Calendar of Events

Jul
10
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Weathered Materials
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Weathered Materials

Join Lego enthusiasts from ConnLUG on the museum’s front lawn and explore Leonardo Drew’s outdoor, interactive sculptural landscape. Make some noise with performer Maxx Meether, as he leads a bucket drumming activity. Afterward, design your own sculptural playscape using a variety of mixed media. Can your creation withstand the natural elements? Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last. Activities will take place on the Museum’s front lawn. The event will move indoors in case of inclement weather. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays festivities.

 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

 

Aug
14
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Sketch A Scene
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Sketch A Scene

Join us at the museum for a sketching challenge. With nothing more than a pencil and paper, try your best to draw each still life arrangement in our collection. After, take a tour of the exhibition Milton Avery: The Connecticut Years and learn how the artist sketched and painted local landscapes. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for a free ice cream while supplies last.

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
Sep
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Carving a Story
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Carving a Story

Discover how artists carve ivory, boxwood, and a variety of materials to tell a story. Then, use Model Magic to sculpt your own tale. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last.

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Oct
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | Latinx Heritage Day
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | Latinx Heritage Day

Join us at the museum to celebrate Latinx heritage and culture with art making, storytelling, tours, and performances. Click here for the schedule!

 

Please note: Due to The Hartford Marathon parking bans and road closures will be in effect throughout the day on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Nov
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Turnip Tales
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Turnip Tales

Put your spin on a paper sampler designed by MATRIX artist Christina Forrer. Then, help us complete our turnip mural based on the Enormous Turnip, a classic folktale that has inspired the artist’s work. Museum admission is free on Second Saturdays. 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. 
Dec
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Season’s Greetings
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Season's Greetings

Welcome the changing of the seasons with a day of winter fun. Enjoy a special performance by the New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut and then create your own wintery artworks to take home or give as a gift to a friend. Museum admission is free on Second Saturdays.

SCHEDULE

Art-Making 12-2 pm

Wilderness Masks: Use a variety of materials to create a mask inspired by your favorite woodland animal.

DIY Giftbags: Layer repeat patterns and shapes to create one of a kind gift bag.

Winter Nightscape: Become inspired by the landscapes in the museum’s collection and sketch your own winter nightscape to take home.

2-D Snow Globe: Join staff from Hartford Public Schools and design a unique winter scene. 

Community Connections

Stop by to learn about traditional Japanese winter customs and traditions with the Japan Society of Greater Hartford. Created in collaboration with the Japan Society of Greater Hartford.

Visit the Mandell Jewish Community Center table to hear staff discuss the rich history and traditions of Hanukkah. 

Performances

12:30-1pm | Enjoy a special presentation of the Fantastic Toy Shop performed by our friends at the New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut. Presented in collaboration with the New England Ballet Theatre.

1-2pm | Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa and participate in an interactive  drum and dance performance by FriendZWorld Music. Presented in collaboration with FriendZWorld Music. 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. 
Feb
12
Sat
Virtual Second Saturdays for Families | Black Heritage Day
Feb 12 all-day
Virtual Second Saturdays for Families | Black Heritage Day

Second Saturdays for Families is virtual this month. Click here for a digital activity pack celebrating Black heritage and culture!

Although in-person Second Saturdays activities will not take place, museum admission will still be free all day. 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. 
Aug
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Sight and Sound
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Sight and Sound

Explore how Naama Tsabar creates objects that function both as artworks and musical instruments. Design a musical instrument of your own and watch a presentation by our friends at the Connecticut Science Center as they unravel the mysteries behind sound. Enjoy a dance performance from Spectrum in Motion. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck for free ice cream while supplies last. Admission is free noon-2pm on Second Saturdays.

Sep
10
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Silver Elements
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Silver Elements

Preview  our new Silver Vault and discover how artisans transformed the material into innovative drinking vessels and other decorative artworks. Watch while master silversmith Stephen P. Smithers demonstrates colonial American silversmithing techniques. Afterward, design your own tabletop décor using silver wire. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last. Admission is free from noon-2pm on Second Saturdays. 

Oct
8
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage Day
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage Day

Join us at the museum to celebrate Latinx heritage and culture with art making, storytelling, and performances. Admission is free noon-2 pm on Second Saturdays. Design a Carnival mask with Multi-Cultural Learning Center Bomba de AquíParticipate in an interactive dance presentation by Proyecto Cimarron, a Puerto Rican Bomba Performance Group based in New Haven. Watch students from Marinera Dance Academy demonstrate traditional Peruvian dance. Please note: Due to The Hartford Marathon, parking bans and road closures will be in effect throughout the day on Saturday, October 8, 2022. 

Únase a nosotros en el museo para celebrar el patrimonio y la cultura latinx con la creación de arte, la narración de cuentos y las actuaciones. Diseña una máscara de Carnaval con el Centro de Aprendizaje Multicultural Bomba de Aquí. Participe en una presentación de danza interactiva a cargo del Proyecto Cimarrón, un grupo puertorriqueño de interpretación de la bomba con sede en New Haven. Vea a los alumnos de la Academia de Danza Marinera realizar una demostración de danza tradicional peruana. Tenga en cuenta: Debido al Maratón de Hartford, el estacionamiento estará prohibido y las calles estarán cerradas todo el día del sábado 8 de octubre de 2022.