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.



July 13


Art Grows Here!  We’ll read books about art: The Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg (Poppets) and The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (M is for Museum). We’ll look at pictures of artwork for inspiration, bring out some art supplies, and let our inner artist fly!







Aug 10


YOGA BUNNY! Busy day at the Museum! Free Fun Friday, brought to you by The Highland Street Foundation, means free admission to the museum and big crowds! Poppets will hear Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo and try out some stretches and yoga poses. During M is for Museum, we will read Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee and play some recess games with friends outside.






September 14


Time for the Fair! Poppets will hear Night at the Fair by Donald Crews, while M is for Museum friends will read Fair Cow by Leslie Helakoski. We’ll talk about the sights, sounds, and smells of the fair and play a fair game!








October 12


Native American Legends! Poppets will get an introduction to Native American storytelling with The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, retold by Tomie dePaola and try painting their own sunsets. M is for Museum friends will hear the Seneca legend of Turtle’s Race with Beaver, as told by Joseph and James Bruchac, and make their own racing turtles.






November 9


Manners and Sharing! Join us in the historic Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House as we grind holiday spices with a mortar and pestle after we hear The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (Poppets) and Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney (M is for Museum).








December 14

Holiday Vehicles! Poppets will hear Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker. During M is for Museum, we will read Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Everyone will have the chance to make or decorate a paper snowflake.