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Children’s Programs

Programs for children are designed to engage their sense of discovery through first-hand experiences with art and history. Programs include our afterschool programs, summer camp, vacation workshops and hands-on exhibits.


Bush-Holley House by Candlelight

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A long-standing holiday tradition, Bush-Holley House will feature costumed interpreters, period holiday decorations and “candle” lighting throughout.

Tours will begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center and take roughly 45 minutes. This year, in keeping with our WWI exhibition theme, they will focus on how the Holley family celebrated the holidays during the war years, including the meals they might have prepared. Visitors may also enjoy hot chocolate and seasonal treats, music, crafts and from 5:00 to 6:00, a visit from Santa Claus.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Vanderbilt Education Center
Admission is free. Reservations not required.

“Treasure Hunt” Holiday Performances by No Strings Marionette Company

Saturday, December 20, 2014

All aboard for a swashbuckling treasure hunt! When young Jim is lured out to sea in search of adventure, a wild storm throws him overboard, and an unexpected underwater odyssey begins. With an enchanted kiss from a young mermaid, Jewel, Jim is able to breathe under water. Together they meet a host of amazing sea creatures, but also discover that King Neptune’s domain is threatened by pollution. See how Jim and his companions encourage everyone to take better care of the sea so that all the creatures above and below can live in harmony.

This family program includes a 30-minute marionette show followed by a Q & A session where everyone has an opportunity to touch and ask questions about the marionettes. There will also be a craft program in the Vanderbilt Education Center where children can create their own “underwater creatures.”

No Strings Marionette Company is a two-puppeteer touring marionette theater, concentrating on original performance pieces for family audiences. They perform primarily in New England, New York and New Jersey and teach their craft to a wide range of people through puppet-making workshops and residencies.

Saturday, December 20,2014
One-hour programs at 1:00 and 3:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15. Space is limited. Advance purchase is strongly advised.

1:00 pm Performance; Members: $10

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1:00 pm Performance; Non-members: $15

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3:00 pm Performance; Members: $10

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Custom Programs and One-Day Badge Workshops

Designed to help Girl and Boy Scout troops work toward specific badge requirements. For more information, call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer's request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.