Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Workshops for families provide a venue for intergenerational groups to create art together. In these workshops, adults assist children in brainstorming ideas as well as aid with the creation of the artwork. In addition to specially scheduled family workshops, drop-in family workshops are regularly featured during our special events, such as Groundhog’s Day, A Day at the Fair, Anniversary Arts Party, Summer Social and Lights On. Past family workshops have included bubble wrap sculptures, story collages, and natural pigment creation.

Grounds For Sculpture is an amazing venue where you can experience art firsthand! Throughout the year, Grounds For Sculpture offers hands-on art workshops for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult learners. Workshops taught by artist instructors are an opportunity to engage in the art-making process and expand your creative skills! Please check our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of current workshops.

Workshops for children are extremely popular at Grounds For Sculpture.

  • Tots on Tour, designed for early childhood learners age 3-5, meets monthly, year-round. This program is designed and taught by a certified art teacher. The theme and lesson changes once per month. Tots on Tour features a story time, a child-friendly tour of selected sculptures in the park, and hands-on art making. Projects explore various art media, such as painting, printmaking, collage and more!
  • Young Artist Workshops serve two age groups, children 6-9 and children 10-14. These workshops complement Grounds For Sculpture’s exhibitions by exploring art media and techniques based upon featured artists. Class size is limited and children have the opportunity to work closely with the artist instructor. Young Artist Workshops are very popular and spaces fill-up fast!

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Free Drop-in Tours

APRIL-OCTOBER Tours may be available at 11am and/or 1pm
NOVEMBER Tours are offered at 1pm
DECEMBER Tours are limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

(All of the above Drop-In tours are dependent on docent availability)

We suggest calling 609-586-0616 before visiting, to confirm that a drop-in tour is scheduled for the date/time of the visit. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.  Reservations are not required and there is no additional charge for the tours. On arrival, to confirm place in a tour, a sign-up in the Visitor’s Center is required. Sign-up is available one hour prior the scheduled start of the tour. All registrants should meet their Volunteer Docent in the Visitor’s Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Please note that Drop-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All Drop-In Tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and availability of docents.

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Family Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach you just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Dining page.

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The staff at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center welcome you to Plimoth Plantation. Purchase tickets or membership here, then view the orientation film produced for Plimoth Plantation by the History Channel. This prepares you for the unique experience of visiting our outdoor living history sites, which tell the compelling story of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people.

Plimoth Plantation museum shops

The Visitor Center houses our Museum Shops that offer a range of products from one-of a-kind Native art and jewelry, to children’s toys and books, specialty foods and an array of items made in New England.

Also in the Visitor Center you can visit the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery and the Family Discovery Center, where fun is driven by imagination as children can try on Colonial clothes, play Native games and raise the flag aboard the shallop. The gallery also featuresGirl Playing in the Family Discovery Center at Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth and Meaning, a self-guided exhibit which tells the story about the 1621 events that continue to inspire America’s annual Thanksgiving holiday.

Our quick-service restaurant, Patuxet Café,features menu items adapted from both the Colonial English and Native cultures, as well as the more familiar modern snacks and meals to please diners of all ages and palates. Enjoy your meal in our spacious dining room, or when weather permits, take your food outside to the courtyard, or have a picnic on the lawn that overlooks a beautiful view of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay.

Designed by architect Graham Gund, the Hornblower Visitor Center is also available for functions. It’s the perfect setting for your wedding, party or conference. Classrooms on the second floor accommodate education programs, workshops, business meetings and dining for small groups. In our theaters we show first-run, independent and foreign films daily in late afternoon and evening.

In the winter months, when our outdoor exhibits are closed, the Visitor Center is still a lively place where we host the Plymouth Winter Farmers’ Market and other activities and programs as announced on our calendar.

Discovery Center

Where do young children go to have fun and learn more about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in Colonial times? The Family Discovery Station – where imagination creates the experience!

Here, children get to try on Colonial clothes, pretend to cook in a hearth, and learn how Pilgrim children ate their meals off of trenchers without using a fork. Discover how the Wampanoag built their homes and grew many types of vegetables before the Pilgrims settled here. Do you think catching fish is easy? Learn how the Wampanoag built a weir (a fence made of brush) to trap fish in a river.

