Calendar of Events

Mar
24
Sat
Film: Coraline
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Coraline

Join us for a family film series celebrating the special exhibition Gorey’s Worlds. Free admission for kids!

CORALINE

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home life—but it has sinister secrets.

2009. USA. 100 min. Rated PG. Directed by Henry Selick. Starring Dakota Fanning.

 

Preceded by a 1:15pm exhibition tour of Gorey’s Worlds.

Adult Film Tickets:
$9 Regular Admission
$8 Seniors (62+) and Students with ID
$7 Members
Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

 

Mar
31
Sat
Film: Corpse Bride
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Corpse Bride

Join us for a family film series celebrating the special exhibition Gorey’s Worlds. Free admission for kids!

CORPSE BRIDE

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

2005. USA. 77. Rated PG. Directed by Tim Burton. Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson.

Preceded by a 1:15pm exhibition tour of Gorey’s Worlds.

Adult Film Tickets:
$9 Regular Admission
$8 Seniors (62+) and Students with ID
$7 Members
Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

Apr
7
Sat
Film: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm
Film: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Join us for a family film series celebrating the special exhibition Gorey’s Worlds. Free admission for kids!

LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents’ vast fortune.

2004. USA. 108 min. Rated PG. Directed by Brad Siberling. Starring Jim Carrey, Jude Law, and Meryl Streep.

 

Preceded by a 1:15pm exhibition tour of Gorey’s Worlds.

Film Tickets:
$9 Regular Admission
$8 Seniors (62+) and Students with ID
$7 Members
Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

 

Apr
14
Sat
Second Saturdays: Paper Theater
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Paper Theater

Take the stage! Explore theatrical scenes in Gorey’s Worlds, then collaborate with a local artist to create a cross-hatched paper costume and participate in a paper puppetry workshop. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

May
12
Sat
Second Saturdays: Sculpt-a-thon!
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Sculpt-a-thon!

What materials can you use to create a sculpture? Talk to a docent about sculptures of all sizes in the galleries, watch a demonstration, and create a 3-D masterpiece to take home. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Jun
9
Sat
Juneteenth Family Day: Strength in Community
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Explore what makes a house a home, what makes a neighborhood beautiful, and what makes a community strong. Enjoy family-friendly performances, art-making, tours, and more! Free admission.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

 

Jul
14
Sat
Second Saturdays: Take a Journey
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Take a Journey

Use your imagination to travel the world! Create your own travel sketchbook and talk to a docent about the adventures of artist Frederic Church. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Aug
11
Sat
Second Saturdays: Family Time
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Family Time

Enjoy family time at the Wadsworth Atheneum! Learn about a historic Hartford family, take a family tour, and work as a team to build an enormous outdoor sculpture. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

10:00am-1:00pm
Fun & Games
Design a board game on the sidewalk, invent your own rules, and play it with your family. Work together to complete a sculpture challenge, then visit the Ice Cream for a Dream truck for a sweet treat! Atheneum Square North

Family Portraits
Learn about the Colt Family with an educator from the Coltsville National Historic Park. Then, create your own family portrait to take home! Avery Court

 12:00pm-12:30pm
Storytelling
Enjoy Tom Lee’s special performance of a magical folktale from Palestine titled “The Camel Husband.” Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

10:30am-1:00pm
Small Talks with the Teen Ambassadors
Meet our amazing Teen Ambassadors! Stop in for a brief conversation about the teens’ favorite works of art.
10:30am – 11:00am                          Adoration of the Shepherds with Placide (Morgan Great Hall)
11:00am – 11:30am                          The Old Man and Death with Aimable (Morgan 2)
11:30am – 12:00pm                          Hooker and Company with Honore (Frederic Church)
12:00pm – 12:30pm                          Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica with Elvin (Avery 3)
12:30pm – 1:00pm                            Time is Money with Innocent (Avery 3)

 

10:30am-11:00am
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections Tour
Make connections between art and families during this docent-guided tour for young children and accompanying adults. Meet at Information Desk

11:00am-12:00pm
Ask About Art
Talk to a docent about what you see. Conrad Shawcross/MATRIX 179

11:30am-12:00pm
Eyes on Art Family Tour
Explore families in art during this docent-led tour for all ages. Meet at Information Desk

 

Public Tours Meet at Information Desk:
11:30am               Highlights Tour
1:00pm                 Highlights Tour
2:30pm                 Tour: Frederic Church
4:00pm                 3-in-30 Highlights Tour

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Sep
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Lots of Lines
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families:
Lots of Lines

See how artists use lines to create a calm, excited, or mysterious mood. Explore new materials and create your own line-filled masterpiece to take home. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Free Family Tours:
ABCs: Art, Books, Connections, 10:30–11am
Ask About Art, 11am–noon
Eyes on Art Family Tour, 11:30am–noon

 

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Tinty Foundation; the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; and the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of American, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Co-Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

 

Dec
8
Sat
Second Saturdays: Winter Forest
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Second Saturdays for Families: Winter Forest

Celebrate winter at 45th annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Explore the trees on display, then create your own wintery artworks to take home or give as a gift to a friend. 

Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.

Art Making

DIY Wrapping Paper: Layer repeat patterns and shapes to create a one of a kind gift wrap.

Quilting Traditions: Explore the exhibition Bed Furnishings in Early America, then create a personal symbol that represents you and your family traditions.

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

Woodland Wreaths: Find animals in the artwork throughout the museum, then use Model Magic to craft woodland creatures for your personal wreath.

Care Packages: Create a bag of hope for children in the community and then fill it with personal care items. Care packages will be donated to a local charity. 

Music

 Enjoy music performed by Flutist Stephanie Wheeler.