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Homeschool Day

Educational programs designed for homeschool families

Our next Homeschool Day will take place on Monday, March 18, 2024.

Workshops are offered throughout the day for different age groups. Each workshop includes a list of additional resources to encourage further at-home exploration of the workshop themes. Please see below for information about workshops and registration.

A lunch break will take place from 11:45 am-12:30 pm. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy meeting other homeschool families!

Families can also register their children under the age of 5 for Little Learners. Available throughout the day, this loosely structured program features story times, crafts, and guided activities related to the day’s themes. Children enrolled in Little Learners must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

If you have any questions, please contact Katerina Mazzacane, Youth and Family Programs Manager, at 860-236-5621 x222 or email



  • Little Learners (ages 0-1): Free of charge
  • Little Learners (ages 2-4): $3 per child
  • Workshops (members): $20 per child for full day
  • Workshops (non-members): $25 per child for full day
  • Family maximum: $100

Pre-Registration Required

  • Enrollment is limited and families must pre-register. Full, non-refundable payment via credit card must be made at the time of registration to reserve your child’s place.
  • Registration opens Monday, February 5
  • Registration closes Monday, March 11


Little Learners: Ages 0-4

Tell Me a Story!
10:30 – 11:45 am
Do you like telling stories? What about listening to them? In this program, children will listen to a reading of Tomie dePaola’s Andy and Sandy and the First Snow and then create their own snowman using paper, fabric, tissue paper, and more! There will also be a variety of toys and books available for additional play.

Art Adventure
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Jump into the colorful world of art! In this program, students will listen to a special story all about art and look closely at colors, textures, and shapes hidden within different types of paintings. They will then create their own piece of art using fingerpaint, pom poms, feathers, and more! There will also be a variety of toys and books available for additional play.


Activities and Workshops: Ages 5-7

History Bookworms
10:30 – 11:45 am
Did you know that throughout history (and today!) Connecticut has been home to many children’s book authors and illustrators? In this program, children will take on the role of both author and illustrator as they work together to tell stories through both words and pictures. They will then listen to a reading of Tomie dePaola’s autobiographical children’s book 26 Fairmount Avenue and use it as inspiration to create their very own “Story of Me” booklet!

Learning with Landscapes
12:30 – 1:45 pm
What happens when art, land, and history intersect? In this program, students will learn how art can help us learn about the past. Through close-looking at landscapes from the Museum’s collection, students will explore communities and ways of life throughout Connecticut’s past. Using these landscapes as inspiration, they will then create their own work of art to take home!


Activities and Workshops: Ages 8-10

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!
10:30 – 11:45 am
From current events to silly comics, Connecticut newspapers had it all! In this program, students will explore the exhibition Connecticut’s Bookshelf to learn about Connecticut newspapers, printing press innovations, and the iconic comics “Funnies on Parade.” They will then make their own newspaper masthead and create an original comic strip!

Small Details, Big Stories
12:30 – 1:45 pm
What can you learn from looking closely at the art around you? Sometimes the smallest details give us the most interesting stories about people of the past! Students will look closely at art in the Museum’s collection, investigate its littlest details, and discover some interesting stories from Connecticut’s past.


Activities and Workshops: Ages 11-13

Books: The Science Behind it All
10:30 – 11:45 am
How are our books made today? What about long ago? In this program, students will explore the ways Connecticut inventors revolutionized the book-making industry from innovations of the printing press to improvements in book-binding techniques. They will then try their hand at book-binding using a variety of materials and methods to design their own book!

Secret Lives of Structures
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Can buildings tell stories? In this program, students will go behind the scenes into collection storage spaces to look closely at a variety of architectural paintings and drawings from the Museum’s collection. Using clues from the paintings and information found in other primary sources, students will work together to unlock a few of these historical secrets.


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