Climb aboard the shallop (a small boat), raise the flag, and chart your course on a traverse board (a wooden board used in navigation), just like the one used by the sailors aboard the Mayflower to keep track of their course and speed at sea.

Everything in the Family Discovery Station is designed for children to touch, try on, play with and experience, including games and a puppet theater. And be sure to check the daily activity board for a story hour. The Family Discovery Station is a great way for young children to journey back in time.

Programs For Families

Plimoth Plantation offers lots of special activities for kids and families – you can experience the past hands-on when you are here!

Girls make Wampanoag pottery

During school vacations, you can always choose from a variety of Wampanoag (Native) and Pilgrim (Colonial) activities. During the summer, we have week-long day programs called Summer Adventures!

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends (like a special birthday party), bring them here overnight. You will enjoy an evening of activities (Wampanoag or Pilgrim) here at the Museum, (including dinner) spend the night in the Hornblower Visitor Center, and visit Plimoth Plantation for two days!

Your family could have an even more special family overnight experience, living as a Colonial family wearing authentic clothing, cooking supper over the hearth, and sleeping in one of our Pilgrim homes!

We have lots of online activities for kids, including a special Interactive Thanksgiving Activity called You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving.

To receive special offers and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.

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Family Overnights in the 17th Century

Looking for a very special overnight experience with your family or friends? Sleep in the 17th Century at Plimoth Plantation, or Sleep onMayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!

Sleep Like the Pilgrims

Come to visit our fun and educational living history exhibit sites early in the day, then join us in the afternoon to begin your Pilgrim experience. As English Colonists, you will be provided with authentic reproduction Colonial clothing. After you are dressed, you will begin experiencing the fun and the work of the 17th century!

Play games, write with a quill pen, even learn a song or a dance if you’d like! Activities will be tailored to your particular interests. Gather wood and get ready to set a fire, because…

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

…you will assist in preparing a hearth-cooked meal in our reproduction Colonial homes on our Colonial Education Site. Here, you’ll eat “supper” and spend the night, sleeping in authentic beds by a warm hearth. (The homes in our Education site were originally built by the Museum’s skilled artisans at a location on the coast of Maine, for the PBS-TV reality seriesColonial House. After the series ended, we dismantled the homes and reconstructed them at our Colonial Education site.)

A Museum teacher will teach you all you need to know, and will sleep nearby. Your group will have the privacy of the home to yourselves all night. In the morning, your teacher will bring you a continental breakfast (yes, with coffee — although the Colonists in the 1620s had only water…)

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

Join us for this magical, unforgettable experience.

Cost: $1000 for up to six people.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.

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Sleep on Mayflower II 

Rowing the ship's boat at Mayflower II

Yes, you read it correctly! You and your family or friends can spend the night on our full-scale reproduction of Mayflower, the well-known ship which brought the English Colonists to the shores of New England.  Mayflower II is docked in downtown Plymouth, at the same location the Pilgrims chose to build their first homes in 1620. All of our entertaining and educational living history exhibit sites will be available for you to visit both days of your stay.

After the rest of the visitors have left for the day, the ship is yours. You could row the shallop in the harbor, make a model of the ship to take home, learn to tie the knots the sailors would have used in 1620, or even try the foods the Pilgrims would have eaten on their way here from England! If that doesn’t sound like an ideal meal, don’t worry — we will provide a 21st-century meal, too! Spend your time with Museum teachers and marine artisans, who can teach you all you want to know about the Pilgrims’ 17th-century journey, and the journey of Mayflower II, which sailed here from England in 1957. The conversations and activities will be tailored to the interests and needs of your family and friends.

If you have the inclination, the decks always need to be swabbed. You may just have enough energy to explore the many decks of the ship, and then choose which one will be the place you make your bed for the night. Watching the sun set behind the masts and rigging of the ship is spectacular, but not outdone by the glow of the sun rising over historic Plymouth.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information about cost and availability, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org.

