Looking for a unique youth group activity?  Consider the Hands-On Workshop experience! Great for Scout troops, homeschool groups, school field trips, youth camps, birthday parties, and more.

This is our most popular cultural enrichment activity for youth groups of all ages!

The Hands-On Workshop offers an enriching and interactive experience. This program helps introduce children to Deaf Culture and the language as well as bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing communities.

The HANDS-ON workshop consists of a 1 hour program split into three 20 minute activities:  ASL storytelling, a lesson in sign language (food signs) and an art project.


Storytelling offers a truly unique experience for children to observe sign language in action and interact as they follow the story. During the food signs lesson, children learn a variety of ASL signs for everyday food items such as fruits, vegetables and meats. The art project is a fun and creative way for the children to make their own souvenir while continuing to learn about the language and culture.


If your group is looking for something other than the standard workshop provided, we do have other topics you can chose from in the request form.

We also encourage our groups to take a self-guided tour of the museum after the workshop as the exhibits do offer explanation of cultural and linguistic history. 

$7 per participant with a
minimum of $70 

maximum group size
with craft activity is 36

maximum group size
without craft activity is 60

Here's a tip! In preparation to creating a successful and memorable educational experience for your groups, you could have the students practice fingerspelling their name. You can find examples of fingerspelling online.

HANDS-ON Badges for Scouts

For an additional $3 each, Girls and Boys Scouts (or anyone) can earn a HANDS-ON badge at the end of the workshop experience.

Please indicate on your request form if you would like this add-on.

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