Our FIY series teaches families and kids homesteading and cooking skills that can easily be done at home!

Throughout the year we’ll have opportunities to work with animals, cook in our kitchens, grow things to take home and more. Limited enrollment ensures that everyone gets hands-on chances to participate. Program location will be emailed to participants the week before the event. Recommended for children ages 5 and up, unless otherwise noted. Please take note that for many programs are not drop-off and that all participants require a ticket, including adults. Refer to individual programs for more information. Please note: Some programs are for SM&NC members only (not a member? Join today!).

Registration for FALL programs (October-December) opens:
September 27 to SM&NC members and to all on October 4.

Pumpkin Exploration & Carving- FULL

Saturday, October 9
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Ages 5+

Join us for a fall favorite! Discover the different types of pumpkins and squash that grow in Connecticut and create one for your fall porch! Each family will receive a large CT grown pumpkin to carve into the design of their choice. We will provide the pumpkin, general carving tools, stencils, and markers to turn your pumpkin into a masterpiece! You are welcome to bring additional accessories if you would like. Limited to 8 families (1 pumpkin per family). Recommended for children 5 and up. Program location will be emailed to participants the week before. Tickets include entry for 1 family, pumpkin, and materials.

Members: $20/family
Non-members: $30/family

Amazing Apples

Thursday, November 11
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of celebrating our local apples! Try some different types of apples to see which you prefer, create some apple crafts, and make your own (unpasteurized) apple cider and quick baked apples to take home! Families will rotate through different stations and work as a group to try everything! Limited to 12 families. All materials provided.

Members: $30/family
Non-members: $40/family

Barnyard Birds Paint Party

Sunday, December 5
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Get inspired by our latest exhibition, The Artistry of Jacques Pepin, by meeting some of our farm animals and getting to create your own chicken painting in the style of Jacques Pepin! We’ll start with a tour of the galleries, then head to the farm for inspiration before creating our own masterpiece. All painting materials will be provided. Limited to 10 participants.

Members: $15/person
Non-members: $18/person

Youth & Family Program Policies

  • Refunds may be available for a registered program up to 10 days before the program date.  Within 10 days refunds are, unfortunately, not available. Please register carefully. Contact registration at 203.977.6521 for refunds. Programs cancelled by SM&NC will be refunded in full.
  • Ticket transfers are not permitted. Only registered parties may attend in their program time/date.
  • Please note age requirements.  Registrations outside of the age minimums/maximums will be cancelled and may not be refunded.
  • Please note registration requirements.  Some programs are drop-off and some require adult attendance.  All parties 3 and up that attend a program require a ticket for individually-ticketed events.