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Story and Craft at the Museum

November 18, 2015 · ·

Join us for storytime at the CHS! Children will listen to a reading of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, make a thanksgiving craft, and help “cook” an old-fashioned dinner.

Family Program: Holiday Poppers

December 5, 2015 · ·

Pop! Celebrate the holidays at CHS with our annual popper craft! Poppers, or crackers, make great gifts, holiday party favors, or New Year’s Eve noisemakers.

Story and Craft at the Museum

December 9, 2015 · ·

Join us for a holiday storytime at CHS! Listen to a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and make a holiday craft to take home.

Winter Break Family Program: Discover Your Roots

December 29, 2015 · ·

Discover the stories of your unique history with a family tree activity! Kids and adults will work together to make a family tree of the people and stories that make up their family.

Winter Break Family Program: Scrapbook Day

December 30, 2015 · ·

Share the best moments of 2015 with a scrapbook! We’ll provide the scrapbooking supplies, and we invite kids and families to bring their creativity and memorable photos and create a scrapbook of your favorite family moments.

Winter Break Family Program: Make a New Year’s Good Luck Bag

December 31, 2015 · ·

Celebrate New Year’s Eve by making a “good luck bag”, filled with good luck charms used by families around the world to ring in a happy and lucky new year.

Family Program: Holiday Poppers

December 3, 2016 · ·

Pop! Celebrate the holidays at CHS with our annual popper craft! Poppers, or crackers, make great gifts, holiday party favors, or New Year’s Eve noisemakers.

Winter Break Program: Build It Better!

December 28, 2016 · ·

Looking for something to do with the kids during winter break? Visit the CHS and help us build a city!

Winter Break Program: Engineer It Better!

December 30, 2016 · ·

Visit the CHS during winter break for an afternoon of innovation and creativity, and work with your family to engineer a structure that can support weight.

Family Program: Valentines for Kids

February 4, 2017 · ·

Instead of buying your Valentine’s Day cards this year, come to CHS to create old-fashioned, hand-made Valentines! Get inspired by Valentines from long ago, then use your creativity to make Valentine cards to give to your friends and family.

Family Program: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 4, 2017 · ·

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at CHS! Join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax at 10:45 and 11:45. After the story, make your own Dr. Seuss-inspired invention to take home.

Family Program: Springtime Crafts From Around the World

April 1, 2017 · ·

Celebrate April with a Saturday of traditional Finnish kid-friendly crafts. Inspired by the CHS exhibit Sisu and Creativity: Finnish Cultural Heritage in Connecticut, kids can try sewing birch bark and weaving with paper to make a beautiful traditional craft to take home!

Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Woven Wonders

April 11, 2017 · ·

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Tuesday, weave through our exhibits and find the woven treasures hidden in our museum. Then, create your own woven ART-ifact from yarn or paper.

Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Super Stencils

April 12, 2017 · ·

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Wednesday, learn about the designs found in the chairs, chests, and other wood ART-ifacts. Use these designs or invent your own design and stencil a box to take home.

Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Elegant Embroidery

April 13, 2017 · ·

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Thursday, explore the world of elegant costumes and colorful embroidery. Get inspired by the clothing and needlework in the exhibits, then design and “sew” your own kid-friendly needlework.

Spring Break ART-ifact Discovery: Marvelous Metal

April 14, 2017 · ·

Join us during spring break as we take a close look at historic ART-ifacts! On Friday, discover how metal is transformed into swords, lanterns, and other metal ART-ifacts. Then, design and make a punched tin lantern to take home.

Family Program: Sensing History

May 6, 2017 · ·

Can you show someone a sound? Can you “see” objects without using your eyes? Explore how senses work by trying out different activities that investigate all the ways we see, hear, and feel the world around us. Try to guess the items in a mystery box, test out all the different ways sound travels, and create a sensory portrait of yourself or your favorite things.

Family Program: Hartford Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo

June 3, 2017 · ·

Kids will have a blast playing at the HSO Instrument Petting Zoo, trying out dozens of musical instruments from the violin and the saxophone to the tuba and the glockenspiel. Come learn how playing a musical instrument is a whole-body experience; you’ll feel each instrument’s vibrations humming differently from your head to your toes!

Family Class: Introduction to American Sign Language

September 30, 2017 · ·

Sold Out! Discover American Sign Language with your family! Join us for a one-time introductory class led by an instructor from the American School for the Deaf. In this kid-friendly class, we’ll learn about Deaf Culture and history, try out simple signs, and play games and activities to practice signing.

Family Program: Fall Fun at the Museum

October 7, 2017 · ·

Fall into autumn on Free First Saturday! Join us for a kid-friendly decoupage pumpkin craft. After the craft, work with your family to decode and follow pumpkin clues around the building to discover secrets and fun facts about the museum.

Family Program: Inked Imagination

November 4, 2017 · ·

Create and (re)create at Free First Saturday! Join us as we get hands-on with the art of printmaking. Kids and their families can try out different printmaking techniques at various stations led by artists and printmakers from the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England. Stamp, paint, cut, and design to make your own collection of prints to take home!

Family Program: Holiday Poppers

December 2, 2017 · ·

Celebrate the holidays at CHS with our annual popper craft! Poppers (or “crackers”) were first invented by a London pastry chef in the 1840s, and since then have become timeless favorites. Make a personalized popper to use as a gift, holiday party favor, or New Year’s Eve noisemaker. We’ll also have a variety of craft supplies available for families to create their own one-of-a-kind holiday cards.

