Kids & Family
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Explore on Snowshoes
Ongoing Monday-Friday 10 am-2 pm and Saturdays 12-3 pm snow permitting, except 1/1.
$12 adults, $5 children, free for members
Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent from the Carriage House when the grounds are snow-covered.
For December and January, the Story Trail book will be:
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
“This book is about farm animals and what happens during one year on a farm.”
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.
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. Provocations 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 June-October. The 2017 Season is over.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781) 894-2798.
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: 12/13, 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 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 email@example.com 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!
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. Monday – Friday 10-3 and Saturday 12-3. $5 per hour, per backpack, free for members
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.
Also check the Events page for other family-friendly events.