state program offers children free admission to more than 130 museums | Free time

Connecticut Summer at the Museum returns for 2022, which grants children in Connecticut free admission to more than 130 museums across the state during the summer.

Governor Ned Lamont created the program in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by a $15 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery funding that Connecticut received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

As part of the program, which runs through September 5, Connecticut children 18 and under — plus an accompanying Connecticut adult — can enjoy free admission to participating museums. These places include historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboreta/botanical gardens and zoos.

The state encourages anyone who benefits from the program to share their experiences on social media using the program’s hashtag, #CTSummerMuseums.

Locally, museums that have registered to participate in the summer program include:

The nonprofit farm is in full swing with a host of free programs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that include activities and farm animal tours.

• July 10, Gardening at home. It’s not too late to plant a garden. Meet some of the farm’s raised bed gardeners and they’ll show you how easy it is to grow at home. Plant a sunflower to take home; free seeds are available.

• July 17, National Ice Cream Day. Learn to make ice cream.

• July 24, meet your local authors. There will be story time and activities with some of Strong’s children’s book authors, including Strong’s author-in-residence Lori Sanchez, whose new book features Strong Family Farm.

• July 31, Chicken Farming If you haven’t had the chance to sign up for the Strong Backyard Chicken program, now is your chance to learn more about chicken farming. Agricultural expert Alexis Carmicheal will answer questions.

In addition, the farm will host a summer treasure hunt from Thursday to Sunday. Learn the history of Strong Family Farm while having fun. Everyone will receive a prize.

A new scavenger hunt will guide children through the museum and two historic homes, asking questions and suggesting hands-on activities that will encourage them to discover Windsor’s fascinating history.

Adult caregivers will hold the answer key and can help children with the activities, making it an intergenerational and engaging experience.

The Windsor Historical Society is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission to the library and historic homes is $8 for out-of-state or extra-in-state adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free for children and historics. Members of society.

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Nowash Village, 787 Main Street, South Windsor, directly behind the Wood Memorial Library;

Nowashe Village will offer free admission to the public on Saturday, July 9 and August 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Nowashe will have a story-and-game themed day featuring Dan Shears (Nulhegan Abenaki), who will lead Native Games by demonstrating a new game on the hour.

Native American storytelling will also be a feature of the free family fun day as Nowashe welcomes Silvermoon Mars LaRose, a member of the Narragansett Tribe and Deputy Director of the Tomaquag Museum to lead Native storytelling. She will also discuss several unique cultural objects that will be on display.

New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks;

The Air Museum will grant free admission to Connecticut children accompanied by one paying adult per household. Adult must show proof of Connecticut residency. No reservation is required.

Huguenot House Museum at Martin Park, 307 Burnside Ave., East Hartford; 860-528-0716 or

The East Hartford Historical Society operates the Huguenot House Museum which will be open Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. until August 28.

The 1761 Makens Bemont House, also known as the Huguenot House, is restored to its original 18th century appearance with period furnishings. There is also the Goodwin School from 1821 and the Burnham Blacksmith Shop from 1850. Tours are free, donations are accepted. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Mark Twain House and Museum, 385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford; 860-247-0998,

The Mark Twain House will host a special children’s tour every Saturday at 10am in July and August about what it was like to learn, play and grow in the Golden Age.

Young visitors can explore the everyday life of the Clemens girls – the books, games and songs they loved, the subjects they studied and the people they interacted with.

Led by an experienced guide, this inquiry-based tour invites children to reflect on the ways childhood and Golden Age family life were similar and different to their own.

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