Barnetimen (Children’s Hour)

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Vesterheim invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to explore art and culture with museum tours, hands-on art projects, and snacks during Barnetimen (Children’s Hour). Join Vesterheim Youth Educator Jennifer Kovarik and Decorah ArtHaus Director and Instructor Shannon Dallenbach Durbin from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from September through April to explore art and culture.

2017-2018 dates and themes are—

  • September 19, 2017—Symbols and Shapes
  • October 17, 2017—Photography
  • November 21, 2017—Spoons
  • December 19, 2017—Holiday Traditions
  • January 16, 2018—Birthdays
  • February 20, 2018—Hearts
  • March 20, 2018—Mittens
  • April 17, 2018—Rainbows

Barnetimen is free of charge and no previous sign-up is necessary—come to one session or all of them. The program is geared toward 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Meet at Vesterheim’s Main Building and then head to the museum’s Westby-Torgerson Education Center down the block for an art project and snack.

Barnetimen is sponsored by David and Brenda Carlson, Keith and Amy Bruening, and Norwegian Mutual Insurance Association.

Shannon is originally from Arlington, Iowa, and moved to Decorah from Elkader, Iowa, where she lived for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Shannon has taught high school art, directed junior high and high school theater, and was the Program Coordinator at the ISU Extension and Outreach for Clayton County for four years. Shannon is the wife to illustrator, Bryce Durbi, and the mother of two boys.

Jennifer is Vesterheim’s registrar and youth educator. She works with museum objects and exhibitions and for over 15 years, she has facilitated and taught programs for young people at the museum.

For information about Barnetimen, please contact Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim Youth Educator, at 563-382-9681 or