Special Events

A BILLION BRICKS 4: LEGO® Super Heroes in Gotham
Through February 5

Skylines and superheroes! Bring the whole family to our popular annual "A Billion Bricks" exhibition and be awed by five famous architectural landmarks made completely out of LEGO® bricks. The team from ILUGNY will recreate a fantasy Gotham City — featuring some of the most iconic buildings in New York City. LEGO® trains, trams, and subways will travel over, under and around a totally new LEGO landscape where superheroes will save the day!

LEGO® is a trademark belonging to LEGO Systems A/S and is used throughout the exhibition with this understanding. We thank them for allowing the use of the term within our educational context.

Sunday Explorers
Sundays, January 15 - February 26, 1 - 4 pm

Winter is a great time to explore the SM&NC! Enjoy our guided farm and trail programs as well as our popular animal Meet & Greets. We also conduct Science Spot programs each Sunday in Overbrook Nature Center, and offer an array of self-guided crafts. Different themes, animals, and stories each week! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Schedule of Events
1 - 4 pmSelf-guided crafts & open classroom
1 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1:30 pmGuided Hike or Farm Program
2:30 pmScience Spot
3 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

Superhero Animation - Lights! Camera! Action!
Saturday & Sunday, January 21-22,
Two sessions: 10 am - 12 pm & 2 - 4 pm

LEGOŽ Super Hero animation with ILUGNY facilitators. Led by Alex Kobbs, of Kooberz Studios. Learn how to film stop-action animation with LEGOŽ creations and mini figures. Recommended for ages 10 and up, limited to 30 participants per session. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $40 (one adult & one child), $25 for each additional adult/child.
Non-Members: Non-Members: $55 (one adult & one child), $25 for each additional adult/child (includes admission).

Winter Stars Planetarium Shows
Sundays, January 22, 12 & 1:30 pm

Take a virtual tour of the constellations and planets in our galaxy and learn how to recognize common winter constellations, which planets are made of rock or gas, and more! Topics and content will vary each week. Programs begin promptly at 12 and 1:30 pm; seating is limited, especially during A Billion Bricks 4: Superheroes in Gotham exhibition. Doors will open 10 minutes before show time; no late admissions, please. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

Teddy Bear Tea Party
Saturday, February 11, 2 pm

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bear) to a very special tea for Valentine's Day! Enjoy a variety of tea-time treats and sweets, delight in an enchanting tale from Acting Out with Ms. Karen, and bring home your own Valentine surprise! And don't forget to dress up your Teddy Bears in their favorite party outfits. For ages 3 and up.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited, so book your spot early by calling 203-977-6521.

Members: $25 per person | Non-Members: $35 per person.

Winter Home-School Day: Nature's Numbers (ages 5 - 12)
Thursday, February 16, 10:30 am - 3 pm

Our winter home-school day will focus on the numbers found in nature-from the ratio of sap to syrup for maple sugaring to the amount of hay our farmers feed every week to our animals. A lab-based class will cover many other numbers, from the 8 legs of arachnids to the 14 different types of snakes in Connecticut. Plus, we'll take a journey through our solar system to explore some really out-of-this-world numbers! Limited enrollment to enhance the small group experience.

No charge for teachers/chaperones and non-participating siblings. A group lunch will allow for home schoolers to meet each other and exchange ideas. To register, please call the Environmental Education office at 203.977.6540.

Members: $15/child | Non-Members: Non-Members: $$15/child.

Extreme Maple Syrup
Sunday, February 19, 3 - 4:30 pm

Join us for a special behind-the-scenes look at our Maple Syrup operation and help with some of the daily tasks that go into turning sap into syrup. Help collect sap and measure how much sugar is in it, learn to use an auger to drill tap holes, tour the sugar bush, and more! Observe the process of turning sap into syrup with the evaporator and do a taste test of the different grades to see which one you prefer. We'll end our program with a special treat featuring the SM&NC's very own maple syrup! Limited enrollment. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

Winter Break Out Day: What's Up?
Monday, February 20, 11 am - 3 pm

Is it true that everything that goes up must come down? Join us to discover what is up in nature in mid-winter! Learn how the upflow of sap allows us to make maple syrup in our sugarhouse, investigate the science behind catapults as we launch things into the air, and make your own mini catapults to take home. Discover the winter birds in our area and make a recycled bird feeder to take home. Explore the winter constellations in our night sky in our planetarium, create some great crafts, and end the day with vanilla ice cream topped with our own maple syrup! A complete schedule will be added closer to the event.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.

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