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New York City Building, Queens,

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

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Families

The Queens Museum offers free weekly Drop-in Family Art Workshops on Sundays from 1 pm-5 pm. No advance registration is necessary. These fun, educational workshops invite children ages 5-12 and their adult companions to take part in a shared learning experience that take visitors into our galleries and art studios. Activities offer families the opportunity to reflect on the artworks presented in Museum exhibitions as they work collaboratively to create unique works of their own with a variety of different materials. The art projects are as wildly diverse as the Queens Museum’s dynamic permanent and changing exhibitions. From building monsters to designing city blocks to making puppets, the art works are created by adults and children together under the guidance of skilled and caring teaching artists and a team of youth assistants from our Queens Teens program. Family Art Workshops accommodate diverse learners and are accessible to families with children with special needs and English Language Learners. For more information about Family Art Workshops at the Queens Museum please contact Tim Miller, Manager, Family and After School Programs at 718.592.9700 x137 or at tim@queensmuseum.org.

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755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD, United States

The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.

Zoo Tours

Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 410-546-3440 or go to the education section in our website.

Come see the Sloth at the Salisbury Zoo

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All sessions of ZooCamp teach an appreciation for and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, environmental games, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities. ZooCamp sessions emphasize the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Each session focuses on a different aspect of animal life. Sessions are offered for children entering grades K-8. All sessions of ZooCamp are aligned with Maryland State Curriculum Standards for Science.

 Summer Camp

  
Zoo Camps are a wonderful way to engage your child this spring or summer in a fun filled, all about animals experience. Gift Certificates can be purchased for camp(s) by contacting the Education Department at 410.546.3440.  Click here to download ZooCamp information.

Home School Workshops

Home School Workshops provide the opportunity for teaching parents to provide their children a fun, science themed, educational workshop.  Workshops are geared for multilevel age groups and are held at the Salisbury Zoo Education Center.  Each workshop includes a discussion on the given topic, live animal presentations, when available and a hands-on activity or game.

Storytime

This free program is intended for preschool children and their parents. Four and five year old children and accompanying adults are invited to join Wildlife Interpreters for an animal story, fun and sometimes silly songs and games and related craft project. This program is not intended for large groups or daycare centers.
Feel free to join us every Tuesdays at 10:00 am, March through November.

Wild Parties

Whether you are turning two years old or seventy-four years old, a Wild Party at the Zoo is a great way to celebrate. You can schedule a party to celebrate any occasion, not only your birthday!
For only $85, Friends of the Salisbury Zoo members ($100 non-members) can celebrate with the animals. Party-goers will enjoy making animal buttons and having Zoo animals join the party.  The birthday boy or girl receives a special gift from the Salisbury Zoo! We provide the craft materials and the animal presentation for the party.  You provide the decorations, food and of course, the guests. The party is scheduled for an hour and a half which allows plenty of time to eat cake and ice cream and to open gifts.  After the party, participants can enjoy exploring through the Zoo and time playing on Ben’s Red Swings playground.
Wild Parties take place in the ESBA Education Center and can be scheduled year-round. Because the party takes place inside, the program is not weather-dependent.

 

Party Rules and Regulations

Wild Party Flyer

To find out more information on family programs, contact the Education Department.

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290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ, United States

The Clay Pot is a unique pottery studio where Imagination and Creativity Come Together. We are a friendly, fun, and fully functional pottery studio offering classes and hosting of group events and parties. We welcome painting walk-ins, children and families, serious students, or just people who want to dive into the imaginative world of clay creation.

The Clay Pot is the dream of potter Martin Talavera and is a family run studio located in Spotswood, New Jersey. Our doors opened in 2008 and since that first day the studio has grown with the support of staff, students, and the local community. Our studio gift shop features finished pieces by Martin Talavera and resident artists. We also offer gift certificates for classes and lessons—a perfect birthday or holiday gift for all those budding artists out there. We do not currently offer phone or internet bookings.

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Classes and more…

Whether it is wheel thrown, hand built, or painting unfinished original and handmade pieces, our experienced staff can assist you in bringing your ideas to life. We pride ourselves on handmade and original pieces and ideas.

From throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, to sculpture and freeform design, The Clay Pot has the right class for you. Walk-in pottery painting welcomed with no appointment necessary.

All our prices are inclusive—there are never sitting or firing fees. All classes and lessons include tools, clay, glaze, and firing of finished pieces.

Outings at The Clay Pot are a fun way for groups, friends, or co-workers to share creative experiences and to learn about the art of pottery. Scout troops, summer camps, and schools can have their groups come and paint. Friends or co-workers can get together for a relaxing evening of creativity. There are hundreds of items available to paint—plates, mugs, plaques, figurines, and more!

