A community desire to lift up the families of Newtown has brought children’s museums throughout the state and region together to offer a series of programs titled “Museums. Love. Newtown.”
The goals of the museums and this collaborative effort, as announced by everwonder children's museum on Thursday, March 7, “are to provide exciting activities to ensure that children never lose their love of learning and engaging opportunities where families can enjoy learning together.”
Programs will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on weekends. Each museum will present one of their most popular programs.Registration is requested, and can be done through EverWonderMuseum.org.
Currently on the calendar are the following:
*Sunday, March 10, 3:30-4:30 pm, KidCity Museum Presents: Matt’s Lab.
Spin until you are dizzy. Lift someone three times your weight. Beat your big brother at tug of war. Guests will amaze themselves and friends your superhuman strength, as KidCity Museum Exhibit Builder Matt Niland helps children explore simple machines and physic experiments from the garage of the children’s museum in Middletown.
This program is for ages 7-10 and is limited to 25 children.
*Saturday, March 30, 2-5 pm, Lutz Children’s Museum presents Live Animals/Arts Oriented.
The Manchester based museum will be offering this program. Check everwonder’s website for a description and registration opportunities for this program.
*Saturday, April 13, 3-4 pm, The New Children’s Museum presents Science Genie.
Science Genie is filled with fun and educational demonstrations, consisting of animals (meet two live animals and compare their adaptations to yours) liquid nitrogen(witness astonishing things that this super-cold substance can do, from shrinking metal and erupting fog to launching miniature rockets) and weird science (you won’t believe your eyes as we present the screaming stick, the electric pickle, and flying French fries).
This program is for children in grades K-8, and is limited to 75 participants. Registration will be required.
*Sunday, April 14, 3-4:30 pm, Stepping Stones Museum presents Glaze a Ceramic Animal.
Children and parents will be able to glaze their own ceramic animal, which will be fired in the museum’s kiln. Discover the spectacular colors that emerge from painting with glaze.
Presented by Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, this program is for ages 3 and up and limited to 25 children. Registration will be required.
The program schedule is evolving, so residents of all ages should visit everwondermuseum.org/museums regularly to see new additions.
EverWonder Children’s Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to open a children’s museum in Newtown, also announced on March 7 that it will begin providing free programming at a temporary facility located at 31 Peck’s Lane. Exhibits and programming will be reflective of the offerings planned for the permanent museum, once constructed.