Winterthur offers a variety of fun programs for children of all ages. Come explore with us!
New! Election Day Collection Day, November 4!
Looking for something to do with the kids on Election Day if they’re off from school? Winterthur and the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) are hosting “Election Day Collection Day,” a drop-in program from 10 am–4 pm. Kids can participate in activities and crafts designed to teach about building, using, maintaining, conserving, and sharing collections. Kids can even bring something of their own, and the conservators will teach them how to take care of it! Admission to both museums is free for Winterthur and DMNH Members, and you can start at either museum! Nonmembers must pay general admission price.
First Friday of every month, March through October; 10:30 am–12:00 pm
This drop-in program for infants and their caregivers provides an opportunity for babies to explore new things and for grown-ups to meet new people. Pick up a basket filled with items that will introduce your baby to different textures, sounds, and patterns, then spread your blanket on the floor of the galleries and enjoy learning together. Afterwards, grab a quick lunch at the Visitor Center or take a relaxing walk in the garden. Free for babies and their caregivers. Children 2 and older; $5.
First Wednesday of every month, March through 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
First Thursday of each month, March–October, 10:30–11:30 am
Meet in Galleries Reception Atrium.
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.
March 6: The Magic Bed by John Burningham
April 3: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks by Eve Bunting
May 1: Tea Rex by Molly Idle
June 5: The Empty Pot by Demi
July 3: Pancakes by Eric Carle
August 7: A Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Mahy
September 4: Firetruck by Peter Sis
October 2: Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler and We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Hands on History Cart
Saturdays, March 1, 2014–January 4, 2015, 1:00–3:00 pm
Do you have what it takes to make it as a house servant? Stop by and prove your mettle at shoe-shining, corset-lacing, table-setting, and a variety of other activities. Members free. Included with admission.
Historic Automobile Displays
Saturdays in May, 10:00 am–4:00 pm; weather permitting
See sleek and shiny cars of long ago. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display of cars from the country-estate era. Pick up an activity sheet from the Visitor Center to guide your exploration and bring your diecast matchbox cars to "drive" along our shaded lanes.
Kids Grow: Children's Vegetable Garden Program (Members only)
Saturdays, June 7–August 2, 2014
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.
Enchanted Summer Day!
Saturday, June 14, 2014; 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 in admission. Members and children under two, free.
"Grow Your Own Fossil"
July 18, 3:30–4:30 pm
Brown Horticulture Learning Center
This family-fun program guides you through planting of a "living fossil," a tree that was growing during prehistoric times, followed by a short walk to see a mature prehistoric tree. Work clothes and shoes appropriate for a short hike recommended. $15 per child. 10-family limit. Reservations required. Call 800.448.3883 for reservations.
Time Travelers' Book Club (New!)
June 25, July 23, August 20; 1:00–3:00 pm
This book club will make history come to life for kids ages 10-12. Come discuss a different book each month, explore the museum's collection, and try hands-on activities that will illuminate your understanding of the past. Register for one or for the entire series. Members, $5 per child; $10 per non-member child.
June 25: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes - CANCELLED
July 23: Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark by Gail Karwoski
August 20: Chasing the Night Bird by Krista Russell
Every Tuesday in July and August; 10:00 am–3:00 pm (drop-in program)
Kids ages 3-10 are invited to try fun activities related to the wide world of Winterthur. In July we will investigate how craftsmen made objects now in our collection and how museum conservators continue to care for them. Terrific Tuesdays in August will feature various activities in Enchanted Woods. Members free. $5 per child, one adult per child is free.
Truck & Tractor Day!
Saturday, October 4
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of trucks, tractors, ice cream, hayrides, and arts and crafts!
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. $25 per Member adult/child pair; $35 per nonmember pair for complete 7-month series. The next session begins November 6, 2014. Registration required by October 24. Call 800.448.3883 to register. Enrollment is limited.
November 6, 2014 A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
December 4, 2014 The Witch of Blackbird Pond
January 8, 2015 ??
February 5, 2015 Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark
March 5, 2015 ??
April 2, 2015 The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
May 7, 2015 Rachel's Journal
Once Upon a Family 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.
Be Tween! (New Tour!)
Second Sunday of every month, May through October at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Are you interested in beauty, technology, arts and crafts, or interior design? If so, this is the tour for you! Tweens, their friends, and the women in their lives are invited to join us for a 1-hour tour that explores and invites discussion about a different theme each month. 5 person limit. Included with admission, by request. To reserve in advance, please call 800.448.3883.
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.
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
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.