


Use polymers to take your slime to the next level.  Adjust your recipe to make a bouncy ball.  Click here.

Egg Dying

Dyeing eggs is a spring tradition kids of all ages look forward to.  Experiment with the water:vinegar ration to find the best method to get the colors you want.  Click here.

History Notes

Searching for Safety

A presentation by Dr. Neil Harvey outlines the history of migration policies and research on migrants' experiences.  Click here

Immigration Policy

A presentation on the last 25 years of immigration policy and it's impact on families.  Click here

Inland Sea 

Artists Talk from Photographer featured in the Inland Sea Exhibit: Allyson Packer

August 7, 2020, 5:30-6:30 PM 

Featured on the Las Cruces Museums Facebook page on Facebook Live.  Click here

Jaws, Paws and Claws

End of the dinosaurs

Swipe through to find out what brought about the end of the age of dinosaurs.  Click here

Listen to Your Art

Beatrix Potter

An art history lecture by Professor Kathleen H Key of UTEP  Click here


Panel de Discusion:  Luchadoras Femenistas

Luchadoras de El Paso, TX y Ciudad Juárez, México cuentan sus historias, y comparten cómo han sido empoderadas por sus carreras en el cuadrilátero. 

Luchadoras from El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, México tell their stories and share how they have been empowered by their careers in the wrestling ring. 

Traducción al inglés disponible en forma de subtítulos. (English translation available in closed captions).

13 de agosto 2020, 5:30 PM  Click here

Museum Appreciation Day

Bryan Lee, Education Curator  

Bryan will take you around the Museum of Art and share some details about his career in museums.  Click here

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

This museum shares the fascinating 4,000-year history of agriculture in our region.  This video was filmed in 2019, before the state mandate on masks for COVID Safe Practices was put into effect.  Click here

Collections at the Las Cruces Museum System

Sarah Thomson, our Collections Manager, presents our online portal that displays the Las Cruces Museum System's objects on exhibit at each museum and the online exhibit.  Click here

University Art Museum at NMSU

This video walk-through of their Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery features part of the "Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020" exhibition, on display until December 6, 2020.  

Office Assistant, Reyna Blahnik

Reyna shares an encouraging message about lifelong learning and the wonders that museums have to offer!  Click here

Las Cruces Museum Staff

Watch the videos from our museum staff in sequence.  Click here

Olla Comunitaria

Hunger issues in Guatemala

Listen to a presentation from the UN Solidarity about the network and method of community support during COVID-19.  Click here  Continued here



Learn about the moon with this activity from the Museum of Nature and Science.  Click here

Solar System

Scale it down to fit in your pocket!  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here


Be a junior paleontologist.  For instructions in English and Spanish Click here

Fish in the Desert?

For printable instructions and a template Click here

Feed a Frog Game

Meet the frogs and toads from the Nature Center and make your own feed a frog game.  Click here.

Snake Shape Model

Meet one of the snakes from the Nature Center and practice using shapes to make a model.  Click here.

Meteor Model

Make a model meteor and learn the difference between a comet, asteroid, and meteor.  Click here.

Solar System Model

Create a model solar system with homemade window clings.  Click here.


Meet stegosaurus and practice writing your name, the alphabet, or numbers.  Click here.

Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day by learning about trees and making a leaf print drawing.  Click here.

Dissect Chicken Egg

Learn which types of animals lay eggs.  Follow along as we dissect a chicken egg to see how eggs work to grow new life.  Click here.



Make your own extendable grabber. Click here

Jet Pack

Launch a fizzy jet pack inspired by inventor and engineer Juan Miguel Lozano.  Click here.

Dissection of Cow's eye

Follow along with a virtual dissection of a cow's eye and learn about ophthalmological pioneer Dr. Patricia Bath.  Click here.

Board Game

Design, build, and test your own board game inspired by game designer Lizzie Magey.  Click here.


Create a flipstick cartoon inspired by the inventor of the first moving picture machine, the kinetoscope, William Dickson.  Click here.

STEM Night

Super Hero's

Use your imagination and real science t describe your hero's origin and powers before drawing your own super hero comic strip.  Click here


Use the laws of motion and some homemade tiny defenses to protect yourself from hordes of tiny zombies. Click here

Build a Mars Rover

Build a model rover to explore the Martian landscape.  Click Here for instructions

Animal Anatomy Exploration

Follow along with this virtual dissection of a frog to learn about the anatomy of animals.  Click here

Summer Wednesdays

Dinosaur Night Lights

Make your own night light from a mason jar and brighten your room with dinosaur dazzle.  Click here

Gardening with Native Plants

Learn about the best native plants for gardens in the Las Cruces region with Dr. Ivette Guzman.  Click here

Woven Book Mark

This week, make a woven bookmark to use when reading your favorite book. 


  • 1-2 pieces of sturdy cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape (optional)
  • Yarn (1-3 types)


  • Gather supplies
  • Measure 0.25 inches from each end of the cardboard (1).
  • Cut 8-10 tabs from the edge to the measured line (2).
  • To make the weaving easier, cut two pieces of cardboard and tape to the loom as shown (3).
Woven bookmark craft project supplies on top of a table
  • String your loom with one type of yarn as shown (4).
  • Make a weaving loom with one type of yarn as shown.
  • Weave the yarn across the loom in an over/under pattern, when you reach the end of the loom, weave back to the start going "under/over" (6,7).
Cardboard cut in two pieces with strings of yarn,
  • Keep weaving "under/over" and back all the way down the loom (10). Make sure not to pull to tightly, leave some slack or you’ll get an hourglass shape (8).
Woven Bookmark completed laying on the table
  • Cut the strings on the back of your loom. Tie the ends together, two pieces at a time (10,11).
  • You now have a finished bookmark! (12)
Woven Bookmark 4