Field trips last an hour.

Group outings are available Monday thru Friday during our studio hours.

Prices vary depending on the size of the groups and items chosen to paint. You pick the price and we offer ideas to fit your budget, such as plates, bowls, small vases, cups/mugs, and more. Reserve a date today! A non-refundable $25  registration fee is required. No internet or telephone bookings. A live wheel demonstration may be added for $25.00.

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Painting Craft Ideas

  • Wedding Favors: Get together to paint gifts for your wedding, picture frames, plaques, vases…
  • Showers: Bridal or baby, celebrate your shower with us and paint a unique keepsake items, figurines, picture frames, vases, bowls…
  • Holidays: Celebrate the holidays by painting unique items such as ornaments, jack-o-lanterns, plaques, bowls, mugs…
  • Personalized Gifts for family or friends: vases, plaques, figurines…
  • Just Because: You don’t have to have a theme or reason to get together—any unfinished piece displayed in our studio can become a personalized keepsake!

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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located in the heart of New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The MET currently represents in their permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.

The Met currently has a global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs,  including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum’s collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects. Students and teachers may explore the collection with a Museum staff member, who leads discussions and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking in response to original works of art. Tours are appropriate for the group’s grade, level of ability, and subject of interest. Guided tours are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

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The Met has so much to offer kids and their families. Have fun together in the Museum and online!


Family Map and Guides

Family Map

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How well do you know the Met? To find out, download our kid-friendly map or pick it up at the Information Desks when you visit.

Family Guides

Family Guides

Read all about it! Special guides show kids visiting the Museum how to hunt for details and learn fun facts about the collection. Download a guide before your visit, or pick one up for free at the Information Desks.

More for Kids and Families

Family Programs

Families

Explore art in the Museum in free drop-in programs for kids ages 18 months–12 years together with their adult companions.

Suggested Itineraries

Wheat Field with Cypresses

Choose one of our suggested itineraries to help you navigate the thousands of works on view at the Met.

Family Audio Guide

Family Audio Guide

Ideal for children six through twelve years of age and their families, this specially designed program includes easy-to-follow tours throughout the Museum’s permanent collection.

Nolen Library in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Nolen Library

Nolen Library is open to all Museum visitors and welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of materials about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and the history of art.

Family Programs at The Cloisters

Family Program at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

The Metropolitan’s branch dedicated to medieval art in northern Manhattan is a great place to visit with children!

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211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC, United States

EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the Southeastr, located in Columbia, South Carolina. EdVenture opened to the public in 2003. It has 8 galleries covering 67,000 square feet, plus hands-on exhibits, 2 resource centers, and a 200-seat theater. 40,000 square feet of the total 67,000 square feet is devoted to exhibit galleries, laboratories and visitor amenities. An additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor gallery space is located just outside the museum’s front door. Within the total 74,000 square feet there are approximately 350 individual hands-on exhibits. There is also a statue of ‘Eddie’ on the first floor of the museum which children can climb into and learn about the insides of people. It is located at 211 Gervais Street in midtown Columbia, next to the South Carolina State Museum.

Edventure Exhibits

For every child who visits EdVenture, seeing will be believing and doing will mean remembering. All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Click on the link above to view all exhibits available for view. 

Bring the Whole Family!

EdVenture wants you and your whole family to experience the joy of learning. Geared towards children ages 0 – 12 and their caretakers, our museum will provide hours of entertainment and education for even the most energetic and curious of children!

EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the Southeast. With award-winning exhibits and programming, there is something for every child to discover, experience and understand.

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Children today learn more by doing than watching. That’s why EdVenture has created a variety of hands-on programs that put “doing” at the heart of learning.

After School Programs

We know where the kids want to be after school — at EdVenture Children’s Museum!
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Homeschool Programs

Perfect for ages 2-10, this NEW program has been developed just for the needs of home school groups.
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Early Childhood Programs

Our Little EdVenturers programs help preschoolers explore and understand the world around them.
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Birthdays

Discover how EdVenture can make your birthday extra special.
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Camps

Camps are cool at EdVenture! Join us for hands-on activities during EDDIE’s Winter Break Camp,EDDIE’S Spring Break Camp, and Summer Camp EdVenture. Registrations are required!

