Featured Special Events

Mangelsen Life In The Wild

Thomas D. Mangelsen – A LIFE IN THE WILD

Stamford Symphony String Quartet

Stamford Symphony String Quartet at the Knobloch Family Farmhouse

March

Maple Sugar Festival

Heckscher Wild Featured

Break Out Day: WILDlife Wonders

Monday, January 20, 11am-3pm

Celebrate our newest exhibit, Thomas D. Mangelsen: A LIFE IN THE WILD, and explore the amazing diversity of life around the world! Learn to identify common snakes, investigate the world of rodents, and join us at 2:30 to eat some dirt (cake, that is!)

Members: FREE | Non-members: Included with gate admission

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Winter Astronomy Nights at the Farmhouse

Friday, January 24, 7-8:30pm

Join us to observe the winter skies from the Fedele Family Plaza of our Knobloch Family Farmhouse! Using our portable telescopes, astronomers will share the best happenings in the sky with visitors. Join us for a short astronomy presentation, followed by an open viewing on Overlook Terrace. Rain will cancel programs. Please call the Museum’s main line at 203.322.1646 for cancellation information.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $5/adults; $3/children

Winter Explorers

Winter Sunday Explorers

Sundays, January 26 - February 23, 1-4pm

The winter version of our popular drop-in program provides a great reason to visit on Sundays! Our Animal Meet & Greets move to our exhibit galleries to celebrate our incredible new Thomas D. Mangelsen exhibition, A LIFE IN THE WILD. Then, end the day with a chance to build with some of our favorite building blocks and kits! Some programs may be limited in enrollment. Schedule of events may change without notice or due to weather. Strollers and late entries not permitted in the planetarium. Planetarium is recommended for ages 5 and up.

1-4pm: Self-guided crafts (Overbrook Nature Center)
1:30pm: Planetarium Show (Bendel Mansion)
2:30pm: Animal Meet & Greet in A LIFE IN THE WILD Exhibition (Museum Gallery)
3:30pm: Building Stations Lab (Overbrook Nature Center)

Members: FREE | Non-members: Included with gate admission

Homemade Pasta Featured

Nights Out: Pasta Making Class & Supper with Chopped Champion Silvia Baldini

Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm

Creating the perfect handmade pasta is a combination of art and science, but it needn’t be intimidating. Dive in hands first with chef and Food Network “Chopped” Champion, Silvia Baldini, and learn simple steps to a variety of shapes, styles and textures. Class will be followed by a feast of our own creation. Former chef at the Ritz in London, Silvia is the founder of Strawberry & Sage, and a recent inductee to the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier NY.

Members: $100 | Non-Members: $110

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Farm It Yourself: Maple Candy & Sugar

Sunday, Februray 9, 2-3:30pm

Discover how to turn our yummy maple syrup into your own candy and maple sugar! Maple sugar can be used for many types of cooking and baking, and maple candy makes great gifts or tasty treats! Each participant will get to help make their own maple sugar and candy to take home! Meets in the Knobloch Family Farmhouse. Limited enrollment for a good hands-on experience. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Members: $10 | Non-members: $12

Winter Ox

Winter Home School Day: Native Wildlife

Wednesday, Februray 12, 10:30-3pm

Discover the amazing animals that live right here in our area! Learn about local reptiles and amphibians, delve into the world of our largest land mammals, take in the work of renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen in our latest exhibition, and test your knowledge in our animal artifact lab. Group lunch period allows homeschoolers to meet and share ideas.

Members: $17 | Non-members: $17

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Break Out Day: Tales & Tails

Monday, February 17, 11am-3pm

Join us as we bring some of our favorite children’s books to life! We’ll share some of our favorite stories and then meet animals from their pages. We’ll even delve into some of our favorite science books and perform experiments! We’ll have s’mores on the meadow at 2:30, too!

Members: FREE | Non-members: Included with gate admission

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Winter Astronomy Nights at the Farmhouse

Friday, February 21, 7-8:30pm

Join us to observe the winter skies from the Fedele Family Plaza of our Knobloch Family Farmhouse! Using our portable telescopes, astronomers will share the best happenings in the sky with visitors. Join us for a short astronomy presentation, followed by an open viewing on Overlook Terrace. Rain will cancel programs. Please call the Museum’s main line at 203.322.1646 for cancellation information.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $5/adults; $3/children

Mixed Media Nights Out

Nights Out: Mixed Media Mixer at the SM&NC

Thursday, February 27, 7 - 9pm

Explore the exciting world of collage in the beautiful setting of our Bendel Mansion in Winter. Taking inspiration from the season, we’ll explore this expressive art form while enjoying refreshments in view of our beautiful campus. Using a variety of media, paper, and even found objects, attendees will create a unique collage project to take home. Beginner and experienced artists alike are welcome.

Members: $40 | Non-Members: $50

Bevs Bites Featured

Nights Out: Wine Tasting & Food Pairing with LaRocca’s Wine & Spirits’ Sommelier John Freitas

Thursday, March 19, 7 - 9pm

Wine and food are two of life’s great pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor. Though a centuries-old tradition, pairing foods and wine together can still be a challenging and intimidating task. Join us for a delectable evening learning about reasonably priced fine wines, and leave with the skills to create an exquisite experience for your family, friends, or next party.

Members: $60 | Non-Members: $70

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Winter Astronomy Nights at the Farmhouse

Friday, March 20, 7-8:30pm

Join us to observe the winter skies from the Fedele Family Plaza of our Knobloch Family Farmhouse! Using our portable telescopes, astronomers will share the best happenings in the sky with visitors. Join us for a short astronomy presentation, followed by an open viewing on Overlook Terrace. Rain will cancel programs. Please call the Museum’s main line at 203.322.1646 for cancellation information.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $5/adults; $3/children

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Outdoor Adventures: Radical Reptiles

Sunday, March 22, 4:30 - 6pm

Calling all reptile fans! Meet some of our live reptiles up close and personal! Learn the correct ways to handle a snake, test your family’s knowledge to win prizes with our reptile trivia, and try some “Eat like a Reptile” snacks!

Members: $6 |  Non-members: $9

David Sibley

Nights Out: SM&NC Welcomes David Sibley

Thursday, April 22, 7 - 9pm

On Earth Day, join us for a memorable talk, meet and greet, and book signing with David Sibley – world-renowned author and illustrator of “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” and his latest book, “What It’s Like to Be a Bird.” First published in 2000, more than two million copies of “The Sibley Guide to Birds” have sold worldwide. The foremost authority in his field, he’s been called the most important illustrator of birds since John James Audubon and Roger Tory Petersen.

Members & Non-Members: $55 including signed book