Children’s Programs

Greenwich Historical Society has many annual signature events for families including: Old Fashioned Fun at French Farm, CT Open House Day, Historic Innovation Camp, Fall Festival, Marionette Show and Holiday Open House.

Holiday Marionette Performance:
Sharp Ears: The Adventures of Sly Fox

Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Author Matthew Bernard

Saturday, December 8, 2018

No Strings Marionette Company takes us to the Czechoslovakian countryside where a young fox is busy finding her way in the wide world. Forester Bartos encounters a fox kit and takes her home as a gift for his grandson. Catcher, the family dog, shows the kit how to live within the constraints of human rules. But will a full belly and safe surroundings entice the fox to compromise her wild ways?

A cast of handcrafted marionettes, both wild and tame, populates the forests and farmyard of the puppet stage. Puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson are in full view so the audience can experience the magic firsthand as the marionettes are brought to life. The performance, a tribute to a 1920 novel by Rudolf Tesnohlidek, engages the senses in a seamless blend of movement, music and masterful marionette manipulation.

The 40-minute show will be followed by a question and answer session where children can touch and inquire about the marionettes. There will also be a craft in the Education Center classroom where children can make their own marionettes.

No Strings Marionette Company is a two puppeteer, touring marionette theater, concentrating on performance pieces for family audiences. Each production is created in-house, intimately involving the puppeteers with its evolution. The company also teaches their craft to a wide range of people through puppet-making workshops and residencies.

Saturday, December 8
Two performances: 1:00 and 3:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center, entrance to the event is through the new museum lobby

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15
Reservations required
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Candlelight 2018

Sunday, December 16


Our annual Candlelight event is a festive evening that offers a tour of Bush-Holley House done up in holiday style. The family-friendly tours last roughly 45 minutes and interpret Christmas traditions as they were celebrated by the Bush and Holley families in the Colonial and art colony eras.

Music, hot chocolate, holiday treats, a visit from Santa Claus (5:00–7:00 pm) and craft projects for kids will also be offered in the Vanderbilt Education Center.

Tours are first-come, first-served and leave every 15 minutes until 6:30 pm. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the exhibitions in the new museum building.

Sunday, December 16, 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Admission is free. No reservations necessary.

Entrance to the event is through the new museum lobby.

Custom Programs and One-Day Badge Workshops

Designed to help Girl and Boy Scout troops work toward specific badge requirements. For more information, call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer's request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.

Greenwich Historical Society 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 203-869-6899

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