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Important Update

Children and Family Programs

The Aldrich offers a variety of in-person and virtual engagement opportunities for families, inviting peer-to-peer learning and intergenerational exchange. Join us for Story Time for Little Ones, Family Tours, Poetry, Aldrich-at-Home Activities, and more.

Family Programs

The Museum offers the opportunity for families with children of all ages to connect with Aldrich Educators and explore works of art together over live video chat through a variety of programs, offered for free during the Third week of every month in conjunction with our free admission Third Weekends (timed-ticket reservations required).

View our upcoming programs here.

Birthday Parties

We offer unique virtual birthday party experiences to celebrate the interests and passions of the birthday child.

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Scouts

We support our local scout troops by hosting scout visits to the Museum, often in support of completing a specific badge or patch.

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Aldrich-at-Home

Explore creative activities that you can make from the comfort of your own home! Designed by the Museum's Education team and inspired by The Aldrich's present and past exhibitions, a new Aldrich-at-Home activity is shared for free on the third Friday of each month through our email newsletter.

Join our mailing list to receive new Aldrich-at-Home activities.

Download all Aldrich at Home activities here.

Are there specific activities that you'd like to see or have questions about? Contact Lorena Sferlazza, Education Manager, at lsferlazza@thealdrich.org.

Funders

Generous support for Education and Public programs is provided by The Leir Foundation; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; Institute of Museum and Library Services; National Endowment for the Arts; Ridgefield Thrift Shop; The Gage Fund; New England Foundation for the Arts; Connecticut Humanities; and Fairfield County Bank.

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Related Events

October 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Virtual Halloween Storytelling: A Contemp-BOO-rary Tale!

Dress up in your favorite costume, grab a flashlight, and join Aldrich Educator and poet laureate Barb Jennes for this virtual, family-friendly evening of storytelling inspired by Adrienne Elise Tarver: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.

November 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Poetry: Poem Portraits

In their exhibitions, artists Lucia Hierro (Marginal Costs) and Hugo McCloud (from where i stand ) create vivid portraits of people – without ever showing a single face! Poetry does the same in words. Come “paint” poem portraits of the people you know with Barb Jennes, Aldrich Educator and Ridgefield Poet Laureate.

November 20, 2021 at 10:30 am

Story Time for Little Ones: H is for Home

Gather your little ones at The Aldrich for Story Time to explore Hugo McCloud: from where i stand with a warm, family-friendly reading of H is for Home: A Sesame Street Guide to Homes Around the World by Karen Latchana Kenney, led by Ridgefield Children’s Librarian Christie Barnett.

November 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm

“Crack the Code!” Karla Knight Family Workshop

Put on your detective hats and try to “crack the code” with this fun, puzzle-filled, family workshop in the galleries of Karla Knight: Navigator!

December 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Virtual Holiday Cooking: Make a Fruit Fool!

Whip up a FRUIT FOOL dessert for the holidays in this fun-filled, kid-friendly virtual cooking class, guided by Aldrich Educator and chef Susie Buckley and inspired by the Museum’s current exhibitions.

December 18, 2021 at 10:30 am

Story Time for Little Ones: Interstellar Cinderella

Explore Karla Knight: Navigator in the Museum's galleries with a fun, family-friendly reading of Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, alongside Ridgefield Children’s Librarian Christie Barnett.

December 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Family Tour: Lucia Hierro and Hugo McCloud

Bring your whole family to enjoy the collaged paintings, soft sculptures, iron gates, and large-scale installations of Hugo McCloud: from where i stand and Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs before the exhibitions close, through this gallery tour guided by our Aldrich Educators!