Wethersfield Offers Children's Programs During Holidays

Special to The Courant
Wethersfield parents needing an assist during the holidays are offered several children's programs

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Historical Society and the Pitkin Community Center are offering children's programs for parents looking for a break during Christmas vacation.

The historical society is holding a children's holiday history program from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 28 and 29. The program includes games, crafts, stories and a visit to the Hurlbut-Dunham Museum to see the society's Victorian Christmas exhibit, said Educational Assistant Allison Golomb.

"We're quite proud of this program," Curator Rachel Zilinski said. "We're able to combine entertainment with history. They learn without knowing they're learning. They're having fun doing it."

The program teaches children about the history of Wethersfield and how the celebration of Christmas has evolved over time, Golomb said.

"The kids learn about their history so they can get a sense of the community and where they came from," she said. "Its important for children to know that."

The program, which is supported by the Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is at the Keeney Memorial Center in Old Wethersfield. For registration and fees, call the society at 860-529-7656.

Children will have another opportunity to blow off steam on Dec. 31 when the Pitkin Community Center hosts its annual Kids December Vacation Day. The event is divided into three sessions:

•From 9 to 10 a.m., parents and their 2-to-4-year-olds will take part activities that include popup tents, tunnels and riding and pushing toys;

•From 10:30 a.m. to noon, children aged 5 to 7 are welcome for kickball, basketball, freeze tag and other games;

•From 1 to 3 p.m., dodge ball, children ages 8 to 12 can choose from boxing, dodge ball, other games or a computer room.

The cost is $1 per child thanks to the support of Keane Foundation.

"It's a great way to have the kids work off some the holiday energy," Recreation Supervisor Mary Thibeault said. "It just gives them something to do on New Year's Eve."

The town has run the program since at least 2009, Thibeault said.

To sign up, call 860-721-2950. The signup deadline is Dec. 29.

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