Family Programs - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Family Programs


Winterthur offers a variety of fun programs for children of all ages. Come explore with us!

Squeaky Wheels
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
Every Tuesday, March–November, 10:30–11:30 am
Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium.
Wee Ones is now offered every week! 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.

Hands on History Cart
Saturdays, March 26, 2016–January 8, 2017, 1:00–3:00 pm
Take a behind the scene look at our Yuletide tour with hands-on objects. Members free. Included with admission.

Saturdays, April 1, 2017-January 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm
Explore the theme of our exhibition Treasures on Trial through hands-on activities. Members free. Included with admission.

New! Family Nature Walks

On select Saturdays, April–November (except July and August), 9:00 am, bring the kids to explore the Winterthur Garden with our horticulture staff and discover the wonders of nature. Visit our garden page for more information.

New! Story Time in Enchanted Woods

On the first and third Thursdays of the month, April–October, 10:30 am, you can share the joy of reading while cultivating an interest and appreciation for nature. Visit our garden page for more information.

Kids Grow: Children's Vegetable Garden Program
(Members only)
Summer Saturdays
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.

Terrific Tuesdays: Opposites Attract
Every Tuesday in July and August; 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Crafts and games highlight surprising aspects of the museum, garden, and library collections while special guests highlight new crafts and skills. Every week features a new theme. Bring your children, your grandchildren, or your neighbor's children, or meet friends here. Pack a picnic or pick up a kid-friendly snack at the Visitor Center Cafe. Stay to take the Time Traveler's Tour or to play in Enchanted Woods. Members and children under 2, free. $5 per child, one adult per child admitted free.

Enchanted Summer Day
Saturday, June 17, 2017; 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

Truck & Tractor Day!

Saturday, October 7
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. $35 per Member adult/child pair; $45 per nonmember pair for complete 7-month series. The next session begins November, 2017. Registration required by October 16, 2017. Call 800.448.3883 to register.  Enrollment is limited.

November - A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
December - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
January - Betsy Zane: The Rose of Fort Henry
February - Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark
March - The Smuggler's Treasure
April - The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
May - Rachel's Journal

Time Traveler's 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.

Preschool Packs

Available daily
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

Available daily
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.

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