Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

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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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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.

An unfinished plaque on display at The Clay Pot, Pottery STudio

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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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

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Shelburne Museum for Parents and Families

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Families and kids are always welcome at Shelburne Museum! Look for Webby when you visit the Museum. You’ll find him wherever there are activities and programs for families and children.

Family Days

Join us for special Family Days throughout the 2014 season. Each event offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days for the 2014 Spring/Summer Season are currently in development. Stay tuned for engaging and educational programs devoted to fun for all ages!

Owl Cottage Activity Center 

Owl Cottage Activity Center offers visitors a chance to take a break and relax during their Museum visit. Guests can read books or explore toys and games inspired by the Museum’s collections. We invite visitors to join us for our weekly Story Time with Webby.

Smart Series

Shelburne Museum now offers specialized art-themed programming year round! Programs are geared toward families but all are welcome.

SMArt: Kids-Ordinary to Extraordinary

1-4 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 Inspired by activities found on the social networking site Pinterest™  and the exhibition John Bisbee New Blooms. Participate in an afternoon of extraordinary art-making using ordinary materials.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-I Heart Art1-4 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sample tasty treats and create your own heart inspired jewelry. For the young, and young at heart.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Flicks-Muppet Mania

Join us as we celebrate all things Muppets. From viewing the Muppet Movie to making sock puppets, it’s not easy being green but we will do our best. The new Muppet Movie opens March 14.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-EGG-STREME Spring

 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014

Art Safari 

Art Safari programs are Museum adventures specifically designed for 3 to 5-year old visitors with an adult companion. Each month we explore a part of the Museum collection through imaginative play and then roll up our sleeves for a hands-on art activity in Owl Cottage. May through August, stay on for Story Time with Webby at 10:30 a.m.

All programs have a capacity of ten children. We kindly ask that no children younger than three attend so that you and your preschooler can fully engage in the activities. Registration is by mail on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download a registration form.

Arts on the Go

From  mid-June to mid-August our bright blue Art on the Go are stationed in exhibitions and filled with art supplies, games, activities, and books. Look for the carts again during the 2013 season for new art activities and learning opportunities.

 Dive in with Webby 

Keep your eye out around the grounds for Webby–the icon for family-friendly activities in and around the Museum’s galleries and grounds. “Dive in with Webby” cards in many of our exhibition buildings guide visitors of all ages in interactive explorations of Museum collections.

 Daily Demonstrations

Demonstrations will resume May 11, 2014

Visitors can gain insight into America’s craft and cultural heritage at three demonstration sites: the Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, and Weaving Shop.

Blacksmith Shop

Visit the Blacksmith Shop to see demonstrations of how early 20th-century blacksmiths practiced their trade. The Blacksmith Shop also houses a collection of 19th and 20th-century blacksmithing and wheelwrighting tools.

Print Shop

The Print Shop features letterpress printing demonstrations that highlight changes in printing technology through the 19th and mid-20th centuries. Museum printers work at a range of presses, from the manual acorn press to the automated Heidelberg press.

Weaving Shop

Visitors to the Weaving Shop can learn about the processing of wool and linen into finished cloth. Museum weavers work on spinning wheels, two barn-frame looms, and a rare 1890s Jacquard Loom.

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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

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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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