For Kids and Families

Kids and families will find many ways to explore Hill-Stead through hands-on activities and celebrations.

  • Explore Hill-Stead

    Hscavengerill-Stead has a new Scavenger Hunt, designed especially for our young visitors. With laminated images and a checklist, children will look carefully to find some very fun things in the museum. Return the completed list to the Museum Shop to collect a prize.

    When you visit the museum in the warmer months, come to the Education Station in the former Carriage Barn for seasonal crafts and activities for all ages. From coloring pages to watercolor kits, there is something for everyone. Supplies are limited.

    With the Sunken Garden and walking trails through meadows, forests and pond habitats, Hill-Stead is the perfect place to discover the outdoors  Download a Hill-Stead Museum Trail Map (PDF)

    Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Hill-Stead—and discover new perspectives using your camera.   Enter the Hill-Stead Summer Photo Contest.  Visitors are invited to submit photos taken at Hill-Stead, and three winning photos will be selected and posted on the museum’s Facebook page and website.  Winners will receive a FREE family membership and a $10 gift certificate to the Museum Gift Shop! For more details, see our Calendar.

  • First Sundays for Families

    Oa Hill stead Museum 6-2015n the first Sunday of every month, families are invited to Hill-Stead! Children’s art projects begin at 1 pm and self-guided tours run from 1 to 4 pm.  Browse the collection at your own pace and engage in the ever-popular scavenger hunt challenge.  Romp in Hill-Stead’s own natural playground of hiking trails, gardens and walking paths.

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  • Story Time @Theo’s

    Story time MarchIntroduce your child to stories related to art, museums, nature, and much more.  Each session includes music, movement and an art project to take home—all in Hill-Stead’s historic setting. Afterward, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm.  Recommended for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers.  Story Time takes place on the last Wednesday of every month.

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  • School Vacation Workshops

    Summer on the HIll

    Play, paint, write, sculpt, discover! Children can spend a week exploring Hill-Stead.

    See upcoming School Vacation Workshops.

  • May Market

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    Photo by Deborah Key.

    This annual spring festival features children’s activities along with arts and crafts vendors, perennial plants, and lectures for adults.

    View 2016 event information.

  • Hay Day

    Hill-Stead Hay DayFamilies celebrate fall with horse-drawn hay wagon rides, seasonal crafts, visits with farm animals, and live music.

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  • Holidays At Hill-Stead

    Doll-and-treeEnjoy the Holidays at Hill-Stead with your children as you visit the house with its grand rooms festively decorated for the holidays.  Special tours are offered just for children while you shop for unique holiday gifts at the Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique.

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