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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 in-person and 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 Saturdays (timed-ticket reservations required).

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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 Bank of America; Connecticut Humanities; The Cowles Charitable Trust; David T. Langrock Foundation; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; Fairfield County Bank; Gage Fund; Goldstone Family Foundation; The Leir Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and Ridgefield Thrift Shop.

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Related Events

August 20, 2022 at 10:30 am

Story Time for Little Ones: A Book of Bridges - AT CAPACITY

Together, we’ll read A Book of Bridges: Here to There and Me to You by Cheryl Keely, then create our own 3-D model bridges inspired by the story, guided by Aldrich Educators in the Museum’s Studio.

August 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm

STICKY MATTER – Family Tour of 52 Artists

Arrows, pipes, paint, mud… how many different sticky materials can you discover along this tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, and why did the artists choose to use them? Guided by our Aldrich Educators, explore “sticky matter” through close-looking of materials, texture, process to spark family-friendly conversation around gender stereotypes and cultural divide in this landmark exhibition

September 17, 2022 at 10:30 am

Story Time for Young Explorers: Life on Mars

Load up your spaceship and blast off to The Aldrich for Story Time for Young Explorers, alongside the Ridgefield Library! During our expedition, we will discover outdoor sculpture by Alice Aycock with a family-friendly reading of Life on Mars by Jon Agee, inspired by how science can fuel the imagination and vice versa. Then, trek over to our Studio for a guided art-making activity: creating your own cardboard satellites! Perfect for families with children in early elementary school, grades K-2.

September 17, 2022

Explore! Self-Guided Quest of 52 Artists

This Third Saturday, stop by the Front Desk to pick up a free Explore! Guide to take you on a self-guided quest of our galleries. Along the quest you will search, sketch, puzzle-solve and discover connections between the original artists from Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists in 1971 and the new generation of artists featured alongside them in our current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.

October 15, 2022

Explore! Activity: Sculptures with Laurace James, Hannah Levy, and Lea Cetera

Discover how artists Laurace James, Hannah Levy, and Lea Cetera use sculpture to explore the relationship between body and machine. Inspired by these artists featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, create your own kinetic sculpture in this self-guided activity with prompts shared in The Studio! All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum hours.

October 15, 2022 at 10:30 am

Story Time for Kids: Moth & Butterfly

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will explore themes of transformation as we read Moth & Butterfly: Ta Da! by Dev Petty and explore the soft sculpture of Florencia Escudero. Then, we will move to the Museum studio to create our very own soft sculpture butterflies!