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November 2019

26th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Open Now! Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday November 27, 2019 - February 23, 2020 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th year of fun for all ages. See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! A fully operational 26 foot train layout, "I SPY" scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun!

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December 2019

Homeschool Program: Transportation and Innovation on the River Mini Series, Session One

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Learn how steam power works, the history of steamboats and steam trains on the River and the origin of steam engines.  Visit the Annual Train Exhibit, participate in a scavenger hunt and paint a steamboat model. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-december-17-2019-transportation-innovation-1-registration

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Luminary Craft at the Connecticut River Museum

December 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice With a Luminary Craft at CRM December 19, 2019 4:30 -6:00 pm $5/child (includes all materials) Free to CRM member families Non Members register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/luminary-craft-at-the-connecticut-river-museum Members register: http://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/

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December Vacation Day Workshops

December 27 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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December Vacation Day Workshops 2019 Friday, December 27 Monday, December 30 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Ages 6-12 REGISTER NOW   ____________________________________________ SUPER STEAM TRAINS! Friday, December 27, 2019 Chug along to discover how steam power changed the river valley. Explore the Holiday Train Show, meet train artist Steve Cryan and find out how he makes his fabulous layouts. Create your own "I SPY" challenge, design and paint a wooden train of your own. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ____________________________________________…

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December Vacation Day Workshops

December 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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December Vacation Day Workshops 2019 Friday, December 27 Monday, December 30 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Ages 6-12 REGISTER NOW ____________________________________________ SUPER STEAM TRAINS! Friday, December 27, 2019 Chug along to discover how steam power changed the river valley. Explore the Holiday Train Show, meet train artist Steve Cryan and find out how he makes his fabulous layouts. Create your own "I SPY" challenge, design and paint a wooden train of your own. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ____________________________________________ WONDERFUL…

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January 2020

Homeschool Program: Transportation and Innovation on the River Mini Series, Session Two

January 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Dive into the story of the Turtle, the nation’s first submarine.  Did you know that the Museum has two replicas? Learn the physics of sinking and floating and create an aluminum boat to test your knowledge. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-january-14-2020-transportation-innovation-2-registration

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February 2020

Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session One

February 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Take a boat ride on the RiverQuest and witness the winter visitors on the Lower River. Before we set out on the  River, we will inspect bird flyway maps and discover how birds are able make their migration journeys each year. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-february-11-2020-migratory-animals-1-registration

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March 2020

Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session Two

March 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Not only winged animals migrate, but so do scaly, slimy and four legged animals.  Learn about migrations of amphibians and reptiles and their amazing seasonal adaptions. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-march-17-2020-migratory-animals-2-registration

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April 2020

Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session Three

April 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm HIKE! Explore Canfield Woods during early spring looking for ephemeral blooms and their insect counterparts.  Learn about insect lifecycles and seasonal changes in the forest as we enjoy an easy hike. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-april-21-2020-migratory-animals-3-hike

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May 2020

Homeschool Program: Trades on the Farm at Bushnell Farm

May 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm According to Merriam Webster Dictionary a farmer “is a person who cultivates land or crops or raises animals (such as livestock or fish)”.  Sounds simple, but a colonial farmer had to acquire many skills to prosper.  Visit Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook and see what a day on the farm would have been like.  Participate in a blacksmith demonstration and use a yoke to carry water from a well. Click on…

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