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The New Children's Museum - 2017 Events

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November 18, 2017 -  January 14, 2018

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GingerBread Lane, a village of over 300 handmade houses, cable cars and storefronts made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy, will debut at The Children’s Museum on Saturday, November 18, 2017. A creation of a single person, Chef Jon Lovitch, this amazing village is a nearly 50-foot-long and 12-foot-high mountain of confection within the Museum’s new hands-on GingerBread Forest exhibit. The lane took 10 months to create and was made with 1200 lbs of dough, 720 lbs of icing, 310 lbs of candy, cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course, ginger! The candy comes from 14 countries and includes 5000 candy canes, sticks of cinnamon gum and jelly beans. Chef Lovitch will be onsite, at the museum, installing the village from Sunday November 12, 2017 to Thursday November 16, 2017. Visitors during this time will get a sneak peak of the design and the fabrication process as it is being installed.

When: November 18 - January 14,
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm;
Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm;
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Children’s Museum, 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT 06107, 860-231-2824, www.TheChildrensMusseumCT.org

There will also be hands-on activities for children in the GingerBread Forest. This is a must see exhibit for all ages! Admission to the exhibit is free with paid general admission or membership.


Releases take place on Fridays at noon starting Friday, June 2, 2017

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The Children’s Museum in West Hartford welcomes back their winged friends with the seasonal opening of their Butterfly House. The first butterfly release of the year will take place at noon on Friday, June 2. Weekly butterfly releases will take place on Fridays at noon and are sponsored by KISS 95.7 and Country 92.5.

For the fifth year in a row, the Museum will open the Winged Wonders Butterfly House where guests can step inside and immerse themselves in a world of butterflies. The House is staffed with a guide that teaches families about the winged residents and their amazing lifecycles. The House also features many colorful, indigenous plants that foster an ideal natural environment for butterflies.

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Throughout the summer, visitors are invited to actively participate in butterfly releases, which will include Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Mourning Cloaks, and other species. Releases take place on Fridays at noon.

Family members of all ages will enjoy the breathtaking displays of color and nature. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to tour the butterfly garden at the Museum’s second location: Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, Connecticut.

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Admission to the Butterfly House is included with general admission or Museum membership. The House is closed in inclement weather.


Now open every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am and 2:00pm.

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The Children’s Museum is proud to present the Kids Can Compost program, an interactive and constantly growing exhibit emphasizing the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle principles in a new and exciting way! By building and maintaining an aerobic compost bin this summer, The Children’s Museum is providing a lesson about sustainable waste reduction as well as teaching biology, chemistry, and environmental science in a hands-on format. Visitors can attend demonstrations every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am and 2:00pm. Demonstrations will include taking temperatures to measuring moisture content and how to balance your compost to get the best possible result. As the compost bins are filled with food scraps and waste from The Children’s Museum’s raised garden beds, Butterfly House, and Wildlife Sanctuary, they will break down over time and eventually become rich soil to be returned to the gardens next spring! As the circle of composting continues, vegetables are grown in these gardens which are then used to feed the many animals that live in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Looking forward, The Children’s Museum will create an indoor vermicomposting, or worm composting, station.  Within this station, worms will be used to break down organic matter from the Museum, visitors, and the on-site preschool at the Museum. This will provide visitors with an up-close look at a different way of composting, as well as demonstrate an example of a composting system that can be contained within the home and is appropriate for those who would like to compost but are unsure about committing to a large-scale system, such as the aerobic bins. The Children’s Museum will also be developing a hands-on educational program involving vermicomposting where classes will be implemented in elementary school classrooms, culminating in creating a vermicomposting unit that can be left in the classroom, allowing students and teachers to continue the project after the initial outreach program has ended. This program is made possible by grants funded by the Vernon D. and Florence E. Roosa Family Foundation Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Legrand and Recycle CT.

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Founded in 1927 as the Children’s Museum of Hartford, our museum is reaffirming its mission as a catalyst for science inspiration and learning amongst children aged twelve and under. On May 10, 2006, we changed our name to The Children’s Museum, with the tag line, "Igniting Curiosity Through Science and Nature."
 
The Children’s Museum is the largest in the state and the fifth oldest children’s museum in the nation. Hartford Magazine readers have consistently voted it “Best Kid’s Attraction” since the poll’s inception three years ago.
 
The Children’s Museum has flourished in its current Trout Brook Drive location since 1958, at which time it moved from its former home on Farmington Avenue. In addition to the museum itself, The Children’s Museum is comprised of the highly respected, science-curriculum based preschool, The Children’s Museum Preschool; Connecticut’s largest space theater, the Gengras Planetarium; the UTC wildlife; and our wonderful nature center, Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. We are the only children’s museum in the nation that has such a wide range of distinct science and nature-based offerings.

Directions

The Children's Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, Connecticut

Directions to The Children’s Museum

Eastern Connecticut (east of Hartford and the Connecticut River)
I-84 West to Exit 43. At end of ramp, turn right onto Park Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 3/4 of a mile on the right.

Western and Southwestern Connecticut
I-84 East to Exit 43 (left-hand exit). At end of ramp, turn right onto Park Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 3/4 of a mile on the right.

Southeastern Connecticut
Route 2 to Hartford, pick up I-84 West to Exit 43. At end of ramp, turn right onto Park Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 3/4 of a mile on the right.

Central Connecticut
Route 9 North to I-84 East to Exit 43 (left-hand exit). At end of ramp, turn right onto Park Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 3/4 of a mile on the right.

Directly North (Massachusetts)
I-91 (South) to Hartford and connect to I-84 West to Exit 43. At end of ramp, turn right onto Park Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 3/4 of a mile on the right.

Directly South (New Haven)
I-91 (North) to Hartford and connect to I-84 West to Exit 43. At end of ramp, turn right onto Park Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 3/4 of a mile on the right.

Northwestern Connecticut
Route 44 over Avon Mountain, through Bishops Corner (major intersection). At next major intersection (2nd light), turn right onto Trout Brook Drive. The Children’s Museum is 2-3 miles down the road, on the left, just after the intersection with Farmington Avenue.

Select for a map (PDF 67 KB) or visit the Museum website at http://www.thechildrensmuseumct.org/visits/v_directions.htm

Contact

For more information on these and other Gengras Planetarium shows go to http://www.thechildrensmuseumct.org/planetarium.htm or call 860.231.2830 ext 40. View the calendar at http://www.thechildrensmuseumct.org/calendar.htm


{Telescope with Planets and Stars} The Children's Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860)231-2830

www.thechildrensmuseumct.org

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