Imagine Nation – A Museum for Children and Families
One Pleasant St.
Bristol, CT 06010
Imagine Nation is an innovative, hands-on museum suited for children ages two to 10. From a gravity well to a sand pendulum, there are unique and interesting things to do that will grab your child’s interest and help them learn, too. On example is the “Stretch-It,” where kids can stretch rubber bands around pegs to make different shapes, which is not only interesting, but challenging and educational. With “Whisper Dishes,” children learn how sound waves travel by speaking softly into funnels that transmit sound across the room to listening friends. The great thing about Imagine Nation is that it is interactive, which is what makes this among Hartford’s best stuff for preschoolers. This is a museum where they are encouraged to touch things and can just be a kid. Admission is $7. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. On the first Friday of every month, Imagine Nation is open until 8 p.m. Be sure to check the news or call the museum if there is inclement weather.
1130 Maple Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
Sometimes young children just want to explore, and Goodwin Park is a great place to do just that – for your preschooler and your whole family. The park features playgrounds, sports areas (baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer), swimming pools, a golf course and food options. There is bound to be something your whole family can enjoy. The park is open year-round, every day of the week, from dusk to dawn.
First Steps in Music
The Hartt School Community Division
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117
First Steps in Music is a program that engages children in the sensory experience of music and dance, allowing them to express themselves in a more creative way while having fun. Preschool children, ages three-and-a-half to five years, focus on exploring different sounds, including how they are made and transmitted, as well as identifying them. Echoes, call and response, and different vocal patterns are explored. Teachers encourage preschoolers to be creative and make different sounds. This method has been developed and taught by Dr. John Feierabend, a specialist in early childhood education. Please see the Web site for further details and a schedule of classes.