Taste Buds Cooking Lab

Put on your chef’s hat and let’s get cookin’! Families can explore the methods of cooking and nutritious meal preparation under the guidance of a real chef!

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Fire & Life Safety

What is the leading cause of home fires in South Carolina? Does your family have an emergency plan in case your home catches fire? When is the last time you replaced those batteries in your home’s smoke detectors? EdVenture is proud to partner with South Carolina Labor, Licensing & Regulation to offer children across the state free fire & life safety programming.
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30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, United States

At The Crayola Experience™ visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It’s a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Themes and projects change periodically to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

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Birthdays

Let the Crayola Experience plan your child’s next birthday party. You choose the food & the guests and we will do the rest.

Let your family & friends play in our 60,000 square foot, 4 story building filled with exciting hands-on attractions. Whether it’s designing a custom Crayola marker from scratch or burning off some energy climbing through our Color Playground, everyone is sure to have a good time.

Overview

  • Base price $214.85 (plus sales tax) includes:
    • ALL DAY Admission for up to 15 guests (guests include children & adults)
      • Additional guests are $12.99 plus sales tax ($4 off regular admission)
    • Unlimited access to all 4 Floors of hands-on experiences
    • Free party room for 1 hour
    • Free party supplies
      • Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
    • Free secure area for gifts while you enjoy the facility
  • Add-Ons
    • Crayola character appearance – $20
    • Lunch options (inquire with sales rep for pricing)
      • Choice of: Pizza, hot dogs, and beverages
      • No outside food or beverages permitted – Birthday cakes are allowed
    • Party bags – $5.00 each
  • Booking
    • 2 week advance booking
    • Time slots
      • 10:00AM – 11:00AM
      • 11:30AM – 12:30PM
      • 1:00PM – 2:00PM
      • 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Policy

  • Payment
    • 25% deposit required to hold date and time
    • Balance due 24hrs in advance
    • The Crayola Experience accepts cash and major credit cards
      • No personal checks accepted as payment
  • Upon Arrival
    • Arrive ½ hour prior to party start time
      • To ensure you have a full hour in the party room, please ask your party guests to arrive 15 minutes prior to the party’s start time
    • Check-in at Front Desk to verify number of guests
    • Meet with party host to review details

For more information, please call 610-515-8000 ext. 4

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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, United States

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. All programs are linked to the Maine Learning Results and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding an optional educational program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

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Parents and Family Programs

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Fire Safety Fridays

First & third Fridays each month at about 10:30am

It’s our favorite Friday! Join us for a chance to meet one of Portland’s firefighters and to sit on a real fire truck! (This program is sometimes abbreviated or cancelled when the firefighters must respond to a call. We appreciate your understanding.)

Money-Managing Education from KeyBank of Maine

See calendar for dates and times

Join us for fun programs about earning, saving and spending money wisely! You’ll decide how to best spend, save and share play money.

Generously sponsored by KeyBank of Maine.

Tiny Tots

Every Thursday at 10:30am

This special series of programs designed specifically for toddlers (12-36 months). We’ll learn about the world through body movement, music, sensory art projects and more!

THEATRE PROGRAMS

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine produces theatre for kids, by kids, in the Dress-Up Theatre. There are opportunities for young audiences to see a show and for young actors to develop their skills. If you are between the ages of 8 and 17, you can audition for our company of actors and participate in a production!

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Each month features a new four-class weekly session devoted to a different story. On the final day of class, children will put on a show for friends and family! The class was created for our youngest actors, ages 4 to 5. Cost is $60/child for members, $75/child for non-members for four sessions, or $15 to try out one class.

MULTICULTURAL

Let’s Celebrate

See calendar for dates and times

What’s one thing everyone has in common? We all like to celebrate! Join us to come together and celebrate holidays of many cultures. Whether it’s your favorite holiday or one you’ve never heard of, there’s sure to be something fun to share!

SCIENCE

Whale Time: Inside Istar

Daily

Have you ever wondered how big a humpback whale is? Join us to learn all about whales from inside Istar,

Tide Pool Touch Tank

Daily

Have you ever wanted to touch a sea star or feel the spines of a sea urchin? Meet the Museum’s saltwater aquarium residents up close and learn about their amazing adaptations to life in the inter tidal zone.

