The has one solution for those seeking an enjoyable yet educational way for children to pass the spring break.
The society will be offering a three-day program, “History Takes a Vacation” which covers the three different aspects of the region’s past: the history of the Mattinecock Indians, the Revolutionary War period and Colonial times.
“It’s the first time that the museum is offering a vacation program,“ said Kari-Ann Carr, who will be calling upon her expertise as museum educator and a New York State certified teacher to immerse second to fifth graders in hands-on activities which ignite the imagination.
“It’s a great learning experience, and children will create something that they can take home,” Carr indicated.
Tuesday’s program, “Northport’s Natives,” will focus on the Mattinecock Indians, the Native American tribe who roamed the Northport area for 350 years.
According to Carr, corn, bean, and squash crops played an important role in their lives, and children will get the chance to plant a “three sisters garden” with seeds from these plants.
On Wednesday, Carr will turn her attention to the impact of the Revolutionary War on the Northport area and will inspire her young audience with stories of soldiers and spies. Spies often used invisible ink to convey secret messages, and with Carr’s tutelage, children try their hands at this technique of espionage.
Finally, on Thursday, children will get an eye-opening glimpse the kinds of crafts and games that served as sources of entertainment during the Colonial days.
The programs run from 9:30 to 11:30 am each day. The cost is $20 per day for members and $25 for non-members. Registration for all three programs is $50 for members and $ 65 for non-members. Advance registration is required as enrollment is limited. To reserve a place in the program, visit the museum at 215 Main Street, Northport Village or call (631) 757-9859.