Storytime at the Museums

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Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 18 months to 6 years old by focusing on play, Newton's history, literacy, and lessons from our museums. Each 30-45 minute program includes reading from a children's book, an activity, a museum takeaway, and access to the museum afterward. Families are welcome to bring snacks for their kids. 

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Program Schedule

(Download July-August Program Flyer)

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 9:30 am

Hosted at the Durant Kenrick House & Grounds, preschoolers and their caregivers will learn about the White House and who helped to build it! We will read Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith Jr., and preschoolers and their caregivers can make their own paint fireworks to get ready for the 4th of July.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:00 am
Drawing at the Homestead

Hosted in the Jackson Homestead & Museumpreschoolers and their caregivers will learn about Ellen Jackson’s writings and drawings that help us understand more about the Homestead and the family living there. We will read Ish by Peter H. Reynolds, and preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to make mini sketchbooks to fill with their own art and writings!


Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9:30 am

Summer Fun!

Come explore the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, and learn about 18th century games! This week at Storytime at the Museums, we will read Blackout by John Rocco. Preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to explore the grounds outside and make their own “blacked out” drawings!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 10:00 am

Nature and Newton

Hosted at the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds, this program teaches preschoolers about the many plants in Newton, and how the Kenrick family brought new ones to America. We will read Tree by Britta Teckentrup, and preschoolers and their caregivers will create their own summertime paper trees!

Saturday, August 25, 9:30 am

Weave and Sew

Where do our clothes come from? Join us this week at the Jackson Homestead & Museum to explore how people in the past made their own clothes! We will read Bruno the Tailor by Lars Klinting, and preschoolers and their caregivers will get the chance to practice sewing their own toy aprons.