Spring-Break For Kids at the Vanderbilt
When young children (Pre-K through third grade) are home from school for the April 9-13 spring break, they’ll find plenty of fun and creativity at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum. Four different programs will be offered that week. They include an educator-led tour of the museum collections and animal-habitat galleries for inspiration. Workshops include Mummy Masks, Madeira Mosaics, Cat Masks and Gyotaku T-shirts. A special Earth Day craft program for Pre-K and Kindergarten children, Bottlenose Dolphin Planters, is planned for Sunday, April 22.
Special Spring-Break Hours: Closed Easter Sunday, April 8. On Saturday, April 7, and Monday, April 9, through Sunday, April 15, the mansion, marine museum, natural-history exhibits, animal habitats and grounds are open Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.
Children in grades 1-3 are asked to bring a bag lunch. Registration is required for all workshops, which run from 10:00 to 1:00. Fee: $25 per class, $20 for members. To register or to get more information, call (631) 854-5539.
Monday, April 9: Mummy Mask — Children will create their own masks after visiting the Museum’s Egyptian mummy.
Tuesday, April 10: Madeira Mosaic — Some of the Vanderbilt Mansion’s most interesting decorative details are found in the mosaics outside the building. After touring the estate’s mosaics, children will craft their own mosaic.
Thursday, April 12: Cat Mask — After seeing the museum’s wildlife habitats, children will make their own masks of their favorite big cat.
Friday, April 13: Gyotaku T-Shirt — Children will explore the Marine Museum and make a wearable fish-print shirt.
Pre-K and Kindergarten students:
Wednesday, April 11: Butterfly Windsock — Children will visit the butterfly and moth exhibit, then make a colorful windsock. Children taking this workshop, 11:00 to 12:30, must be accompanied by one adult. Fee: $20 per child, $16 for members.
Special Earth Day craft program for Pre-K and Kindergarten Children
Sunday, April 22: Recycled Bottlenose Dolphin Planter — Children will see a Bottlenose Dolphin in the Hall of Fishes. Using recycled soda bottles, they will make planters that look like Bottlenose Dolphins, add dirt, plant seeds, take their creations home, and watch the seeds grow. Workshop runs 11:00 to 12:30, and children must be accompanied by one adult. Fee: $20, $16 for members.