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. (note: November change of date*)

February 10 

Heart of the Matter.  Poppets look at shapes and sorting shapes, and use heart shaped cookie cutters with play dough.  M is for Museum children make a heart shaped ornaments from air-dry clay and read Valentine stories.




March 10 

Quilt Stories in the Storybook Quilt exhibit.   Poppets will play with felt shapes,  and look at some books about babies and families.  M is for Museum children will read some quilt stories, look at quilts, and design a quilt square.





April 14 

Playing with Our Food! Poppets play with pretend food and talk about good things to eat!  M is for Museum will create a Peeps diorama for the museum’s spring exhibit and contest.  Email your ideas ahead of time to mary.mcdonald@wenhammuseum.org




May 12 

Whoosh Went the Wind.  Poppets play with things that blow, like pinwheels and streamers, and will make ribbon streamers.  M is for Museum will learn about the wind, make a wind sock, and read The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins.





June 9 

Enchanted Garden.  Poppets will plant some seeds, rake, and water.  M is for Museum will explore the museum gardens while looking for gnomes and fairies.