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.




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.







November 8

Giving Thanks! Step into our historic Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House, where Poppets will hear Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child.  Our M is for Museum crew will hear Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra.  We’ll talk about our Thanksgiving traditions and have some sensory play wit traditional Thanksgiving spices.








December 13

Gingerbread Season! Poppets will listen to a reading of The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup.  M is for Museum participants will read the Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun. We will play with gingerbread-scented clay and make fun shapes that become ornaments!