Whether they ran up and hugged him or screamed at the top of their lungs when placed in his lap, Santa Claus drew a stunning reaction from most of the children who visited him at the Sherman Museum Saturday afternoon.

Santa was just one part of the events planned for Christmas at the Museum Saturday. Docent Natalie Bonner said the events were planned to help bring awareness for the museum and to help the community with a food drive. Those who brought in a food donation received half-price entry for the event on Saturday.

“We’ve actually had a couple of guest come who didn’t even know the museum was here,” Bonner said, explaining in addition to looking around at the exhibits and meeting with Santa, youngsters were welcomed to take part in a craft event on the first floor of the museum where they made an ornament and did some coloring activities.

Jessica Lefas brought her sons, Milo and Everett, to the museum Saturday to see Santa, but it was not their first time there. She said her sons love the Dino Days exhibits the museum puts on annually.

“I am so glad my boys have a place to come to learn more about everything around here,” Lefas said.

Her son Milo was so impressed with the dinosaur footprints on the second floor of the museum that he tried to show them off to passersby. Lefas’ boys weren’t the only children who had been there before and who really enjoyed Dino Days.

Ten-year-old Isaac Davis came to the event Saturday with his younger sister and other family members. The B. McDaniel student said he loves the dinosaurs and has been coming to the museum for a while. He said his earliest memory of the place was being placed in the dino dig when he was 3 years old.

On Saturday, he said he asked Santa for a Nintendo Switch and was hoping the personal visit might help him get it.

The Sherman Museum was established in 1978 and is located at 301 S. Walnut Street.