Inside the CHS

Family Grab and Go Bags: Notable Nutmeggers

May 1, 2021 · ·

Explore stories of Connecticut people with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Then, pick your own “person of the year” and draw their portrait – ALL necessary materials included!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

May 5, 2021 · ·

What chores do you do at home? How are they different from the chores kids used to do during colonial times? Look closely at some of the objects on display in the Making Connecticut exhibit to explore how colonial kids helped out around the house.

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

June 2, 2021 · ·

Have you ever gone to a backyard barbecue? Or played lawn games with friends? As summer approaches, get ready for outdoor fun by exploring how backyards have served as a place for family, friends, and fun throughout history and today.

Family Grab and Go Bags: Construction Creations

June 5, 2021 · ·

Complete a construction challenge with a FREE Family Grab and Grab Go Bag, available one day only! Explore Hartford architecture through the drawings of Connecticut artist Richard Welling. Then, build your own unique structure – ALL necessary materials included!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

June 17, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

June 19, 2021 · ·

Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Family Program: Picnic and Play

June 24, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 1, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Grab and Go Bags: Made in Connecticut

July 3, 2021 · ·

Explore popular toys made in Connecticut with a FREE Family Grab and Go Bag, available for one day only! Learn about Silly Putty, the Wiffle Ball, Legos, and more! Then, use your imagination to create fun shapes with Silly Putty and design your own Frisbee – ALL necessary materials included!

Virtual Family Activity: Kat’s Creative Corner

July 7, 2021 · ·

Join the CHS in welcoming Kudipuchi dancer Sarada Nori! Explore the cultural and social history of this classical Indian dance form and enjoy a short performance by Sarada. Then, you can learn a few of the basic steps!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 8, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 15, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

July 17, 2021 · ·

Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 22, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

July 29, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Virtual Family Activity: Objects Tell Stories

August 4, 2021 · ·

This glove connects us to a well-known Connecticut legend…do you know which one? Look closely at this object and several other items from the CHS collection to investigate one of Connecticut’s most puzzling tales that has left people curious for decades.

Family Program: Picnic and Play

August 5, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Grab and Go Bags: A Day at the Beach

August 7, 2021 · ·

Get ready for the end-of-summer beach days with a FREE family grab and go bag, available one day only! Explore the stories of some of Connecticut’s well-known beaches. Then, revamp your summer wardrobe by decorating your own visor and a pair of sunglasses – ALL necessary materials included!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

August 12, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Program: Picnic and Play

August 19, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

Family Exhibit Tour: Dressing Up the Past

August 21, 2021 · ·

Visit the CHS for a special tour of Making Connecticut followed by a related craft! Through close-looking and hands-on activities, explore how clothing was made and how fashion has changed throughout history. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Family Program: Picnic and Play

August 26, 2021 · ·

Have a picnic lunch on the CHS lawn, get creative with crafts (materials provided), and play complimentary lawn games! Then, head inside to explore the exhibits, enjoying free admission to the galleries for children under 18. Don’t want to pack a snack? No problem! Hartford Food System’s Mobile Market will be on site from 12:00 – 2:00 pm offering fresh, healthy food for purchase!

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