Children & Family Programs

The Wood holds frequent ongoing and one-time events for children and families during our fall to spring program calendar. Some recurring events include:

Preschool Story time
Preschool storybook fun for children ages 3 to 5, with a caregiver. These will be interactive read-alouds interspersed with step by step directions on how to support emergent reading behaviors. Crafts, songs, sensory activities and FUN, FUN, FUN included!
Pre-registration is required as space is limited.Please click here to register.

American Girl
Our American Girl Spring Mother/Daughter/Son Tea is held each year for girls and boys ages 6-12. These event usually includes performances that focus on significant historical female characters or have an educational theme and dolls often accompany girls/boys to the program. The experience usually includes a themed craft workshop. These are very popular programs and fill up quickly. Registration and a fee to cover expenses are required. Please click here for upcoming events.

Family Fundays
Family Fundays focused on activities for the entire family, are appealing to all ages. Children and adults alike participate in programs such as Wreathmaking, Bluebird House and Gingerbread House Workshops , family entertainment and our Historic Main Street Hayrides. Registration and a fee to cover expenses are required. Please click here for our upcoming events.

Young Artist
Children, age 6-12, gain hands on experience, under the instruction of artists, to learn a new art form, including: cartooning, techniques of the masters, or a new cooking skill. Registration and a fee to cover expenses are required. Please click here for upcoming events.

Ann Masi Memorial Children’s Program
A winter school vacation performance, appropriate for all ages is offered each year in memory of Wood Librarian, Ann Masi. This entertaining family event is usually held at South Windsor High School and is co-sponsored by the South Windsor Junior Women’s Club and The South Windsor Recreation Department. Past performances have included professional magicians, Hip-Hop and more. This program is free to the public. Donations to the memorial fund are appreciated. Please click here for upcoming events.

Schools Out Program series
Looking for something fun and educational for your kids to do on their early release day? This series is for students K-5.  These hands-on and interactive programs will entertain and educate. Please click here for our upcoming events.

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Schools Out Program: Meet Thomas Edison

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

150614-Banner-ImageLooking for something fun and educational to do on your early release day? Then join us for a fun and interactive performance by Todd McLeish. Todd will literally transform himself into Thomas Edison. You will become totally immersed in Edison’s life and inventions!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This program is for students grade K through 5. The fee for this event is $15.

Or, register for the Schools Out! series (Meet Thomas Edison and Cool-ology on October 18, 2017) for $25:

Second Saturday: Hartford Marathon

Saturday, October 14, 2017

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Come join us in cheering on the runners of the Hartford Marathon. The Wood is again hosting a water stop for the race and will be open for people to check out books, explore our exhibits, or let the kids play in the children’s area. This is a free event but come early as Main Street closes for the Race!

Schools Out Program: Cool-ology

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

20430095_1420178221403170_2473929201469597340_nLooking for something fun and educational for your kids to do on their early release day? Cool-ology is coming to “The Wood” to provides hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences that will get them really excited about science, engineering, and the world! These active, social, creative lessons help kids better understand how the world works. Experiments will have a Halloween theme that is sure to include SLIME!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This program is for students grade K through 5. The fee for this event is $15.

Or, register for the series (Cool-ology and Meet Thomas Edison on October 11, 2017) for $25.

Ranky Tanky

Saturday, November 4, 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

RankyTankyCover300-336x300Join in a rollicking, first-class ride through American roots music! During a Ranky Tanky show, children ages 5 through grade 5 are invited to sing, clap, dance, suggest ideas, and answer questions about what they see on stage. Between songs, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem talk about the songs, instruments, and styles they play. And, as they are grooving acapella on a pop tune from the Bahamas, showing off the drummer’s 100% recycled drum set, or serenading a birthday boy with a turkey-baster whistle, they also like to show kids that you don’t need fancy stuff to make great music.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Session A: 1-3 pm
Session B: 2-4 pm.
Children attending session A will meet downstairs to create their own functional musical instrument and a snack from 1- 2 pm. At 2 pm they will come upstairs for the Ranky Tanky performance. Session B will attend the performance at 2 pm, then make their instrument and have snack 3 -4 pm.
The program fee for this event is $20 per child and 1 adult. Each additional child will be $10.

Children’s Gingerbread House Workshop

Sunday, November 12, 2017

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

gingerbread house workshop fun Session 1: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Session 2: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Join artist Lynda Jones for some traditional holiday fun as you create a gingerbread house from graham crackers.

*Please bring an assortment of small candies for decorating and a tray to carry home your creation. All other material will be supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee is $12 per house made.

Holiday Story Hour

Thursday, December 14, 2017

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

fullsizerenderTime to get in the holiday spirit! Holiday sing along led by Deb Hay followed by Pumpernickel Puppets performance of Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse. We will have Santa arrive on a fire truck to visit with the kids after the puppet show!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee for this event is $5 per child.