Birthdays Are a Piece of Cake!


Gather your guests in the Dress Up Theatre.

Parties at the Museum & Theatre are easy to plan, a cinch to host and fun for children of all ages. We offer a range of affordable party packages to fit celebrations large or small. Choose from the options below, then request a reservation with just a few clicks.

With questions or to reserve by phone, call Shana at 207-828-1234 x232 or email shana@kitetails.org.

Visit our Flickr page to see photos of our birthday party spaces.

And remember…Museum & Theatre members recieve a 10% discount on the base price of any party!

Click here to become a member today!


Celebrate in a room just for birthdays!

Photo by Claudia Dricot

PLAYFUL PARTY

$100 for up to 10 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

Gather your guests in a special space just for birthdays!

Includes:

  • FREE all day Museum admission for your guests
  • 2 hours of private party time in the Birthday Room
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, camera obscura or star show)
  • Room capacity for up to 21 children

Click here to request a Playful Party reservation now!



Enjoy your party in the Ranger Station.

SUPER CELEBRATION

$250 for up to 20 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

Let live turtles join your party in the Ranger Station or celebrate in style with the costumes of the Dress Up Theatre.

Includes:

  • FREE all day Museum admission for your guests
  • 2 hours of private party time in the exhibit of your choice: Ranger Station or the Dress Up Theatre
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, camera obscura or star show)
  • Room capacity for up to 21 children in the Ranger Station or 35 in the Dress Up Theatre

Click here to request a Super Celebration reservation now!


PRIVATE PARTY

$350 for up to 20 children and unlimited adults

(additional children just $10 each)

It’s a child’s dream come true: having the run of the Museum! A truly special gift to both the birthday child and your guests.

Includes:

  • 2 hours of private play time in the entire Museum when it is closed to the public (Sundays 10am-noon or evenings 5:30-7:30pm)
  • Rolling carts to move your items in and out of the party space
  • Printable invitations to personalize and send to your guests
  • Add a private program (face painting, touch tank, camera obscura or star show)

Click here to request a Private Party reservation now!


BOOKING A PARTY

To reserve your child’s birthday party at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine call 828-1234 x232 or request a reservation online by clicking the links above.

Adults are welcome free of charge. A minimum of THREE adult chaperones are required.

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

WAYS TO SAVE 

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Boston Childrens Museum for Parents and Families

Self Guided Visits

Self-Guided Visits of Boston Children’s Museum offer children the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace.  Children and their adult chaperones can remain longer in especially intriguing exhibits, following the children’s curiosity and imagination.  Children are likely to discover some very thought-provoking activities – and in doing so develop some lifelong interests and skills.

Whatever your age, Boston Children’s Museum provides activities to spark your imagination.

Here you can be an artist, visit another country, experiment with science and explore your world. To help plan your next visit, check out our monthly Calendar of programs and events.

Please check back with us soon to find out more information about Programs and Events in the New Boston Children’s Museum or join our mailing list HERE for updates.

Birthday Party Packages

Yellow Party Room – capacity: 25 guests (10 children max.)

Green Party Room – capacity: 40 guests (15 children max.)

Blue Party Room – capacity: 60 guests (25 children max.)

  • Bronze Party Package

    Room rental for 2 hours, free Museum admission for the day for you and all party guests, and a Birthday Party Coordinator to assist you the day of the event.

    Yellow Party Room: $325

    Green Party Room: $400

    Blue Party Room: $475

  • Silver Party Package

    Bronze Party Package + papergoods (available in green, red, hot pink, blue, yellow, and purple) and Museum Shop coupons for all children attending the party.

    Yellow Party Room: $375

    Green Party Room: $450

    Blue Party Room: $525

  • Gold Party Package

    Silver Party Package + a Boston Children’s Museum T-shirt for the Birthday child, a 15% off Museum Shop coupon for the party host, and an activity of your choice.

    Yellow Party Room: $450

    Green Party Room: $525

    Blue Party Room: $600

Food Options

We want your Boston Children’s Museum birthday party to be a wonderful experience. We partner with Au Bon Pain Café and Sweet Tooth Bakery to offer you delicious, affordable, and easy food options.

