Our family programs aim to enrich, grow and bring shared experiences into your lives.  We offer a variety of events and opportunities for all definitions of family.  If you would like a custom program, let us know by contacting our Manager of Education and Programs, Megan Patterson. 

Join us every third Thursday of the month for Museum Happy Hour. Stroll through our exhibitions while sipping delicious craft beer. Do you play an instrument? Bring it along and join in on a community jam session. Do you have children? Bring them too, they’ll love hanging with our Never Grow Up Club while you enjoy hanging with the happy hour club!

Local history, music jam session, craft beer, a break from the kiddies…What more could you ask for? Potato Chips!!! We’ve got those for you too…

Museum Happy Hour bringing cheer every third Thursday.

Museum Happy Hour Events:
October 17 | 5:30-7pm | Black Swan Brewing Company*
November 21 | 5:30-7pm | Shakespeare Brewing Company*
December 19 | 5:30-7pm | Cowbell Brewing Company*

Admission Cost: By donation ( donations directly support the museum’s education and public programs)

*Local Craft Beer available for purchase. Must be 19+.

For select adult-focused programs and events, we provide super-fun, nurturing care for your child(ren) as a support for families. The Never Grow Up Club is celebrated in the museum’s heritage kitchen, and the activities are related in an age-appropriate way to the theme of the adult event. Facilitated and led by the museum’s incredible volunteer-education team.

Designed for ages 3-10.
Cost: $5 per child
More Info: Megan Patterson, Manager of Education and Public Programs

Museum Happy Hour Events:
October 17 | 5:30-7pm | Special Brew: Farm Juice Co.
In celebration of fall, the Never Grow Up Club will be making incredible BEADED PUMPKINS SCULPTURES!!!! Because why have a real pumpkin when you can have a beaded one?!?

November 21 | 5:30-7pm | Special Brew: Farm Juice Co.
In celebration of our new telecommunication’s exhibition, the Never Grow Up Club will be making incredible TIN CAN TELEPHONES!!!!! Because why have a real phone when you can have a tin one?!?

December 19 | 5:30-7pm | Special Brew: Farm Juice Co.
In celebration of winter solstice, the Never Grow Up Club will be making incredible ILLUMINATED PAPER LANTERNS!!!! Because why have sunlight when you can have candlelight?!?

Conversations with the Collection Program:

You can never start them too young! We invite parents and caregivers to immerse your baby (age 0-18 months) to the rich heritage of community by bringing them to the museum. On all-four wheels (crawlers and bi-peds are also welcome) enjoy a friendly guided and hands-on tour of select exhibitions when the museum is closed to the public! This tour welcomes all levels of feelings: laughing, crying, drooling, sneezing, squealing, screaming, gurgling, grunting and any other unanticipated surprises. This is a drop-in program, no registration necessary.

Oh, did we mention? Complimentary coffee and tea provided.

Time: 9:00am ish* to 10:00am
Adult Fee: $10, your sweet-adorable-bundle-of -almost-always-joy are FREE!
Dates: Every Thursday | November-December 2019

*We understand being on time to anything with a little one is just another added stress. If you’re running a little behind, that’s a-okay. You can just hop on the tour when you arrive!

We offer guided tours of the museum year round for groups and individuals. Our tours are conversational, informative and most importantly, fun! Please be sure to book ahead if you would like a guided tour, so that we can make sure we have a guide available!

For more information, please contact Megan Patterson, Manager of Education and Public Programs

Got the winter blues? We think the best cure is to get outside! During those snowy months, we offer snowshoeing on our walking trails! Snowshoe rental is included in the price of regular admission. Please ask at the front desk if you would like to borrow a pair.

Whether you choose to run, skip, hop or walk, our nature trails offer tranquility among native pollinator plants, wetland, butterflies, birds and even a singing frog or two. As you weave around our accessible paths, enjoy reading panels telling the stories of Perth County and Stratford pasts. There is no charge to use the nature trails, just enjoy!