From its modest beginnings in the basement of Waddell School to its present day location at 247 South Main St., the Lutz Children's Museum has always been about expanding the learning experience for children.
That's why the annual Farm Day fundraiser, hosted at Fish Family Farm in Bolton, is like a match made in heaven.
Held on Saturday, Sept. 2, the event included opportunities for children and families to visit and learn about farm animals, tour the farm's barn, play games, enjoy bounce houses and other fun activities, and enjoy some good food and music - all in a safe and family-friendly setting.
"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it helps to fund our school outreach programming," said Executive Director Bob Eckert. "Most of our programs are held outside the building, where we take hands-on exhibits to schools and libraries across 29 towns."
Education Coordinator Lauren Prior said last year's Farm Day event netted approximately $25,000.
"We do programs related to fine and performing arts, history, and natural sciences," she said.
In addition to outreach programs, the Lutz also operates the 52-acre Oak Grove Nature Center on Oak Grove Street, which provides outdoor educational programs - as well as enjoyable hiking trails open to the public year round.
Fifteen years ago when Eckert was looking for a locale for a fundraiser, he connected with Donald Fish, who graciously opened his farm for what has become a much anticipated annual event.
Each year, Farm Day draws approximately 5,000 visitors and while the Lutz staff is small, they have been fortunate to have a host of volunteers, 300 to 400 strong, from schools and colleges, churches, fraternities and sororities, and the community. They also could not do it without the help of some very generous business and community sponsors who make it all possible.
"This is my 15th year, and it gets better every year," said Eckert. "We had a blast at Farm Day and we hope everyone did too."