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Events for kids

We have many events geared towards educating kids while having fun. See upcoming events below.  In addition, we invite you to reach out regarding tours, Junior Docent, and Stephen Mather Junior Ranger programs described below. 


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. We are happy to follow up the tour with a scavenger hunt which will lead kids around the property in search of silver!  By appointment. 


Become a Junior Docent!

We invite kids to learn an abbreviated tour of the house and then to lead others through the house!  We will provide you with tour materials and you invite your family/friends to tour.  

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 63 parks that we enjoy today. They will earn a "Stephen Mather Junior Ranger Badge". Contact us to organize a group!


  • Middle School Essay Contest!
    Middle School Essay Contest!
    Mon, Oct 16
    Oct 16, 9:00 AM – Nov 20, 9:00 PM
    Our second annual essay contest is open to middle schoolers (grades 6 to 8). We will launch the contest on October 16 with essays due Friday, December 1 by 9 pm. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 15th. Stay tuned for essay topic! Please "RSVP" to let us know you intend to submit!
  • Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien!
    Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien!
    Sat, Oct 21
    The Mather Homestead
    Oct 21, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    The Fall Harvest Festival is in its fifth year! Join us for hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, games, cider & donuts, live music & more! Geared towards ages 3 to 12, but all are welcome! Tickets - members: $15 adult/$10 child, non-members: $20 adult/$15 child.
  • Night at the Museum!
    Night at the Museum!
    Fri, Oct 27
    Oct 27, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Night at the Museum returns! This year we’ll have two groups. 5 to 6:30 ages 5 to 8, 7:30 to 9 ages 10 to 13. Limited to 25 kids.
  • A Revolution of Her Own!  Deborah Sampson - performance for families
    A Revolution of Her Own!  Deborah Sampson - performance for families
    Sat, Feb 10
    The Mather Homestead Barn
    Feb 10, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, fight, and be honorably discharged from the American Military, captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. Played by actress Judith Kalalora. Family event with audience participation!
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