Inside the CHS

Family Adventure Days: Wind, Wheels, and Water

August 8, 2019 · ·

Travel through history as we explore the various modes of transportation used in Connecticut! Look at photographs from the CHS collection, and then build your own train, car, plane, or helicopter (a Connecticut invention), or invent something new!

Family Adventure Days: Construction Creations

August 13, 2019 · ·

Connecticut has so many interesting buildings: old ones, new ones, small ones, large ones. Explore images and drawings of Connecticut architecture from the CHS collection and build your own creation! Use toothpicks, uncooked pasta, toilet paper rolls, and much more to design and construct your own buildings!

Family Adventure Days: Construction Creations

August 15, 2019 · ·

Connecticut has so many interesting buildings: old ones, new ones, small ones, large ones. Explore images and drawings of Connecticut architecture from the CHS collection and build your own creation! Use toothpicks, uncooked pasta, toilet paper rolls, and much more to design and construct your own buildings!

Family Adventure Days: Magical Museums

August 20, 2019 · ·

Experience Connecticut’s magical history by learning about Albert G. Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s, and exploring magical items from the CHS collection. You can then learn how to do special magic tricks and create a magic-inspired craft!

Family Adventure Days: Magical Museums

August 22, 2019 · ·

Experience Connecticut’s magical history by learning about Albert G. Walker, a famous Connecticut magician from the late 1800s, and exploring magical items from the CHS collection. You can then learn how to do special magic tricks and create a magic-inspired craft!

Family Program: Celebrate West Indian Culture

September 7, 2019 · ·

Discover the traditions behind West Indian Carnival costumes! These costumes, or Mas (short for masquerade), represent an important and beloved art form in West Indian communities. Explore our new Mas exhibit, featuring Carnival costumes made by Hartford teens. Then come meet some of the talented young people that made the costumes, and learn how to create mas and about some of the ways West Indian Carnival is celebrated!

Family Program: Fall Harvest

October 5, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS for a fun-filled day of popular fall activities! Participate in wheelbarrow relay races, play pumpkin ring toss, and then create your own scarecrow-inspired craft!

Hot Chocolate in Historic Connecticut

December 4, 2019 · Collections ·

Where in Connecticut could you buy hot cocoa for only 5 cents? Hammonasset Beach State Park! Now, some of you may be thinking, “Hot chocolate on a beach in the middle of the summer? That seems like a strange combination.” Interestingly, Connecticut has a long history of unusual hot chocolate pairings. In the early 1970s,…
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Family Program: Poppers and Holiday Traditions

December 7, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS for our annual popper craft! Make your very own popper to use as a gift, a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, or a holiday party favor!

Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

December 27, 2019 · ·

Cozy up with hot chocolate, snacks, a story time, and a fun craft! Join us for special readings of Faith Ringgold’s book “Tar Beach” at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. After the story, create an imaginative craft inspired by your own dreams.

Vacation Program: Cocoa and Crafts Story Hour

December 28, 2019 · ·

Cozy up with hot chocolate, snacks, a story time, and a fun craft! Join us while we explore the story of “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant” by David McKee. There will be readings at 10:00 am and 11:00 am, followed by the chance to create your own patchwork elephant!

Family Program: Charting Your Story: Maps

January 4, 2020 · ·

Discover the exciting story of mapmaker Bernard Romans! Explore the exhibit “War, Maps, Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution” and then participate in hands-on map making activities and crafts.

Family Program: Quilted with Love

February 1, 2020 · ·

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the CHS by creating your own teddy bear “quilt” and special valentine cards!

Vacation Program: Connect the Clues!

February 15, 2020 · ·

Are you a true history detective? Join us on this fun-filled history quest! Using only a map as your guide, solve riddles and explore the museum in search of clues to uncover the unique stories of Connecticut’s past.

Family Program: Silly Saturday with Dr. Seuss

March 7, 2020 · ·

Help the CHS celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America! Enjoy special readings of Dr. Seuss’s book “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” and create your own wacky craft!

Family Program: Earth Day Extravaganza

April 4, 2020 · ·

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by joining the CHS for a fun-filled extravaganza! Explore the importance of our planet through earth-friendly crafts, nature-themed games, and an environmental magic show, performed by Cyril the Sorcerer, from 11:00 – 11:30 am.

Vacation Program: Whale of a State

April 14, 2020 · ·

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

Vacation Program: Whale of a State

Did you know the Sperm Whale is Connecticut’s state animal? Do you know why? Join the CHS as we explore the answer to this question!

Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

April 16, 2020 · ·

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

Vacation Program: Say Cheese!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Discover history through the lens of Connecticut photographers! Join the CHS as we take a special look at historic photographs to learn about the lives of people long ago.

Family Program: May Day

May 2, 2020 · ·

Help the CHS welcome spring with a May Day celebration! Learn about the history of May Day by creating your own May basket, singing around a Maypole, and participating in many more springtime activities!

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