Children love to play and learn. Here in Delaware, opportunities to explore science, nature, the arts, sports and more are everywhere you look. Here are a few favorites.
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The Arts Academy at The Grand
Learning to play a musical instrument is a grand gift to give your child—one that will last a lifetime. At The Arts Academy at The Grand Opera House, you’ll find a faculty of working musicians in a beautiful, friendly setting, and unique learning and performance opportunities. Qualified applicants may receive financial aid.
818 N. Market St., Wilmington 658-7897, thegrandwilmington.org
Brandywine River Museum
What child doesn’t love pictures? Show them famous book illustrations by N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle at the Brandywine, and look for occasional Read-Aloud Tours.
1 Hoffman Mill Road, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org
The zoo promises a wild time 364 days a year, with 150 animals and low admission fees. The zoo is home to bobcats, serval, ocelots, swift foxes, small monkeys, large snakes, birds, llamas, otters and more. Educational programs, both indoor and outdoor, are available for all ages, as well as spring break camps, summer camps and special public events. A partial list of 2011 events includes Earth Day on April 16, Wild Moms on May 8, Wild Dads on June 19, and American Celebration July 2-3.
1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, 571-7747 brandywinezoo.org
Biggs Museum of American Art
Children have three free opportunities to participate in art activities every month—Biggs Kids, Mini Masters and First Fridays—when young visitors are invited to use supplies provided by the museum to create works of art similar to those on display. The fun moves outdoors for the free Biggs Summer Movies on the Lawn. This year’s five classics will be “Charlotte’s Web,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Karate Kid,” “Back to the Future” and “Grease.” Take lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. (Dates TBA.)
406 Federal St., Dover, 674-2111 biggsmuseum.org
Coleman’s Tree Farm
The Coleman family knows all about family, tradition and fun, so they invite you to make a memory. Known for Christmas trees and U-pick pumpkins, Coleman’s also hosts events throughout the year. Visit the 330-acre farm for Woodside Farms’ ice cream on a hot summer day as you watch for peacocks and exotic ducks from your perch on the porch. Enjoy a hayride and bonfire after pumpkin-picking. And choose the perfect Christmas tree for your holidays. Don’t miss Santa’s arrival by helicopter, or take a ride for $30 (November 26-28, December 5, 11-12).
550 Silver Run Road, Middletown, 378-8949, colemanstreefarm.com
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