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Winter Wonderment at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme

Submitted by Tammi at Florence Griswold Museum

Visitors of all ages can chase away the winter blahs at the Florence Griswold Museum’s eleventh annual Winter Wonderment: A Three-Day Family Festival. Tuesday, February 22 through Thursday, February 24 is a vacation week for many area school districts. During this break the Florence Griswold Museum presents three days of drop-in programs and special events that offer fun and educational activities. Vacation week admission discounts make Winter Wonderment an economical way to entertain a family. Children are free. Adults are $5.00 when accompanied by a child. There is an additional fee for performances.

From discovering the Museum’s galleries with Can You Find Me? Cards and going on a scavenger hunt in the Florence Griswold House, to creating works of art and enjoying special performances, the week includes something for everyone. Notes David D.J. Rau, Director of Education and Outreach, “Our activities appeal to a variety of age groups. No one will be bored! Winter Wonderment is the perfect treat for the whole family.”

Each day adults and students can discover the Museum’s Krieble Gallery and special exhibition, Inspiration and Impact: The Legacy of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection. The colorful and engaging Can You Find Me? Cards make it easy for kids and parents to learn together. In the Florence Griswold House, visitors tour Miss Florence’s Parlor, Bedroom and Dining Room and learn the story of the Lyme Art Colony by finding objects on a challenging scavenger hunt. Find all the items and receive a prize. On Thursday, February 24, visitors can create an assortment of hands-on art projects during Hands-On, Minds-On in the Hartman Education Center from 11am to 4pm.

In addition, there are special performances each day. There is a $5 per person fee for each performance and reservations are necessary. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 860-434-5542 x 111. On Tuesday, February 22 at 11am and 2pm, the Museum presents Rhythms of Life: An Interactive Musical Storytelling Program with Playtivity. Designed for children ages 4-10 the show incorporates theater, music and dance. Instruments are provided for this uplifting, participatory storytelling event. On Wednesday, February 23 the Museum presents VOWELS & More: Smart Children’s Music with Steve Elci at 11am and 2pm. Elci has revolutionized edutainment for all ages with interactive music that will get everyone dancing, singing, and thinking. On Thursday, February 24 at 11am and 2pm the Museum welcomes Nappy’s Puppets and Father Goose’s Tales: A Shadow Puppet Spectacular. This shadow puppet show is a modern retelling of nursery rhymes, stories and children’s songs.

Located on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme, the Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, the Museum features an exhibition gallery, education center and landscape centers, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio. For more information, visit the Museum’s web site

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