Poppets Playdates & M is for Museum


EDUCATIONAL FUN For Young Children at Wenham Museum

On the 2nd Friday of the Month at 9:30 AM  and 10:30 am

Included in Admission | Free for Members
Free for Residents of Hamilton, Wenham, and Manchester with RSVP
to Lisa Cheney, Early Childhood Partners, to be on the list for free admission.

Poppets Playdates: Ages 18 months – 3 years 

Poppets Playdates – a new offering this fall, “poppets” are what the colonial children called their little cloth dolls and what adults lovingly called the children themselves.  This program for toddlers 18 months to 3 years will be a sensory-rich, socialization experience. Offered from 9:30 – 10:00 am on the same days as “M is for Museum”.  Location within the museum will be dependent on the activity.

M is for Museum: Ages 3 years and up

M is for Museum – Wenham Museum educators introduce young children to the world of museums in a fun interactive way, combining early literacy and socialization. Targeted to children 3 years old and up, each session will focus on a particular part of the collection, an exhibit, or a seasonal theme.  Offered from 10:30 – 11:00 am on the second Friday of most months.


July 14

Art Grows Here! In celebration of the town’s Art Grows Here! summer art displays and our own special front lawn spider web, Poppets will talk about spider webs and look for evidence of spiders outside.  M is for Museum participants will read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and make their own paper plate spider webs.





August 11 

Exploration!  We will read the Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.  We will talk about exploring the world and how seemingly small actions can make a big difference.  M is for Museum participants will make a colorful paper plate snail.






September 15** 

Light!  Experiment and play with light in our Family Discovery Gallery exhibit Illumination: Light, Shadow, Reflection! Try out kaleidoscopes, light tables, and an overhead projector. We will look at books about light and color.

**Please note: this is the third Friday in September




October 13 

Construction!  See the artful illustrations from Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton, and explore our construction exhibit with its interactive elements. We will read about trucks and tools and create buildings out of blocks.