Winterthur offers a variety of fun programs for children of all ages. Come explore with us!
First Wednesday of the month, March–October; 10:30–11:30 am
Parents and their toddlers in strollers are invited to join us for fun and informative walks through the garden and galleries. Spend time with yourchild and make friends with new families while you learn a little about the amazing collections that make Winterthur special. Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted free.
WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur
First Thursday of the month, March–October, 10:30–11:30 am
Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium.
This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates active learning through music, movement, and the exploration of objects in a warm and welcoming setting. Themes relate to the museum and garden. Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted free.
March 5: Cancelled due to anticipated snow!
April 2: Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tommie de Paola
May 7: Trees, A Poem by Harry Behn
June 4: Georgia's Bones by Jen Bryant
July 2: I Am My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
August 6: Turtle Tale by Frank Asch
September 3: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
October 1: Tool Box by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
Hands on History Cart
Saturdays, March 7, 2015–January 3, 2016, 1:00–3:00 pm
Try a variety of activities related to the exhibition A Colorful Folk. Members free. Included with admission.
Winterthur Invitational Historic Automobile Displays
Saturdays in May, 10:00 am–4:00 pm; weather permitting
See sleek and shiny cars of long ago. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display of cars from the country-estate era. Pick up an activity sheet from the Visitor Center to guide your exploration and bring your diecast matchbox cars to "drive" along our shaded lanes.
Kids Grow: Children's Vegetable Garden Program (Members only)
Saturdays, June 6–August 1, 2015
Introduce your children, ages 6–11, to the wonder of growing their own plants in this 9-week course. Members only; free. Call 302.888.4779 by May 1 to register. Space is limited.
Enchanted Summer Day
Saturday, June 20, 2015; 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Put on your elf ears or fairy wings and come celebrate the beginning of summer with music, storytelling, crafts, and more in our award-winning children's garden, Enchanted Woods! Included with admission. Members and children under two, free.
Every Tuesday in July and August; 10:00 am–3:00 pm (drop-in program)
Kids ages 3–10 are invited to try fun activities related to the wide world of Winterthur. In July we will investigate how craftsmen made objects now in our collection and how museum conservators continue to care for them. Terrific Tuesdays in August will feature various activities in Enchanted Woods. Members free. $5 per child, one adult per child is free.
Truck & Tractor Day!
Saturday, October 3
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of trucks, tractors, ice cream, hayrides, and arts and crafts! Included with admission. Members and children under 2 free.
Pages of Time: Mother & Daughter Book & Craft Club
First Thursday of each month, November through May; 6:00–8:00 pm
Is your daughter in 4th–6th grade? Does she love to read, make crafts, and learn about people who lived long ago? Join us as we discuss historical fiction books, try tasty snacks, and make crafts related to the book for each month. $25 per Member adult/child pair; $35 per nonmember pair for complete 7-month series. The next session begins January 2016. Registration required by October 24. Call 800.448.3883 to register. Enrollment is limited.
November 6, 2014 A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
December 4, 2014 The Witch of Blackbird Pond
January 8, 2015 Betsy Zane: The Rose of Fort Henry
February 5, 2015 Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark
March 5, 2015 The Smuggler's Treasure
April 2, 2015 The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
May 7, 2015 Rachel's Journal
Once Upon a Family Tour
Available March through October at 12:30 pm and additional times during summer months
Learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while exploring rooms in their house and (weather permitting) garden spaces where they played, worked, and entertained. Designed especially for families with children ages 4–11. 45 min.; 10 person limit. Included with admission, by request.
The Touch-it Room
Travel back in time to this delightful kid-oriented space where everything is touchable! Host an imaginary tea party, cook at the open hearth, or shop at the general store. Seasonal hours. Included with admission.
Pick up a Preschool Pack from the Galleries Reception Desk the next time you and your family visit the Galleries. Each of the four packs includes stories, puzzles, and games on a different theme. Discover and learn with hands-on activities that bring the museum’s objects to life! Included with admission.
Enchanted Woods Backpacks
Filled with scavenger hunts, journals, magnifying glasses, and more, these backpacks offer great ways to explore Enchanted Woods. Borrow one from the Galleries Reception Desk before you head outside, or, during the summer months, pick up one from a volunteer stationed in Enchanted Woods. Included with admission.