The Columbia River Maritime Museum will offer family programs during the week of spring break, March 21-25.

Programs begin at 10:30 a.m. each day and continue until 3:30 p.m. Each day will focus on a different topic. Children and parents can join in hands-on activities.

Monday: Learn about signal flags as a way of communicating and what these flags mean. Participants will spell their name using signal flags.

Tuesday: For hundreds of years, the United States had traded with China. The program will focus on the connection with Asia. Family members will learn to write in Chinese.

Wednesday: Find out about the four lighthouses that warned ships of the hazardous Columbia River bar. Experiment with prisms and light.

Thursday: Through historical photographs, artifacts and a craft, families will learn some of the hardships people on the homefront were faced with during World War II.

Friday: Model ship builder Clyde Rau will demonstrate how he builds ship models. Families can work together to make a boat as a souvenir.

The museum is located at 1792 Marine Drive. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $4 for children ages 6 to 17 and $24 for families. Members may enter free.

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