Special Events



Market Madness Sundays
Sundays through August 13, 10 am - 2 pm

Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities. Our Sunday Farm Market is the center of our Summer Sunday programs. Come for a self-guided craft on the meadow, farm animal meetings, and lunch with Bert & Sadie, our North American River Otters. At 12:30 pm join us for Edible Science, where we'll explore the science behind some of our favorite foods, such as pizza, S'mores, and ice cream.

10 am - 2 pmSelf-guided craft (weather permitting at Farm Market)
10:30 amMeet a Farm Animal (at Farm Market)
11 amEdible Science (at Farm Market)
12 pmAnimal Meet & Greet (Heckscher WILD!)
1 pmOtter feeding demonstration (Otter Pond)

Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.
FREE entry to farm market does not include Market Madness programming.

Edible Science
Sundays through August 13, 12:30 pm

Why do marshmallows turn brown in the campfire? Why is pizza dough stretchy? How do we make maple syrup? As part of our Market Madness programs, discover the answers to these yummy questions in our new Edible Science series as we create, cook, concoct, and eat! We'll have a new topic each week so definitely mark your calendars for August 13, for our annual celebration of National S'mores Day.

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

Astronomy Nights: Private Space Travel - When Can I Book My Vacation to the Moon?
Friday, July 7, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Private Space Travel - When Can I Book My Vacation to the Moon?, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3

WILD! Feeding
Saturdays, July 8 - August 19, 11 am - 11:30 am

Ever wonder how we feed our exhibit animals in Heckscher WILD!? Help make salads for our tortoises, lizards, and other fruit- and veggie-loving friends. Spaces for this program are limited and are first-come, first-served. Ages 5 and up.

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

Summer Stars Planetarium Shows
Sundays, July 9 - August 20, 2 - 3 pm

Join us to search the summer night sky ... during the day! Discover some of the common constellations of the summer and the stories behind them. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served. Doors will open 15 minutes before scheduled program. Recommended for ages 5 and up. No strollers, please. Shows start promptly; no late admission. Parents must accompany children.

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

Heckscher Farm Animal Meet & Greet
Mondays, July 10 - August 14, 2:30 - 3 pm

Do you know the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Have you ever given a pig a belly rub? Join us each week for an up-close look at one of our farm animal groups. Discover how we care for and enrich our animals' lives, and have a chance to touch them, too! One animal/animal group per week.

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

A Day in a Farmer's Life
Tuesdays, July 11 - August 15, 10 - 10:30 am

Learn about the day-to-day life on Heckscher Farm by taking a peek at some of the different chores that have to be done throughout the year. We might milk goats, wash and card wool, create enrichment items for one of our Farm animals, or walk a donkey.

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

Heckscher WILD! Animal Meet & Greet
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, July 12 - August 18, 11 am & 2:30 pm

Stop by Heckscher WILD! to meet one of our teaching animals from around the world and discover how they are adapted to their native habitat. Animals will vary depending on the day; programs will be approximately 15 minutes.

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

Summer Corn-ucopia!
Wednesdays, July 12 - August 16, 3:30 - 4 pm

Celebrate our a-maize-ing new exhibit, MAIZE: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain, by exploring the curious case of corn. Each week we'll discover the importance of corn, how it has been used, who likes to eat it, how to cook it, and why this ancient grain continues to surprise us. We might cook corn muffins over the campfire, learn how to grind corn, meet some animals that eat corn, create a corn craft, or plant some corn relatives to take home. Meet in the Stamford Museum galleries.

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

12th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Wednesday, July 12, 6 pm

Celebrate the generous volunteers who have donated their time and talents over the past year at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Set outdoors under tents on the Meadow along Bendel Pond, this year's picnic will feature delicious food and drinks, hayrides, badminton, and other lawn games, meet & greets with some of our farm animals, and an awards presentation. This is a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages to relax and mingle with other volunteers and SM&NC staff.

The Volunteer Appreciation Picnic is our way of demonstrating our commitment to volunteerism, and saying THANK YOU to the hundreds of volunteers who have supported the SM&NC over the past year.

For more information, please contact Cathryn Oulighan, Volunteer & Community Relations Manager, at 203-977-6530 or coulighan@stamfordmuseum.org

National Hot Dog Day
Sunday, July 16, 11 am - 2 pm

Join staff from Fleishers Craft Butchery in Greenwich to celebrate another great food holiday - National Hot Dog Day. Fleishers meats come from local farms, are pasture-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free, and all around tasty! Join us for a sampling of some amazing hot dogs. Discover how much better tasting locally farmed meats are and learn about Fleishers' nose-to-tail approach to butchery. Fleishers hot dogs will be available for sale, as well as a variety of local meats from Truelove Farms, our weekly local meat vendor.

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

Outdoor Adventures: Things with Wings Night Hike
Friday, July 21, 7-8:30 pm

Join us for a chance to explore the crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the SM&NC home. We'll take a sunset hike to look for our resident bats and birds, search for signs of our local owls, and see what insects are out and about. We'll discover the difference between flying and gliding and meet some animals that can move on the wing. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call 203.977.6521 to register.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8.

Astronomy Nights: Interstellar Travel: Between Fiction & Science
Friday, August 4, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Interstellar Travel: Between Fiction & Science, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3

Astronomy Nights: Space Talk
Friday, August 11, 7 pm

Head to the Observatory to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on Space Talk, followed by a viewing of the night sky through our 22-inch research telescope. The presentation portion of the program will be held rain or shine. Viewing hours are weather permitting. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing. This program is suitable for ages 5 and over. Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm, enter from Scofieldtown Road. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $5, Children (5-17) $3

National S'mores Day!
Sunday, August 13, 12:30 - 2 pm

Help us celebrate our favorite non-traditional holiday, National S'mores Day. As a special part of our Edible Science series, we'll explore why marshmallows turn brown in the campfire and then stack them on grahams with chocolate for a yummy treat!

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

Outdoor Adventures: Leapin' Lizards
Sunday, August 13, 4 - 5:30 pm

Celebrate National Lizard Day by meeting live lizards from all over the world. Discover a lizard that can lick its eyeballs, one without legs, and ones that can eat pounds of insects per day! Learn the proper ways to hold and care for some lizard species and help to give our Savannah Monitor a snack. Ages 5 and up.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8

Honeybee Open Hive
Sunday, August 20, 11 am - 2 pm

On National Honeybee Day, we champion our smallest, most industrious farm residents. Discover the buzz during hive demos (weather permitting) and a honey bee scavenger hunt at our Sunday Farm Market. You'll plant native wildflower seeds to take home and meet some other 6- legged creatures. We'll also have a tasting of a variety of honeys, including SM&NC honey, a honey that tastes like marshmallows, and the "champagne" of honeys.

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


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