Museum Musicians Program for Toddlers Begins at the Bruce Museum

Museum Musicians, a new interactive music and movement program for tots, ages 10-24 months, will take place every first Thursday of the month, from 9:45 to 10:45 am at the Bruce Museum. Pictured: instructor Jackie Jacobs.

Museum Musicians, a new interactive music and movement program for tots, ages 10-24 months, will take place every first Thursday of the month, from 9:45 to 10:45 am at the Bruce Museum. Pictured: instructor Jackie Jacobs.

Starting February 1, toddlers and their caregivers are invited to participate in a new music program at the Bruce Museum. “Museum Musicians” will run from 9:45 to 10:45 am on the first Thursday of every month through May 2018.

The young participants, ages 10 to 24 months, will sing, dance, and play music inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.

The melodious program will focus on learning through exploration and seeks to nurture creativity, self-expression, and confidence in young children, while also helping caregivers understand how they can use music as a tool to enhance their toddler’s development.

Jackie Jacobs, Director of Music Together of Fairfield County, will lead participants in this fun and interactive music and movement program. Jacobs pursued postgraduate studies in dance education, human movement, voice, early childhood education, and music theory. She believes in the benefit of music education for children and their families and has two children currently pursuing musical careers.

The Museum Musicians program is free with general admission, although space is limited. To secure a spot, see the Visitor Service desk upon arrival at the Museum. This program complements the Bruce’s other toddler-caregiver program, Bruce Beginnings, Jr., which will continue to take place on the second Thursday of every month, 9:45 – 10:45 am.

Other scheduled programs of interest to families with young children include:

• Bruce Beginnings. Designed for children ages 2½ to 5 years old, this program is held
Tuesdays at 11 am and 1 pm. Children and their caregivers explore the museum collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. Themes change weekly; upcoming topics include Blast Off, Searching for Shapes, Snow Tracks, and Seeing Sculpture.

• Family Gallery Tours. This program, for children ages 6-10 and their families, provides an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. Family Gallery Tours take place on Sundays, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm.

• Science Sundays. In this drop-in program, children ages 4 and up and their families explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program takes place on select Sundays from 1 to 3. Upcoming topics include: Space Race Rocket Building on February 11 and Patriotic Plane Design on February 25.

• Art Adventures: In this drop-in program for children ages 4 and up and their families, participants have the opportunity to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program takes place on select Sundays from 1 to 3. Upcoming topic: Mosaic Making on Feburary 18.

Unless otherwise noted, the Bruce Museum’s youth and family programs are free for Members and included with general admission for visitors. No advanced registration is required; individual admission to the Museum is free on Tuesdays. To view the complete schedule of programs, please visit brucemuseum.org and click on Calendar. For more information, contact Laura Stricker, manager of= Youth and Family Programs, at 203-413- 6740 or lstricker@brucemuseum.org.