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Bringing History to Life!

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In addition to kids and family events which happen throughout the year, including Fall Harvest Festival, Night at the Museum, Book Club with Samantha and more, we offer custom programs for group visits.  Home School groups, Pre School Field Trips, Play Groups, Scout troops etc. - we will customize to the ages of your group, season, interests, etc.  Call us to schedule!

"Escape the Tories"

The Mather Homestead during Revolutionary Times

Kids will learn about the Revolutionary War, a time when Tories came across the Long Island Sound to raid homes in Darien, then Middlesex Parish.


- Tour of the 1778 home

Scavenger Hunt or "Escape the Tories" (depending on age)

- Craft our outdoor games


"Colonial Living"

The Sustainable/Homesteading lifestyle during Colonial Times

Kids will learn about how people lived back in Colonial Times when Joseph and Sarah Mather built the Mather Homestead (1778) on 100 acres of farmland.  


- Visit to the Mather "keeping room" where Sarah Mather baked bread in the beehive oven for her 11 children.  

- Interactive presentation with workbook in the barn.

- Homesteading stations:  candle making, embroidery, butter making.

- Dress up in the playhouse and Colonial games.  

"Become a Junior Ranger"

The National Parks & Stephen Mather 

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".


Interactive presentation about the National Parks with workbook

- Fun games 

- Walk through Mather Meadows

- Craft, e.g., leaf painting

"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.  

"Tea Party!"

Kids will drink tea, nibble on scones and other goodies, and learn about etiquette, e.g., what to do with that pinkie finger!  After tea, we'll do a craft and, play tea party games and read "How to Behave at a Tea Party".  Tea party in the garden, weather permitting, or in the barn.  

All programs are $20/child, up to 20 children per visit. 

1 1/2 hours.  Mutually agreeable time. 

Please contact Cristi Mohr at to plan a group visit. 

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  • Lunch Bunch with the Interns!
    Lunch Bunch with the Interns!
    Mon, Jun 03
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Darien and New Canaan High School Seniors and MH Interns will lead lunch bunch fun Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6. 12:00 to 1:45. Games, crafts, learning and fun! Reco for ages 4 to 6.
  • The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    The Pink Rhubarb Summer Workshops for Kids - Weeks TBD
    Mon, Jun 17
    The Mather Homestead
    Jun 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 11:00 PM
    The Pink Rhubarb returns to the Mather Homestead with summer workshops featuring cooking, gardening and crafts. Kids will learn essential skills in the kitchen, develop a green thumb in the garden, and explore the beautiful Mather Homestead property. Mixed ages 4 to 13. Hi
  • Outdoor Skills 101 Workshop for Kids!
    Outdoor Skills 101 Workshop for Kids!
    Sat, Jun 29
    Mather outdoors!
    Jun 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Outdoor expert Will Heyne will be here to teach kids the essential skills required to explore the great outdoors, including orienteering (learning to use a map and compass), building a campfire - plus the basics like what to pack and safety protocols. Be prepared to hike and explore the MH outdoors!
  • Mather Kids:  Writers Workshop
    Mather Kids:  Writers Workshop
    Mon, Aug 05
    The Mather Homestead
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Writing workshop inspired by 18th & 19th century poets, storytellers, letter writers, journalists, nature writers, and travel writers. Samantha will lead kids through the process of writing -- selecting topics, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their original work! Reco ages 8 to 13.
  • Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien
    Fall Harvest Festival - sponsored by BMW of Darien
    Sat, Oct 26
    The Mather Homestead
    Oct 26, 2024, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    The Fall Harvest Festival is in its sixth year! Join us for hay rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, games, cider & donuts, live music & a special visit from George Washington! Tickets - members: $15 adult/$10 child, non-members: $20 adult/$15 child.
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