Au Bon Pain Party Food Options

Sweet Tooth Bakery
Sweet Tooth Bakery specializes in freshly baked, customized kids’ cakes! We also provide additional items including cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. Please contact us at (617) 268–2555 for details or to place an order.
Crumbs Bake Shop
Cupcakes from CRUMBS BAKE SHOP will make your party special! We have over 40 flavors baked fresh daily – available in 4 sizes – Contact CRUMBS CATERING/Boston at 617-870-4700 for more info. bostoncatering@crumbs.com

You are welcome to have food delivered from elsewhere or bought in from home. The Museum does not allow food heating devices and prohibits the consumption of alcohol. All food and cake must be consumed in the party room. 

Activities

Activity Ages Price
Sculpting All Ages $25
Origami 3 and up $25
Face Painting All Ages $30
Crown or Mask Decoration 4 and Up $45
Sock Puppets 5 and Up $50

The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum

The Shop at Boston Children’s Museum offers Birthday party hosts many options for goodie bags, favors, and gifts. Please visit the “Shop” section of our website for more details.

Have you thought about donating your child’s gifts or having your guests make a donation in lieu of a gift? Below are some organizations which gladly accept:

Room to Grow
http://www.roomtogrow.org/
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-3
Birthday Wishes
http://www.birthdaywishes.org/Default.aspx
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new children’s toys and party supplies
Cradles to Crayons
http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-12

Boston Children’s Museum is located at 308 Congress Street. It is a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. Boston Children’s Museum does not have a parking garage, however there are affordable paid parking lots available in close proximity. Please consider public transportation if you can, especially during school vacation weeks. This is an exciting part of town, with a lot of development and construction taking place, which also makes parking more challenging on days when other businesses are open.

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10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States

The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. Visit today! Admission to the collection is FREE for everyone, every day!

Collection

African

American

Ancient Americas

Antioch Mosaics

Asian

Contemporary

European

Modern

Native American

Pacific Islands

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

Sculpture Gardens

Textiles

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Baltimore Museum of Art for Parents and Families

Family Fun at the BMA!

Visit the BMA for exciting family programs throughout the year—hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are free, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Look for Henri Matisse’s dog Raoudi (pronounced “rowdy”), the BMA’s guide for family art adventures. This perky schnauzer from the much-loved painting Interior with Dog leads the way on the Museum’s Artful Stories audio tour and many other activities. Wherever you find him, you’ll know that fun for the whole family will soon follow!

Stop by on Free Family Sundays for free hands-on art workshops and tours just for families.

Free Audio Tour for Families!

Costume Packs

Available whenever the Museum is open

FREE

The BMA features new Costume Packs inspired by works of art. Kids can twirl in a tutu inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, don King George IV’s fanciful cape, carry a Native American bandolier, or hold court in an ornate collar, necklace, and bodice fit for a Queen.

Costume Packs are available at the Welcome Desk in the BMA lobby.

BMA Audio Tour for Families

FREE

The BMA is one of the only museum audio tours with a dog leading the way! Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer, is the voice behind the Museum’s new Family Tour, which highlights objects in the collection. Rather than headphones, the Family Tour offers a handheld audio device that allows families to pause and chat about a work.

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Family Trips & Programs

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For Parents and Families

Whether it’s camp, field trips, birthday parties, or more, sign-up for enjoyable and memorable programs for families and children. You can also participate in family-friendly festivals and museum activities.

Birthday Parties at the Academy

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child’s special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities, and personalized attention from our staff.

Our Birthday Parties…

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are 2 hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Include free admission to the museum

For More Information on their Birthday Party Packages click here

Family Field Trips and Workshops

The Academy invites you and your family to share in one or more of fun and educational field trips and workshops that are held on selected weekends throughout the year. They are designed for children ages seven and up.

For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Barattolo at barattolo@ansp.org.

Safari Overnights

Experience the Academy After Dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists! Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.

For more information on their Safari Overnight Program and Schedule Click here

Tiny Tot Explorers

Young children and their favorite adults can join us in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs, and museum lorations. Tiny Tots Explorers (ages 3–4) meet from 10–11 am on Wednesday mornings in Outside In. We will provide an appropriate snack.

You may register for a single session or the entire series. Session size is limited to ten adult/child pairs.

For more information and Session dates and Times Click Here

Festivals and Events

The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a wide variety of Events and Festivals through out the year.

Click here to see what is happening when!

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