Summer Camps


Summer Camp Adventures inspire children to discover the world around them.

Fairfield Museum’s Summer Camp Adventures inspire and engage kids ages 4 – 13. Hands-on and interactive activities include tours, games, art and crafts that inspire young people to discover the world around them, bringing art and history to life. Kids will explore hands-on exhibitions and historic sites, learning about the arts, history and culture — with plenty of time to make new friends and enjoy summer fun!

Students completing 8th grade are invited to apply to our new Junior Docent program! Click here for more information >>

Please note: a Summer Camp Release Form and CT Health Assessment record are required for all campers, Camp Release and CT Medical Form

Registration begins on February 3, 2017 for Members
and February 10, 2017 for Non-Members

Please complete the following steps to register:
1) Select Camps, Register and Make Your Payment

Online registration opens for Members on February 3, 2017 and Non-Members on February 10, 2017
Download the Application and mail, fax or drop off with payment to:
Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Fax: 203-255-2716. Attention: Walter Matis

2) Complete a Summer Camp Release Form and CT Health Assessment record

This is required for all campers. Camp Release and CT Medical Form

3) Deadline for Application and Forms is one full week before the Camp begins

Summer Camps 2017!
History by Hand

Session 1: June 19 – 23          | 9am – 3pm | Ages 7 – 12
Session 2: June 26 – 30          | 9am – 3pm | Ages 8 – 13 CLOSED!
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Be inspired by history and handmade! View crazy quilts and examples from our collections and learn how to sew, embellish and more. Learn hand stitching basics to mastering a sewing machine, creating patchwork pillows, stuffed animals, bags and more. We’ll also explore the Museum’s interactive gallery and enjoy active playtime outside. Teacher: Christine Jewell, Director of Education.
Members: $190; Non-members: $215

Art Around the World

Session 3: July 10 – 14 | 9am – 12pm | Ages 4 – 6*
Session 4: July 10 – 14 | 1pm – 4pm | Ages 6 – 8
Session 5: July 17 – 21 | 9am – 12pm | Ages 4 – 6* |
Session 6: July 17 – 21 | 1pm – 4pm | Ages 6 – 8
Session 7: July 24 – 28 | 9am – 12pm | Ages 4 – 6*
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* Children must by age 4 by December 31, 2017.
Travel through time and across the globe! Celebrate fascinating cultures and create unique art projects every day, exploring different themes, artists and techniques. Discover fun facts, foods, games and music. Each child will document their journey along the way, creating a passport souvenir showing what they discovered. Older children will enjoy more in-depth investigations and advanced art techniques. Teachers: Ms. Annie and Ms. Karen of Great Beginnings Montessori School.
Each Session: Members: $170; Non-Members: $190

Outdoor Art Adventures

Session 8: August 7 – 11  |  10am – 2pm  | Ages 7 – 9
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Spark your imagination and observe the wildlife, beach, and surrounding area to create landscape paintings and mixed-media artwork with fantastical and mythical creatures like elves, fairies, gargoyles, and centaurs. Build sculptures and miniature environments with natural and found materials for your imaginary world to thrive! Teacher: Cassie Walker

Storybook Cottage

Session 9: August 14 – 18 | 9am – 3pm | Ages 7 – 9
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Create your own stories inspired by the new Victorian Cottage & Museum. Kids will learn a variety of bookmaking techniques and write their own storybook adventures! Bring to life talking mice, historical figures, faerie worlds or robots from another planet. Kids will also build 3-D collages and dioramas of the characters and stories they create from recycled materials, clay and found objects. Teachers: Christine Jewell & Cassie Walker

Ogden House Colonial Life Camp

Session 10: August 14 – 18    9am – 3pm     Ages 8 – 12
Session 11: August 21 – 25    9am – 3pm     Ages 8 – 12
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Step back in time and discover what life was like in Colonial times. Dipping candles, writing with a feather pen and ink, and making homemade butter and ice cream were all in a day’s work. Campers spend four days learning and playing at the Ogden House, a Fairfield Saltbox home dating back to 1750, and the final day on the historic Town Green exploring a 19th century schoolhouse and Victorian-era barn. Teacher: Walter Matis, Program Coordinator.
Members: $190; Non-members: $215

Teacher Biographies

Karen Cusanelli holds a B.S. in Child Development from Syracuse University, and M.S. Ed from Loyola University in Maryland.  She is certified in both the Infant/Toddler (birth-3yrs.) and Primary (3-6 yrs.) levels of Montessori Education. She has been a teacher for over twenty years.  She is certified by the American Heart Association for Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and administration of medications.

Annie Isler is a graduate of Lauralton Hall and Fordham University, with a B.S. in International Business. After working in corporate America for 9 years she decided to take some time off to start a family. In 2004 she happily joined the staff of Great Beginnings Montessori School and is presently an assistant teacher for the Primary (3-6 yr. old) level.  Annie is certified by the American Heart Association for Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and administration of medications.

Christine Jewell, Director of Education and Community Programs, joined the Fairfield Museum in 2007. She has a M.A. in Social Policy from the State University of New York/Empire State College and a B.F.A. from Purchase School of Art + Design, NY. She has 15 years of experience as a museum educator, developing and teaching programs in the arts, education, history and culture. She develops K-12 programs for students and teachers and implements programs for adults, families and children that complement the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.

Walter Matis, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, has been with the Fairfield Museum since 2004.  He assists with developing educational programs for children and adults, bringing Fairfield’s history to life. He presents programs including Walking Tours, Living History, gallery tours, field trips and outreach programs.

Cassie Walker is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design and spent her early career in package design working for international companies. With kids on the way and a family to take care of, Cassie stepped away from her career to focus on the family. Soon Cassie became inspired to take her knowledge of art and design to inspire children and created “The Lion’s Studio” art workshops. Her classes teach children about the masters of art and design and their impact on history. It’s a place where kids can take risks or just take it all in and brush it all out!