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Keeler Kids Summer Programs (Session 1: Colonial Ridgefield) @ Keeler Tavern Museum

Come and join us for a fun and educational summer experience! Each session is a week-long local history program that offers boys and  girls a unique chance to explore life in historic Ridgefield through a variety of engaging, age-appropriate activities, including crafts, games, songs, stories, and foods from centuries past. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to step back into history and discover first-hand what life was like in historic Ridgefield as exemplified by the people who lived at Keeler Tavern Museum.

Cost: $250.00 / child; discounts for siblings & members

Grades 1-3. Space is limited, so sign up online today!
Keeler Tavern Museum Campus

132 Main Street
Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877
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Camp Aldrich: Experimental Printmaking @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Engage with exciting printmaking techniques, from large-scale monotypes to silk-screening to mixed-media lithographs, with expert printmakers. Mix and match methods to create unique works of art.

Instructor Bio:
Erika Rohde grew up in Easton, Connecticut, and now resides in Boston, where she recently completed her MA in Teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Rohde works in a wide variety of mediums, such as stained glass, mixed media, porcelain ceramics, glassblowing, and painting, which she believes benefits both her artistic and teaching practices. Recently, she exhibited her paper installation work Antumbra Apparitions at the Arnheim Museum in Boston, exploring her interest in opening a unique poetic vein that questions the notion of movement. Interactions between light and shadows are the deciding and driving factors behind her work, fostering a sense of fragility and lack of solidity in the delicate paper forms. In addition to her artistic practice, Erika Rohde is currently working as an elementary school art teacher in Boston, where she combines her love for learning and teaching visual art.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to offer Camp Aldrich—full-day, week-long arts experiences for children entering grades one through ten. Participants will engage with world-class artists, experiment with process and materials, and take ideas from concept to creation, all against the backdrop of the Museum’s innovative exhibitions.

Each week will culminate in an exhibition for families and friends.

Entering Grades 1 to 3

Family Member: · $300.00
Non-member · $330.00

Drop-Off: 9 to 10 am
Camp Programming: 10 am to 4 pm
Pick-Up: 4 to 5 pm

Family Member: $300/week
Non-member family: $330/week

If a sibling is also attending:
Family Member sibling: $270/week
Non-member family sibling: $300/week
Please contact Michelle Friedman at 203.438.4519, extension 146, or [email protected] to register at these prices.

Medical forms are required.

For more information, contact Michelle Friedman, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator, during Museum hours at 203.438.4519, extension 146, or [email protected].

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel 203.438.4519, Fax 203.438.0198,

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History Camp 2014 @ Newtown Historical Society

This unique camp gives modern-day children the opportunity to explore the life of a colonial child living in Newtown back in 1750 through lots of hands-on activities as well as interactive lectures, discussions and demonstrations.

Typically during the third week of July this camp is held at the Matthew Curtiss House on Main street in Newtown. Depending on enrollment, morning and afternoon sessions are offered. Each are limited to 12 campers.

Local area children can experience for themselves what it was like to live before technology became a way of life. To get a feeling for what Colonial children wore the campers will discover how a child dressed and will make costumes to wear and keep. They will learn what jobs they might have been expected to do at home, what games they would have played, what lessons were important to learn and what food the family would have eaten.

Campers will learn the real meaning of “Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” and other sayings from the Colonial era. They will make marbles as they were were made centuries ago, and play marble games with their creations.

The children will learn other historic skills such as: weaving their own baskets, making their own limn paintings, and practicing the art of tin smithing to create their own candle holders and decorative plates.

And nothing seems to be as much fun as learning to create snacks the old-fashioned way by shaking jars of cream to make butter, cranking an old-fashioned ice cream maker and putting together real fruit cobblers and baking them on an open hearth in the Curtiss House kitchen.

From an adults perspective, perhaps the best part about attending the camp is that by the end of the session the children have developed a real appreciation for history. Some actually say they love history. Many campers return as junior instructors, leading tours of the Matthew Curtiss House.

Cost – $150 per child for the week.

Sessions – 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Reservations – Send a $25 Non-Refundable Deposit (applied to the camp fee) along with your child’s name, age, your name, address, and phone number to:
Gordon Williams
601B Heritage Village
Southbury, CT 06488
Make checks payable to Newtown Historical Society.
Your reservation will be confirmed and additional camp details given.

Questions – Please call Gordon at 203-405-6392

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