July 3, 2022

Connecticut River Museum’s April Vacation Adventures Invite Art and River Exploration

April Vacation Adventures at the Connecticut River Museum offer an opportunity for kids to create a large scale mural of the Connecticut River Valley.

Essex, CT – If you’re looking for a different kind of school vacation getaway for your children or grandchildren, the Connecticut River Museum’s “Mural Mayhem: River Explorations & Art Adventures” just may be the ticket.  Starting on Monday, April 18 and running daily through Friday, April 22, CRM staff and Anna Sanko, Executive Director of the Architecture Resource Center and a Connecticut Commission on Culture Master Teaching Artist, will lead a mix-it-up program of art, design, nature and history.

 Children ages 7 -12 will learn how to design and build a mural that illustrates the animals, plants, birds, fish, trees, buildings, bridges and more found along the River while also exploring the Museum’s exhibits, taking a nature hike, or heading out into Essex Village for an architecture scavenger hunt. Themes for each adventure workshop include Eco Explorer; Boats, Planes, Trains & Automobile; Construction Crew; Design Discover; and Mural Masterpiece.

Flexible scheduling allows you to sign up for individual days or the entire week, whichever fits your family needs.    The fee is $25 per day, $110 for all five days with sessions running from 9 am to 12 noon.  Museum members pay $20 per day or $90 for all five days.   The program is funded in part by a grant from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism.

 To register, call the Education Department at 860-767-8269 x13 or email jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org.  The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street on the Essex waterfront.  For more information on these and other programs, exhibits and special events, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org

Monday, April 18: Eco Explorers
Join us for a spring hike and a shape-shifting scavenger hunt as we search for geometry in nature and find out about the plants and animals that live around the River.  Start the Mural project by laying out the landscape and creating plants and animals to live in it.

Tuesday, April 19: Boats, Planes, Trains & Automobiles!
Explore the Museum in search of cool ways to travel. Hear exciting stories about explorers, sea captains and famous wrecks on the River. Mural Mayhem continues as we design the cars, trucks, boats, trains and planes that travel in and along the River.

Wednesday, April 20: Construction Crew
Explore Essex in a scavenger hunt of geometric proportions! Search for shapes, hunt for important buildings, and discover how the town is designed. Head back to the Museum to your own River town and create the buildings.

Thursday, April 21: Design Discovery
Conduct design experiments to see how inventors test ideas. Use the Turtle submarine as inspiration to design your own invention. Mural Mayhem continues as we work on finishing the projects and organizing our ideas to build our giant artwork!

Friday, April 22: Mural Masterpiece
Play the Mural discovery challenge searching the Museum’s murals for clues to solve geography puzzles and history mysteries. Work as a team to assemble everyone’s artwork and finally put the pieces together to create a Mural Masterpiece.