Young children and their families are invited to get ready to go back to school with an afternoon of hands-on activities designed to inspire inquiry and engagement.

The Lake Havasu History Museum will host the “Back to School Bash” from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at the museum, 320 London Bride Road. Interactive activities will include a fossil “dig,” a magnetic black “sandbox,” a craft table, a pet rock adoption and rock bingo featuring local minerals.

Museum director Becky Maxedon said parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are encouraged to share in the activities and help children learn how science plays a role in shaping the environment where they live.

The museum hosts a special children’s exhibit each summer.

“These activities are designed to inspire kids to continue the learning process at home or in their own backyards ,” Maxedon said.

Admission fees to the museum are waived for the afternoon thanks to a sponsorship from the First Things First La Paz/Mohave region. First Things First is a statewide organization that supports the health and early learning of young children in Arizona.

Regional Director Vijette Saari said First Things First partners with the community for events like this to show parents the importance of engaging in the learning process with their child. She said that children begin learning the day they are born, and that parents and caregivers are a child’s best teacher.

“Learning starts well before a child enters a classroom,” Saari said.

For more information, call the museum at (928) 854-4938. To learn more about First Things First and the importance of early learning, call the regional Lake Havasu City office at (928) 854-8732 or visit