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Flowers are Blooming!

June 14, 2014 · Education ·

Summer is right around the corner – the weather is getting warmer, the grass has turned a brighter green, and flowers are popping up in gardens all over the state! Perhaps one of the most amazing Connecticut gardens to view at this time of year is the Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park (Hartford, CT). The…
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Family Program: Decorative Arts Day

April 4, 2015 · ·

Enjoy Free First Saturday at CHS with a historical twist on “arts and crafts time”!

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 14, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 15, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 16, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Spring Break Family Program: A Day in the Life of a Historical Kid!

April 17, 2015 · ·

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family to do over spring break? Come to CHS and experience what life was like for kids long ago.

Kids Having Fun at the Connecticut Historical Society

Look, Listen and Touch: Kids and Museums

By Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs at the Connecticut Historical Society Do you have a childhood memory of visiting a museum with your class or family? During these visits, did you ever feel that if your voice rose above a whisper, or if you dared to try to touch something, that you…
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Reading to Baby

Hands-On History: Home School Days at CHS

By Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs at the CHS Last week, the CHS education staff wrapped up our last school programs for the 2014-2015 school year, bringing a very busy year to a close. However, even after all the school buses left, we held our Home School Day: Summer Kick-Off on Monday,…
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Family Program: Toys and Treats Backyard Party

August 1, 2015 · ·

Join us on the CHS lawn for all your favorite childhood games! Enjoy everything from hopscotch to hula hoop, and play them with your kids, parents or grandparents.

Story and Craft at the Museum

October 28, 2015 · ·

Join us for spooky storytime at the CHS!

Family Program: Tellabration! An International Celebration of Story

November 7, 2015 · ·

Join us for Tellabration!, a world-wide celebration of storytelling from the Connecticut Storytelling Center that happens each November at sites around the state.

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: 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 Program: Back to School with ASD

September 2, 2017 · ·

Get excited to go back to school! Read, write, and play as we try out activities and crafts to explore how learning has changed from the 1800s to today. Try writing on a slate and see if you could pass a 19th-century class. Also, use modern-day craft supplies to make a cool chalkboard decoration for your locker or fridge!

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 Adventure Days: Comics and Capes

July 9, 2019 · ·

Did you know that Connecticut was the first state in America to print a comic book? Join the CHS for a fun-filled journey into the world of superheroes and comic books! Take a look at comic books from Connecticut, and then create your own comic-inspired craft.

Family Adventure Days: Comics and Capes

July 11, 2019 · ·

Did you know that Connecticut was the first state in America to print a comic book? Join the CHS for a fun-filled journey into the world of superheroes and comic books! Take a look at comic books from Connecticut, and then create your own comic-inspired craft.

Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

July 16, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment!

Family Adventure Days: A Storm is Coming!

July 18, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we investigate the history of weather! Learn about some of the largest storms to ever hit Connecticut, and then create your very own “Storm in a Jar” by performing a special science experiment!

Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

July 23, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we journey into space! Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo as you learn about Connecticut’s role in the space industry and how our state helped astronauts travel to space. Then you can create your very own rocket ship! You can also dress up in an astronaut helmet and pose in our special outer space photo booth!

Family Program: Special Movie Screening

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the CHS is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” Join the CHS for a special family screening of this film directly following the family program, “From Connecticut to Beyond!” Families can bring their lunch, along with blankets and pillows to sit on; chairs and additional snacks will be provided.

Family Program: Special Movie Screening

July 25, 2019 · ·

Half a century after humanity’s historic first step on the Moon, the CHS is hosting a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” Join the CHS for a special family screening of this film directly preceding the family program, “From Connecticut to Beyond!” Families can bring their lunch, along with blankets and pillows to sit on; chairs and additional snacks will be provided.

Family Adventure Days: From Connecticut to Beyond!

Join the CHS as we journey into space! Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo as you learn about Connecticut’s role in the space industry and how our state helped astronauts travel to space. Then you can create your very own rocket ship! You can also dress up in an astronaut helmet and pose in our special outer space photo booth!

Family Adventure Days: Escape to Freedom

July 30, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we explore the history of the Underground Railroad. You will get the chance to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. You can then make a constellation-inspired craft!

Family Adventure Days: Escape to Freedom

August 1, 2019 · ·

Join the CHS as we explore the history of the Underground Railroad. You will get the chance to learn about the secret code used among freedom seekers and how they used the stars and songs to communicate with each other. You can then make a constellation-inspired craft!

Family Program: History Bookworms

August 3, 2019 · ·

Calling all booklovers! Join the CHS for a celebration of National Booklover’s Day as we travel through time! Enjoy special readings of Mark Twain’s newly discovered children’s book “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine” at 10:15, 11:15, and 12:15, and then create your own book that tells the story of you! You can also visit our book nook and explore history through children’s picture books.

Family Adventure Days: Wind, Wheels, and Water

August 6, 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: 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!

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