Winter Vacation Program: Cocoa, Crafts, and Connecticut Story Hour

December 28, 2017 · ·

Curl up with some cocoa at the CHS during winter break! Join us for an afternoon of crafts, hot cocoa, and a reading of a book by a Connecticut children’s author. On Thursday we’ll read Connecticut native Tomie dePaola’s beloved classic Strega Nona. After the story, create your own colorful pasta art to take home.

Winter Vacation Program: Cocoa, Crafts, and Connecticut Story Hour

December 29, 2017 · ·

Curl up with some cocoa at the CHS during winter break! Join us for an afternoon of crafts, hot cocoa, and a reading of a book by a Connecticut children’s author. On Friday we’ll explore Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. After the story, make your own “wild things” mask and join us for a wild rumpus.

Family Class: Pysanky Egg Decorating

February 17, 2018 · ·

Join us for a special family class during February break and try out a new (and old) form of decorating eggs! Ukrainian pysanky master artist Paul Luniw will instruct families in pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian decorative art of creating intricately designed eggs. Children and adults will design and decorate their own egg to take home.

Family Program: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 3, 2018 · ·

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and NEA’s Read Across America Day at the CHS! Families are invited to join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham at 10:15, 11:15, or 12:15, where we’ll learn that weird things can surprise us if we give them a try. In the spirit of Sam-I-Am, kids can create wacky colorful “food” of the future.

Green Thumbs

May 25, 2018 · Collections ·

As the weather gets nicer, Connecticans throughout history have taken this opportunity to work outside and garden. This photograph, taken in Hartford’s Riverside Park Children’s Garden in 1905 shows a group of boys getting ready to plant in the garden.   Recently, CHS CEO Jody Blankenship appeared on Better Connecticut to share other garden-related items from…
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Family Program: Victory Vegetables

June 2, 2018 · ·

Join us for the first family program of our new exhibit, Facing War: Connecticut in World War I. Decorate a mason jar and plant a vegetable to take home! This event will also kick off our CHS Victory Garden, so check out our backyard garden and learn more about this exciting summer program!

Family Meet-Up at Auerfarm: Grown in Connecticut

July 14, 2018 · ·

Meet us at Auerfarm in Bloomfield, CT and spend the afternoon on the farm! Learn how local farms produce food, visit the animal friends, and take a hayride tour of the farm.

Family Program: Play in the Past

August 4, 2018 · ·

Come to Free First Saturday at the CHS and experience what life was like for children in colonial times. Kids and families can participate in a series of colonial games, compete against friends in “chore races,” and make their own whirligig to take home!

Family Program: Connecticut Goes to Work

September 1, 2018 · ·

Come to Free First Saturday at the CHS to experience life as a factory worker during WWI. Kids and families can try their hands at various factory jobs and then make their own airplane or submarine to take home!

Family Program: Sgt. Stubby and Hero Hounds

October 6, 2018 · ·

Join us as we learn about Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I, and other animal heroes from Connecticut! Visit with a military working dog and its handler, see the new feature film “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” and make a craft to take home!

Family Program: Remembering Armistice Day

November 3, 2018 · ·

Join us on Free First Saturday as we remember those who served in World War I and those serving in the armed forces today. Kids and families can create a unique poppy pin, and make a card or postcard to send to military service members from Connecticut who are deployed around the world.

Family Program: Holiday Poppers and Traditions

December 1, 2018 · ·

Pop go the holidays! Bring the whole family to our annual popper program! Make your own custom popper to use as a gift, party favor, or New Year’s Eve noisemaker, and create your own old-fashioned holiday card!

Vacation Program: Cocoa & Crafts Story Hour

December 28, 2018 · ·

Curl up with some cocoa at the CHS during winter break! Join us for a morning of crafts, hot cocoa, and a reading of a children’s book. On Friday, December 28, escape the winter for a “summer day” indoors, where we’ll read about the amazing adventures that can happen right in your own backyard and make our own mini “gardens.”

Vacation Program: Cocoa & Crafts Story Hour

December 29, 2018 · ·

Curl up with some cocoa at the CHS during winter break! Join us for a morning of crafts, hot cocoa, and a reading of a children’s book. For fans of the musical Hamilton, come to the museum on Saturday, December 29 for a revolutionary storytime. Learn about the world of Alexander Hamilton and make your own paper tricorn hat!

Family Program: Valentines & Love Letters

February 2, 2019 · ·

Instead of buying your own valentine cards this year, come to the CHS and make your own one-of-a-kind valentines! We’ll supply the glitter and glue (and other supplies), as well as samples of vintage valentines and silly love letters from our collection to use for decoration or inspiration.

Family Program: Silly Saturday with Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2019 · ·

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at CHS! Join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss book, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. After the story, make your own Dr. Seuss-inspired silhouette.

Family Program: Create Art, Create History

April 6, 2019 · ·

Calling all artists! All ages and artistic abilities are welcome to join us for First Free Saturday. Learn about a Hartford-born African American artist, then create your own original masterpiece!

Vacation Program: Pictures from the Past

April 12, 2019 · ·

Lights, camera, history! Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to the Connecticut Historical Society and create your own daguerreotype.

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