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, Essex, 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.


June 14

It Looked Like Spilt Milk.  We will read It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, and make some “spilt milk” patterns of our own with paint, and see what shape they take!








July 12


Art Grows Here! During Poppets Playdate, we will read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, and during M is for Museum, we will read Museum ABC from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Afterwards, we will make our own art projects…Grab a map and take your own tour of Hamilton and Wenham’s Art Grows Here! installations.






August 9

Horseplay.  In connection with our special exhibit, Equestrian Histories,  Poppets will listen to If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino and color their own mini hobby horse.  M is for Museum friends will listen to Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee and play some outdoor recess games.







September 13

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Your Backyard. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50 this year!  In celebration of this special anniversary, we’ll read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and make paper chain caterpillars and butterfly designs.  Afterwards, check out our exhibit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Your Backyard, in our Family Discovery Room.






October 11

It’s Pumpkin Season! Poppets will listen to a reading of How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor.  M is for Museum participants will read the Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons. Each group will play and make patterns with pumpkin seeds.