The San Bernardino County Museum's education division will host the family fun day, "Geology Rocks!" Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors can classify rock specimens, create a building that stands up to an earthquake and start their own earthquake preparedness kit.
"Lots of people collect rocks," said Karen Saffle, museum educator. "We'll show how scientists organize their collections and begin the process of identification."
Families will be able to sort and classify rock specimens and put together a tectonic plates puzzle.
"We want our visitors to have fun while they learn," said Jolene Redvale, curator of education. "These activities are designed so there is something for everyone."
Visitors will learn what causes earthquakes and what building styles will best survive a "table shake." All participants will receive a copy of "Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country," a booklet detailing what people can do to secure their space to limit earthquake damage, and what items to gather for survival in the event of a major quake.
The family fun day activities will also preview facts for the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide drill that will occur at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, October 15.
"The museum will be a major hub for the ShakeOut event, and this Geology Rocks! family fun day will help everyone get prepared, including guidelines for creating personal, home and office preparedness kits," said Kathleen Springer, senior curator of geological sciences.
The museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. For more information call 909-307-2669 or visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.