Capt. Scuppers Tug Life May 11

Families invited to Explore Great Lakes History through ‘Junior Tugboat Crew’ Program

On Saturday, May 11, the National Museum of the Great Lakes brings back Captain Scupper’s Tug Life, a maritime-themed activity for preschool and early elementary-aged children to learn more about the inner workings of Great Lakes tugboats.  

“Offering unique ways to engage our youth in Great Lakes history helps us continue the legacy of our mission,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Operations. “Our tug-themed day is ideal for children ages 3-10. It allows them to explore a real tugboat by stepping on board the Museum Tug Ohio and invites them to join our ‘Junior Tugboat Crew’ adventure guided by the museum’s original children’s book, The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friends.”

The hour-long activity is offered multiple times beginning at 11 am on Saturday, May 11 and then again on Saturday, July 13. It is FREE for members or included with the price of museum-ship combo admission. This program is also an eligible free program for Museums For All participants, an access program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes where those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission using their SNAP EBT card. Each group is limited to 10 kids and their grownup(s), and due to the small group learning, registration is required and advanced registration is recommended. Day of signup is only available if space remains.

Captain Scupper’s Tug Life is part of the museum’s growing youth programming including Captain Scuppers Songfest (a literacy-based music and movement class for ages 0-6) and Captain Scupper’s Crew Life activity for tweens and teens exploring Great Lakes careers. For more information on all of these events and to register to participate visit or call 419-214-5000.

WHAT: Captain Scupper’s Tug Life

WHEN: Saturday, May 11 and July 13, 2024;
1-hour programs at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605

ADMISSION: Registration Required at
FREE for Children 5 and under, GLHS/NMGL Members, and
  Museums For All participants
• Non-members: Included with price of museum-ship combo admission
  $17.00  Adults (18-64); $16.00 – Seniors (65+); $14.00 – Youth (6-17)