KIDS AT MATHER

Tours

Tours of the house are customized for kids to be interactive and fun.  Learn about Revolutionary War History and Stephen Mather, the first Director of the National Park Service.  By appointment. 

Escape the Tories

Take a tour of the house and then test your knowledge to see if you can escape the Tories and find the silver!  Games, puzzles and fun.  By appointment. 

Become a Stephen Mather Junior Ranger

Kids will learn about the National Parks and Stephen Mather's important role in creating the National Park Service and the system of 61 parks that we enjoy today. Contact us to organize a group!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • A Visit with St. Nicholas!
    Dec 10, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    MH Barn, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Santa returns to the Homestead for a visit with good girls and boys!  Fun at the Homestead includes a visit with Santa, crafts, stocking stuffers and other fun holiday activities.  Ho Ho Ho!
  • Cookies & Cocoa!
    Dec 22, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    MH Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, 19 Stephen Mather Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Afternoon of fun at the Homestead for grades K to 2! Decorate cookies for Santa and make bags of nibbles for the reindeer. Sing and dance with Ray. And finally read "Calvin the Christmas Tree" with local author Stephen Bowling. Includes a copy of his book! Recommended for K to 2nd grade.

RECENTLY AT MATHER

Intern Lunch Bunch
June, 2022

 

We welcomed Darien High School Seniors, Margaret Edwards, Piper Henderson, Alexis Lyons and Matthew Magnotta, as our first class of high school interns this Spring.  They planned a fun "lunch bunch program" for twelve lucky kids!

The themes for the days:

Monday, June 6th - Colonial Day

Tuesday, June 7th - Gardening Day

Wednesday, June 8th - Art-at-Mather Day 

Thursday, June 9th - Workshop Day 

 

We'll be back next year with new interns and more fun!
 

 

Become a Stephen Mather Junior Ranger!
October 9, 2022

 

We welcomed 10 kids including eight scouts for our first "Become a Stephen Mather Junior Junior Ranger" event.  Kids learned about the National Parks and Stephen Mather's important role in creating the National Park Service and the system of 61 parks that we enjoy today. We then took a hike on the Darien Land Trust's Mather Meadows property across the street.  Finally, we played fun games to learn more about our national parks!

Please reach out to us to schedule a Junior Ranger event for your group of kids!  Recommended for 2nd to 7th grade.