For years, the Fairfield Museum has provided fun and educational summer programs for children. Our programs inspire young people to discover the world around them, bringing history and art to life. Now more than ever, the well-being of our visitors and the community are our top priority. In response to COVID-19 and with the guidance of the CDC, State of Connecticut, and local authorities, our children’s summer programs are filled with new creative activities and options to best serve your children and family.
Weekly children’s in-person workshops will meet Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 12pm, with a required health screening and temperature check between 9:15 and 9:30 am. Group size will be limited to 7 children per week with a combination of indoor and outdoor activities. Social distancing will be practiced at all times. Children will work at their own tables and use one set of materials each. Spaces will be disinfected at the end of each day. Staff and children will wear masks at all times. In the event, there is a known exposure to COVID-19 during the week, the in-person workshop will immediately become a virtual program with activities to do at home and instruction on Zoom.
2021 Summer Youth Workshop Season: July 12 – August 26 (7 weeks)
Days & Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (with health screenings 9:15 – 9:30 am)
Fee per week: $125 member / $150 non-member
Explore the Natural World
Weeks 1 & 5
Explore the natural world surrounding the Fairfield Museum and learn about the history of people who have lived along the coast. Make a sketchbook, create drawings, paintings, and art inspired by nature. Study the local flora, fauna, observe bird life and listen to facts, folktales and stories of the sea and the Sound as we combine history, nature and art.
Weeks: 2, 4 & 6
Step back in time and discover what life was like long ago. Write with a quill pen! Make traditional crafts and toys including a corn husk doll, a haversack, sailor’s valentine, and more. Using the 1750 Ogden House and c. 1780 Sun Tavern as inspiration, explore the different uses for rooms in 18th and 19th century homes and businesses.
Weeks: 3 & 7
Discover different art techniques while using the collection and current exhibitions as inspiration. Each activity will include a closer look at museum objects, followed by a related art project. Explore multiple themes throughout the week including nature, architecture, figures and fashion. Lessons will include drawing, painting, photography and collage.
We know that sending your child to a group activity during COVID-19 offers new challenges and considerations. We want to assure you that the Fairfield Museum is taking the health and safety of your family and our staff and visitors very seriously. Please see our policies and procedures, which follow all State of Connecticut Sector Rules and Office of Early Childhood Guidelines.
Click Here to review our In-Person Workshop Policies. Please review each section carefully.
Registration and Payment
Advanced registration is required and payment is due with registration. No refunds will be granted for absenteeism. We do not pro-rate for missed days.
Click Here to download the Registration Form.
Each in-person workshop must have a minimum number of 4 children registered in order to run. In the event a workshop is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified 1 week prior to the first day of the program. A full refund will be issued if the workshop is canceled by the Fairfield Museum.
To cancel a workshop registration, notification must be given to the Museum by Monday morning of the week prior to your child’s enrollment. Your registration may determine if a workshop runs or not, and we need to cancel or confirm by end of day Monday (one week prior to the start of each week). A full refund (minus a $25 processing fee) is given if requested on time by email. Please call to confirm that your request has been received, (203) 259-1598
The following documents are required to be filled out and electronically sent to the Fairfield Museum no later than one week prior to the start of a program.