December @ KidsPlay!

December @ KidsPlay!

Share your love of art with us during the month of December at KidsPlay. We’ll be reading about famous artists, experimenting with different techniques, and creating beautiful art of our own. 

Lois Logan, Education and Maker Space Manager

View our  December Calendar!

Special Hours

Friday, December 20: Open 10 am - 8 pm ( Family Friday: Building Small with Gingerbread House workshops)

Monday, December 23: Open 10 am - 4 pm

Tuesday, December 24: Open 10 am - 2 pm

Wednesday, December 25: Closed

Monday, December 30: Open 10 am - 4 pm 

Tuesday, December 31: Open 10 am - 4 pm 

Wednesday, January 1: Open 10 am - 4 pm

Author Study: Jeanette Winter

Storywalk: Henri's Scissors

Special Events

Picturing Peace Opening Reception

Friday, December 13

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the Opening Reception of Picturing Peace on Friday, December 13 from 5 pm – 7 pm. (Please RSVP to: or 860-618-7700 ext. 2227.) The exhibition features photos and texts by fifth-grade children from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Southern California, and Waterbury CT depicting their concept of Peace. Founders Rob & Jill Beck will be there to greet and discuss the project with visitors.

The Museum will display work from many students from communities across the United States and Ireland from December 13, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

This exhibition will include a selection of approximately 40 images from the Picturing Peace Arts program that has been conducted in 21 elementary school classrooms in the U.S. and Northern Ireland. The program started in the School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine as a healing response to 9/11. The program has evolved into a community-oriented and intensive vocabulary and visual pedagogic approach to the development of peace-loving students and emerging peace-building citizens. From its inception, Picturing Peace has used the family of synonyms associated with peace, such as unity, harmony, and care to focus students’ attention on photography of the concept in a variety of social and physical settings.

Meet Brady!

Wednesday, December 11

11:00 am

Explore the Museum with Heidi and her therapy dog, Brady!

Art Adventures

Thursday, December 12
2:00 pm

Join Executive Director Judy McElhone from the Five Points Gallery on a visual literacy art adventure featuring a walking field trip to the gallery.

Friday, December 20

11:00 am

Join our friends from The Home Depot for some fun building with kits!

Family Friday - Building Small

Friday, December 20

5 - 8 pm

Building is fun whether it is big or small. Have fun creating interesting structures including Gingerbread Houses! Gingerbread House kits are $5 each and building workshops are offered at 5, 6, & 7 pm. Supplies are limited so please pre-register. The Museum is open for play from 10 am - 8 pm!

Winter Break

Friday, December 20 - Monday, December 30

10 Days of STEM

Join us for fun, hands-on, educational activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Stretch your STEM muscles with bridge-building, ball-making, plane-flying, and more!

Challenges every day  at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Create Together!

Noontime fun awaits you each day. Let's create, perform, design, and have fun together!

Mural Making

All day in the Maker Space

Get your artistic muscles moving! We'll be creating a collaborative wall of unique handprint art

using Maker Space materials.

Countdown to Noon

Tuesday, December 31, 10 am to 4 pm

Our annual Countdown to Noon Balloon Drop has become one of KidsPlay's Favorite events of the year! Join us for activities, crafts, and games for your kids to welcome in 2020, without the late night.

New Year's Eve Playtacular!

Tuesday, December 31, 5 pm to 7 pm

Make it an evening to remember! Join us for pizza, a balloon drop at 6:30, and much more!

Members: $5 per person up to $20 per family

Non-members: $10 per person

*Preregistration required*

Child and Caregiver Weekly Programs

Basic Overview (Individual weeks will vary slightly - check out our weekly posts!)

Literacy Adventures

Children and their caregivers participate in interactive fun using stories, songs, and poems.

Bilingual Story Time: Interactiva usuando historias, canciones, y poemas en espanol y ingles. All are welcome!

Maker Stories: Discover stories about the joys and challenges of making your own creations.

Story & More!: Climb into the Story Nest to share a book or two. Explore words, titles, and pictures, too!

Tales with Humphry: Humphry loves to read! Do you?

Tree House Tales: Enjoy a story with a guest reader in the Literacy Tree House.

Other Child and Caregiver Programs

Caregivers’ Circle: Meet, relax, and share while children engage in playful learning experiences in our program room.

Exhibit Exploration: KidsPlay’s exhibits are designed to instill a sense of wonder, stimulate learning, and develop key skills. Investigate exhibits within the museum and unlock new and enriching learning experiences.

Kids in Motion: Play fun and exciting games that will get you moving!

Kids on Stage: Hop on the Stage for a dramatic play inspired by the wonders of our world.

Messy Art Studio: Use your imagination to make messy creations using a variety of art mediums.

Maker Lab: Explore with us as you tinker and create with both materials and ideas.


Dear Friends, We are currently closed in observance of social distancing. We can't wait to see you when we reopen! Please follow us on social media and subscribe to our eblast for ideas for fun, playful learning activities at home. We are here for you! Sincerely, The KidsPlay Team

Payment Types Accepted - Cash, Check, and all major credit cards

Languages at KidsPlay - English, Spanish and Sign Language

KidsPlay Children's Museum, Inc. is a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit organization


Important Announcement!

In support of social-distancing, the Museum is closed until April 1.

Please check our social media and website for updates and for ideas for fun hands-on playful learning activities at home.