Fairfield Museum offers after school winter programs

Whether you have a tween or a kindergartener, your kids can get crafty at the Fairfield Museum this winter. Little ones can join Miss Annie of Great Beginnings Montessori School to celebrate diverse holidays and to explore the history of our town. A new session of “Miss Annie’s Museum Munchkins” begins on Wednesday, January 4. Sessions, which are four weeks long, run throughout the spring. Each day children will focus on a new theme, hearing a story, creating a unique craft and viewing some of the Museum’s fascinating exhibits. Miss Annie’s Museum Munchkins is for ages 4 through 6 and meets on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5:30.

Session 3 runs Jan. 4-25. The themes are: January 4 (Epiphany), January 11 (MLK / Civil Rights Day), January 18 (Snowman Week), January 25 (Chinese New Year). Session 4 runs from February 8 through March 1. The themes are: February 8 (Valentine’s Day), February 15 (President’s Day), February 22 (Shrove Tuesday) & March 1 (Ash Wednesday). Session 5 runs from March 15 through April 5. The themes are: March 15 (St. Patrick’s Day), March 22 (Feast of St. Joseph), March 29 (Spring) & April 5 (Easter).

Annie Isler is a graduate of Lauralton Hall and Fordham University, with a B.S. in International Business. After working in corporate America for 9 years she decided to take some time off to start a family. In 2004 she happily joined the staff of Great Beginnings Montessori School and is presently an assistant teacher for the Primary (3-6 yr. old) level. Annie is certified by the American Heart Association for Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and administration of medications. Each session: Members; $90, Nonmembers: $110. Register online at fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/after-school-art-more/.

In addition, the Museum will offer a new session of “History By Hand” let by Fairfield Museum’s Director of Education Christine Jewell. The classes meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30, for ages 8-12. Session 2 meets January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28 & March 7 and Session 3 meets March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 18 & 25. Learning basic skills, techniques, vocabulary and safety, students discover their own talents making unique sewing and collage projects inspired by history, including decoupage, patchwork pillows, cute animals and colorful block quilting. Students will also have time to choose their own projects and inspirations. Members: $90; Non-members: $115. In addition, there is a $25 supply fee. Register online at fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/after-school-art-more/.

Finally, Fairfield Museum will host another session of the “Lion’s Studio” art enrichment classes. The next session begins on February 6 for six sessions, through March 20. The class is for ages 7-9 and meets from 4-5:30. Instructor Cassie Walter encourages children to develop and challenge their abilities and their curiosity in the world of art. Participants will discover and discuss the works of master of contemporary art and influential icons in the design industry to make an array of projects. Members: $125; Nonmembers: $150. Register online at fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/after-school-art-more/.

For more information contact the Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, 203-259-1598; Fairfieldhistory.org.

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