Building on children’s natural interest in hearing stories, Historic Newton is launching a bi-weekly, drop-in “Storytime at the Museums” program to connect children with history and promote literacy. Each program is for children ages 18 months to 6 years and includes reading from a children’s book, a fun activity, and a museum takeaway. Admission is free for children and their caregivers.
Each Storytime program starts with a theme in history, from growing up in the 19th century to the American Revolution. The programs planned for March and April begin our exciting, ongoing series of programs. For nighttime programs, children are invited to come to the museum in their pajamas for extra fun. For program updates, visit our Storytime page.
3/1/17 - IN THE LIBRARY
10:30 a.m., Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton
In this first instalment of our new Storytime program, preschoolers and their caregivers will learn how much fun a library can be with Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm by Herman Parish. Children will then be invited to create their own book, which can be added to each time they come back for Storytime. This program will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Dewing Library Room at the Durant-Kenrick House Museum.
3/15/17 - GROWING UP IN THE 19TH CENTURY
7:00 p.m., Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton
This week preschoolers and their caregivers will get a glimpse into 19th century life with Caldecott Award winning book The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall. They will get to interact with household items from our collection and learn about growing up in Newton in the 19th century at the Jackson Homestead.
3/29/17 - ARCHITECTURE
10:30 a.m., Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton
Newton was home to one of the nation’s first professional female architects, Annie Cobb. Pre-schoolers and their caregivers will be introduced to architecture will Gail Gibbon’s How a House is Built, and will be able to construct their own houses to take home.
4/12/17 - AMERICAN REVOLUTION
7:00 p.m., Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton
With the upcoming Patriot’s Day holiday in mind, preschoolers and their caregivers will be introduced to one of the most prominent figures of the revolution with My Little Golden Book About George Washington by Lori Haskins Houran. Children will create a flag to take home, and begin to explore some of the themes of the revolution.