Keeler Kids registration is open
Registration is now pen for Keeler Kids, a local history summer camp at Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center. Three week-long sessions in July exploring a certain period in history through a range of fun, hands-on and multi-disciplinary activities, such as crafts, games, songs, stories and foods from centuries past, are offered for different age groups. This is the perfect opportunity for children to step back in time and discover first-hand what life was like in historic Ridgefield as exemplified by Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center. Slots fill up quickly, and registration is on a first-come basis. Camp registration is available online at keelertavernmuseum.org/education/keelerkids or by calling 203-438-5485.
During Session I, July 9 to 13, children entering grades one through three will learn about life in Colonial Ridgefield through fun, hands-on and educational activities. They will meet Benjamin and Sarah Hoyt, who built the original homestead on the site of the Keeler Tavern in 1713 when the town was settled. Each day will include a special craft, outdoor games and the chance to explore the historic campus, including the museum.
In Session II, July 16 to 20, children entering grades four through six will have the opportunity to imagine life in Ridgefield on April 27, 1777, when the area’s patriots skirmished with British soldiers on the town’s main thoroughfares. Ardent patriot Timothy Keeler, who at the time was tavern keeper, postmaster and merchant at Keeler Tavern, will try to convince the kids to join the Revolution; Washington’s spies will slip in and out of town; and Sybil Ludington will make an appearance before riding out to warn the patriots of the burning of Danbury by the British just a day before they marched into Ridgefield.
Kids entering grades seven and up can join Session III, July 23 to 27, to become junior curators and go behind the scenes at the museum. Junior curators will learn to build, research, conserve and curate collections. They will design their own exhibit using objects from the museum’s collection, which will be on display to museum visitors for several weeks after camp. Session III also features a full-day field trip to a major area museum.
The cost for each session is $250 per child with a discount for museum members and siblings. The price includes a Keeler Kids T-shirt, a period costume (Sessions I and II), all materials and supplies. Children are asked to bring a bag lunch each day. Sessions I and II also offer an extended day option ($50 per child) for early drop-off and/or late pick-up, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and online registration visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call the office at 203-438-5485.