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The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut  -  August - October 2012 Events and Exhibits
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Special Events - August to November 2012
Friday, August 24
Family Field Trip to the Firehouse!

Meet at the Museum at 10 am and walk with us to the Firehouseor meet us there at 10:30, if you like. We have arranged for a special tour of the local fire station for the whole gang! Space is limited, so call and let us know you'll be joining us! Niantic Firehouse: 8 Grand St., Niantic
• Call to register: 860-691-1111
Friday, Oct. 5, 4:30-8pm
$1 Family Night
Just one (1) dollar per person over the age of 1 makes the first Friday night each month is affordable for all due to the generosity of Electric Boat Employees Community Services Association.
• $1/person.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2:30-3:30pm
Columbus Day Boat Races
We supply the materials and you provide the adventurous spirit as we host our third annual day of boat races! This free-with-admission event is be held in our outdoor area, weather permitting.
• Free with admission.
Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sensory-Friendly Special Event: Haunted Garden
Join us for this less-hectic, first-hour of opening night for this year’s version of our annual funny and frightful (but not too scary) Halloween celebration. Games, Jokes and Costumes make this a night not to be missed! The festivities will be held outdoors, weather-permitting. Come in costume, if you like! This quiet hour is intended for families with members on the autism spectrum or those requiring a sensory-friendly environment.
• Free, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Pfizer.
• Call to register: 860-691-1111
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 6:30-8:30 pm
Haunted Garden and Monster Shindig
Join us for our annual funny and frightful (but not too scary) Halloween celebration. Games, jokes, costumes, and refreshments make this a night not to be missed. The festivities are held indoors and outdoors, weather-permitting. Come in costume, if you like!
• Fee: $4/member, $7/nonmember.
(Family maximum fee: $25 member family, $30 nonmember family)
Sunday, Oct. 15, 6-7:30 pm
Haunted Garden
We know it’s a school night (that’s why we’re opening the doors a bit early), but it’s not too late to come down and join us for our annual funny and frightful (but not too scary) Halloween Haunted Garden. Games, jokes, and costumes make this a night not to be missed. The festivities are held only outdoors on this night – and inclement weather will result in cancellation. Come in costume, if you like!
• Fee: $4/member, $7/nonmember.
(Family maximum fee: $25 member family, $30 nonmember family)
Sunday, November 4, 10-11 AM Museum's Birthday PARTY!
This special admission event -- benefitting New London Youth Affairs -- features a guest visit with Princess Rapunzel! Kids, come in costume if you'd like! Please bring a camera to get a picture with Rapunzel. Get ready to sing, dance, and do a craft with Rapunzel.
• $20/child ~ accompanying parent or guardian is free.
• Space is limited to 25 children.
• Stop by or call the Museum to register: 860-691-1111. So excited
Do you like Scavenger Hunts? So do we! We've created 5 of them – for different ages and abilities so that there's one for everyone in the family, or for the family to work on together. On your visit, pick out one of these puzzles, solve the clues, and have lots of fun in the process. Take the challenge!
The Seaside Village – The van, loaded with all the beach gear, points the way to the fish market, sandy beach, fishing boat, and a boardwalk you can construct anyway you wish!
The Discovery Room featuring Kelsey's Vision –  Spark imaginations as children explore the sciences and the senses. Kelsey's Vision - brings the wonder of touch, sound, and sight to young, developing minds.
Kelsey's Vision is provided through a generous donation from the Kelsey S. Harrington Foundation. Dedicated to honor the memory of Kelsey Harrington. Though Kelsey lived a physically challenged life, she taught patience, acceptance and unconditional love by example. Learn more about the Kelsey S. Harrington Foundation at their website.
Social Story: Descriptions of a what a child can anticipate during a visit to the Museum is available as a downloadable Social Story PDF. Our thanks to Kristen D. Anbari for creation of the Children's Museum Social Story Book.
Two Outdoor Playspaces – Two Outdoor Playspaces for the adventurous and curious explorers. View the Long Island Sound from the highest perch of the Tree House, imagine the deepest of the ocean waters from an authentic research submarine – the Benthic Explorer. Get back to the basics with outdoor fun!
Nearly all the museum areas are wheelchair accessible. Parents with other special needs children should contact the museum for informaiton.
The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is an interactive, hands-on, educational place for children to try on new roles, let their imaginations soar and feel safe while exploring the world around them. With 5,000 square feet – all on one floor – and 2 outdoor playspaces, nearly all is wheelchair accessible. We engage, encourage, and challenge children from 9 months to 9 years in the arts, sciences, health, and world cultures. Explore the Discovery Room featuring Kelsey's Vision and science-based activities. Visit the Seaside Village where you can pilot a fishing boat, sell the catch of the day at the Fish Market, or try clamming at the indoor sandy "beach." Don't miss the Global Village, a celebration of diverse cultural heritage. And Toddler Land welcomes our youngest visitors. Open year 'round for the truly hearty, our 2 outdoor areas delight youngsters with a real tree house, whale drum, dino dig, climbing wall, performing stage, a real 2-person research submarine and more!
Hours  (Hours change slightly by season.)

Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing:
Mon - Sat: 9:30 am- 5 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 pm
1st Fridays open until 8!
Check calendars for special events!
Questions? You can call us at 860-691-1111
OPEN – In addition to our regular hours above, the Museum is OPEN:
• Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• Presidents' Day
• Christmas Eve - 9:30 am - 2 pm
• New Year's Eve - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
• New Year's Day - 11 am - 4:30 pm
• Columbus Day
CLOSED – Museum is CLOSED on the following Holidays:
•• Thanksgiving
• Christmas Day
• Easter
• Memorial Day
• July 4
• Labor Day
Visitor Services
  • Baby changing tables are available in both restrooms. A disposable diaper kit is available at the front desk.
  • Strollers are permitted in the Museum's exhibit areas. Stroller parking is also available in the coat room and outside.
  • The coat room is to your right as you enter the museum.
  • First aid emergencies should be directed to staff members or the front desk.
    Birthday Parties at the Children's Museum are a blast! Have a great party your way by choosing a plan to fit your needs. We have a variety of options, call us for more information and to make reservations. 860-691-1111.
  • The Museum Gift Shop is located adjacent to the admissions desk in the lobby of the building. Lots of creative activities for young curious scientists, travel toys, puppets, umbrellas, kites, and so much more! We have piggy-bank-friendly items for young visitors wanting to make a purchase all their own!
  • Extra Clothing is available at the front desk should one of those oops moments occurs and you are in need!  

You'll find the Museum at 409 Main Street (Route 156) in Niantic, CT.
From I-95 (North or South) take Exit 74. Turn right (Route 161), then turn left on Main Street (Route 156).
Or take Exit 72 off I-95 North. Turn left at light (Route 156) and drive about 2.5 miles.
The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut 
409 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
Phone: 860-691-1111 | Fax: 860-691-1194
For further information, visit the museum website at

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Content Last Modified on 8/20/2012 3:04:59 PM