While so many know Winterthur Museum for its history and enchanting gardens, the museum is trying to expand its reputation to that of a kid-friendly location.
Each Tuesday in July and August, the estate is bringing back its Terrific Tuesdays program, which offers hands-on activities for children ranging in age from 3-10.
The themes of the projects change from week to week, but they all teach children the value of art conservation, science, technology, engineering and math.
Lois Stoehr, the Associate Curator of Education for the Museum, said that the program has been around since the mid-1990s, and thinks it is a great way to get families involved.
“Winterthur is so much more that art and history,” Stoehr said.
The brains behind this year’s Terrific Tuesdays program are two ambitious art conservation students from the University of Delaware – Megan Millman and Melissa Miller. Once they learned they were going to be interns at Winterthur for the summer back in February, they eagerly started planning their weekly programs.
The July 10 program Millman and Miller designed was called Teddy Bear Triage, which allowed children to bring in their favorite toy and learn how to preserve it at different stations. Future Terrific Tuesdays programs include a day dedicated to understanding light, and color and art.
“We are excited to see what the kids will bring in,” Millman said, which included a toy dinosaur for one girl, and a stuffed rooster for one young boy.
“The current scholastic emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) really should be STEAM, and that “A” is for art,” Stoehr said.