Kids & Family
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For April, the Story Trail book will be:
Warm as Wool
Scott Russell Sanders – author
Helen Cogancherry – illustrator
Warm as Wool is the true story of a pioneer family trying to survive in the Ohio wilderness in the early 1800s. Determined to keep her family warm during the harsh winters, Betsy Ward struggled to buy and raise sheep and turn their wool into cloth. This is a dramatic story of a way of life, very different from that of Christopher and Rebecca Gore who lived at Gore Place during the same time period.
Each page of the children’s book is posted at different points on the property. Moving from page to page, visitors can read the book from cover to cover while spending time outdoors. The Story Trail is free and open during daylight hours. Return every couple months to read a new story!
This program is supported in part by grants from the Waltham Cultural Council and Watertown Cultural Council, both are local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Nature Playscape
The Nature Playscape is a shaded outdoor play area located at the northwest corner of the estate. The soft chip play area has benches and a variety of natural elements for imaginary play. A log can be a balance beam and a stump can be a table. The adjoining north lawn provides a flat, grassy space to extend activities beyond the shady grove. The Nature Playscape attracts families daily even when there is no scheduled program.
Tot Time on the Farm
Tot Time on the Farm at Gore Place: outdoor fun for kids 18 months to 5 years on our farm. Help out with the farm work by planting seeds, watering raised beds, and picking vegetables. Invitations to explore different elements of farm life are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month, with new activities. The dates are the third Wednesday of each month May-October.
Children age 18 months – 5 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members. Reservations are required. Maximum 15 children. No older siblings please. For information, email email@example.com or call (781) 894-2798.BUY TICKETS NOW
Tot Time at the Nature Playscape
Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month with new activities. The dates are: 4/9, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/12, and 12/10 at 10am.
Children age 1.5 -6 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members. Reservations are required. Maximum 10 children. No older siblings please. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781) 894-2798. Please dress children in pants and closed-toe shoes.
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Take A Walk Backpacks
With a Take a Walk backpack children and their accompanying adults can explore the open spaces and hidden places of the 50 acre estate. Backpacks contain activities, a magnifying glass and binoculars. Current themes described below. Come into the Carriage House to get your backpack and begin your adventure! Monday – Friday 10-2 and Saturday 12-3. $5 per hour, per backpack, free for members.
Nature Playscape Provocations
This month our newest Take a Walk backpack explores the Nature Playscape. Provocations in the bag encourage creative play among the rocks and trees in a quiet shady corner of Gore Place’s 50 acres. Activities are as open-ended as your child’s imagination!
For ages 2 and older.
With the Architecture back pack, explore the exterior of the 1806 Gore Place mansion, its details and its
influences. From the outside, discover how many floors are inside. Use miniature bricks to create
different patterns and wooden blocks to build the house.
Appropriate for ages 6-8.
Rain. Snow. Warm. Cold. Freeze. Melt. It’s not really winter, yet it’s not really spring. It’s MUD
Explore the properties of mud by digging and squishing in our designated mud pit.
Search for animal tracks, identify evergreens just by their pine cones and be a detective looking
for 9 special outdoor items.
Appropriate for ages 3-7.
Discover the stories of Christopher and Rebecca Gore, their household, and the events of the Federal Period as you tour the 1806 mansion. All tours are appropriate for ages 6 and up. Monday through Friday: available on the hour between 10am and 2pm. Saturdays at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. $12 per adult, $6 per child ages 5-12, free for Members. To learn more, visit the Tours page. Tours start in the Carriage House.
Explore on Snowshoes
Spring has sprung! Snowshoeing for the season has ended. It will be back in December.
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