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.



 January 12


Snow!   Poppets will listen to Snow by P.D. Eastman, and our M is for Museum friends will read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  A Fun activity with SNOW will accompany the stories.






 February 9 


Diggers!  Poppets will read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, and M is for Museum friends will read Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? We’ll talk about tools for digging and do some digging of our own!







 March 9


Farm Animals!  We will read Big Read Barn by Margaret Wise Brown with Poppets and Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle for M is for Museum. We’ll talk about the noises farm animals make, sing animal songs, and color our own little trucks.







 April 13


Mud! What is spring without a little mud? Poppets will hear poems and songs about mud, including Mary Lyn Ray’s Mud. A reading of Robert Munsch’s Mud Puddle will be followed by a mud-painting craft for M is for Museum.







 May 11


Mother’s Day!  Poppets will listen to What NOT to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day by Martha Seif Simpson. M is for Museum friends will hear The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing and make Mother’s Day cards.







June 8


Trains!  Poppets will hear Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres. During M is for Museum, we’ll read Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker. We’ll sing train songs and look at some of the museum’s model train layouts.






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!