The Fairfield Museum and History Center will offer new youth programs this summer!
For many years, the Fairfield Museum has provided fun and educational summer programs for children. Our programs inspire young people to discover the world around them. 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, and safe activities to best serve children and families. The Fairfield Museum is open to the public for visitors.
This summer the Fairfield Museum will offer two options for children’s programs.
- In-Person Workshops are for those who are comfortable participating with others at the museum, while practicing social distancing and other recommended precautions. Those workshops are limited to 7 students per session.
- Curbside Activity Kits are for those children who prefer to partake in the same activities, but from home. Those who sign up for the Curbside Activity Kits will be able to share their work online.
Children’s In-Person Workshops
Weekly children’s in-person workshops will meet Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 12pm. Participants will be required to pass a health screening and temperature check when they arrive between 9 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. Museum staff will wear masks at all times. Children may do so as well, but are not required. In the event there is a known exposure to COVID-19 during the week, the in-person workshop will be suspended and become a virtual program with activities to do at home and instruction via Zoom. You can review our full current In Person Workshop Policies.
- Ages 8-12
- Days & Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (with health screenings 9:00 – 9:30 am)
- Fee per week: $125 member / $150 non-member
Curbside Activity Kits
Weekly curbside kits include activities and projects for participants who prefer to partake in camp activities, from home. Kits include all necessary craft supplies with directions for each project. Each Friday, children who have completed their curbside activity kit may participate in a virtual event to share their completed projects with other children. Please allow 7-10 days for any curbside activity kit. Pre-ordered kits will be available for pickup at the Fairfield Museum beginning July 13. The History Mystery kit will be available beginning August 3rd.
- Available for all ages. Younger children may need some adult assistance.
- Virtual events: Fridays 10 to 10:45 am during corresponding weeks (participation is optional).
- Fee per kit: $50 member / $75 non-member
- Activity Kit Topics:
To become a Fairfield Museum member, visit us here!
2020 Summer Youth Program Season: July 13 – August 28 (7 weeks)
Week 1: July 13 – 16 Explore the Natural World
Week 2: July 20 – 23 Time Travelers
Week 3: July 27 – 30 Art Adventures
Week 4: August 3 – 6 Time Travelers
Week 5: August 10 – 13 Explore the Natural World
Week 6: August 17 – 20 Time Travelers
Week 7: August 24 – 27 Art Adventures
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.
The Fairfield Museum understands that sending your child to a group activity during the Covid-19 pandemic 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 new policies and procedures, which follow all State of Connecticut Sector Rules and Office of Early Childhood Guidelines. Please review our NEW In-Person Workshop Policies here carefully. If an in-person workshop is not the right fit for your child, please consider a Curbside Activity Kit instead.
Registration and Payment
Advanced registration is required and payment is due with registration. No refunds will be granted for absenteeism. We cannot pro-rate for missed days.
To purchase a Curbside Activity Kit:
Curbside Activity Kits require 1 week advance purchase. Kits will be available starting July 13. The History Mystery Kit will be available starting August 3. Each Friday, children who have completed their curbside activity kit have the option to participate in a virtual meet-up which corresponded with their themed kits. Please contact Tara Tomaselli at firstname.lastname@example.org for virtual meet-up details. Purchase your themed kit at the links below:
To register for an In-Person Workshop:
Each in-person workshop must have a minimum number of 4 children registered in order to run. In the event a workshop is cancelled 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 cancelled 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.
Required Documents for In-Person Workshops:
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.
- Workshop Registration Form
- FMHC COVID-19 Informed Consent
- Medical Forms
- In Person Workshop Policies
Please register for In-Person Workshops below: