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.



January 11


Scratching Away.  Poppets will hear Mice on Ice by Rebecca and Ed Emberley and go paper-plate skating.  M Is for Museum friends will listen to a reading of The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. Afterwards, everyone will get to make scratch art.





February 8



Artsy Animals.  We will read two selections with art work featured in our “Artsy Animals” exhibit: Breathe by Scott Magoon with Poppets and The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca and Ed Emberley with our M Is for Museum friends. We will make animal noises, and each participant will get to make their own artsy animal to become a part of the exhibit.






March 8



Weather.  Our Poppets Playdate friends hear Viento, Wind by Erin Edison. M Is for Museum will hear On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather by Marilyn Singer. We’ll talk about the different types of weather, and play with wind, pinwheels, and fans.






April 12


Take Me Out to the Ballgame.  We are going To play indoor baseball! Poppets will hear The Baseball Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath. M Is for Museum attendees will hear Zachary’s Ball by Matt Tavares, and do a lacing baseball craft.