June 5, 2020

Wild Winter Programs Planned For February Vacation Week at Connecticut River Museum

Ice formation (shown here on the Connecticut River in Essex Harbor) is just one of the many topics to be explored during February vacation week at the Connecticut River Museum.

Essex, CT — The Connecticut River Museum children’s adventure programs are all about winter during the February school vacation week.   Children age 7 through 12 are invited to embrace the cold with science and art projects featuring ice, snow and the big birds of winter.  On Tuesday, February 21 the Winter Wonderland program will include a winter hike through town and a search for clues about what plants and animals do to survive the cold and snow.  Back inside the Museum, adventurers will create winter landscape paintings and conduct snow and ice experiments. On Wednesday, February 22, the Raptors program will explore the big birds of winter that live in the River Valley with bird-watching activities using binoculars and spotting scopes and a design-your-own raptor art project.  Snow Science is the topic of the program on Thursday, February 23 featuring experiments, a magic trick and amazing art projects like making a glow-in-the-dark snowflake and hot ice sculpture.  Friday, February 24 is Eagle Adventure day where kids will learn how an eagle wing works, why eagles come to the lower River Valley and how to identify these amazing birds.  They’ll also draw eagles, create origami sculpture and take an EagleWatch boat cruise up the River on the 65-foot modern research vessel  Enviro-lab III.

Plan to come for a day or two, or join in the fun for all four days.  Each program runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  A simple snack is provided, or kids can bring their own. The non-member fee is $30 per day for Tuesday – Thursday, $40 for Friday and $110 for the week.  The member fee is $25 per day for the Tuesday – Thursday sessions, $35 for Friday and $95 for the weekAdvance registration is required.  To reserve a space, download and mail in the registration form from the website www.ctrivermuseum.org, or contact the education department at 860-767-8269 x113 or jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org.  The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street.