April Vacay Days 2022

April “Vacay” Days at NBMAA

The New Britain Museum of American Art is offering free activities for the whole family during the week of April vacation. Families with children who are on spring break can learn how to start their own garden in the Kids Gardening Workshop with New Britain Roots, meet award-winning children’s author and illustrator Hudson Talbott at a virtual book reading, and complete an art project using recycled materials. The NBMAA will also be hosting a Family Earth & Art Festival in honor of Earth Day.

Saturday, April 9, 12-2 p.m. | Kids Art & Gardening Workshop with New Britain ROOTS

  • We invite families and their children (ages 5-10) to join this interactive workshop that is sure to excite gardeners of all ages. Through hands-on-activities with ROOTS Education Coordinator Rita Neal, adults will learn how to engage their children in the garden, while children will explore the excitement of gardening and leave with their own plant-starting kit to use at home.

Tuesday, April 12 at 12 p.m. | Author Reading with Hudson Talbott - REGISTER HERE

  • Meet Hudson Talbott, an award-winning children's author and illustrator, as he reads his book River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River, followed by a Q&A. Though Hudson will be joining the Museum through a live video reading, guests can purchase signed copies of the book at the Museum Store and read along.

Thursday, April 14, at 12 p.m. | Drop-In Family Art Studio with Mary Beth Sasso - LEARN MORE

  • Learn to make sculptures from recycled water bottles.

On these three days—April 9, 12, 14—admission to the Museum will be free for all families. In addition to these special programs, families can always enjoy an NBMAA scavenger hunt and a fun art activity in the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace.

Family Earth & Art Festival | Saturday, April 16; 11 a.m - 2 p.m. - LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

  • In honor of Earth Day, the NBMAA is hosting a Family Earth & Art Festival focusing on artists, makers, and businesses whose work brings art and nature together. Visitors can create art inspired by nature with artist Jasmine Ahern, shop from local vendors, dance to live music by the Midnight Anthem, and try out yard games on the Museum’s grounds. Admission will be free to all visitors.

More information and links to register for these events can be found at https://nbmaa.org/programs-events