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

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Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
In the Garden

Taking place outside in the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds gardens (weather permitting), we will read From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons, and then preschoolers and their caregivers will be invited to take part in a lively scavenger hunt around the grounds and the museum, and even plant some seeds in the garden.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. 
Toys and Play

On this day we will be reading Corduroy by Don Freeman, a tale of a teddy bear come to life. The Jackson Homestead has a whole gallery dedicated to historic toys, and in this setting preschoolers and their caregivers will be able to play with historic toys, and even design a toy of their own.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
4th of July

The Night Before the 4th of July by Natasha Wing uses the rhyming style of The Night Before Christmas to capture the excitement of July 4th celebrations. Preschoolers and their caregivers will learn why we celebrate the birth of the nation on July 4th and have the opportunity to craft in red, white and blue. At the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds.

Monday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m.
Snack Time in the Orchard

Outside on the grounds of the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds we will read Apples by Gail Gibbons to discover more about the history of apples in America, and use the fruit itself to make art. The Kenrick family had many acres of fruit orchards when they lived in Newton and their growing legacy is still present in our orchard and gardens.

Monday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Dress-Up at the Homestead

Most people today get their clothing pre-made from a store, but historically most clothing was made at home, and worn until it fell apart. We will read Caldecott Award winning book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, and preschoolers and their caregivers will have the opportunity to interact with historic garments from our collection and design their own clothing with a coloring activity. At the Jackson Homestead.

Wednesday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m.

At Home at the Homestead

The Jackson Homestead has been occupied for over 200 years, and has seen many changes come to Newton. The Little House by Caldecott Award winner and Newton resident Virginia Lee Burton tells the story of a house similar to the Jackson Homestead.  Preschoolers and their caregivers will explore the theme of home, and imagine life from a house’s perspective in this free, fun program.  

Monday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m.


Today we will read the Caldecott Award winning book Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine based on a true story of one man’s unique, creative escape from enslavement. Preschoolers and their caregivers will be given an opportunity crawl inside Henry’s Box and see other artifacts about freedom seekers around Boston. At the Jackson Homestead.